Pat Conroy

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Pat Conroy

Postby Steven » Sat Mar 05, 2016 9:10 pm

Author Pat Conroy has passed away. R.I.P.

There are some wonderful videos with Pat Conroy on YouTube.

(Though Pat Conroy was not a poet, placing this post in this section anyway.)
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Re: Pat Conroy

Postby Steven » Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:31 pm

Hi,

Found this book to be of interest: Conversations with the Conroy's: Interviews with Pat Conroy
and
His Family, published by the University of South Carolina Press.
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Re: Pat Conroy

Postby Steven » Sat Jan 21, 2017 3:30 am

Hi,

Just finished A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life.
The book is Copyright 2016 by Pat Conroy. I like it a lot.
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Re: Pat Conroy

Postby Steven » Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:57 am

Hi,

The song "Lili Marlene" briefly comes up in Pat Conroy's novel South of Broad.
It's a remarkable book. Fans of Leonard Cohen's "Famous Blue Raincoat" are likely
to think of "Famous Blue Raincoat" upon reading about or hearing "Lili Marlene."
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Re: Pat Conroy

Postby sturgess66 » Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:30 am

Hi Steven - and thanks!
I'm glad to see this thread again - I'd meant to post a response.
And I totally agree about South of Broad - a truly remarkable novel.

I am a big fan of Pat Conroy's books - particularly the later ones - like Beach Music, and South of Broad. His writing was so incredibly rich and wonderful - about the South.

Have you seen the movie "Conrack." I had seen it years ago and then just recently it was available on cable TV. Based on Conroy's book "The Water is Wide" - about his experiences as a teacher when he was a young man, at a school on an island off the South Carolina coast. Jon Voight is wonderful as the actor playing "Conrack" (the kids' version of "Conroy"). Music by John Williams.
Trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTePeZag_yI

I, along with so many others, were so looking forward to the new novel he was promising - and then - he was gone ... So sad when Pat Conroy passed away last year.

“Music could ache and hurt, that beautiful music was a place a suffering man could hide.”
― Pat Conroy, Beach Music

“Without music and dance, life is a journey through a desert.”
― Pat Conroy

Comely was the town by the curving river that they dismantled in a year's time. Beautiful was Colleton in her last spring as she flung azaleas like a girl throwing rice at a desperate wedding. In dazzling profusion, Colleton ripened in a gauze of sweet gardens and the town ached beneath a canopy of promissory fragrance.”
― Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides

“The only word for goodness is goodness, and it is not enough.”
― Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides
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Re: Pat Conroy

Postby Steven » Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:15 pm

Hi sturgess66,

Thank you for your post. No, haven't seen the movie Conrack. Thanks for mentioning it.
Will get ahold of the DVD.

I wonder if Pat Conroy had been a fan of Leonard Cohen's music. (Each utilized the ashes of life
as ingredients of creative output.) The first two of the Pat Conroy book-derived quotations in
your post sound Leonard Cohen-like in their tone and expression. :)
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Re: Pat Conroy

Postby sturgess66 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:39 pm

Good news Steven!
Conrack, the movie, is available on YouTube - in 4 parts - uploaded by Brenda J. Peart, (She puts "GOOD UPLOAD" in the titles because, it is! There are other uploads but with a tiny screen - or more than 4 parts)
It's got to be 40 years or so I believe when I first saw this film while attending school in Jamaica WI in the early 70s ... I remember reading the book as well.
Time to explore the terrain... I now live in the Lowcountry of South Carolina!!!!
I just watched a bit of it - so good!

She has the 4 parts in a playlist - so one part slides into the next. :D
Here ---> https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... 52fcVs_Pox

And yes, I agree - the quotes - rather "Cohenesque" :)
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Re: Pat Conroy

Postby Steven » Tue Feb 28, 2017 6:12 am

Hi sturgess66,

Thanks. Looking forward to watching the movie. Hopefully will be able to do so within
a week or so.
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Re: Pat Conroy

Postby Steven » Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:07 pm

Hi sturgess66,

Watched the movie and enjoyed it. :)

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