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The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
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Aug 08, 2010

it was ok
Read in July, 2010

This book is so famous especially in the south so I thought it would be a total classic and thematically appropriate as I read it on the south carolina coast. Ultimately it left kind of a bad taste (or, probably 'disappointed taste' is more appropriate) in my mouth. There were moments of really lovely prose that accurately captured what is so beautiful about the flora and fauna of the carolina low country, but these sections were wrapped up in cliches and lazy plot devices. Some of them were so glaring I could hardly concentrate on the story. Like, who is paying for this summer of daily therapist visits? And why the hell would hearing Savannah's life story fix her? I will probably not be reading any more Pat Conroy.

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Chris You've captured a lot of my reaction to this book. Conroy's prose is wonderful. The first few pages drew me into the book on the strength of his beautiful writing style. It's the story he tells with that prose that irks me - not it's darkness, I can handle bleak and/or twisted, but, as you said, what felt like cliches and plot devices.

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