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  • Title: My Reading Life
  • Author: Pat Conroy
  • ISBN: 9780307749208
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Bestselling author Pat Conroy acknowledges the books that have shaped him and celebrates the profound effect reading has had on his life Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is a voracious reader Starting as a childhood passion that bloomed into a life long companion, reading has been Conroy s portal to the world, both to the farthest corners of the globe and toBestselling author Pat Conroy acknowledges the books that have shaped him and celebrates the profound effect reading has had on his life Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is a voracious reader Starting as a childhood passion that bloomed into a life long companion, reading has been Conroy s portal to the world, both to the farthest corners of the globe and to the deepest chambers of the human soul His interests range widely, from Milton to Tolkien, Philip Roth to Thucydides, encompassing poetry, history, philosophy, and any mesmerizing tale of his native South He has for years kept notebooks in which he records words and expressions, over time creating a vast reservoir of playful turns of phrase, dazzling flashes of description, and snippets of delightful sound, all just for his love of language But for Conroy reading is not simply a pleasure to be enjoyed in off hours or a source of inspiration for his own writing It would hardly be an exaggeration to claim that reading has saved his life, and if not his life then surely his sanity In My Reading Life, Conroy revisits a life of reading through an array of wonderful and often surprising anecdotes sharing the pleasures of the local library s vast cache with his mother when he was a boy, recounting his decades long relationship with the English teacher who pointed him onto the path of letters, and describing a profoundly influential period he spent in Paris, as well as reflecting on other pivotal people, places, and experiences His story is a moving and personal one, girded by wisdom and an undeniable honesty Anyone who not only enjoys the pleasures of reading but also believes in the power of books to shape a life will find here the greatest defense of that credo.From the Hardcover edition.
    My Reading Life Bestselling author Pat Conroy acknowledges the books that have shaped him and celebrates the profound effect reading has had on his life Pat Conroy the beloved American storyteller is a voracious re

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    1. My mother s voice and my father s fists are the two bookends of my childhood, and they form the basis of my art I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Pat Conroy at a book signing in Marin County, California It was during his Beach Music tour back in 1995 He oozed Southern charm and flashed his razor honed wit He kept the large crowd that was there to see him laughing and smiling throughout his whole presentation His cheeks were rosy, and his stark white hair formed a nimbus around his head Prin [...]

    2. Five glorious, sentimental stars for Pat Conroy s memoir about books and reading Mr Conroy died last month, and I picked up My Reading Life as a tribute to him When I chose it from his list of works, I didn t realize how much I would love this gem of a book, how I would linger over the chapters, taking weeks to read it because I didn t want to return it to the library yet Keeping this lovely book in my possession was a way of keeping Mr Conroy around, for just a little bit longer.The only Conroy [...]

    3. 4.5 Writer Thomas Wolfe died at age 37 At the end of a chapter dedicated to him Pat Conroy wrote Wolfe s best novels sleep in secret on a hillside in Asheville beside him forever, or at least, this is what I believe Thankfully this author lived far longer and I d like to believe that his best were behind him but he had plans for other books and was 200 pages into one when he passed.Recalling how Look Homeward, Angel impacted his writing life as a young man, he almost persuaded me to do a reread, [...]

    4. Mr Conroy loves words He loves their flow, their tumble and play And he isn t afraid to use them I learned this when I first start reading his fiction with its exultant, flowery phrases, with its parallels to his own life This nonfiction book tells me why he writes as he does.Although titled My Reading Life, this book is also about his writing life and his life in general The fifteen chapters each address a different person or book or time that ultimately shaped who he is and how he writes.I gre [...]

    5. This book is the type of book that I love and hate simultaneously I literally found myself hanging on every word and they are such magical, illustrious ones as I slowly turned the pages, fearing that I might miss yet another pithy, entertaining statement from Mr Conroy OK, so the only hate aspect of my relationship to this book is the arduous task of noting all I wanted to remember with post it flags and highlighter marks, not to mention looking up a few words whose meaning I obsessively had to [...]

    6. I fell in love with this book about books it wasn t perfect, but it came as close as I ve found to explaining a deep love of all that is books and reading, shooting at it from different directions Pat Conroy may be wordy, but he writes beautifully and clearly loves books, shaping his life around them And he does it in nifty ways influences on him people wise, place wise, life wise, and books themselves.In order it starts with his childhood, and what a fascinating perspective that was for a bookl [...]

    7. In all of my reading life, I have never read a Pat Conroy book I couldn t tell you why probably because I saw Prince of Tides and thought yuck which may or may not have been a complete misjudgment on my part So when a friend gave me My Reading Life as an especially thoughtful Christmas gift, I did not know whether I would love his writing or hate his writing Turns out a little of both.Conroy himself admits his prose can be viewed as overwrought, and I cannot agree Here is a sample sentence from [...]

    8. Pat Conroy in My Reading Life, explores his love of reading and how it shaped him as a writer After hearing of his death, I had to read this book I chose the audio version and listened to his voice describing his love of reading that was fostered by his mother and a special teacher My to read list has grown due to Conroy s enthusiastic, educated, and friendly manner.

    9. This book has had me thinking for days It got inside my head and under my skin in ways I didn t expect.First off, there s the dedication This book is dedicated to my lost daughter, Susannah Ansley Conroy Know this, I love you with my heart and always will Your return to my life would be one of the happiest moments I could imagine I have not been able to stop thinking about these lines, wondering what Pat Conroy did to cause his daughter to stop talking to him What would it take for my me to stop [...]

    10. I have a confession to make I have never seen the movie The Prince of Tides I have also not read a single book by Pat Conroy, a southern author who is prevalent in every book store I walk into in my three state radius.That is going to change now After reading his love letter to books, and to the people who led him to those books, I want to see how his reading has been the breeding ground for the books he has produced.Unfortunately, the book does not have an index of books he discusses, and I m p [...]

    11. If you enjoy the books of Pat Conroy, you will enjoy this book If you don t, you won t.My first introduction to Pat Conroy was through the movie Conrack, starring Jon Voight I had never heard of Conroy, much less read him However, the movie sent me in search of him When I found the paperback movie tie in, I was hooked.From that time forward, I have read Conroy s books I have met him, spoken with him, and seen him several times on the book circuit His voice is a familiar sound to me, and when I h [...]

    12. This is classic Pat for Conroy fans As usual, he reveals a lot about himself and his family When I told one of my friends that I was going to meet Pat Conroy and have him sign my book she asked if it was a list of books he has read He names very few books in this book Instead each of the 15 chapters is devoted to a person in his life, beginning with his mother, who encouraged him to read or to write I agree with him on many things his love of story he says, rightly so, that many authors today lo [...]

    13. The safe writers have never interested meSafety is a crime writers should never commit unless they are after tenure or praise A novelist must wrestle with all mysteries and strangeness of life itself, and anyone who does not wish to accept that grand, bone chilling commission should write book reviews, editorials, or health insurance policies instead Pat Conroy

    14. An autobiography or memoir via the books of one s life are there of these I ve only read one previous book of this sort and it was good, too It also struck me that Pat Conroy was born the same year as me actually, two days before my husband s birthday Much of the book also took place in Atlanta, very, very close to where I live now and lived back in the 70s He lived on Rosedale, behind Callenwolde for part of his childhood, and wrote about that in Prince of Tides As a young writer, he attended [...]

    15. Pat Conroy pays homage to his mother, teachers, booksellers, and writers that shaped him into being a very popular Southern author He loves the beauty of language, and reads a poem every day to jumpstart his creative juices before he begins writing Conroy writes, I grew up a word haunted boy I felt words inside me and stored them wondrous as pearls I mouthed them and fingered them and rolled them around my tongue My mother filled my bedtime hour with poetry that rang like Sanctus bells as she pr [...]

    16. This is the Pat Conroy I loved I have loved his books until reading South of Broad which I found to be a big hot mess not up to my high expectations of a beloved author But, Pat Conroy is at his best here in describing the books and people that have influenced his writing life I loved it I particularly loved the chapter in which he writes a tribute to his mother and how she directed him in his love of books, the chapter about the relationship with a teacher who saved him Gene Norris, the chapter [...]

    17. Have just read a few chapters, but the work is as expected wonderful If you re a writer who takes his calling seriously, this is a book for you FINAL REVIEW In the beginning, all writer s work is derivative.As we mature in this most wonderful art of creating a fictional world as interesting and informative as the one we see around us,we develop our own style.This hopefully new and exciting way of viewing the world comes from a variety of sources.One is , of course, our own experiences Just as im [...]

    18. Pat Conroy is my favorite author, he is an amazing storyteller The first book I read by him was South of Broad , I remember being mesmerized with the language and how he wrote his characters with so much depth and substance Since then, I have read his other novels and he never failed to captivate me with his writing All of his characters are so rich and lively and his writing style is beyond description, he makes you feel sympathetic with the characters he promises to have a lasting effect on yo [...]

    19. I m a huge fan of Pat Conroy I ve read almost everything he has published He is a master storyteller and can create such vivid characters who are forever memorable I think what I love the most is the way his books are journeys that his characters travel and they always end up changed.I liked this insight into his upbringing, how he became a writer and what he shared about his career People impacted his life in a way to foster his writing others impacted his life and gave him something to write a [...]

    20. Curse you, Pat Conroy Another night and most of a day immersed in one of his offerings, My Reading Life so often have I been consumed by his words and mesmerized by how he retroactively tickled hidden ivories of my own life And he is wrong when he asserts he never taught after his experience on Daufuskie perhaps he did not stand before a gaggle of students, but his books entertained and instructed me from the start, a gripping sojourn begun with The Lords of Discipline, a gift from my mother I t [...]

    21. Take a deep breath This is a long sentence and probably the longest review I have written If you love your mother, if you love to read to yourself and to your children and grandchildren, if you like anything else by Pat Conroy, and if you love because you can read what friends and strangers have thought about what you read and you can follow those people to see what else they have read that you might also enjoy, then you will love My Reading Life Here s a brief list of my reading history for the [...]

    22. I will begin with this quote from Pat Conroy talking about his love for the writing of Thomas Wolfe in his book My Reading Life Do I not see his flaws Of course I do but I see my own with much greater sadness and embarrassment I feel the same about Pat Conroy I ve read almost everything he has ever written beginning with The Lords of Discipline which is his best, most coherent novel By the time I knew who Thomas Wolfe was I think it was too late for me to begin reading his novels I just couldn t [...]

    23. I read the print version of this in 2012, and wrote on my blog Pat Conroy He reads, he writes, he journals, he talks, he listens From the time I could talk I took an immense pleasure in running down words, shagging them like fly balls in some spacious field He honors the mother who hungered for art, for illumination, for some path to lead her to a shining way to call her own She lit signal fires in the hills for her son to feel and follow I think I like Pat Conroy because we share the same writi [...]

    24. This love story to reading will prompt you to read , both of this silver tongued tale spinner and of others Conroy chronicles his lifelong love affair with the English language as a student, reader, teacher, and writer Books are the vessel on which Conroy first escaped a troubled childhood and abusive father, the bullying of officers as a cadet at the Citadel from which he graduated, and at a young age became a national bestselling author He recounts how throughout his life he s found meaning in [...]

    25. Conroy s books have been appreciated reads over the years I ve read most of them And in tribute, I thought I would read his take on his own reading life.It held my interest It s a thorough self study of his own developments through reading and the mentors and influences that surrounded his reading paths And some of it applied to his own progression to successful and selling book copy His sensitivity to nuance, Southern USA identity, and hold over hatred and disdain for forceful bullying come acr [...]

    26. Great, great insights into the books and mentors that influenced Conroy s work I happily thought, He backs my opinion of Gone With The Wind which I read in 22 hours in 8th grade, mostly under my desk during class And he d approve of my rereading Tolkien ever decade of my life And I ve read Anna Karenina than once too And I ve really read War and Peace andwait, he read it than once How many times Oh no, he s going to talk me into reading it again And several other books are on my to read list P [...]

    27. I m a big fan of books about books and reading, and this book is one of the reasons Each chapter is about a different book, author or inspiration for Conroy in his life or in his work Those include Gone With the Wind LOVE , James Dickey who was actually Conroy s teacher , his English teacher who introduced him to Joan Baez and The Catcher in the Rye and his mother, a bibliophile to rival all bibliophiles.Ultimately, you probably already know whether you want to read this If you don t like Pat Co [...]

    28. Such an interesting book And such an interesting concept to put down in words the people and books who made you fall in love with books I hope that he told all of these people when they were living how much they meant to him and the impact they had on his life and career especially his mother and Gene Norris, his high school teacher I also hope that the weekly Saturday trips to the library with my daughters will be seen as a gift one day I never thought of it as that before reading this book Wha [...]

    29. My, does Pat Conroy overwrite, wring every word out And I relished every single second of it I understand why those who don t like him, don t But I m a devotee from this day on This is my first Conroy, I m shocked to say, but it won t be my last.

    30. This is a gorgeous book The only book by Conroy that I ve read before is The Prince of Tides, and it was so long ago, I barely remember anything Yes, I ll reread it My Reading Life is a glorious, heartfelt, and moving tribute to words, language, stories, readers, writers, poets, teachers, and books It s really something to be savored, read and reread.

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