Pat Conroy RIP…. Low Country Bard

Pat Conroy
BobLee
March05/ 2016

“The Wingos” of Prince Of Tides had me LOLing …. thanks to the troubled genius of Pat Conroy. Prince Of Tides

Southern Dysfunctional families have been a popular fiction genre since the invention of paper and movable type; but no one elevated it to NYT Best-seller lists quite like Pat Conroy.  Pat Conroy was The Grand Master of The Southern Dysfunctional Family novel.

I have “enjoyed” the several I have read… but can’t read them back-to-back.  The dysfuntionality is too intense.

Pat Conroy died Friday from pancreatic cancer.  He was 70.  The South Carolina Low Country lost a literary legend.

I never met Conroy.  I understand he was in a lifelong battle with internal demons ….. the same demons his characters battled in his dozen or so novels.

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Pat Conroy’s Official Website…..

http://www.patconroy.com/

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Brad
Brad
4 years ago

BL,

Conroy’s The Great Santini and The Death of Santini are outstanding stories of the author’s journey through life. You should find time to read them both. It will be time well spent.

Brad in Fuquay

Doug
Doug
4 years ago

My Losing Season was not his most popular book but it was my most enjoyable PC read.

Doug
Doug
4 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

A little fuzzy with my memory but I think Willie Taylor was on the freshman team.

Ray Stallings
Ray Stallings
4 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

BL, I’m a Goldsboro High School class of 1962 former athlete (basketball and tennis) and could spend hours reminiscing with you about our mutual remembrances about the battles between GHS and the Kinston Red Devils. In regards to your mention of the EMI basketball team, I saw the EMI team play at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base against the base team. The EMI team also included Chris Ellis(Virginia Tech) and a 7- foot lefty from Windsor, NC( who could hardly run and chew gum) that I think was recruited by The Citadel. After the game, the EMI van pulled up… Read more »

Doug
Doug
4 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

From Wikipedia: Southwood College was founded in 1874 in Salemburg, North Carolina and closed in 1973. For many years, two schools, Edwards Military Institute and Pineland College, operated on the same site; on July 1, 1965 the institutions officially became Southwood College.”

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