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South of Broad by Pat Conroy
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Feb 25, 2012

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I liked this book. And I really liked Leo King (the main character and narrator of the story) by the time I was finished the book. I mean... I really, really liked him. He was strong, funny, observant, devoted, conflicted... really a great main character.

I started out a little irritated by the writing style of Conroy... finding it very wordy, to the point of comic distraction. One of my favorite sentences: (page 12) "My armpits moistened, and I began to offer my own scent back to the streets where coffee began brewing in hidden kitchens and the noise of the newspapers hitting the soft wood of the verandas sounded like mullets jumping for joy in giant lagoons." I giggled.

However, in all fairness, that was very early on in the book and I eventually discovered that was the way Leo would most certainly describe his sweat.

The social lessons were not lost on me, but I will admit that the relationships between Leo and his band of merry friends were the highlight of the story for me.

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