The Prince of Tides

The Prince of Tides

Book - 1986
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In his most brilliant and powerful novel, Pat Conroy tells the story of Tom Wingo, his twin sister, Savannah, and the dark and violent past of the family into which they were born. Set in New York City and the lowcountry of South Carolina, the novel opens when Tom, a high school football coach whose marriage and career are crumbling, flies from South Carolina to New York after learning of his twin sister's suicide attempt. Savannah is one of the most gifted poets of her generation, and boththe cadenced beauty of her art and the jumbled cries of her illness are clues to the too-long-hidden story of her wounded family. In the paneled offices and luxurious restaurants of New York City, Tom and Susan Lowenstein, Savannah's psychiatrist, unravel a history of violence, abandonment, commitment, and love. And Tom realizes that trying to save his sister is perhaps his last chance to save himself. With passion and a rare gift of language, the author moves from present to past, tracing theamazing history of the Wingos from World War II through the final days of the war in Vietnam and into the 1980s, drawing a rich range of characters: the lovable, crazy Mr. Fruit, who for decades has wordlessly directed traffic at the same intersection in the southern town of Colleton; Reese Newbury, the ruthless, patrician land speculator who threatens the Wingos' only secure worldly possession, Melrose Island; Herbert Woodruff, Susan Lowenstein's husband, a world-famous violinist; Tolitha Wingo, Savannah's mentor and eccentric grandmother, the first real feminist in the Wingo family. Pat Conroy reveals the lives of his characters with surpassing depth and power, capturing the vanishing beauty of the South Carolina lowcountry and a lost way of life. His lyric gifts, abundant good humor, and compelling storytelling are well known to readers of The Great Santini and The Lords of Discipline. The Prince of Tides continues that tradition yet displays a new, mature voice of Pat Conroy, signaling this work as his greatest accomplishment.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1986.
ISBN: 9780395353004
0395353009
Characteristics: 567 p. ; 25 cm.

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elizali
Aug 31, 2017

Conroy's writing is undoubtedly beautiful. His nature writing is superb - an added bonus I did not expect with this book. I found this book dull at points, but was motivated to continue by Conroy's mastery of craft.

CRRL_MegRaymond Aug 08, 2017

Bleak, dark, poetic story of twins Tom and Savannah, and their very different reactions to growing up in an extremely dysfunctional South Carolina family.

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snowball9876
Apr 02, 2017

RIP Pat Conroy. We who love your books will miss you, but you've suffered enough.

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rpavlacic
Jun 07, 2016

Three decades after its initial publication, this remains one of the quintessential Southern novels. You'll laugh, cry, think ... and in some cases, hurl - and have a marvelous time doing all four reading this book.

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brettalayne
Apr 03, 2016

The story is powerful and compelling, and Pat Conroy's writing is absolutely beautiful.

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becker
Mar 18, 2016

Very strong story with powerful imagery and beautiful writing. Highly recommended.

lahharper Oct 22, 2014

My favourite family saga

geezr_rdr Sep 16, 2013

This is a monumental work and one of the best books I have ever read. A "must" for a list of best American literature.

Tally Dec 30, 2009

The writing is beautiful. Conroy creates images, so that you feel as if you're watching the story on a screen.

northgal Mar 12, 2008

Absolutely one of my favourite books!!

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debwalker Mar 16, 2011

"My wound is geography. It is also my anchorage, my port of call."

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