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The Lost Prince

A Search for Pat Conroy
Narrated by: Bob Souer
Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
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Pat Conroy was America's poet laureate of family dysfunction. A larger-than-life character and the author of such classics as The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini, Conroy was remembered by everybody for his energy, his exuberance, and his self-lacerating humor.  

Michael Mewshaw's The Lost Prince is an intimate memoir of his friendship with Pat Conroy, one that involves their families and those days in Rome when they were both young - when Conroy went from being a popular regional writer to an internationally best-selling author. Family snapshots beautifully illustrate that time. Shortly before his 49th birthday, Conroy telephoned Mewshaw to ask a terrible favor. With great reluctance, Mewshaw did as he was asked - and never saw Pat Conroy again.  

Although they never managed to reconcile their differences completely, Conroy later urged Mewshaw to write about "me and you and what happened... i know it would cause much pain to both of us. but here is what that story has that none of your others have." The Lost Prince is Mewshaw's fulfillment of a promise.

©2019 Michael Mewshaw (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Loving ode to a fascinating friendship

The Lost Prince is exceptional and I highly recommend it. I listened to the entire book in one sitting, straight through, without stopping. (Yes, it’s that gripping!) Mewshaw’s prose is exquisite and he paints such an insightful and vivid picture of his relationship with Pat Conroy. To help tell the story, Mewshaw weaves in correspondence between the two friends and other previously unpublished material. The Lost Prince is a must for fans of Conroy, as well as a must for anyone who has ever loved or lost a friend.

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Troubling

Why would anyone take the time to write a book about such a flawed subject? It is ultimately pathetic that , while protesting his love for Pat Conroy, the author ultimately throws his friend under the bus by revealing the private conversations, personal demons, and unflattering traits of his subject. It left a bad taste in my mouth.

Of course, an untreated alcoholic is going to be a shithead. Did we need to spend 7 hours listening to an illustration of this truth?

Anyhow, anyone who makes a living documenting their celebrity writer friends is a vampire.

I came away no wiser about Pat Conroy but I do recall enjoying Conroy's books so he has overcome his biographer.

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Boe fort? Please correct this.

I loved this book. I loved the reader. I am a native South Carolinian. I am sure that Pat Conroy Is rolling over in his grave every time the reader comes to the name Beaufort. It is pronounced bju fort not boe fort. Where was the editor? Can this be corrected so that other listeners do not cringe as this mispronunciation?