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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
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
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
Just finished the book. It has stirred emotions in me that I had forgotten about my own childhood. My mind is still trying to wrap itself around the craziness. Love conquered all -- didn't expect to fall head over heels for Santini. Your brutal honesty both appalls me and fascinates me. Well done.
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 20:04 pm 7104 Email Remove
Dear Mr. Conroy, I and my husband attended your Talking Volumes interview last night with Kerri Miller, and we enjoyed you and your comments enormously. I was surprised to read in your last book and during the performance of your connections to Minnesota. Of course, I loved the comments about journals, especially since I as a classroom English teacher for 30 years had the journal as part of the daily assignment. . . at all grade levels from 7th through 12th grade. Our school values writing and the students' work always improved and were a delight to read.
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 14:11 pm 7102 Email Remove
I really liked this book. It spoke so clearly of the importance of coming to terms with difficult relationships, it never happens the way you want it to. I have enjoyed your writing for years. Since I have spent a lot of time on Fripp Island the books are even more special. I met you one morning in the General Store on the Island, one of the best moments on Fripp. Thanks for the wonderful books. Most of them have been signed by you. Nancy
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 14:28 pm 7095 Email Remove
To Rick in St. Paul:
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 14:19 pm 7090 Email Remove
I heard that Mr. Conroy first saw his future wife on a bus which he subsequently ran after to meet her; a good story whether that is true or not! Thanks for the great stories.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 20:22 pm 7079 Email Remove
Hi Mr Conroy, enjoying the Great Santini on the train after helping my mother prepare to move from her - and my boyhood - home. I just loved the line describing the ability of Ben's Little League coach to turn a.. 'boy into a king.' Beautiful. Wonderful story, a lot of hard work. Don't get me started on "Beach Music". Also loved your book on writing, very interesting. You leave me, lapsed Catholic, nostalgic for a time that was simpler and when less was questioned.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 15:34 pm 7078 Email Remove
|Linda C Lorick
Hi Pat: Austin and Sarah Jane want to see you at the signing. Austin is studying pre -med now at USC and SJ is a good writer and student. Uncle Gene would be soooo proud! He told me they were smart kids. They love seeing that you remember Gene in your book again. I never got My Losing Season signed for them so hope to see you in Columbia soon. We still miss "Uncle Gene" so much. Take care, David and Linda Lorick 2011 Cedarbrook CT, Columbia, SC 28212 Ph: 803-781-4483
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 21:08 pm 7075 Email Remove
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