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What author's writing most resembles Margaret Mitchell's?

 
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I was really torn between Pat Conroy and Flannery O'Connor--two other famous, Irish, Catholic, Southern writers, nonetheless! I went with Flannery since her characters are not always great people, but are fascinating, and you cheer for them regardless (or in spite of) their flaws. Pat's characters are flawed, too, but I never feel like the protagonist of his stuff is a total anti-hero like Scarlett.


Ellen Brown I haven't read Flannery O'Connor in years, but your question has inspired me to add her to my reading list.


Miranda There are some of these authors I have read, and some of them I haven't... But I love Pat Conroy. The Prince of Tides is the BEST book I have ever read (aside from Gone With The Wind). Actually, I had neve really heard of him until I bought a copy of Gone With The Wind and saw that he had written the foreward.His writing isn't what I would call "similar" to Mitchell's, but you love his heroes AND their flaws, just like you love Rhett and Scarlett and their flaws.


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Miranda wrote: "There are some of these authors I have read, and some of them I haven't... But I love Pat Conroy. The Prince of Tides is the BEST book I have ever read (aside from Gone With The Wind). Actually, I ..."

True, true! The Prince of Tides is probably my favorite book. Period. I've read it at least four times and am always ready for another re-read. Have you read any of his other stuff? Lords of Discipline and Beach Music are really great, too. And I do love is introduction to Gone with the Wind. I'm really excited about Pat's new memoir, where he talks about the influence of novels (like Gone with the Wind!) on his life and writing.

A way I can see Pat's writing "resembling" Margaret's is the sweeping, saga-esque storytelling, which I love. And of course the southern aspect.


Miranda Lara, I have read all of Pat's novels except for his earliest one titled The Boo. (I think that one may not even be in print anymore.) I read the Prince of Tides around this time last year and then I just couldn't get enough of his stuff. The Lords of Discipline is my second favorite book of his. I have also read his autobiographies My Losing Season and The Water Is Wide (which is a surprisingly good book). I am also excited about his new book.

I think one of the main similarities between Pat's books and GWTW is that Scarlett and Rhett and Pat's characters (particularly the female ones) broke a lot of southern traditions and were ostracized by their communities because of it, but for the most part they all found strength in isolation and became their own person.

I also like Pat Conroy because after reading his autobiography he seems like such a down to earth kind of guy. He's very funny and he makes no bones about his past and his mental issues. I have read where a lot of people on his Facebook page said they have met him, and they all said he was very kind to them. His wife, Cassandra King, is also a very good southern writer. Have you read any of her books?


Lara Mod
Miranda wrote: "Lara, I have read all of Pat's novels except for his earliest one titled The Boo. (I think that one may not even be in print anymore.) I read the Prince of Tides around this time last year and then..."

I read The Sunday Wife: A Novel and loved it. I've met him before, too, and he is exactly what you would expect from his novels and nonfiction: very humorous and gregarious. He loves his fans, too. Whenever he does a book signing, he will not stop until every person there has had their book signed--he doesn't even take breaks. Pat is definitely my favorite contemporary novelist.

Great to meet another Conroy fan!


message 7: by Miranda (last edited Nov 06, 2010 12:31PM) (new)

Miranda Lara wrote: "Miranda wrote: "Lara, I have read all of Pat's novels except for his earliest one titled The Boo. (I think that one may not even be in print anymore.) I read the Prince of Tides around this time la..."

I read The Sunday Wife a couple weeks ago, and I read The Same Sweet Girls before that. I liked both books... Not as much as I like Pat's novels, but they were still good. I think King may have a couple of other books that I am going to look for next time I go to Barnes & Noble.

Great to meet you too!


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