What: THE LONG WALK
by Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman)
When: 7:00 a.m. Thursday, April 5th
Where: Room C332
Also: Food will be provided
Why: Because, REAL MEN READ!
One hundred teenage boys participate in an annual walking contest called “The Long Walk,” which is the “national sport”. Each Walker must maintain a speed of at least four miles per hour; if he drops below that speed for 30 seconds, he receives a verbal warning (which can be erased by walking for one hour without being warned). If a Walker with three warnings slows down again, he is “ticketed.” The meaning of this term is intentionally kept vague at first, but it soon becomes clear that “buying a ticket” means to be shot dead by soldiers riding in half-tracks along the roadside. Walkers may be shot immediately for certain serious violations, such as trying to leave the road or attacking the half-track. The soldiers use electronic equipment to precisely determine a Walker’s speed.
The event is run by a character known as “The Major,” who is implied to have much power, stemming from a possible military or fascist state system. The Major appears at the beginning of the Walk to encourage the boys and start them on their way, and then occasionally thereafter. While the Walkers initially greet him with awe and respect, they eventually realize their admiration is misplaced and ridicule him in later appearances. (from Wikipedia)
Students – check with the Eastview Media Center and/or your local library to get a copy of this book. You can also check your local bookseller or order your own copy online.
Get your copy of the book, read it, and then join us for food (my treat) and discussion on THURSDAY, APRIL 5th at 7:00 a.m. in Room C332. Why? Because REAL MEN READ!
Check out our BLOG at evrealmenread.wordpress.com Questions? See Dr. Beach in C338.