It is a book about the number two guy at the Citidel who was among other things the disciplinarian, but muc ...more
Pat Conroy went to the Citadel too. He wrote The Boo as an homage to the Citadel. I read The Boo to gain important insights into my why my cousin has outpaced me in such a brutal fashion. If I could prove to myself that it was the Citad ...more
Courvoisie was in charge of cadet behavior, and he was feared and respected in equal measures by those young men. Although those who broke the rul ...more
Acclaimed author Pat Conroy’s debut novel about life at the Citadel in the 1960s is a profound exploration of what it means to be a man of honor
Lt. Col. Nugent Courvoisie, known to the cadets as “the Boo,” is an imposing and inspiring leader at the South Carolina military academy, the Citadel. A harsh disciplinarian but a compassionate mentor, he guides and inspires his young charges.
Cadet Peter Cates is an anomaly. He is a gifted writer, a talented basketball player, and a good student, but his
I have read other Pat Conroy books and liked them a lot, especially The Lords of Discipline which is about The Citadel and thought I would like this as well. I was wrong. The introduction here on Good Reads is not even an accurate description of what the book is about. It is about life at The Citadel written by Conroy after he graduated. He makes no apologies that this was his first book, or attempt at a book and knows it wasn't very good. I will still read other books of his, but I really ...more
However it is fascinating to see the beginning author compared to the great author he has become. So for that reason, I'm glad I read it. ...more
This was Conroy's first book after graduating from the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, located in the city of Charleston. This book is a conglomeration of what I would call articles and short stories - and, indeed, as Conroy said in an interview many years later, it proved that, at that point, he "did not know how to write a book."
But, do not let that - or me - dissuade you from ...more
If you are a fan of Pat Conroy and more specifically, The Lords of Discipline or want to better understand the philosophy of a military academy, this is a worthwhile read.
However, I rather liked it, being prior military. I recognized and understood a lot of the nuances in the stories. I do wish he didn't choose to italicize "The Boo" -- rather annoying after a while.
I personally enjoyed it, but don't expect this to be the Conroy you're used to.
This was his first. It demonstrated in parts what was to come in his future writings--especially the final chapter on the demise of the Boo. If I had gone to the Citadel, especially during the time of The Boo, the book would be a 5 star success.
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