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GENERAL BOOK DISCUSSIONS > A great letter by Pat Conroy, in response to his books being banned

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message 1: by ash (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:32PM) (new)

ash (ashpash) | 1 comments this made my night. thanks for sharing

message 2: by liirogue (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:36PM) (new)

liirogue | 1 comments Thanks for posting that!

message 3: by Robert (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:51PM) (new)

Robert | 3 comments I've never read any of Conroy's books, but this letter is wonderful and courageous.

message 4: by Meredith (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:52PM) (new)

Meredith Watson Love it! I've only read 'The Prince of Tides', it's one of my all time favorites. I'm now inspired to read everything he's written.

message 5: by George (new)

George (georgeaskinsiiiyahoocom) Pat Conroy for president!

message 6: by Cindy (new)

Cindy (cookiejarprincess) I read The Great Santini in the 6th grade. My mother gave it to me to read because it's one of her favorite books. When my science teacher saw what I was reading she took it away from me. When I told my mother she was livid and the next day the book was returned to me and nothing else was said. I have always felt a close kinship with my English teachers, going back to the 5th grade. Mr. Sanders encouraged me to read anything and everything and some of my favorite books to this day are books that he shared with me. I've been a fan of Pat Conroy for 20 years now and if it's possible I have an even deeper respect for him after reading this. Thanks for posting it.

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Cheryl S. | 1 comments In my mind when Pat Conroy writes a book he rips his heart out and lays it on the table for everyone to see. If his words offend it is because life can be offensive but with his prose he draws us through the agony to to other side. I have read and re-read all of his books and to me what is really ugly in this world is anyone denying another person the right to read what they want and decide for themself. Mr. Conroy's words are exactly what I would expect him to say and I hope he's right---I hope every kid in the US reads his books.

message 8: by Paul (new)

Paul Duncan (jpaulduncan) Here's the update from the Charleston Gazette:

January 08, 2008
Pat Conroy novel approved for class

By Davin White
Staff writer

The second of two novels that caused controversy in a Nitro High School English class has apparently been approved for return to the classroom, as long as students are offered alternative texts.

Seven members of a 10-member committee voted that way when examining Pat Conroy’s novel “The Prince of Tides,” language arts specialist Judy Gillian told Kanawha County school board members Monday.

Two committee members said the Conroy book should be retained with no alternative for students. Committee member Leona Tyree, who first complained of graphic scenes in “The Prince of Tides” this fall, favored retaining the book as a choice of titles from which students may select.

Another Conroy novel, “Beach Music,” was allowed back at Nitro in November after the same committee approved it for the classroom.

Tyree, her husband Ken and parent Karen Frazier complained about scenes of violence, sexual assault, child rape, suicide and more in the Conroy books. That led to the books’ suspension this fall.

As with “Beach Music,” English teacher Scott Shamblin believes “The Prince of Tides” will be allowed back at Nitro within a couple days, after Duerring has talked with Principal Paul McClanahan.

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