Every now and then, I find myself rereading some of my old books that shaped my views on a lot of different topics most especially the ones from one of my favorite authors of all time – Pat Conroy. The Prince of Tides along with Beach Music, Red Sky At Morning and Lonesome Dove became the seminal books from my youth.
In this very particular book, many things have struck me speechless. Who could ever forget that rape scene? and that oh-so-endearing scene at the park when Tom started coaching Bernard? Just a lot of fantastic scenes that I will always remember from the book.
The lyrical rendition of Conroy on telling the past and the present events in the book through his character Tom Wingo left me with different emotions. I cried, I laugh and I cried again. Then I got mad, I was sad. Mad, then so, so sad and cried all over again.
The Prince of Tides is a book full of emotion that will leave you hopeful in some way, thoughtful and perhaps too maudlin to get out of bed on any given day.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Published March 26th 2002 by Dial Press Trade Paperback (first published 1986)
About The Author
Pat Conroy is the New York Times bestselling author of two memoirs and seven novels, including The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, and The Lords of Discipline. Born the eldest of seven children in a rigidly disciplined military household, he attended the Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. He briefly became a schoolteacher (which he chronicled in his memoir The Water Is Wide) before publishing his first novel, The Boo. Conroy lives on Fripp Island, South Carolina.