The Water Is Wide: A Memoir Kindle Edition
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From the Publisher
Pat Conroy an Ilustrated Life
Pat Conroy, his mother, and his sister
Pat, Peg, and Pat’s younger sister Carol, around 1950. The Prince of Tides featured a character, the poet Savannah Wingo, which was based on Carol.
The School Where Pat Taught
The schoolhouse on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, where Pat taught for a year, an experience that inspired his book The Water Is Wide
Pat and His Wife on Their Wedding
Pat and Cassandra King on the day of their wedding in 1998. Cassandra is a bestselling author of four novels, including Queen of Broken Hearts and The Same Sweet Girls.
“A hell of a good story.” —The New York Times
“An exciting and inspiring book.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch
About the Author
Pat Conroy was the New York Times–bestselling author of two memoirs and seven novels, including The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, and The Lords of Discipline. Born the eldest of seven children in a rigidly disciplined military household, he attended the Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. He briefly became a schoolteacher (which he chronicled in his memoir The Water Is Wide) before publishing his first novel, The Boo. Conroy passed away in 2016 at the age of seventy.
- ASIN : B003XKN65U
- Publisher : Open Road Media (July 28, 2010)
- Publication date : July 28, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 5521 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 322 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,271 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Living there, I got a good picture of what it was like associating with children that weren't as academically challenged as I had been. In fact, it was at first very complimentary to hear I was an excellent pupil, but after a time, I really wanted less attention, to fit in with my friends, who were mostly boys that thought the greatest achievement was the number of swats given by the gym coach they accumulated over the course of the semester.
What life was like outside of class was hard work in my grandfather's scrap yard, hunting, and learning the skills needed to excel as a country boy: how to hone my knife, how to tell what kind of metal I was holding in my hand -- I always carried a magnet -- how to clean a shotgun and make fishing sinkers from molds into which we poured molten lead. So, why was there any need for anymore education than to learn to add, subtract and read reasonably well?
That's how I view Yamacraw. Just what was it those children needed to survive in the environment they were accustomed? Not much. To advance, they had to have experiences and knowledge that created other thoughts, experiences and dreams. And that is exactly what Pat Conroy took to their island, the map to a new life full of more insight than they could have ever thought possible. Plus, he did it in the most extraordinary ways with field trips, slides and movies that were never before used, just stashed away in a seldom opened closet. Seeing those tools, Mr. Conrack knew just what to do. With whatever he had, he made use of it, and always, in his most amazing speeches turned experiences into learning. I envy that talent.
So, if you want to read a book that will both entertain and teach, as well as give you a few good laughs, read this book, then go on to read even more of this brilliant writer's books, for he was, and still is, an American treasure.
I picked up The Water is Wide as I’ve wanted to read Pat Conroy and a friend and former teacher, a Conroy enthusiast, said that this book was his favorite. I was leery. Why write the book if he was just there a year? How much was about him, and how much about the experience and the heartfelt desire to make a difference. It’s not a long book, but as I read it I became enlivened by Conroy’s attempts to educate these island bound kids from South Carolina, even taking them to Washington DC. He battles the principal and the organizational leadership, overt racism even island mores to try and open a big world to a myopic culture failed by its educational laissez faire attitude. Conroy’s dedication, his goal to open the students’ eyes to the world in and outside of the classroom sold me that he wrote about a time that was more than material for a popular book.
At times I wasn’t sure if Conroy was writing an accurate memoir or crossed over into fiction. Yet, as a whole, The Water is Wide was a satisfying read.