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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.
A well written book is a gem.
This book is dated by its sensibilities. When it was released in 1986 the themes of racism, women, (then called feminism), homosexuality, the South, New York, family violence, all were viewed through different lenses. So this story as it revealed, somewhat too slowly by todays standards, does not come off quite as poignantly as may have some 25 years ago. In that intervening time, these themes have been thoroughly examined in American fiction and as plot propellants don't entice or titillate quite as much as they could have. So the story lags a bit.
Additionally, the author's infatuation with poetry was not shared by me. There are whole paragraphs of exposition that are purely ornamental. They paint a very pretty picture of words but don't add anything constructive to the story. I found myself completely drawn out of the story and talking to the author, "Come on, come on. Lets get on with it!"
Frank Muller's narration is flawless.
This novel is quite long, and has some interesting parts. However it is marred by several things. First of all the author gives a long, rambling, unnecessary and very poorly spoken introduction. One wonders whether English is his native language. Then comes a long, incomprehensible prologue. The book itself is entirely about highly dysfunctional persons; it is hard to sympathize with any of them, including the first person protagonist. Above all, the writing tries and tries and tries to by like poetry. At first, it's a little amusing. After a while it becomes tedious, and in the end (for me) highly irritating. Perhaps readers who enjoy poetry as such will enjoy it.
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.
This was the first audible book I ever listened to. Frank Muller brings the eloquent language of Pat Conroy to life. The Prince of Tides will always be my favorite book of all time.
Frank Muller's rendition of this fabulous story is wonderful. Pat Conroy's use of language comes out sounding like poetry in the telling of this epic story. I loved it all. Not having seen the movie, I cannot imagine that it could do justice to this work.
Frank Muller was one of if not the best reader I've ever experienced. It makes me so sad to think that he's gone (died of complications to a head injury). He ruins me for listening to other readers. After I finish a book that he has read, I have to wait for a while before I listen to another book.
Prince of Tides is deep. I listened to it 20 years ago and then again this last week. Even though I'm in a different part of my life now, I'm still so affected by the story, the insights, the beauty of South Carolina. One moment? Tens of moments!
My favorite scene is where Jack threatens to through the stradivarius over the balcony. It's what we all wish we had the nerve to do – stand up to a bully and have the last word!
Most of the book moved me. "Do it again mama!" at the end of the book. That made me cry.
Oh I do wish there was another reader like Frank. It saddens me to think I have to listen to other people read Pat Conroy or Stephen King. Stephen King once said that when he writes a character, it's Frank's voice he hears. Wow!
Pat Conroy's Prince of Tides is a rich narrative with familiar themes of growing up in the South in the 50's and 60's. It is a story of deep family love and hate. It is a story of overcoming dysfunction, abuse, and old family secrets. It is also a story of coping with pain and mental illness. It is a story of finding life again when hope and joy seem to have gone forever. It is the darkest work of Pat Conroy's but definitely a masterpiece of southern fiction.
Fun but outdated in terms of the social relationships and gender expectations of the characters which I found irritating, especially the scenes between the narrator and the psychiatrist. Still -- it is a great story and a nice escape into a recent past.
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.