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South of Broad by Pat Conroy
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Apr 10, 2012

really liked it
Read from March 16 to April 04, 2012

Beautiful prose and sharp, witty dialogue. This book was a real love letter to the city of Charleston, South Carolina. The story, told by a boy/man named Leo, aka "Toad" (who may be a Conroy alter ego), follows the lives of a colorful group of friends and their misfit, sorted, and dangerous adventures through life. This book is PACKED with action: sex, (including incest and rape), violence, religion, murder . . . it, in fact, covers nearly every modern topic known as the human condition. Frankly, it's a bit much and it's why I rate it four stars instead of five.

The dialogue is brilliant and, at times, laugh out loud funny. I found there to be so much banter, however, it bordered on unrealistic. Nevertheless, I did enjoy this book and recommend it as being very well written--by a master.
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