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RIP Pat Conroy

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Moderator1, Mar 4, 2016.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

  2. SFIND

    SFIND Well-Known Member

    My Losing Season is the best memoir I've read. RIP.
  3. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    I liked "My Losing Season", as well. But, wow, what a rip job that was of his coach. :)

    Conroy was one of my favorite authors when I was younger. "The Lords of Discipline" was my introduction to him, and what a great, searing introduction it was. Probably still ranks as one of the best books I've ever read. "My Losing Season" was probably my second-favorite among his books.
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  4. Neutral Corner

    Neutral Corner Well-Known Member

    I got onto him when "The Water is Wide" came out. It's been a long, lovely ride. RIP.
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  5. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    My brother and I identified pretty strongly with Bull Meecham's kids in The Great Santini, so there's that. We still call our dad Santini. It was a powerful book. I also enjoyed Prince of Tides quite a bit. After that, I picked up a couple more of his books but they began to sound alike.
  6. Webster

    Webster Well-Known Member

    He wrote the same book every time, but it was a fantastic book.
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  7. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

  8. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    I liked "The Water is Wide," didn't like "The Prince of Tides," and have tried a couple of times but could never finish "The Great Santini." I'm not sure why that was. It just didn't appeal, perhaps because I found it very unlike my family and childhood. Maybe I'll try it again, in memoriam.
  9. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    I've probably read, "My Losing Season" three times, and will read it again. Lots of connections to my alma mater in that book.
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  10. John

    John Well-Known Member

    My first writing job out of college was in Columbia, S.C. And every day I recalled Conroy's line in Lords of Discipline: "Columbia, what an armpit of a city."

    I think I've read everything he's written, some numerous times. For decades my family has vacationed on the South Carolina coast, so every trip there was like a trip into a Conroy novel (minus all the discord and tragedy).
  11. cyclingwriter2

    cyclingwriter2 Well-Known Member

    A buddy of mine took a newspaper job in beaufort with the hopes of meeting conroy. Never did until he was about to leave town. It turns out conroy went to the convenience store my buddy's wife worked at almost every other day. My buddy was in there when conroy walked in afterward told his wife who that was. She had no idea a regular was her husband's idol.
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  12. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Introduced to Conroy via The Great Santini. It was recommended by some guys who loved it and didn't really read books.

    Read everything he wrote. Wasn't a huge fan of Prince of Tides but loved everything else.
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