I don't know how I came to read this book. Like many men, I associated "Prince of Tides" with the chick flick my mom watched some years back. It must have been on an audible sale and that's why I even gave it two shakes. The first chapter was a bit too chaotic and I had trouble knowing or caring what this book was about. I nearly gave up on it, but then it opened into a very captivating novel about a slew of things. Family. The South Vs. North beef. Terror. As someone who has ambulated back and forth between north and south, I found great riches in this book about the terrain and attitudes of both parts of the world. This book is long, but its so riveting that you start crying when you see there are only a few hours left in the book. It reminds me a lot in the feeling, not really the contents, of East of Eden by John Steinbeck with bits of Faulkner shining through. They made it into a chick flick, but I think any man can enjoy this book and I'm surprised someone had the idea to turn it into a chick flick at all. But I guess women can probably enjoy it just as well.
This book is one I will remember for many years. Though there is much sadness, I was laughing out loud (this rarely happens to me) during some stories.
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I'm a Pat Conroy fan. I've read three of his other books, but I frequently confuse them because their setting and characters are very similar. I like Prince of Tides more because it was different. His first "breakout" book is definitely the best, in my opinion. I loved listening to it.
Everyone in the book talks about how crazy the family is. That kind of scares me because they didn't seem very crazy at all... eek. I've heard so much about the book and the movie over the years, so I'm glad no one had spoiled some of the "big" reveals.
When I read The Prince of Tides I was enchanted-the way the words of the story took on a life of their own captivated me. I loved, loved, loved this book, this story, the language, and I couldn't wait to see the film. I was not disappointed. The film, like the novel became a favorite. Frankly, I didn't think it could be improved upon. I was wrong. Listening to Frank Muller the story comes alive in ways it never did before, and the characters become individuals whose voices I automatically recognize as I listen. This is one I will probably listen to again and again just to hear the sheer beauty in the rhythm of the language.
The only down side is that I am reminded what a loss the death of Frank Muller is to the literary world. He was a genius; a master actor as he read, and I miss him.
In my estimation, those who listen to this audio book will be glad they did, and like me, will hate for the story of the Wingo family to end.
There is only one Pat Conroy and one Frank Muller. I am glad the two were united in this project.
Its a "good" book, its a spectacular audiobook. Frank Muller takes it to a whole 'nother level with his amazing performance. Its the best performed audio book I have ever heard, hands down. A good story is one thing, but a good story told by a master story teller is spellbinding.
This is my all-time favorite book. Coupled with my all-time favorite narrater, how could it be anything but a five-star experience.
I read "The Prince of Tides" years ago. I took it with me as my companion for flight when I went to Europe for the first time. I remember pausing after sentences and holding the book to my chest, after reading lines that were so poetic and thoughtful that I had to stop and feel my own soul intermingle with them. I have always considered it to be one of my favorite books. When I joined Audible I thought to myself, what book do you want to start with? It was an easy choice as I sifted through books that have made a spiritual impact on me. "Prince of Tides" must begin my library, I thought. And so it was. I am an artist; a painter and sculptor and I am deeply affected by the music I listen to while creating new things. Normally music is my muse but I decided to depart from that a couple days ago...a trial you see. I loaded Pat Conroy's words, spoken so eloquently by the late Frank Muller, into my iPod and worked on my sculpture. Such elegance flowing through me, causing me to blend them into the clay that met my fingers and onto the figure before me. I remembered again being on the airplane headed toward a new adventure, and holding the book close to me, relishing the poetry of it. Once again I felt its magic. What a lovely way to create. Another muse has been discovered, and so today I will listen to part two. How lovely.
I LOVE to listen to audiobooks - the Audible ap is by far the best thing that's ever happend to my iPhone.
The actual story has a good, solid delivery. I didn't see the movie - so I didn't have any preconceived ideas of the character's appearances or behaviors. The narration was descent. I'm not sure I would recommend this as a good use of a credit... but if you like a book that draws as many questions as it gives vague answers, then this will be right up your alley.
My questions for author -
Am I missing something? Was there more horrific abuse that happened that plagued the children into adulthood? Or was the message more of a family with a genetic disposition to depression and other mental illness?
If the story was about saving the sister from her own mental demons by exploring the root -her childhood distress - why did the book focus soley on the brother telling tales of his childhood memories? The tales were often endearing - and didn't itterate details that would warrant such mental decay? There was one night of tragedy - but the one child who suffered the most seemed to lead the most "normal" adult life.
My introduction to Pat Conroy was Beach Music. I didn't think I could love a story any more than BM and then There is Prince of Tides. I cried several times, laughed out loud and was satisfied but sad with the ending. Pat Conroy makes me want to move to South Carolina yesterday and question the happiness of my own childhood for not having grown up there. I just downloaded lords of discipline. I cannot get enough of Pat (South) Conroylina
This novel is the story of Tom Wingo and his family. Tom is in his late 30's, and his twin sister Savannah is in a psychiatric hospital in New York City. Much of this novel is Tom telling the family's life story to Savannah's psychiatrist, trying to help her uncover something that may help Savannah. This is the tale of Tom and Savannah and their older brother Luke, raised on an island in South Carolina by their violent and abusive father, a shrimper who fails at all his business schemes, and their mother, a high-society wanna-be. It is the 60's, and Savannah is an aspiring poetic with a love-hate relationship with the south and her family. In the present, Tom's marriage is in trouble, and he finds himself falling in love with Savannah's beautiful, married, and Jewish psychiatrist. This is a powerful novel that makes the south come alive, as well as the characters in both the south and in New York City. This novel is filled with humor and deep emotion. This classic novel does not feel dated at all. There were a few times that the anecdotes from growing up dragged on a bit, but that is a small criticism of this otherwise great novel. I read this many years ago and enjoyed it every bit as much listening to it recently. I think that this and "The Great Santini" are Pat Conroy's best novels. This novel especially captures the soul of the American south.