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User Review  - AliceAnna -

A truly brilliant novel -- rich in character, rich in mood. Jack and his daughter Leah were at the center, but his dysfunctional family and his group of mostly dysfunctional friends helped weave the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Becky221 -

(Read in 2011.) This was a disappointing read considering how much I liked Prince of Tides. It seemed disjointed and unbelievable. There was too much going on -- suicide, holocaust, terrorist attack, mother dying. I had to force myself to finish because it was a book club pick. Read full review

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User Review  - kblinn - LibraryThing

One of the classics in Conroy's body of works, this book has its memorable moments. The book basically chronicles the life, thus far, of Jack McCall whose wife, Shyla, killed herself by jumping off a ... Read full review

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User Review  - MSFJones -

I have read this book at least a dozen times, and it remains one of my very favorites. I can't recommend it enough. The story centers around Jack McCall, who leaves his home in South Carolina and ... Read full review

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User Review  - aylin1 -

I didn't see a selection for the audie award winning Frank Muller narration of this book, but that is the version you'd want. Wonderful read on paper and audio. Read full review

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User Review  - delphimo -

I finally found an enjoyable book, after reading many poorly written books. I have read Conroy before, but feel that this is one of his better novels. Conroy employs many of the same themes in all his ... Read full review

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User Review  - brendajanefrank -

Conroy's writing is so effective that I started feeling suicidal. Much of this story is tragic. I had to take a break when only 1/3 finished because it was beginning to impair my well-being. I hope to get back to it after finishing some Evanovich fluff to lift my spirits. Read full review

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I read this book over 15 years ago and believe it may be the best book he has written. I have read thousands of books in my lifetime, and would easily rank this in the top 10. His imagery is engaging and transformative. He always tackles the most difficult of subjects and weaves them into a story that shows the true interconnectedness of the multi-generational experience.
Pat Conroy has a way of not judging his characters and being objective in his narrative, which allows the reader to make their own decisions through their own reflection. I would love for someone to do a film adaptation of this, so all the non-readers out there can enjoy his work here...hopefully someday someone will. Thank you, Pat.

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Pat Conroy has to be the best yet at story telling, allowing the reader to visualize it and feel like they are eavesdropping on the conversations of others. Beach Music could very easily be my very favorite book of all time.

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User Review  - shesinplainview - LibraryThing

Totally engrossing southern family saga, which of course, means alot of dysfunction, sadness, a couldn't-put-it-down. A masterpiece. Read full review

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