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This is the book that is the reason I read anything at all for pleasure I decided I was going to read it before the movie came out and COMPLETELY fell in love with Conroy s style, renewed my love affair with the low country of South Carolina, and discovered the joy of diving into a book wholeheartedly Mr Conroy is the reason I read today The stories of what this family went through are heartbreaking at one ormoment s and hysterical at others I didn t think the movie was half bad, b This is the book that is the reason I read anything at all for pleasure I decided I was going to read it before the movie came out and COMPLETELY fell in love with Conroy s style, renewed my love affair with the low country of South Carolina, and discovered the joy of diving into a book w (((DOWNLOAD))) ⇺ The Prince of Tides ⇦ PAT CONROY Has Created A Huge, Brash Thunderstorm Of A Novel, Stinging With Honesty And Resounding With Drama Spanning Forty Years, This Is The Story Of Turbulent Tom Wingo, His Gifted And Troubled Twin Sister Savannah, And Their Struggle To Triumph Over The Dark And Tragic Legacy Of The Extraordinary Family Into Which They Were BornFilled With The Vanishing Beauty Of The South Carolina Low Country As Well As The Dusty Glitter Of New York City, The Prince Of Tides Is PAT CONROY At His Very Best I m wearing my softest, fuzziest slippers while writing this review treading as lightly as I possibly can realising that I m on holy ground here, discussing a much beloved book among many of my very dear and respected Goodreads friends PLEASE, DON T HATE ME This book was at a disadvantage from the beginning, because the spectres of Babs and Nick haunted me continuously from the horrendous movie adaptation However, I was fully expecting to love and revel in this big, romantic, Southern fami I m wearing my softest, fuzziest slippers while writing this review treading as lightly as I possibly can realising that I m on holy ground here, discussing a much beloved book among many of my very dear and respected Goodreads friends PLEASE, DON T HATE ME This book was at a disadvantage from the beginning, because the spectres of Babs and Nick haunted me continuously from the horrendous movie adaptation However, I was fully expecting to love and revel in this big, romantic, Southern family epic I didn t.There, I said it I didn t love it, I didn t enjoy it I am bewildered how I received this book so off the mark from legions of other readers If you love this book, please just laugh and disregard my review and keep on loving it.My first problem is that I found it incredibly sentimental, with prose as purple as can be An example He was tall and thin and had a complexion like goat cheese left on the table too long The funeral p A Riptide In Southern English, naked means you ain t got no clothes on, while nekkid means you ain t got no clothes on and you re up to something Lewis Grizzard Clip of the 3 kids in film version of novelMan wonders but God decidesWhen to kill the Prince of TidesA verse from the eponymous poem by Savannah Wingo, the suicidal sister and renowned poet in Pat Conroy s The Pri Passion swells for this epic, The Prince of Tides, and so I swim in murky waters here, careful in my criticism not to become The Princess of Against the Tides.Ah, hell Who am I kidding This princess often swims against the tide and her upper body is strong.So, let me not mince words Let s get right to it.Pat Conroy has almost as many devotees as Jesus I m not sure about the source of the appeal, but he looks like a jolly gnome in the pictures I ve seen of him, and I take him for a man who sh Passion swells for this epic, The Prince of Tides, and so I swim in murky waters here, careful in my criticism not to become The Princess of Against the Tides.Ah, Pat Conroy s prose is tragically acquainted with all the misery and glory and pain and beauty of humanity It is also deeply entrenched in the American south I believe he immortalizes his own time and place the way Hemingway did for wartime Europe This story, so startlingly brutal and direct in it s engagement of the reader, lays out the impressive and failed life of Tom Wingo The plain good virtue and astonishing cruelty of small town South Carolina take shape in an uneasy and inevitable con Pat Conroy s prose is tragically acquainted with all the misery and glory and pain and beauty of humanity It is I can t remember the last time I felt this torn I hated the characters for being so selfish with their affections, so cowardly in their confrontations, the cruelty shown when the moment was theirs for the taking What I hatedwas when the victim on the receiving end and, to be fair, it always rotates would rise up in anger, but then crumble to their knees in love and forgiveness And that s also why I loved them In one moment they felt so betrayed, so dishonored by blood and by love I can t remember the last time I felt this torn I hated the characters for being so selfish with their affections, so cowardly in their confrontations, the cruelty shown when the moment was theirs for the taking What I hatedwas when the victim on the receiving end and, to be fair, it always rotates would rise up in anger, but then crumble to their knees in love and forgiveness And that s also why I loved them In one moment they felt so betrayed, so dishonored by blood and by love Then would wait five minutes, and forgive them because of who they were..family The parents who brutalized but also showed beauty, the siblings that both threw each under the bus and saved them from it, and the hometown that treated them like nothingthan low rent scrubs And all those in betweens the hits, the tragedies, the shining moments, the crimes so unspeakable it leaves the reader wondering if there really is Godthey stream in and out of life, t This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Before I wrote this, I took a cursory look at a few of the reviews and realized to my dismay that in this case I am the Grinch who took the roast beast And yet I stand by my rating because this book was for me an exercise in maudlin pablum The protagonist experiences all matter of tragedy in his youth, both quotidian and bizarre an abusive wretch of a father, a venal socially climbing mother, a horrific yet nonsensical assault and then grows up to have a mentally ill sister and a cheating wi Before I wrote this, I took a cursory look at a few of the reviews and realized to my dismay that in this case I am the Grinch who took the roast beast And yet I stand by my rating because this book was for me an exercise in maudlin pablum The protagonist experiences all matter of tragedy in his youth, both quotidian and bizarre an abusive wretch of a father, a venal socially climbing mother, a horrific yet nonsensical assault and then grows up to have a mentally ill sister and a cheating wife There s also some mystery I really did not intend to read The Prince of Tides anytime soon until a couple avid reading friends told me I should not pass it byand they were so right If you ve seen the movie, you already know this is an unforgettable and disturbing story set in both the South Carolina low country and New York City about an extremely dysfunctional family with abusive father Henry and complacent mother Lila whose children are traumatized by their treatment during childhood.but while Henry s bruta I really did not intend to read The Prince of Tides anytime soon until a couple avid reading friends told me I should not pass it byand they were so right If you ve seen the movie, you already know this is an unforgettable and disturbing story set in both the South Carolina low country and New York City about an extremely dysfunctional family with abusive father Henry and complacent mother Lila whose children are traumatized by their treatment during childhood.but while Henry s brutality would leave a lasting impression on all their lives, it is nothing compared to the scary as hell seven foot giant who would forever terrorize Luke, Tom and his twin sister SavannahI can still see him starring in their window Despite all the dark hidden secrets that eventually come to light, this emotional story reveals some good times and laughable moments toolike grand This book was, like all of Conroy s titles, intensely gripping, humorous at times, coarse and gruesome at others, withthan a few touches of sheer poetry scattered everywhere.Conroy excels at describing tortured family life in this case the Wingos of South Carolina Through narrator Tom s eyes, we learn about his parents, his older brother Luke, and his twin sister Savannah Rarely does one family have so much happening whether drama comes from inside the family circle or from without, it This book was, like all of Conroy s titles, intensely gripping, humorous at times, coarse and gruesome at others, withthan a few touches of sheer poetry scattered everywhere.Conroy excels at describing tortured family li