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Posted by : Kinsey Book Reviewer 10.31.2014


Book Description

Bestselling author Pat Conroy acknowledges the books that have shaped him and celebrates the profound effect reading has had on his life. 

Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is a voracious reader. Starting as a childhood passion that bloomed into a life-long companion, reading has been Conroy’s portal to the world, both to the farthest corners of the globe and to the deepest chambers of the human soul. His interests range widely, from Milton to Tolkien, Philip Roth to Thucydides, encompassing poetry, history, philosophy, and any mesmerizing tale of his native South. He has for years kept notebooks in which he records words and expressions, over time creating a vast reservoir of playful turns of phrase, dazzling flashes of description, and snippets of delightful sound, all just for his love of language. But for Conroy reading is not simply a pleasure to be enjoyed in off-hours or a source of inspiration for his own writing. It would hardly be an exaggeration to claim that reading has saved his life, and if not his life then surely his sanity. 

In My Reading Life, Conroy revisits a life of reading through an array of wonderful and often surprising anecdotes: sharing the pleasures of the local library’s vast cache with his mother when he was a boy, recounting his decades-long relationship with the English teacher who pointed him onto the path of letters, and describing a profoundly influential period he spent  in Paris, as well as reflecting on other pivotal people, places, and experiences. His story is a moving and personal one, girded by wisdom and an undeniable honesty. Anyone who not only enjoys the pleasures of reading but also believes in the power of books to shape a life will find here the greatest defense of that credo.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Nan A. Talese; First Edition edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385533578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385533577

Rating:


Review: 
This is a memoir of a writer. It shows the love of writing and words that all writers should have. It's told in a variety of ways...not simply as a memoir. Another unique approach with short stories added in.

However, that said, I feel that he should stick with fiction. Some parts seemed overly wordy and simply were repeats of things said earlier within the book. Perhaps if it were a novella, interest wouldn’t have been lost.
This book may be perfect for those who love his writing. However, even though I do enjoy some of his titles, this book took me longer than most to read; it never really gripped me or pulled me in. Yet, I’m giving it three stars because some of the stories of family and those who inspire him were beautiful.

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