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South of Broad Paperback – Large Print, Aug 11 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Large Print; Lrg edition (Aug. 11 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739328441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739328446
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3.2 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,882,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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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.

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Format: Hardcover
Not surprisingly this book has a strong southern tone both in the narrative and in the dialogue between the characters. The story originates out of Charleston where Leo King, the principal character through whose eyes we see the plot develop, grows up under the shadow of his brother's death, a fact introduced early and that colors the rest of the book. He grows up trying to emerge from destructive forces in his own life such as his reaction to his brother's death, a domineering mother and the problems of some other people roughly his own age that are destined to become lifelong friends. These include Sheba and Trevor, Betty and Ike, Chad and Molly and others. This group of people with whom he marches through time form an ever changing dynamic of love affairs, deep friendships, destructive personal habits, and events that tend to destroy personalities or build them and take them to extraordinary heights. Conroy takes one to the extremes in personal relationships, therefore. The dialogue is colorful, emotional and at times salty and bawdy or even locker-room like but generally speaking stimulating and entertaining.
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Format: Hardcover
I have to declare this up-front: Pat Conroy is one of my five modern literature gods.

But I could not finish this novel.

I tried.

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)
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Format: Hardcover
I was very excited to get an advance copy of "South of Broad" through a friend of the authors. Conroy has been one of my favorite authors since I read the excellent "Prince of Tides" Years ago. The author is one of the best at developing living breathing characters that you actually care about and can believe in.

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!
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Format: Hardcover
I absolutely loved South of Broad, but then I expected to, but not even I could predict what a GLORIOUS read it would be! I've been a fan for years, feeling that Pat Conroy is writing with me in mind and feeling a kinship between us through his writing. When I joined a book club for the first time last fall (and I was most reluctant to do so, but thought I should expand my horizons since I'm now retired), I saw there was a new Pat Conroy book out and chose it without even seeing it - knowing it would be an excellent choice. I was not disappointed! If I were a dog, I would have drooled on every page - such a wondrous wordsmith is he! The characters although tragic by times, and flawed, triumph in the end and I found there was hope for mankind despite all our flaws. Everything, every little nuance of plot line, is tied together at the end. This was one of those books that I hated to end. I will read and re-read this as I have all the Conroy books. I realize that there has been some criticism of his rather florid story line and characters, but to me, it was a story, and it kept me reading - glued to the book, never wanting it to end. Perhaps, some of it was a tad contrived, but, after all, it was a novel. It was without a doubt one of the best books I've read in years. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Pat Conroy, for such an amazing book!
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Format: Hardcover
"My freshly shined shoes moved across the Oriental carpets as I looked for a uniformed guard to halt my progress towards the inner sanctum of the club, but the few men I passed neither noticed or spoke to me as I moved towards the murmurous conversations of the lunchtime crowd. Outside the Cooper River was lined with white sails limp in the breathless air like butterflies ..............."

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.
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