Wednesday, March 3, 2010

We're Going South of Broad with Pat Conroy (Review)

South of Broad South of Broad by Pat Conroy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When I think of how to describe this book I am reminded of John Irving's writing.  The reason for that is some of the characters & events that take place in the book I believe are comparable to the feel of an Irving book.  Which is not meant as an insult as I am an Irving fan!

With that being said you also cannot mistake this book being written by Conroy.  It has his vivid, beautiful descriptions of places & surroundings which he is known for.  It's so easy to imagine the places he writes about even when you haven't been there.

As for the book overall I found it to be very good.  Entertaining, nice flow & easy to read.  The story takes place starting in the 1960's up to the 1990's.  The main character Leo King is a child when the story begins & goes throughout his life up to an adult.  Both a coming of age story as well as a look into events that took place in the stories time periods.  Such as racism & AIDS.  Of course I have to mention Leo's group of unforgettable friends too!  Friends from all walks of life & their adventures & life growing up together.  Friends you won't soon forget!  I was very pleased with this book.

It had the coming of age, history, love & adventure.  A little something for everyone!  I would recommend this book to any Irving fans as well as all Conroy fans.  If you're looking for a book about life, growing up & the hardship of growing up in a certain time period this is a great one!

Read the full synopsis of this book here.

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