Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Pat CONROY ... The Prince of Tides (1986)

ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVOURITE NOVELS, The Prince of Tides (“My wound is geography. It is also my anchorage, my port of call.”) (1986) is generally considered Pat Conroy’s best work. I first read it in 1986 when it first came out. It has everything: traumatic childhood incidents and dysfunctional families, abusive fathers, marriages on the verge of disintegrating, midlife crises, alcoholism, suicides, poetry and psychiatry, and a story told in a prose style that cries, sings and bleeds all at the same time.

1. The Great Santini (1976) / Pat Conroy
2. The Lords of Discipline (1980) / Pat Conroy
3. The Prince of Tides (1986) / Pat Conroy
4. Beach Music (1995) / Pat Conroy


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