The Boo

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Open Road Media, Nov 16, 2010 - Fiction - 202 pages
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Acclaimed author Pat Conroy’s debut novel about life at the Citadel in the 1960s is a profound exploration of what it means to be a man of honor
 
Lt. Col. Nugent Courvoisie, known to the cadets as “the Boo,” is an imposing and inspiring leader at the South Carolina military academy, the Citadel. A harsh disciplinarian but a compassionate mentor, he guides and inspires his young charges.
 
Cadet Peter Cates is an anomaly. He is a gifted writer, a talented basketball player, and a good student, but his outward successes do little to impress his abusive father. The Boo takes Cates under his wing, but their bond is threatened when they’re forced to confront an act of violence on campus.
 
Drawn from Pat Conroy’s own experiences as a student at the Citadel, The Boo is an unforgettable story about duty, loyalty, and standing up for what is right in the face of overwhelming circumstances.
 
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND EDITION OF THE
BACKGROUND
THE STORY OF MR BISON
MIKE
AFTERTHOUGHTS
THE FATHER WHO TRAVELED THE HARD ROAD
ME AND THE
BOOS HEROES
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Pat Conroy was the New York Times–bestselling author of two memoirs and seven novels, including The Prince of TidesThe Great Santini, and The Lords of Discipline. Born the eldest of seven children in a rigidly disciplined military household, he attended the Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. He briefly became a schoolteacher (which he chronicled in his memoir The Water Is Wide) before publishing his first novel, The Boo. Conroy passed away in 2016 at the age of seventy.

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