The Prince Of Tides
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So begins the story of the Wingo family of Melrose Island in Colleton County, South Carolina. As told by Tom Wingo.
To describe our growing up in the lowcountry of South Carolina, I would have to take you to the marsh on a spring day, flush the great blue heron from its silent occupation, scatter marsh hens as we sink to our knees in mud, open you an oyster with a pocketknife and feed it to you from the shell and say, “There. That t ...more
"Man wonders but God decidesA verse from the eponymous poem by Savannah Wingo, the suicidal sister and renowned poet in Pat Conroy's The Prince of Tides, a novel dealing on its surface with the general mentality of the Southern United States, particularly of the region's male gender.
When to kill the Prince of Tides."
Conroy's protagonist Tom Wingo gives a first person account of the heart-stinging story of the Wingo family of the South Carolina coast, primarily t ...more
And that's also why I loved them. In one moment they felt so betrayed, so dishonored by blood and by love. ...more
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...more
I am pertinaciously confident that that day will never come.
Most of the momentous events of the story require the reader to accept the most unbelievable things (Bengal ...more
What went wrong for me?
Too many topics are covered with inadequate depth. The central theme is physical abuse in a family. How does this affect family members for the rest of their lives? This central theme is expanded to touch upon patriotism, the Vietnam War, nuclear weapons, environmentalism, rape, sexism, feminism, psychiatry, religion, drugs, finally ending wit ...more
This book is SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE MOVIE!!!!
Tragic and humorous. Shocking and touching. Brutal and tender. Honest and delusional. Love, fear, unadulterated hatred and inconceivable forgiveness are all combined in an eloquently written novel.
Those are the things I look for, and the ...more
This has got to be one of the most f*cked up family stories I've ever read/listened to. Right off the bat, that works in the authors favor because I tend to like books that can really shock me. What an insane imagination Pat Conroy has and his writing is pure poetry . I had to stop my audiobook so many times and rewind it just so I could jot down some of his more beautifully crafted metaphors and descripti ...more
I gave it three stars mostly because of the wrap up of the plot and the ending. It fell flat and was depressing. Although the protagonist Tom represented a complex and thoughtful narrator in the beginning of his tale, I was unhappy with his adult self, the decisions he made, his attitude towards life, and the consequences of his decisions.
At the onset of the story, the author begins b ...more
His books have so many plots it's always interesting to see the film adaptation.
Te only thing that strikes me is how over the top every plot line is. Nothing ordinary ever happened to a Wingo. Or to any of Conroy's characters. ...more
Much of the credit goes to Conroy’s wonderful writing and narration. It’s was interesting how the writing was very poetic and lyrical but still had this casualness which mad ...more
Pat Conroy is a genius. One of the main characters is a poet, and excerpts from her work are brilliant. How many time have you cringed when otherwise talented writers of fiction attempted to include the "poetry" of their characters? No cringing here. if you can, listen to this book on audio, narrated by Frank Muller. Holy crap. He turns a near perfect novel into a masterpiece. I am not exaggerating.
Tom Wingo travels to New York City when his twin sister is hospitalized after a suicide attempt. Her psychiatrist,Susan Lowenstein, spends many hours talking to him about her past and their family history in order to get to the ...more
Tom Wingo leaves his Charleston home to go to New York City because his twin sister, Savannah, has tried, yet again, to commit suicide. Savannah has repressed much of her childhood and her psychiatrist, Dr Susan Lowenstein, is hoping that Tom can fill in the gaps in an effort to get to the cause of Savannah’s mental illness/distress. As Tom reluctantly begins to recall their childhood spent in the Low Country of South Carolina, he slowly comes to realize t ...more
The movie encouraged me to seek out the written version, but above that, I’ve always heard good things about it. My enthusiasm was further bolstered because it got a minimum of six recommendations in Nancy Pearl’s ‘Book Lust,’ a guidebook which lists hun ...more
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