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Beach Music by Pat Conroy
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Overall it was a good story and I enjoyed reading it.

I did not respect any of the 5 "friends". I found the secondary characters, John Hardin, Betsy, the general, Jordan, Jack's Father and Mother much more interesting than the 5 "friends" characters.

The first half of the book kept me on the edge of my seat with the promise of some horrible, unforgiveable acts made by Jack's family that made him move all the way across the world to Italy which, dissappointingly, never revealed themselves. The family, although dysfuntional and selfish, were not mean, hateful people. Jack teaches his daughter to be kind, tolerant, and forgiving yet he can't seem to walk the walk with his own family.

I thoroughly enjoyed all of the "memories", stories of childhood (especially the boating incident) and Aushwitz.

As far as romance...... "We made love, found we liked it so we got married" DUH... Jack and Ledare never went on a date, no emotion passed between them, but they got married. HHmmmm....



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message 1: by Pam (last edited Jan 02, 2011 11:31AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Pam "Jack teaches his daughter to be kind, tolerant, and forgiving yet he can't seem to walk the walk with his own family."

I don't think this unusual. Families are complicated and don't we all want our children to be better people than we are?


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