The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy (1987, Paperback)
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About this product
- SynopsisPat Conroy has created a huge, brash thunderstorm of a novel, stinging with honesty and resounding with drama. Spanning forty years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister, Savannah, and the dark and violent past of the extraordinary family to which they were born. Filled with the vanishing beauty of the South Carolina lowcountry as well as the dusty glitter of New York City,The Prince Of Tidesis Pat Conroy's most magnificent novel yet.
- AuthorPat Conroy
- Number Of Pages688 pages
- Publication Date1987-12-01
- PublisherRandom House Publishing Group
- Weight11.5 Oz
- Height1.2 In.
- Width4.2 In.
- Length6.9 In.
- Dewey Decimal813/.54
- Dewey Edition22
- Reviews"Powerful" --UPI. "A masterpiece than can compare with Steinbeck's East Of Eden... Some books make you laugh; some make you cry; some make you think. The Prince Of Tidesis a rarity: It does all three." --Detroit Free Press. "A big sprawling saga of a novel, the kind Steinbeck used to write, the kind John Irving keeps writing, the kind you can hole up with and spend some days with and put down feeling that you've emerged from a terrible, wonderful spell." --San Francisco Chronicle. "A brilliant novel that ultimately affirms life, hope and the belief that one's future need not be contaminated by a monstrous past." --Chicago Tribune. "Compulsively readable" --Glamour. "A seductive narrative, told with bravado, flourishes, portentous foreshadowing, sardonic humor and eloquent turns of phrase...For sheer storytelling finesse, Conroy will have few rivals." -- Publishers Weekly.,"Powerful" UPI. "A masterpiece than can compare with Steinbeck's East Of Eden... Some books make you laugh; some make you cry; some make you think. The Prince Of Tides is a rarity: It does all three." Detroit Free Press "A big sprawling saga of a novel, the kind Steinbeck used to write, the kind John Irving keeps writing, the kind you can hole up with and spend some days with and put down feeling that you've emerged from a terrible, wonderful spell." San Francisco Chronicle "A brilliant novel that ultimately affirms life, hope and the belief that one's future need not be contaminated by a monstrous past." Chicago Tribune "Compulsively readable" Glamour "A seductive narrative, told with bravado, flourishes, portentous foreshadowing, sardonic humor and eloquent turns of phrase...For sheer storytelling finesse, Conroy will have few rivals." Publishers Weekly "Reading Pat Conroy is like watching Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel." Houston Chronicle "This is a powerful book. . . . Conroy is a master of language." Atlanta-Journal Constitution "A literary gem . . . The Prince of Tides is in the best tradition of novel writing. It is an engrossing story of unforgettable characters."Pittsburgh Press
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- strapkin2012Apr 14, 2016by
I'm not into dysfunction
I tried really hard to get into this book but it was oppressively about mental illness and dysfunction, violence against women. Not for me apparently. Probably fine if you like those topics.
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- lgm90750Nov 06, 2013by
Great book and my #1 top favorite read! I recommend it to everyone, especially high school teenagers looking towards college and their futures. I buy large quantities just for giving away. Pat Conroy's use of language is poetic and lyrical. I envy him his great storytelling talent and skills.
- hawleybSep 08, 2010by
Excellent read, a bit on the dark side
I read "The Prince of Tides" because I liked "The Great Santini." Tides starts a bit slowly the first chapter or two, but once I got going, it was hard to lay down.
There are slower spots throughout the book, but the dynamite in between is mind blowing! As with all of Conroy's writing, I had to get past the language, which is pretty profane and vulgar at times.
Tides gets more into the psyche of Conroy and his family, especially his sister. (Although fiction, it's still autobiographical.) So it gets pretty dark at times.
Although the father in Santini is abusive to his family, the father in Tides is worse. A very mean and controlling man.
As usual, Conroy paints pictures with words in a way I've never seen another writer do. I gave up trying to look up all the words I didn't know or I'd have spent half my time in the dictionary. I don't think he's doing it to show off his vast vocabulary.
I plan to read "The Lords of Discipline," "My Losing Season," and "The Water is Wide," all of which I bought on ebay.Read full review
- glittergoddess1...Jun 04, 2011by
Loved every word!
Pat Conroy is, in my opinion, the greatest writer in America. His words are like beautiful poetry. Every sentence is a work of art. I have read and re-read several of his books including Prince of Tides, and I dread every time I come to the last page. His discriptions and his honest and heartfelt view of the South are second to none. I feel like I am living in his books. I am anxiously looking forward to his next masterpiece.
- wavephilip519May 28, 2007by
The Prince Of Tides
The Prince Of Tides is brilliant for keenly definable characters, tremendous wordsmanship, and introduces you to the Southern family dynamic, like it or not! It leaves you oscillating between despair for the lost lives of lowcountry childhoods, and exhilaration and celebration of living life without letting the past rule the day. You will laugh and cry.
In the book, Pat Conroy gives tribute to Coach John McKissick of Summerville, South Carolina. Although it is only a fleeting mention, Conroy introduces readers to this high school football coach who began his career in 1952 at Summerville High School, and is still on the job today.
The Prince Of Tides will make you remember the family Wingo. The descriptive writing of Conroy will have you longing to sit on the porch with a tall glass of Aunt Jackie's sweet tea with the Carolina sun kissing your face.
This book about a damaged southern family belongs on every bookshelf! The characters are so vividly portrayed and the scenes are so descriptive. You can nearly see the azaleas exploding in their spring tribute, and almost smell the sweet elm and wisteria dancing in the sweet southern air.
There is some graphic imagery that can leave you hollow.
The Prince Of Tides is highly recommended reading.Read full review