Beach Music by Pat Conroy

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Beach Music

by Pat Conroy

published by Nan A. Talese

1995

Summary

Pat Conroy is without doubt America’s favorite storyteller, a writer who portrays the anguished truth of the human heart and the painful secrets of families in richly lyrical prose and unforgettable narratives. Now, in Beach Music, he tells of the dark memories that haunt generations, in a story that spans South Carolina and Rome and reaches back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust.

Beach Music is about Jack McCall, an American living in Rome with his young daughter, trying to find peace after the recent trauma of his wife’s suicide. But his solitude is disturbed by the appearance of his sister-in-law, who begs him to return home, and of two school friends asking for his help in tracking down another classmate who went underground as a Vietnam protester and never resurfaced. These requests launch Jack on a journey that encompasses the past and the present in both Europe and the American South, and that leads him to shocking–and ultimately liberating–truths. (from Goodreads)

My Review

I am a big fan of Pat Conroy.  I loved The Prince of Tides and South of Broad especially, so I was excited to read Beach Music, which was published a while ago.  It is a long book, but you never feel dragged down by it.  It is lyrical and fast moving, even when there wasn’t much action going on.  While there are a few too many dramatic flairs for one story, they never overpower the book.  I found myself wishing I could have know Jack McCall and all of his crazy family.  A very long spanning drama, it was a great read.

My Rating

4 out of 5

About the Author

Pat Conroy is the New York Times bestselling author of two memoirs and seven novels, including The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, and The Lords of Discipline. Born the eldest of seven children in a rigidly disciplined military household, he attended the Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. He briefly became a schoolteacher (which he chronicled in his memoir The Water Is Wide) before publishing his first novel, The Boo. Conroy lives on Fripp Island, South Carolina

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Top Ten Tuesday # 7 (take two)

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Gonna be one of those days- tried working on this post before driving my daughter to school-got half way done and went to save-boom!- I hit publish instead.  So if you saw the first post before I deleted it-sorry!!!

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish.  It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists!  Check out what others have posted by going over there! http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com

Today’s topic is:

Top Ten @ the Top of My Summer TBR list

Now, this list was going to start with And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Houseini, but as you might know if you read Monday’s post- I walked into the library yesterday and there it was on the No Hold shelf-YEAH!!!

So excited, anyway, here is the modified list-(might sound a lot like last week’s beach read list though)

1.  The Last Original Wife by Dorthea Benton Frank

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2.  Beautiful Day by Elin Hilberbrand

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3.  Beach Music by Pat Conroy

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4.  The First Rule of Swimming by Courtney angel Brkic

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5.  The Other Typist by Susan Rindell

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6.  Seating Arrangements by MAggie Shipstead

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7.  The Wishing Tree by Marybeth Whalen

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8.  The Savage Garden by Mark Mills

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AND my annual reread of –

9.  The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

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(  I can count- used up one already!)

What is on your TBR this summer?

Top Ten Tuesday #1

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toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists!  Check out what others have posted by going over there!

This weeks topic is-

TOP TEN WORDS/TOPICS THAT MAKE ME INSTANTLY BUY/PICK UP A BOOK

1.  Beach

I love reading books set at the beach- especially in the middle of winter- I can feel my toes sink into the sand!

Favs: almost anything by Elin Hilderbrand, Nancy Thayer

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2. 1920’s/Jazz

the roaring 20’s, the Lost Generation, Jazz

Favs: all Fitzgerald, Loving Frank, The Paris Wife

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3.  Wizards/Witches/Magic

Fav: of course all Harry Potters, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Chocolat

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4.  South Carolina

Charleston, the Low Country, anything set here, I will read

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5.  Mystical

Favs:  I recently read The Silence of Bonaventyre Arrow and loved it- and The House of the Spirits by Isabella Allende

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6.  Dogs

I am a total sucker for books about dogs!

Favs: Marley and Me, One Good Dog

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7.  Myths/Fairytales

Favs:  I love books by Gregory Maguire who wrote Wicked and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, and Song of Achilles

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8.  Chick Lit

My guilty pleasure 🙂

Favs:  Good in Bed, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

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9.  Historical

This and the next are really my absolute favorites!  I read almost anything in these two categories!

Favs:  Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird,  Memoirs of a Geisha, and almost anything by Isabelle Allende

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10.   Books (of course)

There are so many of these!

Favs:  The Book Thief, The Shadow of the Wind, Little Women,  Reading Lolita in Tehran

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