Friday 14 February 2014

Book Beginnings On Fridays (The Prince Of Tides)

Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader and as she says the idea of this meme is for you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name. There's a linky list on the website and you can use #BookBeginnings on Twitter.


My book beginning is The Prince Of Tides by Pat Conroy


My wound is geography. It is also my anchorage, my port of call.

I grew up slowly beside the tides and marshes of Colleton; my arms were tawny and strong from working long days on the shrimp boat in the blazing South Carolina heat. Because I was a Wingo, I worked as soon as I could walk; I could pick a blue crab clean when I was five. I had killed my first deer by the age of seven, and at nine was regularly putting meat on my family's table. I was born and raised on a Carolina sea island and I carried the sunshine of the lowcountry, inked in dark gold, on my back and shoulders. 

The Prince Of Tides 

 Book Description:

Pat Conroy's inspired masterpiece relates the dark and violent chronicle of an astounding family: the Wingos of Colleton, South Carolina. No reader will forget them. And no reader can remain untouched by their story.

All Wingos share one heritage ... shrimp fishing, poverty and the searing memory of a single terrifying event - the source of Tom Wingo's self-hatred and of his sister Savannah's suicidal despair.

To save himself and Savannah, Tom confronts the past with the help of New York psychologist Susan Lowenstein.

As Tom and Susan unravel the bitter history of his troubled childhood, in episodes of grotesque humour, poignant lyricism and shattering violence, the door opens vividly onto a world peopled by a cast of colourful, eccentric and unforgettable characters.




  1. This book is on my bucket list. Love the writing in the excerpt you shared. My Friday post:

  2. I read the book years ago and saw the movie too (Nick Nolte, Barbra Streisand) -- and loved them both. This is a powerful and touching story.
    Here's the link to my Friday post: STRONGER THAN THE REST.

  3. I like Pat Conroy's books...thanks for sharing. I actually think I have this on my bookshelf.

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  4. I remember the movie but never thought about reading the book. Anne's Friday Post

  5. That book really stuck with me. I liked the book more than the movie.

    Thanks for posting in BBOF!


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