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In the 1966-67 season, the Citadel basketball team enjoyed a few victories and suffered a string of defeats, but their true triumphs came when the team pulled together and played the kind of joyous basketball that exceeded the sum of the players' individual talents. And their true humiliations came at the hands of their disciplinarian coach, who counted on the fear and cowering obedience he inspired in his young players to carry the day on the court.
And so, without the safeguard of fiction, America's ultimate storyteller turns to the story of his own boyhood. With poignance and humor Conroy reveals the inspirations behind his unforgettable characters, pinpoints the emotions that shaped his own character as a young boy, and ultimately recaptures his passage from athlete to writer.
Includes an afterword read by the author.
Book Sense Book of the Year Award Finalist, Adult Non-Fiction, 2003
Alex Award Winner, 2003
"A wonderfully rich, informative, and well-researched reminiscence...this book is a gem." (Library Journal)
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By M. Diana on 08-07-09
Dare I say "Beautiful"?
This is the heartbreaking real-life story of Pat Conroy as a member of the basketball team at The Citadel. It's the true tale of "The Lords of Discipline," but reality is harsher than fiction. Thank God Mr. Conroy grew to loves books as he has and was given the ability to write words that make us laugh hysterically and cry uncontrollably. That's why he's my favorite.
His recounting, especially, of his meeting with basketball teammate Al Kroboth would make even the harshest critic shed a tear.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Adam on 12-04-05
This was my first experience in Pat Conroys world and will have to say the book was so well written that I caught myself wondering why all books are not written like this. The book brought me in to the Citadel, the world of Mel Thompson, and the Great Santini. I would listen to this book again. This was my 15th or so audiobook in 6 months. I do believe that you have to like some aspect of literature and sports to truely get all there is in this book.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful