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.
"A wonderfully rich, informative, and well-researched reminiscence...this book is a gem." (Library Journal)
Another Conroy success! every time I read/listen to one of his books, I think it's the best. Then I read the next one. the only negative on this audio version, the mispronounced Beaufort.
The book had me hooked right from the start. The author did a great job of putting his memorable season on paper and covered everything, that keep you coming back for more... I loved it
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.
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.
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.
I was really disappointed by the reading of this book, especially the many mispronunciations of places important in Conroy's past. Every time this narrator said "Bo-fort" (which was MANY), I found myself yelling "Bew-fort" aloud in irritation. That kind of repeated error can be very distracting for someone who is familiar with Conroy and his past.
Overall I really liked the book itself, and would recommend that someone new to Conroy read some of his other books first, for context... Especially Lords of Discipline.
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