A cadet encounters hazing and racism at an elite military academy in this novel from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Prince of Tides.
As Will McLean begins his studies at the Carolina Military Institute, the American South is in turmoil over desegregation. An outsider to the harsh authoritarianism of the military, Will survives the school’s notorious freshman hazing, and avoids attention from its fabled and menacing secret society, the Ten.
But when he is asked to mentor the school’s first black student, Will is drawn into the intense racial politics—and the threat of violence—simmering beneath the surface.
Based on Conroy’s own military school experience and featuring his lush prose and richly drawn characters, The Lords of Discipline is a powerful story of a young man’s stand for justice and the friendship, love, and courage he finds along the way.
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GREAT IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT!
The Lords of Discipline is a great book I stumbled upon years ago with its memories intact in my head. It lured me further into the world of the author and his magnificent characters, thus making me a proud collector of all his works.
The Lords of Discipline (An expository version of of the Boo) is a marvelous read in a class of its own. Now that it's digital, I'm proud to add it to my iBook library even as I expect to see the rest of the pack (Beach Music, The Great Santini, The Water is Wide and The Prince of Tides) soonest.
This is a dream come true for me and my wife. So coooooool!
Lords of Discipline
Extraordinary! As a Citadel graduate myself I know that the secret society “Ten” never existed nor the cruelty leveled against the plebes as extreme. Conroy’s descriptions of Charleston throughout the novel, however, were accurate and extraordinarily beautiful. While The Citadel’s honor code is strictly adhered to, The Honor Court would never have deemed Pignetti’s infraction an honor violation.
BRUTAL. HAUNTING. SUBTLE. COMPELLING.
"Cruelty was an easy sport to master when practiced anonymously."—screen 971
Any atrocity is okay if done for the sake of the tribe.
THE LORDS IF DISCIPLINE, by Pat Conroy, is one of the most compelling, 'hard-to-put-down' novels I've ever read. It brutally probes the subtlest nuances of honor, of integrity, of character, of cruelty, of callousness, and of fear.
How have I missed reading this incredibly haunting story, first published in 1980, for thirty-four years?
Recommendation: A 'must read'.
"...I was a lone, absurd, figure in the history of my times, a sleeper in the history of ruthless law, of bombers over suburbs, of artillery barrages destroying the gaily painted walls of kindergartens."—screen 1147
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