I had not read this since high school (a long time ago). I did not particularily like it in HS, but thought that it deserved a second try since we tend to enjoy things more when we are not being forced to do them. And it was mentioned in a recent romantic comedy as being the book that the heroine read every year at Christmas. I was sure that it was better than I remember and I too would becme a devoted fan, if not an "annual" one. I was wrong. In fact, I think that it was worse the second time around. Not one single character in there worth any empathy at all - with the possible exception of the ever present and snarling dogs. When people are that awful, it is truly hard to care about them!
I loved Georgia!
The unexpected turns and the hilarious details.
Georgia takes over the Sunday Morning Service!
Whether you approve or disapprove of her activities, you have to applaud her resourcefulness and cheer for her to come out on top (no pun intended!).
Life isn't always easy and it isn't always sweet, but it can be highly entertaining just the same. What a wonderful cast of women - each and every one as true to themselves as they could possibly be.
A few hints of "Steele Magnolias" and "Crazy In Alabama".
Laughter and tears are always the best combination!
I have a long commute, so I listen to MANY books. I often just glance through the descriptions and pick at random based on some little thing that caught my eye. This one was a jewel! I do not know how I discovered it, and can't remember why I picked it - but I am certainly glad that I did. It gives a new perspective on consequences of choices that we make in life - even the seemingly small and casual ones. The story of interwoven lives that unravel.....so much is sad but such a good listen.
Because I just picked this title out of the blue, I did not know that it was a true story. That info is in the description, I just didn't read it! Oh, if we could all be so lucky as to have a George Corrigan in our lives! This one is filled with some tough emotions, but it is served up with a huge helping of hope and love. Anyone that has cared for a parent and their own children at the same time can relate on a lot of levels.
This is one of those emotional and personal journeys that should not be missed. It is a great perspective from both sides of the coin. For those of us that lived through the 60's, it is riveting. For those that didn't, it will be eye opening.
A thought provoking listen that covers joy, sorrow, laughter, heartbreak - a full range of emotions. You can't help but fall in love with Homer and all of his short comings. If you have seen the movie, you need to experience the book. Hope you enjoy both as much as I did!
Pat Conroy has an almost lyrical way of expressing himself and that is all the more evident in the audio production of this book. The beauty of his words holds true even when the event is painful or horrific. It is a captivating tale filled with sarcasitc wit, family secrets, and tragedy on an epic scale. The South is always a character in itself in his novels and this one is no exception. This is one of my favorite Conroy novels, and I frequently give it as a gift to friends unfamiliar with his work. Take a trip to Pat Conroy's South and you will never quite look at it the same again - but it will seduce you just the same.
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