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Beverly LittleMurrells Inlet, SC

Mr. Conroy,
In 1974, new to SC, I was hired to teach junior high school in Bluffton. I was told that before I went to work there I should read The Water is Wide. I discovered that several of the students were brought over from 'Fuskie on Monday morning by boat and were put up at Abe's Fish Camp during the week. Your insights into those students helped me tremendously and I have read all your books.

I have recently moved to Murrells Inlet. Last Friday I purchased My Reading Life. It has been a long time since a book has moved me as that one did. How can you make me want to read both James Dickey and War and Peace? Your insight into Gone with the Wind was amazing.

Thank you for many hours of pleasure and insight over the last forty years.


Tue, Jul 16, 2013 07:05 am 6477 Email Remove
Sheila Bishop

Reread Beach Music, haven't read it since the first time it came out so my memory didn't recall much of its greatness. It's one of the top four books of my life, Prince of Tides, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Gone With the Wind. Thank you for sharing your greatness with dumb old me.


Mon, Jul 8, 2013 18:55 pm 6472 Email Remove
Teever HandalColorado Springs, CO

I checked out Beach Music audio book from the library, and it took no time at all listening to the resitation of Conroy's book to know that no matter how wonderful the rendition there is nothing like letting his words sing in my head as my fingers caressed the paper. I have returned the CD's early and unfinished, gone to my book shelves and pulled down the paper to reread and fall in love for the thousanth time with his prose.


Thu, Jun 13, 2013 00:22 am 6419 Email Remove
Rich LussierColumbia, SC

I am in the middle of your book, My Reading Life, and I have to tell you how much I love your presentation of Gene Norris, your former English teacher. When I started teaching (Spanish) at Beaufort High in 1982, Gene had me and another new teacher over his house for shrimp and grits. Having come from New England and recently graduated from a state teachers college there, Beaufort, as you may imagine, was quite a change for me. But Gene made me feel at home in Beaufort, and I made teaching in SC my life's work (I am now semi-retired and teach Latin part time at a public school in Columbia). Your books helped acclimate me to S.C., which has become such a part of me that I could never leave.
Thank you.


Tue, Jun 11, 2013 13:07 pm 6416 Email Remove
Chaniqua BushAurora, Co

Mr. Conroy,

You are without a doubt one of the most incredible writers that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. When I was 16 years old, about 10 yrs ago I had the lovely pleasure of meeting you and hearing excerpts from "My losing Season", I read Beach Music shortly thereafter and have been TOTALLY taken ever since. I looked at your schedule of events for "My Reading Life", and I see that you won't be making it to Colorado which breaks my heart. I wonder if there's anyway you might be willing to reconsider? Perhaps if I could gather enough fans in this area to advocate? PLEASE get back to me. It has been such an immensely life changing experience to have been introduced to your work.
Ya can't blame a girl for tryin :)


Fri, May 31, 2013 17:50 pm 6389 Email Remove
Christian WandtkeLower Saxony, Germany

Mr. Conroy,
I have been reading the great Santini and I have to say, I was fascinated. Because I had similar experience in my childhood. Nevertheless I joined the Army and after 34 years of service I retired recently, it is a bit strange, isn`it? To say we are brothers in spirit would be pretentious, of course, but in a way I feel like this. From Germany my warm regards and may God always protect you.
Chris
(sorry for my poor English....)


Wed, May 29, 2013 03:51 am 6382 Email Remove
Gayle CollierUnited States

I just watched The River is Wide. I still have tears in my eyes. Did you keep in touch with any of the children you taught on the island?


Sat, May 25, 2013 14:06 pm 6369 Email Remove
Mil PatrickDetroit

Conrack touched me in a way an adolescent girl could not verbally describe. As an adult Prince of Tides was a view into my memories and experiences. Your truth is so many people's truth. Thank you from a Carolina born girl.


Thu, May 23, 2013 22:41 pm 6348 Email Remove
Sheri NorrisLos Angeles, CA

I've had a love affair with your magniloquent prose since I was 14 and read Prince of Tides. However, Beach Music is my true lover. And goddamnit Pat, you better not die before I meet you or at least are in your presence for a fleeting moment of quiet desperation and bashful imposition! Are you one of those Southerners who is scared of big cities like Los Angeles? Even this hard-hearted city has hidden pockets of passion awoken by your authentic love of women, cooking, and the South. God bless Pat Conroy.


Sun, May 12, 2013 10:42 am 6231 Email Remove
Susan TrueAsheville, Nc

I just read your "My Writing Life" and now have a great book list! I have read all your books and think this is another great one, mores especially since it gives reading insight! Thank you.


Mon, May 6, 2013 17:53 pm 6172 Email Remove
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