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Candace WhiteCenter Ridge, Arkansas

South of Broad is such a gift to read this cold, rainy day, such wonderful entertainment. It has made me cry, laugh, and all emotions in between.
What a great gift to us readers are you, Mr. Conroy. Thank you!


Sun, Oct 4, 2009 14:20 pm 414 Email Remove
Dan BranstromPalm Springs, CA

Felice,
I hadn’t thought to question why the family didn’t search further for a suicide motive in South of Broad. In light of recent history, I had the cause figured out early. (I’m not that bright, I guessed almost every other plot line wrong).
I rationalized that a family with hidden emotions, enduring the shock of a suicide would individually turn to self-recrimination, especially given the era it happened in and with someone diverting their attention. Also, the problems with the second son would re-focus the family’s attention away from what Catholics consider the mortal sin of suicide.

Out of the religious background, times, and development of the characters, their attitude would possibly be, “We don’t talk about that.”


Sun, Oct 4, 2009 12:12 pm 413 Email Remove
Dan BranstromPalm Springs, CA

I happen to think that Pat Conroy is a writer on the scale of the original Thomas Wolfe, but more concise. I have read as much of his writing as I possibly could, and even was lucky enough to see his screenplay for the docudrama “Unconquered” about Richmond Flowers Sr. & Jr. I didn’t realize he had anything to do with it until I saw the credits.

As a former Marine who was an airdale, I stayed away from The Great Santini for years because I misunderstood what the movie was about. I stumbled on a paperback copy of The Lords of Discipline, and that led me back to Santini and all of his other books and movies.

Pat, you've helped me understand my own father.


Sun, Oct 4, 2009 12:07 pm 412 Email Remove
Felice HunterPalos Verdes, CA

While overall I enjoyed South of Broad, I have many questions:
If brother Steve was such a happy person, why didn't Leo and the rest of the family question his suicide more? This seemed illogical although the ending became more of a surprise. Now if you could find some evidence to indict our present Cardinal of LA, I'd be cheering you on!
Also, there are several grammatical errors: this one page 492, hard cover is glaring.
"Walking down Broad Street, the city's soft hands continue to heal the lesions and distempers of my inflamed psyche."
The city's hands are walking down Broad Street, or Leo is?

Do you know anyone who is not DYSFUNCTIONAL?


Sun, Oct 4, 2009 11:05 am 411 Email Remove
MikeColorado

Hi. In SOB it is mentioned that Trevor and Sheba performed "lili marchese." Is this a real song? Who has performed it?


Sat, Oct 3, 2009 19:47 pm 410 Email Remove
Mary KulponDallas, Texas

Mr. Conroy-Please come to Dallas, Texas soon. We love you!


Sat, Oct 3, 2009 19:04 pm 409 Email Remove
Lynda Morris-JohnsonOregon

I enjoy your books more than just about any that I read. The latest one, South of Broad is one that I wish never ended. I hope it won't be so long till your next one. You are an exceptional storyteller!


Sat, Oct 3, 2009 11:35 am 408 Email Remove
Chris GriffinKnoxville, TN

First, what a wonderful adventure South of Broad was for me. Funny, touching, tragic and beautiful. I try to read other authors, but find that they can never capture southern characters or my favorite city on earth, Charleston as you do. Thank you for an incredible journey. As I read it, I could see the movie unfolding before me...I hope that comes true! Waiting for your next one now....


Sat, Oct 3, 2009 10:53 am 407 Email Remove
Cynthia J. BlakeRochester Hills, MI

You've done it again. South of Broad - can't stop reading it, yet don't want it to end. Thanks for a great reading experience.


Fri, Oct 2, 2009 17:21 pm 406 Email Remove
Emily PeterColonial Heights, Virginia

Thanks for another wonderful book (SOB). Since I am a huge fan of Charleston and your work this book held me captive the entire time. I just finished The Water is Wide and found it was factual about most of the southern school districts of that time period. Now, I will be reading Beach Music, again. That is my favorite book by anyone and I reread it every 3 years. I find that as I age I read it differently each time as if I have never read it before.
Hope another book is in the works.


Fri, Oct 2, 2009 14:13 pm 405 Email Remove
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