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Michael Javiercoastal Virginia

My introduction to Pat Conroy was the book MY LOSING SEASON. Having also experienced one of those earth shattering seasons and fancied myself pro basketball material until my experiences on the hardwood convinced me otherwise, I found the themes resonated deeply with me. I never experienced the violent home life that Conroy depicted so convincingly, but the themes of loss and the emotional trauma he dealt with struck a chord with me. Since reading this tome shortly after it was released I have revisited it yearly (twice this year) and now having just completed THE DEATH OF SANTINI have found myself drawn as deeply into the life experience of Pat Conroy as I once was in my younger days (as Pat was ) to the life and death of Ann Frank. I love his phraseology and could go on but...


Sun, Dec 1, 2013 12:35 pm 7507 Email Remove
Corinne JohnsonSumter, SC

Where would I be had I never read Prince of Tides? Most likely I would never have been torpedoed into remembering a traumatic past, and chosen forgiveness instead of hate. Judging from some of the posts here, I am not alone in the phenomenal awareness-inducing influence of a Conroy chronicle. Somewhat reluctantly, however, I am breaking ranks with Pat's legion of fans who have devoured his latest gift. We empathetic creatures don't just read Pat's books, we experience them, and emotions can quickly chart their own course. After experiencing" Prince of Tides in 1988, everything in/on my body hurt except my hair and fingernails. They joined up the next day. Perhaps mid-summer for The Death of Santini, so the hot southern sun can bake the aching, grieving bones.
Forever grateful Pat.


Fri, Nov 29, 2013 12:56 pm 7341 Email Remove
Daniel ShookSan Francisco

My 11th grade English teach gave me The Lords of Discipline and that led me to The Prince of Tides which felt like Pat Conroy was writing about my family. I am forever grateful that he helped me learn to forgive my mother and truly appreciate her for the wonderful strong woman she continues to be. I just finished The Death of Santini and was particularly struck by the thought that art changes you.
Thank you Mr. Conroy for changing me.


Wed, Nov 27, 2013 23:28 pm 7237 Email Remove
David J. MooreSpokane, Washington

Pat… I just finished “The Death of Santini” and wanted to thank you for a thoroughly entertaining journey into the dark caverns of your family. Wow…what a ride! My only disappointment was that I would like to see your father’s and your family’s reaction to it. I can only imagine! When I read “The Great Santini” and saw the movie, I felt an identity to both. I was also a Marine pilot and identified with many of the issues of being a Marine family. We didn’t engage in the violence of your clan but multiple moves, deployments, and moving at night were familiar experiences. I didn’t know your father because I was in the helicopter community and would probably be considered as something less than human by him but I did know many fighter pilots.


Wed, Nov 27, 2013 21:06 pm 7234 Email Remove
Constance SpencerCharlotte, NC

Last night I waited in a small book store to have Pat sign books and during that period I witnessed one of the most gracious, kind and funny people I have ever met - and I am Chair of a Yale U. Board so I have met a lot of outstanding people! Pat introduced himself to everyone (though obviously not neccessary) shook each of our hands, posed for pictures and made amusing personal banter with each fan. His Citadel battalion commander was in front of me and so I saw that fans were treated just as well as his old aquaintances - extraordinary!
To top off this when I mentioned that I had a book in the store that had not made a sale yet, he promptly requested that he buy a copy and I sign it for him. That is a memory I will not forget - thank you Pat!


Tue, Nov 26, 2013 05:59 am 7207 Email Remove
Mary Ruth CurtisMount Dora, FL

Reading death of Santini and am finding it as good as all the others! Will check in when I have finished it.


Sun, Nov 24, 2013 15:53 pm 7175 Email Remove
Sherryl CaulfieldBrisbane, Australia

Dear Mr Conroy
I have just read the prologue for your new book and I cried for your pain and your brutal childhood. I'm looking forward to reading your latest book at Xmas. I came to you via your daughter Megan, whom I met in Munich, along with her friend Alex, back in 1990. They were talking about Prince of Tides, which I read not long after. I never got to thank her for introducing me to one of my all-time favourite authors. Please pass on my thanks and say Hi. I'm very much looking forward to seeing the ties between your fictional characters and fact. You write such beautiful tortured characters and have been an inspiration for my own books, The Iceberg Trilogy. Long may you live and write, forgive and heal, laugh and love.
xo Sherryl Caulfield


Thu, Nov 21, 2013 17:39 pm 7152 Email Remove
Dina SchuldnerLong Island, NY

I first discovered The Prince of Tides, then The Water is Wide, then The Great Santini and The Lords of Discipline, but it wasn't until I read Beach Music for the second time that I realized I had come from a scarred childhood like you did. I felt compelled to purge myself of the burden by writing, but discovered an interview you did that revealed the consequences to your family from your publishing The Great Santini. Your cautionary tale got me into therapy instead, where, 4 years later, I have altered my parents' behavior toward me by confronting them in private, incessantly, until they changed. Thank you for being the catalyst that has made me become whole again.


Thu, Nov 21, 2013 05:27 am 7143 Email Remove
Connie CameronMorgan Hill Calif

I have the greatest ex teacher ever. Pat Conroy was my English teacher when I was a Sophomore in Beaufort SC. I was able to attend one of his lectures when he Came to San Jose State back in the 90's. I still have the picture, best of all I have been a witness to his budding beginning to now as he has made peace with The Great Santini. I hope to meet my teacher again someday, but God I'm so old now. Mr Conroy you were o young! No wonder why all us girls were so gaga about you! Cheers to my Great Teacher!


Sat, Nov 16, 2013 16:25 pm 7114 Email Remove
Pamela DuranOklahoma City

Your Granny Stanny reminds me so much of my Aunt Eva who we all adored. Conservative estimate of marriages: 18. When she was in high school in Sentinel Oklahoma, near Elk City which they called the City, population 8,000, she laid out all night drunk and went home and got in bed in dress, stockings and hat. When her mother went in to wale her, she said, "Oh Evie, you've been out all night again". Eva replied, "No mama I just went to bed dressed up so I would be ready to go to church with you this morning". A million other similar anecdotes.


Fri, Nov 15, 2013 15:24 pm 7109 Email Remove
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