Gosh I love this time of year! I know it’s only the second time that I experience the Christmas Season, but I can already tell you, it’s the bestest. Don’t you just feel like throwing tinsel and glitter over everything? I can promise you, for the next month, all my Mommy’s header photos will have a Christmas theme. And me of course.
It’s Thursday already and the first time my Mommy opens her blog this whole week. Don’t get too excited, we most probably won’t get to it again before next week. Mommy is busy busy. I try my utmost best to give her an attitude, but even I get ignored. But she says she misses you all and we can quickly do a Throwback Thursday. Yea! I’m curled up behind her laptop and she’s typing away.
There are so many spins on the idea of Throwback Thursday, but we still like Davida’s idea the most:
- The Chocolate Lady’s #Throwback Thursday takes place on the Thursday before the first Saturday of every month. Yes, there is a linky and it will remain open until she uploads the new one. Thank Goodness. My first and last sometimes gets very confused.
- Your post must highlight one of your previously published book reviews and Davida encourages other participants to do the same.
- Add the link to your post and remember to link back to The Chocolate Lady’s Book Blog And do not forget to #ThrowbackThursday!
Synopsis: Spanning four decades, from 1968 onwards, this is the story of a fabulous but flawed family and the slew of ordinary and extraordinary incidents that shape their everyday lives. It is a story about childhood and growing up, loss of innocence, eccentricity, familial ties and friendships, love and life. Stripped down to its bare bones, it’s about the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister.
- When was this review first published? – 02 May 2016.
- Did you have any idea what you were doing? – I think this review was subconsciously the pioneer for Wednesday Wisdom
- Will you re-write this review? – No. I still think it’s the quotes and poetic writing that made this book so beautiful.
- Did you tweak this review? – A bit yes. I’ve added the top section with the book information.
- Will you re-read the book? For sure, yes!
- Will you recommend others to read this review? Yes! But I don’t think everybody will like the book. Like I’ve said, it’s more about the writing than the story.
In his most brilliant and powerful novel, Pat Conroy tells the story of Tom Wingo, his twin sister, Savannah, and the dark and violent past of the family into which they were born. Set in New York City and the lowcountry of South Carolina, the novel opens when Tom, a high school football coach whose marriage and career are crumbling, flies from South Carolina to New York after learning of his twin sister’s suicide attempt. Savannah is one of the most gifted poets of her generation, and both the cadenced beauty of her art and the jumbled cries of her illness are clues to the too-long-hidden story of her wounded family.
In the paneled offices and luxurious restaurants of New York City, Tom and Susan Lowenstein, Savannah’s psychiatrist, unravel a history of violence, abandonment, commitment, and love. And Tom realizes that trying to save his sister is perhaps his last chance to save himself.
With passion and a rare gift of language, the author moves from present to past, tracing the amazing history of the Wingos from World War II through the final days of the war in Vietnam and into the 1980s, drawing a rich range of characters: the lovable, crazy Mr. Fruit, who for decades has wordlessly directed traffic at the same intersection in the southern town of Colleton; Reese Newbury, the ruthless, patrician land speculator who threatens the Wingos’ only secure worldly possession, Melrose Island; Herbert Woodruff, Susan Lowenstein’s husband, a world-famous violinist; Tolitha Wingo, Savannah’s mentor and eccentric grandmother, the first real feminist in the Wingo family.
Pat Conroy reveals the lives of his characters with surpassing depth and power, capturing the vanishing beauty of the South Carolina lowcountry and a lost way of life. His lyric gifts, abundant good humor, and compelling storytelling are well known to readers of The Great Santini and The Lords of Discipline. The Prince of Tides continues that tradition yet displays a new, mature voice of Pat Conroy, signaling this work as his greatest accomplishment.