My Losing Season

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Random House Publishing Group, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 402 pages
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""I was born to be a point guard, but not a very good one. . . .There was a time in my life when I walked through the world known to myself and others as an athlete. It was part of my own definition of who I was and certainly the part I most respected. When I was a young man, I was well-built and agile and ready for the rough and tumble of games, and athletics provided the single outlet for a repressed and preternaturally shy boy to express himself in public....I lost myself in the beauty of sport and made my family proud while passing through the silent eye of the storm that was my childhood."
So begins Pat Conroy's journey back to 1967 and his startling realization "that this season had been seminal and easily the most consequential of my life." The place is the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, that now famous military college, and in memory Conroy gathers around him his team to relive their few triumphs and humiliating defeats. In a narrative that moves seamlessly between the action of the season and flashbacks into his childhood, we see the author's love of basketball and how crucial the role of athlete is to all these young men who are struggling to find their own identity and their place in the world.
In fast-paced exhilarating games, readers will laugh in delight and cry in disappointment. But as the story continues, we gradually see the self-professed "mediocre" athlete merge into the point guard whose spirit drives the team. He rallies them to play their best while closing off the shouts of "Don't shoot, Conroy" that come from the coach on the sidelines. For Coach Mel Thompson is to Conroy theundermining presence that his father had been throughout his childhood. And in these pages finally, heartbreakingly, we learn the truth about the Great Santini.
In "My Losing Season Pat Conroy has written an American classic about young men and the bonds they form, about losing and the lessons it imparts, about finding one's voice and one's self in the midst of defeat. And in his trademark language, we see the young Conroy walk from his life as an athlete to the writer the world knows him to be.

"From the Hardcover edition.

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Pat Conroy's writing is so readable to me. - Goodreads
Pat Conroy reads like a frustrated sports writer.. - Goodreads
A great insight into who Conroy is and what shaped him. - Goodreads
Pat Conroy is an excellent writer. - Goodreads
He also talked about being a writer. - Goodreads
Conroy is a florid writer for my taste. - Goodreads

Review: My Losing Season: A Memoir

User Review  - Ms. Dunn - Goodreads

Hard to read at times because of its honest and heart-breaking portrayal of Conroy's life on and off the court. Read full review

Review: My Losing Season: A Memoir

User Review  - David Ward - Goodreads

My Losing Season by Pat Conroy (Dial Press 2003)(Biography). In this volume, author Pat Conroy assures us that he was the Citadel's point guard/spiritual leader/moral compass while in college. Conroy ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

Pat Conroy is the bestselling author of The Water is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, and Beach Music. He lives in Fripp Island, South Carolina.

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