A Writer’s Writer – Pat Conroy

51cMh+gY15L._AA160_Not too long ago The Prince of Tides was offered for $3.99 on Kindle. I realized that I had never read the novel, but I’d  seen the movie. I snapped this bargain up. Though the movie captured the significant events of the story, the poetic language of the writing, is best read. I have found in writing about Conroy’s work to let his prose speak for itself. His southern voice, his affair with the language, his ability to connect emotionally with a setting, all linger on after the last page. His writing changes the rhythm of my own writing, expands my possibilities, alerts my senses. He is one of the crown jewels of my reading life.

“The boy in me still carries the memories of those days when I lifted crab pots out of the Colleton River before dawn, when I was shaped by life on the river, part child, part sacristan of tides.”

“Her secret, we would discover, was that once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers, that the mind can never break off from the journey.”

“Southerners don’t look at sentimentality as a flaw of character…A southerner can be moved to tears by almost any absurdity. It binds them to other southerners and makes them ridiculous to anyone born in the Northeast.”

“You could add a little vinegar to his voice and pour it on a Caesar salad.”

You must read the rest for yourself. For more Pat Conroy posts read. Still Under the Conroy Spell,    A Writer’s Writer-Pat Conroy

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About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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2 Responses to A Writer’s Writer – Pat Conroy

  1. Stepheny: I am a huge, and I mean ginormous, Pat Conroy fan. Prince of Tides in my favorite of all his books. You do have to read them just for the prose. When I was in Beaufort, SC, last year I got an original copy of his first book, The River is Wide, the one that was made into the movie Conrack.

  2. I adore Conroy, though his books rip my heart open. All I can say is that it is lucky to have not read his book, because now you can experience it fresh! One of the few writers I never skim . . .

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