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A Good Place To Start

The Lords of Discipline 3
The Prince of Tides 1
Beach Music 1

A Bad Place To Start

The Boo 2
The Water is Wide 1


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Pat Conroy (1945 - )

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SqueakyChu November 17th, 2006 08:48 AM PST

It is so hard to pick a starting point for this author because all of his books are so incredibly good. The only one I haven't read is The Boo because I can't find a copy of it anywhere. The one I'd have to choose is The Lords of Discipline because I was so profoundly moved by its contents. The runner-up would be The Great Santini because it is a book with resonance.

carmine September 7th, 2007 06:54 AM PST

I read all his books....How much of the Lords of Discipline was true:
- Was there a group of 10
- Did one of his best friends jump in front of a train?

judygreeneyes September 19th, 2010 12:33 AM PST

My first exposure to Pat Conroy was a very long time ago, when I saw the movie based on "The Water is Wide", in which Conroy is played by Jon Voight. My favorite book is Beach Music, followed by The Prince of Tides. I haven't read one I didn't like.

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