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L K MarshallIndiana

I have just finished reading My Reading Life and have laid out to read next War and Peace, which was a gift two Christmases ago. I'd be curious to know which translation is Mr. Conroy's favorite.


Wed, Mar 9, 2011 16:32 pm 1447 Email Remove
Chip MitiguyIra, Vermont

I have just sandwiched John Irving's Last Night at Twisted River between South of Broad and now A Reading Life. Pat, you have reached out in the pitch of my nights for 30 years, consoling and understanding the damaged youth and confused man I have been. While I have not responded to life's challenges with your grace, I am quite certain we shared the same playpen once upon a time, if not the same parents.

As with John Irving, I tread slowly over your pages to make them last a bit longer than is natural for me. Halfway through your latest I was forced to put it down for a night or two, just to savor.

Now a query for fellow readers: this was one of the first I read on a Kindle and I am feeling almost disloyal to Pat, given our shared love of the hard copy of things. Others?


Wed, Mar 9, 2011 08:50 am 1445 Email Remove
Connie KleinSeattle, WA

Hi Pat, Just finished Lords of Discipline and got such a different picture of you and your life as a young student at the Citadel. Also got a glimpse into a world my son has inhabited and never discussed. Thank you. I think you are the best writer alive and will be rereading everything. Haven't read The Great Santini yet.


Tue, Mar 8, 2011 12:22 pm 1438 Email Remove
Anne RussellWrightsville Beach NC

PS to foregoing message: And I, too, had a violent father (bipolar) whom I loved deeply when he was "normal" and hated when he was in the grip of abusive mania (he eventually killed my mother at age 52). I well know that "scene" and its lifelong effects. I'm so glad you have the gift of words to balance the other stuff.


Mon, Mar 7, 2011 07:51 am 1431 Email Remove
Anne RussellWrightsville Beach NC

(PC, please see message I just wrote elsewhere on this site.) Your dedication to your "lost daughter" Susannah touches me deeply, as I, too, have a long-lost daughter (Betsy) under similar circumstances, and I ache for you, me, and them. I've read all your books since The Water is Wide (favorite), love the sea islands, lived in Charleston as a child. Hope to shake your hand some day. And may our adult children come home to our sheltering arms, with mercy in their hearts...


Mon, Mar 7, 2011 07:44 am 1430 Email Remove
Gary BellPowell, OH

Pat's writing is a special gift to all of us "displaced" southerners subject to the culture of the midwest where grits are served with milk. God bless Pat Conroy!!!


Fri, Mar 4, 2011 05:47 am 1414 Email Remove
Jessica FaithGeorgia

I have loved reading since I was a child, and my father gave me Beach Music about 4 years ago. I have read it many times since and it impacted my life in a way I cannot even express. Thank you.


Thu, Mar 3, 2011 22:03 pm 1410 Email Remove
Mary Lois JacksonColes Point, Virginia 22442

I have read all of your books and wait patiently for more. We have led very similar lives as children. I hope you find the PEACE you require to be happy and take comfort that you have eased others sadness by speaking for us who didn't have perfect childhoods. Thank You! Mary


Tue, Mar 1, 2011 15:04 pm 1397 Email Remove
Sandra CassimusOklahoma City

I was not aware that you had published another book until I found "My Reading Life" at Full Circle Bookstore in OKC. I read it straight through and loved it, as I always love your books. Wish you could have been here this weekend for the nation's biggest used booksale by OKC Friends of the Library. I will never catch up with you but I bought several classics you recommended in your book. Congrats on another page-turner--hope you come to OKC soon!


Sat, Feb 26, 2011 21:24 pm 1382 Email Remove
Nicholas Braggwinston salem nc

I know people who are accomplished and have acheived fame, always feel like people still want something from them. I don't. I just want to say Thank You for giving me a great diversion from my life into another world, whether it be great humour, great drama, or great insanity. I need to get a break and you gave me one. Thank You, and tomorrow I start on my second book, a good idea? Take Care Mr. Patroy.


Thu, Feb 24, 2011 18:18 pm 1375 Email Remove
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