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South of Broad

A Novel
Conroy, Pat (Large Print - 2009 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
South of Broad


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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 thirteen, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death. Eventually 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.
Authors: Conroy, Pat
Statement of Responsibility: Pat Conroy
Title: South of Broad
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Random House Large Print,, 2009
Edition: 1st large print ed
Characteristics: 749 p. ; 24 cm.
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Report This Aug 09, 2013
  • AliciaAllison rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed "South of Broad" very much. The descriptions of Charleston were lovely and made me want to go for a visit. Unlike the others who have posted comments on this book, I do appreciate the lengthy descriptions of the homes, gardens and rivers. It was nice to read lovely words about the South. When Leo threw the paper, I felt I was riding along with him. I didn't care so much for the too frequent rehashing of various cases of mental illness but, in the end, it kind of made sense. Leo's dad was a saint and his frosty mother wished to become one. The twins personalities were a little too over the top for my liking. I wasn't bothered by Trevor being gay, but I hated that his remarks always sounded like those of a flirting, dirty old man. Molly was a martyr of motherhood and an unhappy marriage. Fraser and Nile’s love for one another seemed very genuine. Overall, I felt that the book was very well-written and Conroy's choice of words was wonderful. Many times, I found myself going for my dictionary and that is a rare delight these days.

"In the summer of 1969, after years of self-imposed exile following his beloved brother's suicide, Leopold Bloom King decides that things are going to change. Over the next few months, the 18-year-old befriends an unusual assortment of teens ranging from Charleston's blue-blooded aristocracy to orphaned siblings to the son of the first black high school football coach. The friendships they form endure for decades, and in 1989, as Leo narrates, they reunite in San Francisco in search of a missing member of their circle. As with other books by bestselling author Pat Conroy, themes of mental illness and familial abuse play out here, and Charleston of the 1960s is vividly rendered." July 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=655619

Report This May 08, 2013
  • jonlockwood rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

a good book

Report This Aug 13, 2012
  • kelleypoole rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I agree with MartiniHigh re: over the top descriptions of Charleston. They continued throughout the entire book - enough already! I was the opposite of chanters in that there was too much witty banter for me in the first part of the book (no one has that many great comebacks!) but I enjoyed the last 2/3 of the book much more. Perhaps I'd gotten used to it. The main character was unbelievable, he was so nice; but I liked that so much - he never turned his back on anyone (except he probably should've turned it on his wife - the Catholic guilt thing was a bit much).

Report This May 03, 2011
  • canihaveanap rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of the best writer's of our time.

Report This Mar 07, 2011
  • Jennmro rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Love it - didn't want it to end. Fabulous descriptions, great story!

Report This Mar 05, 2011
  • AnnNSmith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Pat Conroy writes in such a way that part of you identifies in some way to each character. So many of his thoughts are ones you have had, but never been able to put words to. Prince of Tides and South of Broad were both "page turners," even "My Readings" was that way, but in a different sense.

Report This Jan 01, 2011
  • chanters rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the witty banter at first. The first third of the book was the best. I skipped most of the 2nd third and read the last two chapters. I wouldn't recommend this book, unless you enjoy long winded descriptions and odd ball characters. A lot of the time I felt Conroy was just writing to write and wasn't really going anywhere. Not for me.

Report This Aug 09, 2010
  • pdonoho rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

If you love Charleston, South Carolina...a must read book. Writing is beautiful phrases and description.

Report This Aug 02, 2010
  • miranda57 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Conroy's at it again with the verbose and never ending descriptions of Charleston... the smell of the rivers, the gardens, etc. Enough with all the flowery wordiness!!! And enough with rapacious fathers, nerds with witty banter, and all the southern stereoptypes you could wish for.

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Report This Aug 13, 2012
  • kelleypoole rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

kelleypoole thinks this title is suitable for 25 years and over

Report This May 03, 2011
  • canihaveanap rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

canihaveanap thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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