This powerful and breathtaking novel is the story of four cadets who have become bloodbrothers. Together they will encounter the hell of hazing and the rabid, raunchy, and dangerously secretive atmosphere of an arrogant and proud military institute. They will experience the violence. The passion. The rage. The friendship. The loyalty. The betrayal. Together, they will brace themselves for the brutal transition to manhood... and one will not survive.
With all the dramatic brilliance he brought to The Great Santini, Pat Conroy sweeps you into the turbulent world of these four friends - and draws you deep into the heart of his rebellious hero, Will McLean, an outsider forging his personal code of honor, who falls in love with a whimsical beauty... and who undergoes a transition more remarkable then he ever imagined possible.
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“Reading Pat Conroy is like watching Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel." (Houston Chronicle)
“The Lords of Discipline is, simply, an American classic." (Larry King)
I am retired. Hospital pharmacist for 40 years prior. Hobby-Photography and microscopes.
At the top
When Pig killed himself
The voice changes
Yes, but I didn't
Why anyone would want to go through the freshman year at the Citadel is a mystery.
Thank God some do.
Yes. I felt my emojions like I have not done so i a long time in a book.It aslo introduced you to worlds that you did not personally know, but yuou knedw existed. I saw small parts of this groups as I was tested for survfiaval training by being hit in the nose till it bled and then curled to be left in a little dog house in the sun. Then had my hand tied and graged through the camp as an example to fellow navel personal who would not play the games their way. All it took wa a Name rank and serial number to get moved up/ To eat we had to smash through the mrines. I was not that hugry.When we got to Viet Nam, I was left in charge of my crew and had a good life. I did feel emotions as theindividuals went through their individual triumps, which often lead to worse tha imagined, but lwft the men fighting a team.Yes I felt some real emothions, for myself and for those who can say,
The train rides, the trips to roof, the comraderie for good and wrong reasons.
He made it happen. I could not have read this book with the strength tha I listedned to it with.A lot of cussing and yelling was hard to take, but it made you listen to the real world. I would have read it at half the volume.
Any of them I could have got to speak the truth about where they wee coming from at the time.
A must rea for any youn person consideringthe military. I realize it is not that way today, the the awaeness that it might , and the respect that it could is worth it. I saw a 1st Class try to ship me our on my wdding day, so save me from getting married. I saw the tragedies of war, and I saw the bonds of my fellow men. This book sort of brough me back to all of those and more.
What I liked most about this book is that it is not a formula story. The story does not follow a set pattern where every trail leads to the predictable end. I loved the depth of the characters and found myself drawn into this book more than I had anticipated.
Pat Conroy's rich prose wonderfully describes life as a cadet at the Citadel with several intricate mysteries with surprising endings as a bonus. A must read for Conroy fans!
Fantastic book, and a fantastic first listen on Audible. I was kind of skeptical about how I'd take to audiobooks, but I found myself spellbound--looking for reasons to keep listening. Miller does an excellent job of differentiating characters with his voice, and he seems the perfect choice to portray narrator Will McLean. Highly recommended.
I am a retired assistant professor at Eastern Oregon University who plays ukulele, bass, and sings.
I listen to a lot of audiobooks.This is one of the best I have heard. I will not forget this book---ever! The narrator of this sad, riveting tale made me want to ignore everything to listen to more of the story. Conroy has the skill to steep the listener into the physical world yet portray the deep-inner thoughts of all the characters. The characters are believable and the turns of fate and choice make their relationships memorable. I learned a lot about integrity, honor, and truth from this book.
I liked the book but found that it dragged a little in the middle. Seemed to be just more college boy pranks. But as the story developed I found it very intriguing. It was a disturbing and sad story. Dan Miller did an exceptional job as narrator, he took on the personality of each character. Once I got into the story, the last third, I couldn't put it down.
I thought he was a pretty good reader, but his mispronunciations were distracting. Fete, effete, papist, archtype are a few.
This is the best book I've read or listened to in many years ... extremely literate, great characterizations, plot twists and turns. It's alternately sweet, frightening, gruesome, beautiful, poetic, and always interesting. I'm not ashamed to say that there were tears in my eyes as the book ended. Highly, highly recommended.
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