Wednesday, June 16, 2010
My Vacation Reading
I read South of Broad which is the latest of Pat Conroy's books. While I thought that it was good, after just finishing reading Beach Music by him, it didn't begin to compare. So I was a little disappointed. However, by the middle of the book, the story picked up and I enjoyed the book more.
It is a story of a family who suffered the tragic loss of a son to suicide. Steve left behind his parents and his younger brother. The book does a good job delving into the aftermath that occurs for the years following a loved ones suicide. The story is told by the younger brother, Leopold Bloom King. He finds a good group of friends in high school and the book is the story of the next twenty years of their lives and how the past affects the present.
As always, Pat Conroy leads the reader into the South, with this story based in Charleston, South Carolina. The characters are well-developed in the story and I felt like I knew all of them well. And I can't wait for his next book, although it will probably be quite a while, as I have read that he writes his books in longhand!
For me the book was basically a testimony to the human spirit. Each of the characters seemed to struggle with thoughts of life and death, bravery and cowardice as they maneuvered through each day.
The book is a short read, but very moving. I recommend it!