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I read this decades ago, and still have the paperback copy on my bookshelf.
It is almost, in fact, as if he is proud of his amoral stance, as though it lends a patina of masculinity, something which he seems insecure about anyway.
I believe this is an excellently told life story; a skillfully rendered bit of writing.
I think we all have an interesting story to tell. The ability to put on paper is a gift. To me a good memoir is one of the best reads. This is one of them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by RobNY
I read this decades ago, and still have the paperback copy on my bookshelf. If it ever wears out, I'll purchase it for my kindle. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ann Carbine Best
A friend gave me this book, telling me it had lasted with him since he'd read it many years ago. I was stunned by the beauty of the writing and its subject matter, Conroy's life... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Katharine N. Begien
I had never heard of this writer until my book club chose it, but I was enthralled from the first page. I was amazed at Mr. Read morePublished 19 months ago by J. S. Loeb
The best memoir of childhood I've ever read. Conroy's gift for describing the uncertainties and challenges of growing up is masterful. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Andrew R
Conroy's memoir is more a story of coming-of-age than a tale based around a singular event (such as in a trauma memoir) or a tale of an extraordinary life lived. Read morePublished 22 months ago by smele
This is an ambitious book that does not quite live up to its promise. Conroy writes well and had a horrifically eventful life, but (at least in my reading) you feel he is... Read morePublished on February 10, 2011 by Robert J. Crawford
Perhaps this book was outstanding in 1967, but not so much in 2011, when I read it. To hold up across decades it has to be more than just titillating for the audience of the... Read morePublished on January 24, 2011 by Earth Momma