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What the community says about The Prince of Tides
- "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.""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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- "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."
- "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."
- "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!"
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in What are the best Southern books"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."