Friday, April 23, 2010

South of Broad by Pat Conroy Review

About South of Broad
Leopold Bloom King has been raised in a family shattered—and shadowed—by tragedy. Lonely and adrift, he searches for something to sustain him and finds it among a tightly knit group of high school outsiders. Surviving marriages happy and troubled, unrequited loves and unspoken longings, hard-won successes and devastating breakdowns, as well as Charleston, South Carolina’s dark legacy of racism and class divisions, these friends will endure until a final test forces them to face something none of them are prepared for.
Spanning two turbulent decades, South of Broad is Pat Conroy at his finest: a masterpiece from a great American writer whose passion for life and language knows no bounds.

My thoughts:

The main character of this book is Lepold Bloom King a/k/a The Toad. I really felt sorry for Leo in the beginning of the book with all the troubles and trials in his life but then I realized by the middle of the book what strength he had. His mother was overly critical and also the principal at his high school. His father was very gentle and kind. There were alot of surprising, tragic and heart racing things in this book. I love the way Pat Conroy brought some things that were happening in Charleston into the book and it flowed with the storyline. Leo was a loner at times (alot of the time) but he always had this connection to go back to which was his group of high school friends. These friends remained friends and came to each others aid all through their lives. I must admit there were times in the beginning and even the middle of the book that I struggled and then something just started clicking with this book and I couldn't put it down! Charleston is such a lovely and beautiful city but this book is much more than a book about Charleston it is about people who could have lived that lived there and their complicated lives!


The publishing company that asked me to review this book is giving away 1 trade paperback copy of this book. Here is what you need to do for the giveaway:

Open to US & Canada only (No PO Boxes), the publisher will send the book directly to you.

Leave a comment. Make sure to include your email address so that I can contact you in case you win! Otherwise, I won't be able to include your name in the drawing.

Giveaway ends, April 30, 2010. I'll use to choose a winner.

About Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy is the bestselling author of nine books: The Boo, The Water is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, My Losing Season, The Pat Conroy Cookbook: Recipes of My Life and South of Broad. He lives in Fripp Island, South Carolina.
Visit Pat Conroy’s website for more info about his work.

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South of Broad on

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  1. I've had this on my wish list for a while - waiting for the paperback. Pick me please!

  2. Sounds like you really liked it, Sherri. Good review! (don't enter me in the giveaway).

  3. It sounds like a good book, but I don't think right now I want to be reading about anyone with problems. I'm on an escapist binge.

  4. Hi Sherri! Thanks so much for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I have read Prince of Tides and Beach Music but it's been a long time.. I don't remember the details but I DO recall the way Pat Conroy's writing made me feel. He can really paint a picture with his words. I would love to be entered into the contest, actually!

    We really appreciate the time you put into reading and writing about South of Broad. Thanks! ~ Lisa

  5. Sherri- I read this book and really enjoyed it. Pat Conroy has such a way with words!! Truly, he is amazing. I figured out "the Twist" in the story (surprise at the end) at the beginning, though. The characters were so well developed and I really like The Toad.:) Lori

  6. Sherri- Loved reading your review! Please don't count me in the giveaway, though, as I have already it. GREAT BOOK! Lori

  7. I have read several of Pat Conroy's books and think he is a wonderful author. I would love a chance to win this one. Thanks.

  8. I have wanted to read this book, but have not gotten it yet. I love Charleston!!! Thanks for visiting my blog. If you will email me at I will give you directions to the fabric shop I posted about. Thanks for hosting a wonderful giveaway! Love & blessings from NC!


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