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Essential interview and book for those of us that admire Pat Conroy

October 5, 2018

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Essential interview and book for those of us that admire Pat Conroy
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<<Pat Conroy: My Exaggerated Life>>
By WALTER EDGAR • OCT 1, 2018
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Pat Conroy and Katherine Clark
CREDIT TAMIKA MOORE/COURTESY OF THE AUTHOR
Pat Conroy’s memoirs and autobiographical novels contain a great deal about his life, but there is much he hasn’t revealed with readers until now. My Exaggerated Life (2018, University of South Carolina Press) is the product of a special collaboration between this great American author and oral biographer Katherine Clark, who recorded two hundred hours of conversations with Conroy before he passed away in 2016. In the spring and summer of 2014, the two spoke for an hour or more on the phone every day. No subject was off limits, including aspects of his tumultuous life he had never before revealed.

This oral biography presents Conroy the man, as if speaking in person, in the colloquial voice familiar to family and friends. This voice is quite different from the authorial style found in his books, which are famous for their lyricism and poetic descriptions. Here Conroy is blunt, plainspoken, and uncommonly candid. While his novels are known for their tragic elements, this volume is suffused with Conroy’s sense of humor, which he credits with saving his life.

Clark talks with Walter Edgar about her relationship with Pat Conroy, and about the things she discovered about him in their many conversations.

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LEAVE MY FORMER PRESIDENT ALONE

October 5, 2018

Leave him alone. He has enough having to deal with four scolding women at his White Home (Mrs. Obama’s faces, yes, say, it all). These were three young people, all of them Heads of Government, our stressed President also Head of State, trying to have a minute of relaxation, as Mr. Madiba knew how to have when, in all occasions, as a real South African, he started to dance and sing, by the way and very rare in that gorgeous country, off tune. By the way, Helle-Thorning-Schmidt, the successful PM of Denmark also has enough of abusive opposition from her own opposition in Parliament, and otherwise. Of the troubles of the PM of the UK we need not to narrate here. Leave them alone…

THE LONGEST RIDE, A TWO-PRONG APPROACH

October 5, 2018

http://books.google.com/books?id=QpDPxnaLrQ0C&dq=The+longest+Ride&sitesec=reviews&hl=en
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My review – Edit review
“A little slow & cheesy in the middle but overall I enjoyed it”, says a reviewer in Goodreads. The cheesiness is mostly in the first dialogue between Sofia, the college girl, and Luke, the cowboy. But still one wonders what happens next and how the characters unite. Let us see! Or better still, let us hear, as I have followed the book drop-by-drop in NPR’ Radio Reader (always superb, by the way). And I heard and saw, because, I confess, I could not stand the intrigue, so I exposed myself to a new experience that resulted in what is a great idea: I obtained a review and analysis on the book: The Longest Ride: by Nicholas Sparks — Analysis [Kindle Edition] Expert Book Reviews (Author), available in eBook version, only, which incidentally may be synchronized with the audible.com audio book. Yes, that gave rise to a spoiler but that I thoroughly enjoyed. Actually with this multi-prong approach I have enjoyed the book much more and passed the “cheesiness”.

http://books.google.com/books?id=QpDPxnaLrQ0C&dq=The+longest+Ride&sitesec=reviews&hl=en Book.Google     My review – Edit review      “A little slow & cheesy in the middle but overall I enjoyed it”, says a reviewer in Goodreads. The cheesiness is mostly in the first dialogue between Sofia, the college girl, and Low, the cowboy. But still one wonders what happens next and how the characters unite. Let us see! Or better still, let us hear, as I have followed the book drop by drop in NPR’ Radio Reader (always superb, by the way). And I heard and saw, because, I confess, I could not stand the intrigue, so I exposed myself to a new experience that resulted in what is a great idea: I obtained a review and analysis on the book: The Longest Ride: by Nicholas Sparks — Analysis [Kindle Edition] Expert Book Reviews (Author), available in eBook version, only, which incidentally may be synchronized with the audible.com audio book. Yes, that gave rise to a spoiler but that I thoroughly enjoyed. Actually with this multi-prong approach I have enjoyed the book much more and passed the “cheesiness”. 

October 5, 2018