By Larry Bowen
I’m currently listening to “South of Broad” on CD and, so far, it’s one of the most lyrically written books I’ve read/listened to in a while. Conroy is spot on in his depiction of Charleston though at times he overpowers the reader by spending too much time describing Charleston and not enough furthering the plot. All in all, this southern narrative makes me want to take a trip south as soon as possible.
I haven’t read Beach Music yet but it’s next on my list. I included the reviews for it because I think they apply equally well to South of Broad.
I’m including a link to a real estate website in Charleston so readers can see the beautiful homes south of Broad that are currently for sale and the prices. Especially the prices!
Praise for South of Broad
“Conroy is an immensely gifted stylist…. No one can describe a tide or a sunset with his lyricism and exactitude.”—Chris Bohjalian, The Washington Post
“Conroy writes with a momentum that’s impossible to resist.”—People, 3 of 4 stars.
“Beautifully written throughout…. Conroy is a natural at weaving great skeins of narrative, and this one will prove a great pleasure to his many fans.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Conroy is a master of American fiction and he has proved it once again in this magnificent love letter to his beloved Charleston, and to friendships that will stand the test of time.”—Bookpage
Praise for Beach Music
“Astonishing . . . stunning . . . the range of passions and subjects that brings life to every page is almost endless.” —Washington Post Book World
“Blockbuster writing at its best.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Pat Conroy’s writing contains a virtue now rare in most contemporary fiction: passion.” —Denver Post
“Reading Pat Conroy is like watching Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel.” —Houston Chronicle
“Incandescent.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Grand.” —Boston Globe
“Breathtaking . . . perhaps the most eagerly awaited book of the year . . . a knockout.” —Charlotte Observer
“Few novelists write as well, and none as beautifully . . . Conroy’s narrative is so fluid and poetic that it’s apt to seduce you into reading just one more page, just one more chapter.” —Lexington Herald-Leader
“Compelling storytelling . . . a page-turner . . . Conroy takes aim at our darkest emotions, lets the arrow fly, and hits a bull’s-eye almost every time.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel