The Prince of Tides

The Prince of Tides

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The Prince of Tides is a Southern contemporary romance fiction novel written by Pat Conroy. This was originally published in 1986. This book narrates the story of Tom Wingo and his twin sister as they face tragedies.

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  • Christina Mendoza
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The setting in the South is wonderfully done. The drama faced by the twins was pretty intense. The ending was a total surprise. "
  • Ananya Mehta
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Pat Conroy is a classic writer. If "My Losing Season" or "Lords of Discipline" wasn't for you because you aren't into sports or from a military family, The Prince of Tides might be your best bet for experiencing his style. Families coping with painful events is what Conroy does best, and in this book, that familial feeling focuses on a set of twins. If you are a twin or have twins in your family, this may especially resonate with you, because there are some pains that only they know."
    Philip Coleman
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book features very descriptive imagery and skillful narration. The style is very poetic but does so in an effortless way. The story is about a man and his twin sister and tells a story that spans forty years. People who grew up in a similar area should brace for a nostalgic experience. "
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  • Erika Villalobos
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "With bucolic imagery and transcending language, Pat Conroy’s timeless epic “The Prince of Tides” continues to hold its place atop the list of premier literary fiction achievements of the last half century; a work so masterful that others have aspired to but fallen mournfully short. Wistful, lyrical, intelligent while always maintaining a subliminally dark undercurrent, Conroy deftly manages an abundance of ever-changing plot lines full of varied and diverse characters to make this sprawling epic of a deeply flawed South Carolinian family become literally part of the readers consciousness; indeed for nearly two months and 700 pages, I too became a Wingo, dreading our relentlessly violent father Henry’s every appearance while at the same time being utterly confused and frustrated by our dismissive, socially rejected but still stubbornly upward seeking mother. It is this essence, this transcendence into the very culture of rural 1950s-1960s lower, indigent South Carolina upbringing that Conroy so overwhelmingly succeeds in here and that has helped characterize this work as a veritable leader of its genre."
  • Melissa Kim
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "My girlfriend gave me this book as a birthday present, and said that it had changed her life. It is a sweeping, dramatic story of a family, including two twins. The twins have to face all sorts of awful things, and anyone who grew up in a troubled family will feel the honesty in how the characters talk and act. The southern backdrop is also really lovely and well described."
  • Craig Kim
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is a classic that you have to read if you're into 80's books. It's a great suggestion and I endorse it totally! Great read."
  • Maria Torres
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I think this was made into a movie. But the book is better. It has an authentic Southern setting. The humor makes everything work."
  • Ronald Cruz
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is by far my favorite book by Conroy. The characters are so well developed and the plot was extremely intriguing! I personally love the beach and this book made me feel like I was sitting in front of the ocean while i read it. The length of the book was a bit long for me, but it was such an easy read that it went quick. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense thrillers!"
  • Christopher Garza
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "One of the best books I've ever read. I love the way Conroy can take problems and his life and mix it together with his imagination and come out with just an phenomenal story. The kind you just want to keep reading and reading. I've read it at least twice and it just isn't enough."
  • Ethan Schneider
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "One of my favorite books of all time is The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy. A large reason I loved it so much was that it reminded me of my relationship with my sister. It's a honest book that really hit home for me."
  • Lori Roberts
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Southern dramas are interesting. Interesting as some of the locations are familiar."
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