Stephen King – The Long Walk

 

Bachman – King: 1-0

The book is a point in favor of Richard Bachman in the hoary controversy over whether Stephen King is a better writer than his pseudonym. The long walk, in fact, is a real test of skill because, in only telling the journey of a hundred boys along the roads of Maine, the author keeps the reader glued to the pages until the rapid ending. Of course, the race in question is not a competition like the others: there are no stops, there is no finish line, and the winner is he who manages to survive. A metaphor for life, a meditation on survival instinct and death, all kept moving at a strong pace, with a growing tension that draws the reader on the road, keeping pace with the young protagonist. An almost physical experience.

Translation by Silvia Accorrà (edited by Philip Askew)