Saturday, March 5, 2016

Pat Conroy, Great Writer from the South




Pat Conroy is a writer from the South.  He has now passed away but that first sentence is correct, he is and always will be a Southern writer.  Most people will know his books of fiction but one of my favorite books by him is "Pat Conroy's Cookbook".  Yes, there are recipes of course but there are stories with them and that is what makes this book very special for me.  If you want to have a hint of his writing, you may look at his blog just here.  Pat Conroy dying just weeks after Harper Lee, makes me think that the Southern gentleman would find a bit of comfort in that.  God rest his soul, I very much admired his writing.

"There might be people who don't like my son but you wouldn't want to know them."  

That is a line of his that I remember writing down from one of his books, he wrote it about someone but I paraphased it about Christopher. (Hey, I might have changed it somehow, but you get the meaning, right?)


Down to earth, I like that expression, don't you?  I could have flowers on here in remembrance but I think a cabbage and a broccoli from my Dad's SOUTHERN garden would fit the bill just perfectly. 






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  1. Can't get much better that the lovely head of cabbage and the broccoli.

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    1. I think vegetables can be beautiful and I hope any of Pat Conroy's fans will know that I meant this as a great form of respect and honor.

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  2. Oh... Kay, I don't know how this passed me by, but I completely missed Harper Lee's death, only learned about it now when reading your blog.
    You won't be surprised that I've not heard of Pat Conroy until now, but I completely trust you when you say he was a great writer.

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    1. Sorry to have to tell you of Harper Lee's passing, I wish that her latest book had not been released really, I wonder if it might take away from "To Kill A Mockingbird", one of my favorite books ever.
      And it makes me happy that you trust me on great writers! If you get a chance, read his books of fiction, I just know you would like them.

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  3. Knew he had cancer, but didn't realize he'd passed away. I've read all of his books, except his cookbook, didn't know he'd written one.

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    1. Well, now you will have to read his cookbook! I really like it, I have given it as a wedding present before, I like it that much.

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  4. Oh, I hadn't heard that he'd passed away. May he rest in peace. The only book of his that I read was "Prince of Tides." It was better than the movie.

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    1. I often find that is true, the book is better than the movie! :-)

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  5. Are the cabbage from his garden this year? I am ready for some soup.

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    1. Daddy always cans the vegetable soup and he puts some of the cabbage in there too, it's yummy.

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  6. I've not read "The Prince of Tides" nor "The Great Santini", but I have seen both excellent movies made about same' "Prince of Tides" in particular. I love that movie. I have the DVD amongst my collection. A visit my local library will be on my agenda. Time to read the books, I think.

    I like that quote very much. And being "down to earth" is the way more people should be...it's how I like them to be; and I hope that I am one of those people...I believe I am.

    The cabbage and the broccoli look so good...healthy-looking plants.

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    1. Lee! I am so tickled that you will read Pat Conroy's books! I hope you will think his writing is as good as I do, I am sure that you will.
      The vegetables from my Dad's garden, they taste so good when they are this fresh!!

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  7. Like Lee I will add that name to my library author list. For a while I resisted reading the book if I'd seen the movie and vice versa but will do so now as long as there is a time lapse in between. Love the photo of the cabbage. Well done, it's hard to turn a cabbage into a thing of beauty.

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    1. And just as with Lee, I am very pleased that you plan to read his books!
      I remember cabbages growing in the garden at my aunt and uncle's house when I was very little, I have always thought they were pretty but that's just me.

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  8. Gracious, what a fabulous garden he must have!

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  9. Lovely cabbage and broccoli.
    I never read Conroy's books, but it is interesting to know that he was a Southern writer.

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    1. You will laugh when I tell you that one of the recipe books by Pat Conroy that I gave as a wedding present, I sent it to Hawaii!!

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  10. Not a writer I know, but wonderful I am sure. Very sad. xx

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    1. You know, Pat Conroy was an interesting person besides being a great writer, I know for a fact that he helped and encouraged a lot of writers. If someone makes a movie of his life, I think it would be a good thing.

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  11. Love Pat Conroy's books. Especially, "The Prince of Tides." I did so much underlining in my copy it was hard to find any blank spaces. I read it back in the 1980's (I think) and it's still one of my all-time favourite books. No one ever had a more poetic prose style. He will be missed.

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    1. Oh, I am very happy that you know of him and realize his talent! If you read my comment above, you might already know what a nice guy he was, how much he helped other writers. I love to know of very talented people but it is their kindness that matters the most to me.

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  12. Kay, I loved the story "Prince Of Tides". Your father's beautiful veggies are in deed a fitting bouquet. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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    1. Oh, I love it, "a fitting bouquet", that is a lovely!
      Blessings to you, Susie!! xxx

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  13. He was a very special writer....I'm trying not to buy too many books because I hardly have any more room for them, but I had to order a copy of that cookbook! And what a lovely idea for a bouquet! Your father is such an excellent gardener.

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    1. I am tickled that you have ordered the cookbook! I don't own it myself, although I have bought copies and given it as wedding presents!
      And yes, my Dad is a great gardener!!

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  14. Didn't recognize the name but have heard of several of the books and the film. Enjoyed reading his blog just now.

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    1. You can see from his blog what a great writer he is. Very sorry to have lost him, one of the truly nice guys.

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  15. I think Pat Conroy and Harper Lee will have much to talk about - I like thinking about that.

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    1. Yes, I think that is a nice thought!

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  16. Ha! The cookbook just arrived in the mail and I love everything I've read in it so far!

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    1. OH! I am glad!! Now, here's the thing...you MUST tell me if I am correct in that the quote I have above is from that book, I believe that it is, and you will have to tell me what it EXACTLY says, I can never get quotes exactly right, but I do tend to get the meaning of them! LOL.

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  17. Georgia Girl, sorry I'm late to comment, but wanted to thank you for your post Re. Pat Conroy which has enabled many of your blog readers to learn of his great talent. I'm filled with warm feelings that another of our Southern writers will be read all over everywhere! Sincerely, another Georgia Girl (this one resides in Santa Fe, NM, USA)

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    1. Hello Jill! Lovely to see your comment here! If I remember correctly, you told me that you were born in Smyrna, am I right? :-)
      I am also filled with warm feelings from this post and I thank YOU sincerely! xx

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    2. My goodness! What a wonderful memory you have.
      PS ... love the photo of Stone Mountain. My husband grew up in Clarkston, not far from the mountain, and my young mother and father climbed half-way up the day I was born!

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