- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Publisher: Corvus; Main edition (1 July 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848875002
- ISBN-13: 978-1848875005
- Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 4 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 724,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A big sweeping novel of friendship and marriage... The millions of readers who cherish Conroy's work won't be at all disappointed - and nor will anyone who owns stock in Kleenex.' Chris Bohjalian, Washington Post
About the Author
Pat Conroy was the author of six previous novels: The Boo, The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides and Beach Music. He lived in Fripp Island, South Carolina, and died in 2016.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is divided into five parts. While reading the first part, I emailed a friend of mine telling her that I was 100 pages into South of Broad and loving every word I was reading. So, at this point, I couldn't understand all of the so-so reviews. Then I got to Part 2 and I started to understand. Part 3 justified these so-so feelings. Thank goodness for Part 4 and Part 5....otherwise this review might have been heading south all on its own.
It all begins on Bloomsday, June 16, 1969, when, as an upcoming high school senior, Leopold Bloom King meets eight people who will change his life forever. All in one day, his future will be set out before him as it is these eight people who will become his lifelong friends. For those of you who don't know the significance of Bloomsday, it refers to James Joyce's novel Ulysses where all the events take place on the same day, June 16, 1904, in Dublin and, the main character in Joyce's novel happens to be named Leopold Bloom. So it almost makes sense that our Leopold Bloom King will have events occur all on the same day that will shape his life as well.Read more ›
Leo King or Toad to his friends, is the kind of young man whose life falls apart when his brother commits suicide. Out of the blue, he and his family are swept into the unknown and Leo can't cope. In and out of mental hospitals, his mother can't quite find it in her heart to love him. His father becomes his family and keeps his world from falling apart again, and somehow, Leo becomes the kind of kid everyone loves. He makes friends, but as you see, his friends are the lonely, they always need friends. Sheba and Trevor and Niles and Starla and Ike and Betty, the kids that are gay or black, or without any class. Fraser, Chad and Molly are the upper class, the intelligentsia of the city. These are the friends that Leo has and in the city he loves, we come to know them all and root for them.
Charleston, South Carolina, the jewel of the south. The junction between the Cooper and the Ashley Rivers is called 'South of Broad'. This is where Leo and his friends lived their young lives. Leo's mom was the principal and his father taught science at the public high school. He and his friends had the best and the worst of times in their young lives. The white and blacks learned to integrate, the football team had their wins and losses. They loved and they lived and the mysteries and secrets of each of them are unfolded as time goes on. The father of Sheba and Trevor, the madman that he is, raises havoc and has them all in his sights.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The characters are so beautifully written. It's truly a book that leaves you savouring every detail. Read it....you'll love it.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
In Pat Conroy's most recent work I noted his aversion to critics and his life long avoidance of engaging in criticism of other writers himself. Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2015 by PJordan
Poetic descriptions bring Charleston to life, wonderfully drawn characters and beautiful exploration of relationships. Read morePublished on 6 Aug. 2014 by Fiona Newstead
A typical Conroy nostalgic fond look at Charleston life and southern society differences. I did get bogged down with the fragmentary story development and flashbacks at one point... Read morePublished on 21 April 2014 by M. Hollands
Have not read any books written by Pat Conroy before, found this an entirely engrossing read. Set in Charleston, North Carolina and following the lives of a group of people from... Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2014 by Blubell
I enjoyed this book which did ramble a bit into the past but Conroy does know how to write about the South not quite up to Prince of Tides.Published on 13 Mar. 2014 by Joyce
A wordy and pretentious novel with little purpose or direction. The start was promising but then the book became a ridiculous melange of situations. Read morePublished on 10 Mar. 2014 by Cass
Atmospheric portrait of Charleston as a city which makes me want to visit. Gripping story of a group of friends growing up and maintaining a friendship through all their ups and... Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2014 by V. Windle