South of Broad Paperback – Large Print, Aug 11 2009
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Praise for South of Broad
"Conroy is an immensely gifted stylist…. No one can describe a tide or a sunset with his lyricism and exactitude."—Chris Bohjalian, The Washington Post
"Conroy writes with a momentum that's impossible to resist."—People, 3 of 4 stars.
"Beautifully written throughout…. Conroy is a natural at weaving great skeins of narrative, and this one will prove a great pleasure to his many fans."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Conroy is a master of American fiction and he has proved it once again in this magnificent love letter to his beloved Charleston, and to friendships that will stand the test of time."—Bookpage
Praise for Beach Music
"Astonishing . . . stunning . . . the range of passions and subjects that brings life to every page is almost endless." —Washington Post Book World
"Blockbuster writing at its best." —Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Pat Conroy's writing contains a virtue now rare in most contemporary fiction: passion." —Denver Post
"Reading Pat Conroy is like watching Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel." —Houston Chronicle
"Incandescent." —Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Grand." —Boston Globe
"Lyrical . . . evocative . . . Beach Music is one from the heart, and it beats with a vibrancy that cannot be denied." —Hartford Courant
"Breathtaking . . . perhaps the most eagerly awaited book of the year . . . a knockout." —Charlotte Observer
"Beach Music attains an almost ethereal beauty." —Miami Herald
"Few novelists write as well, and none as beautifully . . . Conroy's narrative is so fluid and poetic that it's apt to seduce you into reading just one more page, just one more chapter." —Lexington Herald-Leader
"Compelling storytelling . . . a page-turner . . . Conroy takes aim at our darkest emotions, lets the arrow fly, and hits a bull's-eye almost every time." —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
PAT CONROY is the bestselling author of The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, and My Losing Season. He lives in South Carolina.
From the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
But I could not finish this novel.
I got to page 206.
But trying to complete it began to take on a particularly masochistic bent.
I would sum up 'South of Broad' in several different ways:
"It is the bastard-child of a middle-aged English professor and the immature student he's having a woefully ill-advised affair with. He's provided the solid expositional material, while she's indulged her over-the-top side with the dialogue."
"Clearly, Conroy has undergone a massive mid-life crisis, resulting in his system being flooded with estrogen, perhaps even channeling some silk-robed effete from the 20s, resulting in what can only be categorized as the most scabrous sound-bites from the most execrably melodramatic films of the 30s and 40s."
"What was he THINKING?!?"
The novel is an utter mystery to me.
I cannot comprehend why it was published.
His editor should be brought up on charges.
I've never witnessed such a profound literary misstep...nor so calamitous a regression of talent.
I had no desire to find out how the story ended...not with the personal cost involved.
My final declaration is that my rating is inflated.
(Personal rating: 4/10)
This is the story of a diverse group of teenagers, from Charlston, NC, who form a friendship in the late 1960s having to grow up under the changes of that time period. They are a diverse group but all come from a particular place and a particular time. Over the following twenty years Conroy portrays the life and times of each of the characters in dramatic fashion. And the characters do live pretty dramatic lives from the legal profession to the music industry and Hollywood. But they all come from the same place yet with different backgrounds (the privileged to the struggling, from black and white). Within the story racism, religion, love, and lust are all explored . In the end they are all brought back together to face test none of the ever expected that will test the bonds of the friendships. Great, engaging fiction; fans of Conroy will be very pleased!
I have read the Prince of Tides and Beach Music, both great and I could not wait to start Mr. Conroy's latest.
This is a masterpiece in my humble opinion and I wish I could give South of Broad more than five stars, so discerning it would be.
South is a novel that gets under your skin allowing you to remember your growing up days, partying non-stop and having long hang-outs and partaking in those things which young people generally go through before they find their place in the world and know what careers they want to pursue. Actually what they want from life period. The characters in South are diverse and have their own stories to tell.
We meet Sheba and Trevor Poe who are twins from a dysfunctional family with an alcoholic mother and a father you don't really want to know about. These beautiful twins are taken in by the compassionate King family.......the main characters of this book.
Molly Huger the socialite and Chadworth Rutledge have a love-hate relationship, and are from upscale families, but this does not stop them from being part of the circle of friends.
Niles and Starla Whitehead were poor children from the mountains who made their world amongst these folk.
Ike and Betty a black couple who appear as no nonsense people.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Took me a long time to actually warm to this book -- it's way too long and could have been moved along much faster -- too much time is spent on background and "hazy"... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jilla Lonsdale
A very intense, and well written book. The story line was both intriguing and thrilling at the same time. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Winkles
Very well written account of the City of Charlston with a great plot and excellent character development.Published 18 months ago by alex williamson
Once again, Pat Conroy writes a book where there's a poem on every page! The first Conroy novel I read was "Prince of Tides"... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Blue Dog
Full of descriptions of Charleston that are like paintings with scent,the story keeps tumbling along like a river, taking the reader to unexpected places. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2014 by Chaya G.
I have always enjoyed Conway'w writing and often I read sentences over again just to appreciate the structure and vocabulary. This book is wonderful!Published on Dec 4 2013 by Elizabeth Taillefer
I love Pat Conroy's novels, so I eagerly dove into this one. It was interesting and very conroyesque!!! Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2011 by catterwally
This is the first book that I have read by Pat Conroy-wonderful!
This was amazing & so true to life, not offensive. We do live in a messed up world. God must cry a lot. Read more