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.
Told with deep feeling and trademark Conroy humor, Beach Music is powerful and compulsively readable. It is another masterpiece in the legendary
list of classics that his body of work has already become.
PAT CONROY is the author of five previous books: The Boo, The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, and
The Prince of Tides, the last four of which were made into feature films.
So, first let me say that this is still one of my favorite books...Having said that, you should READ it, NOT listen th this awful vesion on audiobook! Why?
-Peter McNichol is HORRIBLE at reading this...Oh, and he mispronounces so many words, it's scary.
-It's abridged...My fault for buying it, I know, but I was leaving on a long road trip and I thought it would make the time go by...It did, but the parts that were left out of the book are absolutely critical to the story!
So, in conclusion, 5 stars for the book, maybe 2-1/2 or 3 for this version...It's still a great story, and Conroy can turn a phrase as well as anyone.
My Favorite Book Ever!!!
I wish Pat Conroy would write more books. While most people know "The Price of Tides", this is Pat's best book. His writing style is almost poetic in flow and the storyline is compelling. Well worth a read.
This is by far, one of the best books I've ever listened to. It made me laugh, cry, angry and sad. I recommend this to all.