My Reading Life - Pat Conroy (CD/Spoken Word)

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Barcode
9780307749208
Department
Books
Released
2 Nov 2010
Supply Source
USA

Book

Authors
Pat Conroy
Pat Conroy (Narrator)
Binding
CD/Spoken Word
Publisher
Random House
Edition
Unabridged
Language
English
Dimensions
152 x 127 x 25mm (236g)

Annotation

  • The best-selling author of such works as The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides acknowledges the books that shaped his literary life, sharing anecdotes about how reading saw him through his most challenging periods and helped him to retain his grasp on sanity. Simultaneous. Book available.
  • The author reviews a lifetime of reading, acknowledging the books that shaped his literary life and sharing anecdotes about how reading saw him through his most challenging periods and helped him to retain his grasp on sanity.

Summary

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.


From the Hardcover edition.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Biography/Autobiography
BISAC Subject 1
Biography & Autobiography / Literary
BISAC Subject 2
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Library Subject 1
Authors, American; 20th century; Biography.
Academic Subject 1
Biography And Autobiography
Academic Subject 2
Conroy, Pat - Prose & Criticism
Dewey Classification
813/.54