Worse than my two Pat Conroy favorites (The Great Santini, Prince of Tides), and nowI know a littleton much about this writer and his family, but for the most part I still found it to be a fascinating read. The first half is more fascinating than the last, which feels overly lengthy and like a bit of retreading the same ground, but all in all this is an enjoyable read which kept me turning the pages. It's created in me a desire to go back and reread Prince of Tides as his novels are generally an improvement upon his memoirs.
If you've enjoyed Pat Conroy's books, this is a must read. Written in his beautiful prose style, you can see how his life progresses in relation to which novels he puts out and their impact on him. I loved reading the personal stories in his autobiography that I had read as a part of his fiction novels and thinking, "Ahhhh that's what happened!"
Feb 3, 2014, I've had this book on my waiting list forever, and renewed it twice, so I decided, now is the time for it. Starts off in Pat Conroy's great style, I know I'm goiing to enjoy it. Hope to find an audiobook to listen and read along to. Just checked, no audiobook yet. Darn it!......Feb 15, 2014, I'm on page 250, and although I have basically enjoyed this book, (which so far is about just about everyone in his family EXCEPT for his father!) I have found the last chapter, and the one I have just started, (about his sister Carol Ann,) a bit painful, to the point that I am procrastinating. A while ago, I commented (I believe while reading "The Great Santini") that I liked Pat Conroy's non-fiction better than his fiction. I take that back. "South of Broad" is my fav, by far!.....Feb 20, 2014..I have just finished this, and I must say it picked up a bit in the end, but all in all, I feel I know a little bit too much about Pat Conroy's family right now. I will look forward to his next novel, and I now understand his "San Francisco" part of "South of Broad," which has made reading this book worthwhile....he sure knows how to bare his soul. His lifestyle is sure a lot different than mine. If my parents had gone through the same illnesses, I know I (and my siblings,) would not have participated in the "death watches" quite as faithfully or as well organized. We sure don't throw such grand parties either. Mind you, they do and did have a bit of celebrity status, that might be the difference!
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