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message 1: by Samantha (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:58AM) (new)

Samantha I finished this book not long ago and found the same as you (JT) - that at least 200 pages could be removed from this book and the story would remain unchanged.

Unfortunately, I would not give this book the same 4-star rating. I found it to be too syrupy in many places and much, much too heavy-handed to be as thoroughly as enjoyable as I hoped it would be.

An okay read, not a great read (for me).


message 2: by Lalola (new)

Lalola Oh! So wrong!

I love every word of this book. Pat Conroy's ability to bring you inside of the story, put you in the middle of it all. You smell and taste and feel everything.

If you lost even a page of this book you would lose a vital part of the experience.


message 3: by Judith (new)

Judith Black I totally agree with you, Lalola. Conroy's digressions, if indeed they are digressions, provide some of the best moments, even in parts where I might be expected to be impatient with. For example, the passage where the boys are stranded in the sea. I loved that whole section but would have been impatient with it in younger and busier years. One of the advantages of old age!


message 4: by Holly (new)

Holly James Southern writers must digress in order to tell the tale. A favorite!


message 5: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Rossman great review, and concise ... so especially thx for that


message 6: by Jan (new)

Jan Patetta Lalila, Judith, Holly, I couldn't agree more. This is my 3rd reading. I've brought something new to it every time. New experiences (we stayed in Rome on via Guilia not far from Piazza Farnese) and more living have brought a new understanding. I love this man's writing.


message 7: by linda cokley (new)

linda cokley I agree. It is wordy, with flawed characters,and totally unforgettable. I loved it !


message 8: by Tanya (new)

Tanya i loved this book,


message 9: by Karen (new)

Karen Deuel I loved this book!!! The funniest thing was John Hardin on the bridge!! Priceless


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