the writers style
I loved the intertwining of the base story with the underlying ones and the way they were revealed
When Lucy was passing
I enjoyed this book. I just feel that I might have liked the abridged version better. Some time was spent on describing scenes that could have been left out.
All in all, it was a very good book. I especially loved the humor.
Be sure to have tissues handy towards the end. You will need them.
I am a Pat Conroy fan. His novels are complex, and there's always someone quite deranged in the plot somewhere. This venture is set once again in SC low country, steeped in Southern culture (with all its virtues and vices), and oozing with messy family relationships. There is romance, tragedy, and hard-won dignity.
Spend some hours contemplating how the characters got to this point, and how they will go forward.
A worthwhile read.
I'm sure i would have never finished the print version, this was so long, I even had to put the audio book aside twice. It could have been several smaller novels.
Hmm. Hard to say. The author had an interesting and skilled writing style. I cannot say that it is my favorite style, only that the flowery style of wriign he chose to use he did well. I prefer less embroidered writing and a faster moving plot, however I don't take this away from the author, he has a right to his stylized way of writing.
None. It all got a bit tedious after it had gone on for so long.
He is a great writer, he will have his fans. I'd prefer to see his work tightly edited in a film than try to get though one of his books again. There is also a repetition of child rape in several of his books. Authors do sometimes repeat themes, so having read a couple now I'll not read another. He is a master of prose, I'm more a fan of a faster moving great story. My summer, would be better with fewer words, but then it wouldn't be a Pat Conroy. Definitely one for the Pat Conroy fan.
Great value if you like a long listen.
I loved this book from beginning to end.
Firstly, it's not just one story but a patchwork of many intersecting stories. Reading it is like peeling an onion as the author skillfully uncovers layer after layer and reveals its secrets. The dialogue is brilliant, the stories told with great passion and sincerity and I found myself laughing out loud in some of the scenes and I cried as the author personalized the impact of the holocaust on a Southern family.
Probably the scene of the four friends on the fishing trip, when they find themselves in the grip of terrifying nature and they can do nothing to avoid or control. Pat Conroy skillfully reveals levels of character, world view and spirituality in the way the characters endure their trial by water.
Yes, I couldn't put it down and it made me crazy every time my smartphone battery went flat and I had to stop reading till it re-charged.
In particular I would like to praise the reader of the book. I so enjoyed his beautiful Southern drawl and the way he expressed the different personalities. I would love to read more narrated by Jonathan Marosz.
of course ,like watching a good movie you always miss something.
very emotional for me, touches a lot of different parts of my life.
When mr. fox tries to make him understand what him tell ing his story to Shayla did to her.How it affected her making her feel she had lived by mistake.*2 Grandma and Leigh with the turtles.
READ THIS BOOK !!!
just fueling my book addiction
The characters, so many amazing characters! Its so easy to get wrapped up in the amazing detail of each of their stories.
Pat Conroy is such an elegant writer. He puts so much thought in to the details and backstories of each aspect of the book.
This book includes some heartbreaking stories about the holocaust, losing loved ones, and relationships ending and beginning.
This is one of my favorite books of all time.
Pat Conroy's ability to convey so much truth about humanity and the deep enduring influence of family dynamics, and his incredibly rich use of language and words to accomplish what he does!
This would be in my top 3 books.
Jack was such a complex character which made him very interesting.
I've not listened to any of his other recordings but you can bet I'll be looking for them now.
I listen on my commute to work and unfortunately this book was so good I would sit in my car, in the parking garage, on Chicago's minus 45 degree mornings to listen to just a little bit more. I received some strange looks.