The Boo

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Old New York Book Shop Press, 1970 - Fiction - 174 pages
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The Boo, Lt. Colonel Nugent Courvoisie, became a symbol of The Citadel to a generation of cadets. He was assistant commandant, part analyst, part confessor, part detective, part father ... and all soldier.

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User Review  - Barnabas Piper - Goodreads

This rating is boosted by the writer Conroy became. This first effort at a book just isn't that great but has flashes of brilliance. It sputters along mostly, but if you view it as a historic ... Read full review

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User Review  - Stephen Young - Goodreads

I abandoned this book. It was not what I expected. It is a memoir, not a story. Read full review

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About the author (1970)

Donald Patrick Conroy's pen name is Pat Conroy. He was born on October 26, 1945, in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from The Citadel in 1967 with B.A. in English. He later used his experiences at the strict school in his book, The Lords of Discipline (1980), which was nominated for the Robert Kennedy Book Award in 1981. After teaching high school at his alma mater, he accepted a job teaching disadvantaged black children in a two-room schoolhouse on Daufuskie Island off the South Carolina coast. Many of the children were illiterate, unable even to write their own names. He taught them using oral history and geography lessons. His experience on Daufuskie Island formed the basis for his first successful memoir, The Water Is Wide (1972), which won Conroy the Anisfield-Wolf Award from the Cleveland Foundation and was made into the movie Conrack starring Jon Voight in 1976. His other novels include The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, and South of Broad. Conroy chronicled his relationship with his father in the memoir, The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and his Son (2013).

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