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)
What a wonderful "read"! Brought back many memories!
The narrator did a superb job with the exception of pronunciation of military and Citadel-specific phrases.
Each time I heard "as you were" and "shako", I couldn't help but cringe as it grated across my eardrums like the screeching of chalk across the chalkboard.
It's a small, pedantic complaint... Yet any former cadet of "The Institute" would no doubt experience the same distaste.
Nonetheless, overall praise for an excellent novel, and an excellent reading of it!
A Friend of St. Paul
I highly recommend this book, and reach far beyond all expectations and I found Conroy's use of the English language truly beautiful and powerfully delivered by the narrator. It is one of those books that I will return to and read again, hopefully sometime in the near future. This book has inspired me to read anything Pat Conroy has ever written, including his cookbook, which I have to admit is not my forte.
clever, intelligent, thoughtful
South of Broad, Pat Conroy. Amazing character development, psychological
Great differentiation of characters. Pace
Yes! Too long, however. Listened on a long road trip and made the trip go fast and was very enjoyable to pass the time.
Can't go wrong with Pat Conroy.
Amy Life long avid reader, especially of poetry, literary and popular fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and some non-fiction.
The narration was simply superb! I had previously read this book, but there is something about hearing a "Southern" book read in southern dialogue that makes the story come to life.
The most memorable moments occur when the full story of betrayal is revealed to Will McClain.
My favorite character was Dante Pignetti, the one completely loyal and guileless member of the class of 1967.
The most memorable character was Will McClain. Pat Conroy is a master of character development, and Will is the main character, a young man coming of age.
This is not only a coming of age story but a novel dealing with systemic evil, illustrating the corruption that absolute power brings with it, and the class structure of the Old South as Will McClain learned it in Charleston. In addition, Pat Conroy's prose is poetic and sensual. I fell into this book.
It's a coming of age story at a military school in the south in the 1960s, and a part of the story is the school being integrated. If the n word that rhymes with bigger bothers you, be warned that word is in the book many times. Otherwise, a decent story, decently performed. If you like other Conroy books you'd probably like this too.
J. Jason Gale
A young man's college career is spent suffering at the hands of a secret society. After four years he discovers the members and leader of the murderous cult. He calls them bad names and graduates. The end. The other eighteen hours are description and narration.
Okay, I gladly admit the description and narration are very well written; Conroy has a gift for words. And that added to my frustration: I anticipated a more satisfying story.
Books have two parts: What is said (the story and its structure); and How it's said (the words themselves). This work was a powerhouse of the latter but sorely wanted for the former. In the end, highfalutin words without a story are like boats with fancy sails adrift on the sand dunes in a desert.
One of my favorite!
I was reluctant to purchase this book, I am a HUGE Pat Conroy fan but wondered "am I going to enjoy a military story???" It is a great story, told wonderfully. Dan John Miller does a great job narrating. I am almost done with it and will be sad when it is over.
The story as well as the narrator; wonderful story that the narrator put to life.
The description of Charleston. I went to visit Charleston a month ago just because of the book. On my way there, I made my husband listen to the book too. He enjoyed it.
He was able to bring the different characters to life: I was suffering with them and laughing with them and crying with them too. What a great narrator!
Why do you want to change perfection?
Record Conroy's Beach Music read by the same narrator.
I favor history, non-fiction, lectures, and the occasional purely fictitious work. I also listen to many children's books with my family.
Well ... no.. not hated... but thought I wouldn't complete.
I felt that this book wouldn't be for me at all after listening for a hour or two, but I really loved Prince of Tides, and I listened on. The book was quite harsh in it's descriptions of the hazing and treatment of cadets and had me on the fence as to where things were headed. I would be reluctant to recommend this to folks who are easily put off by mental and physical torment, I know my wife wouldn't want to push through these.
Anyway, it didn't take Pat much longer to have me completely as he did with Tides. The story really is great and I was compelled to listen at every opportunity. One thing about the two Conroy books I have had the pleasure of listening to is that they are not feel-good books... and that's actually refreshing.
Well - I'm not really offering you much to go on here I guess... the story is, I guess, a coming of age tale set in a southern military institute (The Citadel) prior to the Vietnam War. The tale revolves around the narrator and a few key friends who must face a flawed system bent on creating 'the whole man'.
Still this does nothing but set the story a bit ... and I'm not sure how much more to provide in a review so i will just end by saying I highly recommend this book. It's one of my favorites of the past year. It lands just south of Prince of Tides - which surprised me since I found the beginning a challenge.
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