A Walk to Remember
A Walk to Remember
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In 1958, Beaufort, North Carolina, which is located on the coast near
Morehead City, was a place like many other small southern towns. It was
the kind of place where the humidity rose so high in the summer that
walking out to get the mail made a person feel as if he needed a shower,
and kids walked around barefoot from April through October beneath oak
trees draped in Spanish moss. People waved from their cars whenever they
saw someone on the street whether they knew him or not, and the air
smelled of pine, salt, and sea, a scent unique to the Carolinas. For many
of the people there, fishing in the Pamlico Sound or crabbing in the
Neuse River was a way of life, and boats were moored wherever you saw the
Intracoastal Waterway. Only three channels came in on the television,
though television was never important to those of us who grew up there.
Instead our lives were centered around the churches, of which there were
eighteen within the town limits alone. They went by names like the
Fellowship Hall Christian Church, the Church of the Forgiven People, the
Church of Sunday Atonement, and then, of course, there were the Baptist
churches. When I was growing up, it was far and away the most popular
denomination around, and there were Baptist churches on practically every
corner of town, though each considered itself superior to the others.
There were Baptist churches of every type -- Freewill Baptists, Southern
Baptists, Congregational Baptists, Missionary Baptists, Independent
Baptists ... well, you get the picture.
Back then, the big event of the year was sponsored by the Baptist church downtown -- Southern, if you really want to know -- in conjunction with the local high school. Every year they put on their Christmas pageant at the Beaufort Playhouse, which was actually a play that had been written by Hegbert Sullivan, a minister who'd been with the church since Moses parted the Red Sea. Okay, maybe he wasn't that old, but he was old enough that you could almost see through the guy's skin. It was sort of clammy all the time, and translucent -- kids would swear they actually saw the blood flowing through his veins -- and his hair was as white as those bunnies you see in pet stores around Easter.
Anyway, he wrote this play called The Christmas Angel, because he didn't want to keep on performing that old Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. In his mind Scrooge was a heathen, who came to his redemption only because he saw ghosts, not angels -- and who was to say whether they'd been sent by God, anyway? And who was to say he wouldn't revert to his sinful ways if they hadn't been sent directly from heaven? The play didn't exactly tell you in the end -- it sort of plays into faith and all -- but Hegbert didn't trust ghosts if they weren't actually sent by God, which wasn't explained in plain language, and this was his big problem with it. A few years back he'd changed the end of the play -- sort of followed it up with his own version, complete with old man Scrooge becoming a preacher and all, heading off to Jerusalem to find the place where Jesus once taught the scribes. It didn't fly too well -- not even to the congregation, who sat in the audience staring wide-eyed at the spectacle -- and the newspaper said things like "Though it was certainly interesting, it wasn't exactly the play we've all come to know and love...."
So Hegbert decided to try his hand at writing his own play.
About the Author-
With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include 12 #1 New York Times bestsellers. All his books have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than 50 languages. Ten Sparks novels have been adapted into major motion pictures, with The Choice coming in February 2016.
October 4, 1999
Sure to wring yet more tears from willing readers' eyes, the latest novel by the bestselling Sparks is a forced coming-of-age story concerning a pair of unlikely young lovers. In a corny flashback device that mimics The Notebook, 57-year-old Landon Carter spirits himself back to his fateful senior year in high school in Beaufort, N.C., when he was an archetypal troublemaking teenager of the 1950s, changed forever by an unexpected first love. Jamie Sullivan, the Bible-toting minister's daughter, with her drab brown sweaters, spinster hairstyle and sincere, beatific advice, is the obvious target of high school ridicule. Despite conspiring in Jamie's derision, class president Landon, desperate for a date for the homecoming dance, finds himself asking Jamie. Afterwards, Jamie asks him to participate with her in the metaphor-laden school Christmas play (Jamie plays the angel). Landon endures the taunting of his friends and forms an uneasy friendship with Jamie, which is carefully supervised by her father. The teens visit needy orphans, give Oscar-worthy performances in the school play and share dreams watching the sunset. Landon realizes he's in love with Jamie, but, of course, she is hiding a devastating secret that could wring her from Landon's arms forever. Now tortured by his knowledge of what will be her terrible fate, he must make the ultimate decision that catapults him into adulthood. Readers may be frustrated with the invariable formula that Sparks seems to regurgitate with regularity. Although the narrator declares, "My story can't be summed up in two or three sentences; it can't be packaged into something neat and simple that people would immediately understand," this is the author's most simple, formulaic, and blatantly melodramatic package to date. Agent, Theresa Park, Sanford Greenburger Associates. Doubleday Book Club and Literary Guild main selections; 20-city author tour; movie rights optioned by Denise DiNovi at Warner Bros..
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