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Doug MinichStafford Springs, CT

An outstanding read and a walk down memory lane for me. I pictured all the places you describe so well, and remember all the great times in the Holy City. Great job. Class of '72


Mon, Oct 5, 2009 14:11 pm 419 Email Remove
Kevin ButterfieldChapel Hill, North Carolina

Thanks for sharing your Charleston with us Pat.


Mon, Oct 5, 2009 13:37 pm 418 Email Remove
Candace WhiteCenter Ridge, Arkansas

Well, I finished South of Broad...it was a hell of a read! If I'd had the understanding of real life and human nature that Mr. Conroy must have in order to write this powerful a book, it might have saved me a couple of divorces! Way to go, sir, hope you will write a follow-up, please!


Mon, Oct 5, 2009 13:18 pm 417 Email Remove
Jerry Evans

Possibly the most intriguing, and certainly the best-written novel I have read in the past ten years, “South of Broad” aroused every aspect of my senses through its unpredictable plots and flawless character development. Writing this note, reminds me of the choirboy complementing the Pope on a recent sermon. After completing my first novel, editing and re-editing, having it previewed by a few friends whose opinion I trust, I now feel I can toss the manuscript without remorse, saving myself the embarrassment of attempting to publish alongside authors of today’s quality, such as Pat Conroy.


Mon, Oct 5, 2009 09:53 am 416 Email Remove
Kathryn HowardBirmingham, AL

Just finished South of Broad. It was excellent!!! I recommend anyone that enoys Mr. Conroy's books to go out and get it.


Mon, Oct 5, 2009 02:01 am 415 Email Remove
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
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