Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Nick - Summary Intro/Chapter 1

Main Characters Intro:

Adam Shepard: Author

Intro: Shepard talks about how he is frustrated with the lack of drive in the younger generation. He decides “to start almost literally from scratch with one 8’ x 10’ tarp, a sleeping bag, $25 and the clothes on my back” to see if he can make it. It has been a thought since he was in high school and now fresh out of college he is very close to only have the items mentioned in the list above. To have success in his experiment, after 365 days he must have an “operable automobile, live in a furnished apartment, (alone or with a roommate), have $2500 in cash, and, most importantly I have to be in a position in which I can continually improve my circumstances by either going to school or starting my own business.” He states that he is not going to use any of his contacts or college education and must abide by the law, except for sleeping in parks or under bridges. He says that his story is about the “attitude of success” and whether or not the American Dream is still alive.

Main Characters Ch. 1:

Adam Shepard: Author

D: Guy who Shepard met at the bus stop and got into an argument with over people asking for money.

Sarge: Patrolman for the shelter

Ch.1 Shepard took the train from Raleigh to Charleston, NC to avoid having to say goodbyes and having his family watching out for him. The train arrived three hours late and it was pitch black. His first priority was to find a place to sleep. After talking to a police officer he began making the 8 mile trek towards the shelter. He found a bus stop where he ran into D, who he argued with. Before the argument came to a fistfight his bus showed up and he payed out $1.25 for the ride to the shelter, Crisis Ministries. He pounded on the door and there was no answer and a neighbor told him they only accept people from 7:30pm to 9pm. He met a man named Sarge that helped him into the shelter. He went through a shelter tour, ate some food and received a mattress to sleep on. He lied down and awaited the morning.

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