As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me, Paperback
4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Originally published in 1955, this must be one of the most dramatic adventures of our time.

Clemens Forell, a German soldier, was sentenced to 25 years of forced labour in a Siberian lead mine after the Second World War.

Rebelling against the brutality of the camp, Forell staged a daring escape, enduring an 8000-mile journey across the trackless wastes of Siberia, in some of the most treacherous and inhospitable conditions on earth. Bauer's writing brilliantly evokes Forell's desperation in the prison camp, and his struggle for survival and terror of recapture as he makes his way towards the Persian frontier and freedom.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages, maps
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9781841197265



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Determined not to die in a Siberian gulag, German prisoner of war Josef Bauer stages a daring escape. He will spend the next two years of his life wandering across frozen wastelands, dependent on local villagers for hospitality and at risk from both Soviet patrols and fellow fugitives from the law. This is a fabulous adventure story and I particularly enjoyed the passages describing local tribal culture, but something is missing. Bauer's macho stiff-upper-lip writing style leaves the story lacking the emotional resonance it needs to capture the reader.

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A brilliant true story escape that follows in the footsteps of books such as The long walk and Papillon.

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A really good survival book. A German prisoner is brought to the very east of Siberia together with many other prisoners of war to be a slave. He gets help from a doctor to escape and then the story gets really interesting. All the struggles he had to endure, it is hard to comprehend even after reading this book.<br/>I really enjoyed reading it. Loved his dog. Wished that the end had been a bit more prolonged though.