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The Prince of Tides is an acclaimed American novel by best-selling author Pat Conroy relating the story of Tom Wingo and his painful family history. Much of the book revolves around Tom’s relationship with his intense older brother Luke and his troubled twin sister Savannah who battles depression and suicidal thoughts, and the impact of their extremely traumatic childhood. The family grew up chronically poor on a remote island in rural south Carolina with an abusive father, an enabling and neurotic mother, and a pet tiger. Conroy is a rightly mega-popular dramatic storyteller known for his ability to authentically describe a setting; the book provides an intimate look into both the beauty and tradition of South Carolina and the reality of the big-city glamour of New York City. We highly recommend most of Conroy’s books, especially The Great Santini (1976) and Beach Music (1995), but The Prince of Tides is one of his best.
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Pat Conroy believed in the power of travel: "Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey." Many of his books reflect heavily both on travel, the power of one's environment, and the journey of life. He is a celebrated author, with a number of popular novels and several non-fiction books.
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GREAT QUOTES FROM THE PRINCE OF TIDES
“I grew up slowly beside the tides and marshes of Colleton; my arms were tawny and strong from working long days on the shrimp boat in the blazing South Carolina heat...I was born and raised on a Carolina sea island and I carried the sunshine of the low country, inked in dark gold, on my back and shoulders. As a boy I was happy above the channels, navigating a small boat between the sandbars with their quiet nation of oysters exposed on the brown flats at the low watermark. I knew every shrimper by name, and they knew me and sounded their horns when they passed me fishing in the river."
"But, as I watch this film, I often think that the boy did not know what he was really running toward, that it was not the end zone which awaited him. Somewhere in that ten second dash the running boy turned to metaphor and the older man could see it where the boy could not. He would be good at running, always good at it, and he would always run away from the things that hurt him, from the people who loved him, and from the friends empowered to save him. But where do we run when there are no crowds, no lights, no end zones? Where does a man run? the coach said, studying the films of himself as a boy. Where can a man run when he has lost the excuse of games? Where can a man run or where can he hide when he looks behind him and sees that he is only pursued by himself?”
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