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My Losing Season | [Pat Conroy]

My Losing Season

America's ultimate storyteller reveals the story of his own boyhood. With poignance and humor Pat Conroy (author of Beach Music) reveals the inspirations behind his unforgettable characters, pinpoints the emotions that shaped his own character as a young boy, and ultimately recaptures his passage from athlete to writer.
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Publisher's Summary

In 1954, in Orlando, Florida, nine-year-old Pat Conroy discovered the game of basketball. Orlando was another new hometown for a military kid who had spent his life transferring from one home to another; but when the "new kid" got his hands on the ball, the course of his life changed dramatically. From that moment until he was 21, the future author defined himself through the game of basketball.

In My Losing Season, Conroy takes listeners through his last year as point guard and captain of the Citadel Bulldogs. He also tells the story of his heartbreaking childhood and of the wonderful series of events that conspired to rescue his spirit.

In the 1966-67 season, the Citadel basketball team enjoyed a few victories and suffered a string of defeats, but their true triumphs came when the team pulled together and played the kind of joyous basketball that exceeded the sum of the players' individual talents. And their true humiliations came at the hands of their disciplinarian coach, who counted on the fear and cowering obedience he inspired in his young players to carry the day on the court.

And so, without the safeguard of fiction, America's ultimate storyteller turns to the story of his own boyhood. With poignance and humor Conroy reveals the inspirations behind his unforgettable characters, pinpoints the emotions that shaped his own character as a young boy, and ultimately recaptures his passage from athlete to writer.

Includes an afterword read by the author.

©2002 Pat Conroy; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award Finalist, Adult Non-Fiction, 2003
  • Alex Award Winner, 2003

"A wonderfully rich, informative, and well-researched reminiscence...this book is a gem." (Library Journal)

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    Larry Pittsford, NY, USA 10-31-03
    Larry Pittsford, NY, USA 10-31-03
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    "Pat Conroy is Great!"

    This is the first Conroy book I have experienced, but certainly not the last. His style and creative use of language held me captive for the entire book. It is easy to see that his treatment by his father has left lasting marks on his being, but also helped him to become the writer he is. I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to experience the life of a young man growing up. It's not just about basketball.

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    Thomas J. Sandy Hook, CT, USA 04-05-03
    Thomas J. Sandy Hook, CT, USA 04-05-03
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    "Highly Recommended"

    Even if you're like me and don't particularlly like basketball, you'll be caught up in this engaging view into Pat Conroy's life. Brilliantly read by Chuck Montgomery.

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    Julie Raleigh, NC, USA 07-25-03
    Julie Raleigh, NC, USA 07-25-03
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    "Relateable"

    This book is something everyone can relate. We have all had these feelings at one point or another, Conroy manages to verbalize them so well. It is a wonderful story of an athlete's struggle with its quality amplified due to the fact it is a true story.

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