The Prince Of Tides Paperback – 3 Jul 2006
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"A masterpiece that can compare with Steinbeck's East of Eden... Some books make you laugh; some make you cry; some make you think. The Prince of Tides is a rarity. It does all three" (Detroit Free Press)
"A big, sprawling saga of a novel... the kind you can hole up with and put down feeling that you've emerged from a terrible, wonderful spell" (San Francisco Chronicle)
"A moving novel which manages to shock you, make you cry and laugh" (Daily Mail)
"You wish it would never end" (Vanity Fair)
The dark and violent chronicle of an astounding family: the Wingos of Colleton, South Carolina.See all Product Description
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This is a book for anyone who has ever had issues with their own families and wondered what it would have been like if they had been born into another. It is a tale for those that have wondered at the eccentricities of a mother or father, or a somewhat off kilter sibling and contemplated the origins of what might have made them that way.
It is a study of the impact of history on a family and how they can survive or fall apart based on the cards that they are dealt and how they choose to deal with them.
And it is a great narrative of mid 20th century American life which was so striking that, years later it led me on a personal pilgrimage to various places referenced which Conroy so lovingly and first-handedly portrays in his novel.
The Prince of Tides is the biography of the Wingo's, a family of passionate outsiders surviving on the sea islands of North Carolina in a fictional town called Colleton, well removed from the sophistication of distant city of Savannah or even the New York that both Savannah and her twin Tom, the narrator of the story, both eventually end up in.
The prince of tides of the title is also a reference to Luke, the only other sibling and older brother of Tom and Savannah and the hero of the story.
The novel spans a time line stretching from the 1930's to the 1980's and straddling both the Second World War and the Vietnam war and portraying the major impact that both these events brought to bear on one American family.Read more ›
The characters are believable, as are most of the events that unfold, and somehow even those occurrences which are slightly less plausible still seem perfectly so - probably because you don't just read about this world, but thanks to Conroy's style, you live in it. This makes it highly moving and at times uncomfortable. The secrets and lies of a family, the brutality that comes to light and the fact that there really is no happy ending, just life going on as before, perhaps in just a more worldly way - these are all captivating and I felt absolutely bereft when I closed the book.
I can't bring myself to read Conroy's other works in case they fail to live up to the high standard established with "The Prince of Tides".
I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story well told, and is not afraid to give their heart to a book without receiving it back with just a little piece missing......
It is too easy to forget that this is a fiction and throughout the book I had to keep reminding myself that this was Tom Wingo's story and not Pat Conroy's.
A moving book that captures every emotion to your realisation that such emotions exist within you.
A long but very worthwhile read that you will want to read again and again.
The way Conroy sets the scenes in this book is remarkable. Little is left to the imagination as he covers every bit for himself, using adjectives until your head will hurt. But it's all for a reason; it's all there to make you "feel" what he wants you to feel.
The story, as most probably know by now, having seen the movie, is harrowing and fraught with pitfalls for the Wingo family. Some have survived--some haven't. Tom's sister is somewhere in the middle, and this is where the story gets its push--from the fact that Tom is in NY trying to figure out what to do "about" her after her latest suicide attempt.
Filled with relief humor and intricate tales of family dysfunction, PRINCE OF TIDES is a massive books that titillates, fascinates, and compels the reader to keep reading
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Wonderful tale about a family living and growing up in South Carolina. Growing up in a family with many limitations and open-mindness towards the world outside is not easy and has... Read morePublished 7 months ago by laros76
Although this book has a good story line I am about to abandon it half way through ... it has become rambling and, more importantly, the frequent use of character names in... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ross Bower
I read this book about 25 years ago, and it made me cry then. I remember being so lost in the story that I had to read it while walkimg, cooking etc! Read morePublished on 27 May 2014 by Old Skooler
I read this years ago, wanted to re-read it but was unable to find it in our library stock.
Book is in great condition
The moment I started I recognized “The Great Santini” in a different guise, even though I’d forgotten this book was by the same author. Similarly, it’s better than the film. Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2013 by Brenda Young
Having just visited South Carolina and Atlanta found this especailly compelling. Some graphic scenes but in context. A page turnerPublished on 1 Aug. 2013 by Jerzy Solarski
I have just recently discovered Pat Conroy, and have read 3 of his books - Beach House, South of Broad and Price of Tides, which, to my mind is the best of the three, closely... Read morePublished on 10 Jun. 2013 by Jill New
I loved this book. It's beautifully written, the voice of the main character is mesmerising and very individual, the story unfolds slowly like a well orchestrated dance. Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2013 by Ms. K. Morgan