South of Broad (Unabridged)
by Pat Conroy
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Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him. Eventually, he finds his answer when he becomes part of a tightly knit group of high school seniors that includes friends Sheba and Trevor Poe, glamorous twins with an alcoholic mother and a prison-escapee father; hardscrabble mountain runaways Niles and Starla Whitehead; socialite Molly Huger and her boyfriend, Chadworth Rutledge X; and an ever-widening circle whose liaisons will ripple across two decades-from 1960s counterculture through the dawn of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. The ties among them endure for years, surviving marriages happy and troubled, unrequited loves and unspoken longings, hard-won successes and devastating breakdowns, and Charleston's dark legacy of racism and class divisions. But the final test of friendship that brings them to San Francisco is something no one is prepared for South of Broad is Pat Conroy at his finest; a long-awaited work from a great American writer whose passion for life and language knows no bounds.
South of Broad
Very mixed book. Conroy's writing is so lovely, so skillful. I was thrilled to finally have him back again. The first half is a must read for any Conroy fan just to experience how glorious is his writing. But this novel takes a dark turn that was like a spit in the soup for me. And frankly, I feel like a rat ever saying anything bad about such a gifted writer, but reader beware.
Beautifully written...I did not want the story to end. Intriguing story that weaves time and the lives of strangers that become bound together for life. The narrator does a wonderful job and makes a very believable Leo King. I highly recommend this audiobook.
South of Broad
I love Pat Conroy and could not wait for this book. It included all of the things you have come to expect from him. However, I could not shake the feeling that Pat Conroy was trying to outdo Pat Conroy. The book read like a kitchen sink full of every imaginable plot line and (sometimes) cliches. As a result, it paled in comparison to some of his earlier classics.