Review of Pat Conroy’s ” South of Broad” coming 9/15/09

South of Broad South of Broad by Pat Conroy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars Absolutely exquisite!! The best book I’ve read in some time. I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy and I have fallen in love! Since it hasn’t been released yet I wouldn’t be cruel enough to give anything away- but if you don’t laugh and cry while reading this book(sometimes at the same exact moment) no book can touch you. This will be a favorite for a long time to come. Bravo to Pat Conroy! Sheer beauty! View all my reviews >>

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4 Responses to Review of Pat Conroy’s ” South of Broad” coming 9/15/09

  1. I love, love, love Pat Conroy. I’m a third of the way through this book now and love it myself.

    • simplepleasuresbooks says:

      Trust me- the more you read it, the more you love it. just keep the tissues handy- you’ll need them. πŸ™‚

  2. uninvoked says:

    Well that’s not very fair. πŸ˜› It’s not really a review if you don’t tell us about the book and what you thought.

    • simplepleasuresbooks says:

      That’s a point I just can’t argue with πŸ™‚ I’ve read elsewhere that the book starts out as a “love letter to Charleston” and that’s certainly an apt assessment. , but it’s not just that. The opening pages of the book paint a portrait of such clarity in the reader’s eye that you can clearing see, smell and hear Conroy’s Charleston.
      When I mentioned that I’d fallen in love- I wasn’t just referring to the beautifully poignant story spanning two decades, I was referring to the main character, Leo King. It’s through Leo’s eyes that we become aquainted with not only his beloved Charleston, but also every person who impacts his life – and more importantly every person whose life he impacts.
      From the beginning of the story, Leo aided by a odd confluence of events, becomes the nucleus around which a circle of very unlikely friends form. These friends, coming from such wildly different backgrounds could only have been brought together and held together by someone of Leo’s strength, goodness and faith. Although I must make it clear that Leo is hardly a paragon of perfection- he has his imperfections and his demons, but that simply makes him a more real and substantial character. In the end, it’s those imperfections that make you love him all the more.
      I would hardly be fair to only comment on the richness of Leo’s character though. Everyone in Leo’s life, from his oddly paired parents, to the parish priest, to unconventional twins who move in across the street, to the privledged, but troubled children of Charleston aristocracy are written with such rich dimension and depth that you will find it very hard to leave them behind when you turn the last page of this wonderful story.

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