7 member(s) found this review helpful.
One of the best books I've read...Interesting story about a unique group of people (residents of the barrier islands off South Carolina) which makes the book worthwhile on that basis alone. To me, however, the main draw is Conroy's brilliant use of language. The author uses the cadence of the place and he does not shirk from words- rich beautiful complex words. The usage is not the sometimes tortuous meandering of an author like J.D. Salinger but it is definately above the level of the daily news. All of Conroy's books are a joy to read but this first (nonfiction)venture tells us much about the South Carolina roots of his writing. Lavon
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Rarely do I give books a "10" rating. Pat Conroy's true tale of teaching on an island off South Carolina is an amusing and sometimes depressing story of teaching in a community that isn't as open to education than the administration would like you to think. I found myself wanting to go back into the classroom to perform miraclesd, too.
2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Never disappointed with a novel by Pat Conroy. This is a most unusual book about a white idealist young man taking a teaching position on an island of all black people off the coast of South Carolina. Bigotry at it's fullest and tenderness in full fight mode.