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South of Broad: A Novel

10 Ratings: 4.3

Charleston, S.C., gossip columnist Leopold Bloom King narrates a paean to his hometown and friends in Conroy's first novel in 14 years. In the late '60s and after his brother commits suicide, then 18-year-old Leo befriends a cross-section of … see full wiki

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Author: Pat Conroy
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
7 reviews about South of Broad: A Novel
review by . February 11, 2010
South of Broad, Pat Conroy's long awaited novel, reads like a love letter to Charleston and to outsiders in small towns everywhere. (Charleston is a city, but Conroy's Charleston feels like a small town much as many NY City neighborhoods feel like small towns.) Conroy loves Charleston the way you love a dear old friend, knowing all the faults reveling in the strengths. This is a long sad, happy, sentimental and gut wrenching American book about the life of Leo King, the kind of man you wish you …
review by . September 11, 2009
The mythical world of Charleston, South Carolina, is alive, if not so well, in Pat Conroy's "South of Broad." Pat Conroy is a Southern writer, a man who understands his people and the tragedies, both large and small, that mark so many of their lives from generation to generation. His flowery style is as Southern as the people and places he writes about, and Conroy's fans love him as much for that style as for the stories he tells them. "South of Broad" may be a bit melodramatic, it may have a stereotypical …
review by . August 20, 2009
Things happen in South of Broad that are hard to believe could possibly happen, but none of that takes away the fact that it is a riveting story.     The main character, Leo, is a practicing Catholic who is close to saintly in his actions. He is just so damn nice. The story involves Leo and his family and the friends he meets in the summer before senior year in high school in South Carolina, 1969.     His friends include a brother and sister who are orphans, …
review by . August 06, 2009
"Your podiatrist has to leave now," I said. "Remember to say your prayers. And always floss your teeth." Then I added in warning, "Soon I will have paid off my debt to society."  "What do you mean?" he asked.  "Judge Alexander has cut my community service to fifty hours, instead of a hundred."  "That's preposterous. I'll call the judge at once. You were caught with enough cocaine to satisfy the entire ghetto of Charleston for a week."  "I'll see you next Thursday. …
review by . August 04, 2009
An engrossing tale about the most unlikeliest group of friends during a turbulent time in American history. Our protagonist is the extremely likeable Leo King--affectionately dubbed Toad by those closest to him. Ugly brother of the beautiful Steve, beloved son of his father and the least favorite and most misunderstood by his mother, Leo is the sun around which all of his friends revolve---and evolve. He is the ugly duckling, the protector of the downtrodden, the stubborn husband, the devoted friend...and …
review by . June 26, 2009
South of Broad
      "He treated the stars as if they were love songs to him created by God." How can you resist the author of such language? He had me at the prologue. That said, much of Conroy's lengthy and vivid novel gets bogged down in distractions, but they are such elegant, imaginative distractions that it is difficult not to indulge, like a few minutes of guilty gossip. Given the variety of characters and social backgrounds, this novel is busting with larger-than-life personalities …
review by . June 08, 2009
Conroy. Pat. "South of Broad", Nan A. Talese, 2009.  An Unlikely Friendship  Amos Lassen  Pat Conroy introduces us to an unlikely group of friends in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1969, these friends came together and they were totally diverse. We have a young man who comes from an aristocratic Southern family, another from an orphanage, twins from a broken home with an alcoholic mother and a murderous father; we have the son of the first Black football coach at the …
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