very dramatic and heart felt! I read it because it relates to my favorite vacation spot but I have been looking for additional titles from the same author..I highly recommend it!
Vintage Conroy...read Conroy to taste grits and shrimp, smell salt water, hear the drawl of Charleston. I love the southern flavor, but always lament Conroy's minimum requirements for enlistment as a Southern Belle... mysterious females born with Barbie doll figures, Mensa level IQ's, flawless skin, adorned by family diamonds (gifts from Sherman to grandmothers who saved homes...no towns... from being burned), mistress of all domestic arts, fluent in 6 languages (learned Italian and German while singing with the Met) ....and have at least one secret, illegitimate child by a brutal politician. I fall so short...but inspired to keep trying.
I don't quite know what to make of this book. I thought the first part was interesting, but then the author tried to write too long a book, in my opinion. The characterization of the protagonist and his life is quite good, but the other persons become mere sketches, which is probably OK in a book that deals a lot with the protagonist. It always irritates me when authors set their rather ordinary (invented) people up against real events, and Pat Conroy cannot resist that either in this book. I felt that the story was in essence told after the first part, and then you have three more parts, where very little development occurs. I actually thought the book ended after three parts, and to my astonishment discovered there was a fourth part. It could well have ended after the third part, because the fourth brings about a "Hollywood-type Happy End". I think the author and the readers would have benefitted from the author exerting more self discipline in embroidering the story, and Pat Conroy should have restrained herself more in outflow of mere words. Pat Conroy should have listened to the old rule: If you are unsure about what to write - don't!
I love Pat Conroy and this book is no exception. It took me a good long time to not be distracted by the narrators flat unemotional reading - however, he got much better as the book went on and I ended up thinking he had done a really good job. The main story has many shorter stories within as it goes back to look at the lives of many of the more minor characters. The book is full of Conroy's usual beautiful women and wisecracking characters.
I absolutely loved this book. The author had me from the first chapter and the relationships in the book were at times so touching and others completely hilirous. I had never read any of Pat Conroy's books. I am now a huge fanl.
I love Basset Hounds.
The diverse character personification, both male and female, by this narrator was superb. Given the fact that the characters were portrayed with ample voice inflection, I can not help but wonder that the more monotonous tone employed buring story narration was by design as excessive inflection during story telling, can itself lead to monotony.
Listen to books EVERY DAY driving in Atlanta traffic! I love exciting non-fiction, mystery, series and lengthy books. Every once in a while I will listen to rock start autobiographies to break up the routine.
I could have done either for this book.
The ending and the matriarch being so sick. Hearing a son's love for his mother pour out in his grief. Touching.
His southern accent was a little "put on" and I find myself with a truer one.
This is the second version of this wonderful novel that I have heard, and it exceeded my expectations. My favorite part was the last chapter and the epilogue. The narrator – the second one I've heard do this story – was excellent. I had selected the story you shared with my wife, and she loved it as well. (Eric Schneider)