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Re: “Pat Conroy overcomplicates the South

As a true fan of Pat, I must say that I identify w/your description of the "canned dialogue". While Pat's description of Charleston is lovely, his finale wonderful, I was deeply disappointed w/the dialogue. I think Pat Conroy is truly at his best when he is in the narrative prose. I saw him at the Carter Center the other night in Atlanta. He was awesome, witty and down to earth and quite frankly, truly charming. Perhaps he tried to encapture too many characters in the book?
Was that why the dialogue was so cliche? During the dialogue (especially in San Fran) I just felt everything was so perfect and too wrapped up - like a dime novel. Definitely not the Pat I have grown to love! But yet again, his narrative portions were absolutely the Pat we love and adore... Nonetheless, I still maintain that he is nipping at Steinbeck's heels. A true Southern Author...

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Posted by Anonymous on 08/22/2009 at 1:31 AM

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