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Aug 14, 2007 08:12AM
I finished this book not long ago and found the same as you (JT) - that
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).
Nov 23, 2008 01:18PM
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.
Dec 19, 2012 06:57AM
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!
Dec 27, 2013 02:52PM
Southern writers must digress in order to tell the tale. A favorite!
Jan 04, 2014 03:32PM
great review, and concise ... so especially thx for that
Apr 27, 2014 05:54AM
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.
Jul 06, 2015 05:50PM
I agree. It is wordy, with flawed characters,and totally unforgettable. I loved it !
Feb 26, 2016 12:44PM
i loved this book,
Mar 30, 2016 03:26PM
I loved this book!!! The funniest thing was John Hardin on the bridge!! Priceless
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