Pat Conroy

  • Le prince des marées

    Pat Conroy

    Dans le sillage des grands noms de la littérature du Sud des États-Unis, Pat Conroy s'est imposé en 1986 avec un chef-d'oeuvre, Le Prince des marées, aujourd'hui réédité dans une traduction révisée. Au coeur des somptueux paysages maritimes de la Caroline du Sud, cette « histoire d'eau salée, de bateaux et de crevettes, de larmes et de tempêtes » fouille la mémoire d'une famille troublée, dans un Deep South encore marqué par la ségrégation raciale. Tom, Luke et Savannah Wingo ont été élevés à la dure, entre joies et tragédies, par un père pêcheur de crevettes, alcoolique et violent, et une mère fantasque et mythomane. C'est cette vie-là que va raconter Tom à la psychiatre Susan Lowenstein après  la énième tentative  de suicide de sa soeur, désormais installée à New York. Pour aider la thérapeute à sauver Savannah, Tom accepte de se replonger dans les souvenirs d'une enfance marquée par un terrible secret. Ses confessions, empreintes d'humour et d'émotion, vont faire revivre la bouleversante saga du clan Wingo. Eet peut-être leur offrir à tous une chance de rédemption. « Un tour de force qui a imposé Pat Conroy comme un immense conteur digne de William Styron ou de John Irving. » (L'Express)

  • "J'ai détesté mon père bien avant de savoir qu'il existait un mot pour la haine."
    Ce livre en forme de mémoires se lit comme un roman. Pat Conroy, auteur acclamé du Prince des Marées, revient ici sur sa relation avec son père, pilote de chasse émérite chez les Marines mais patriarche maltraitant sous son propre toit.
    Aîné d'une fratrie de sept enfants trimbalés de base aérienne en base aérienne en base aérienne à travers tout le Sud des États-Unis, Pat témoigne du lourd tribut payé par tous du fait de la cruauté du père. Mais La Mort de Santini est un livre de réconciliation. Père et fils avaient fini par trouver un terrain d'entente et ce père tant haï lui manqua terriblement après sa mort. Dans ce récit passionnant, c'est toute la destinée des Conroy que l'auteur passe au crible, y compris celle de sa mère Peg, la ligne de vie qui le reliait à un monde meilleur, celui des livres et de la culture.
    De sa belle plume d'écrivain du Sud, pleine d'humour, Pat Conroy nous emmène des Appalaches jusqu'à l'Irlande, en passant par Chicago et par sa bien-aimée Caroline du Sud.
    "La force de persuasion de Conroy vous embarque à travers le livre, tout comme la puissance des liens qu'il partage avec les membres de sa famille, quels que soient leurs péchés." The New York Times



  • 1969. Dans une Amérique agitée par le mouvement pour les droits civiques, Pat Conroy accepte un poste d'enseignant sur une petite île isolée. L'endroit est envoûtant, presque désert et séparé du reste de la Caroline du Sud par un bras de mer. On ne peut s'y rendre qu'en bateau. Une poignée de familles afro-américaines vit ici mais l'île n'a plus d'avenir à offrir à ses enfants. Or le jeune professeur idéaliste découvre avec stupeur que ses élèves sont des laissés-pour-compte du système scolaire, que le niveau est dramatiquement bas et que les châtiments corporels ont toujours cours dans cette école.


    Pat s'acharne alors à faire rimer apprentissage avec plaisir et à donner à ces enfants une véritable ouverture sur le monde. Mais dans un Sud qui n'en a pas fini avec le racisme, il se heurte sans arrêt à l'immobilisme et au déni d'une administration qui fera tout pour le renvoyer.


    Dans son style enlevé et plein d'humour, Pat Conroy nous raconte son coup de coeur pour cette île à la beauté sauvage et pour dix-huit enfants qui avaient soif d'apprendre. L'année qui a changé sa vie.







    « Je devais écrire ce livre pour expliquer ce qui s'était passé et à quel point cela m'avait affecté. »

    Par le célèbre auteur du Prince des Marées, d'après une histoire vraie.

  • After his brother's suicide, Leopold Bloom King struggles along with the rest of his family in Charleston, South Carolina, until he begins to gather an intimate circle of friends, whose ties endure for two decades until a final, unexpected test of friendship.

  • Americayes'>#8217;s favorite storyteller, Pat Conroy, is back with a unique cookbook that only he could conceive. Delighting us with tales of his passion for cooking and good food and the people, places, and great meals he has experienced, Conroy mixes them together with mouthwatering recipes from the Deep South and the world beyond.It all started thirty years ago with a chance purchase of The Escoffier Cookbook, an unlikely and daunting introduction for the beginner. But Conroy was more than up to the task. He set out with unwavering determination to learn the basics of French cookingyes'>#8212;stocks and doughyes'>#8212;and moved swiftly on to veal demiglace and pyes'>#226;te brisyes'>#233;e. With the help of his culinary accomplice, Suzanne Williamson Pollak, Conroy mastered the dishes of his beloved South as well as the cuisine he has savored in places as far away from home as Paris, Rome, and San Francisco. Each chapter opens with a story told with the inimitable brio of the author. We see Conroy in New Orleans celebrating his triumphant novel The Prince of Tides at a new restaurant where there is a contretemps with its hardworking young owner/chefyes'>#8212;years later he discovered the earnest young chef was none other than Emeril Lagasse; we accompany Pat and his wife on their honeymoon in Italy and wander with him, wonderstruck, through the markets of Umbria and Rome; we learn how a dinner with his fighterpilot father was preceded by te Great Santini himself acting out a perilous night flight that would become the last chapters of one of his sonyes'>#8217;s most beloved novels. These tales and more are followed by corresponding recipesyes'>#8212;from Breakfast Shrimp and Grits and Sweet Potato Rolls to Pappardelle with Prosciutto and Chestnuts and Beefsteak Florentine to Peppered Peaches and Creme Brulee. A master storyteller and passionate cook, Conroy believes that yes'>#8220;A recipe is a story that ends with a good meal.yes'>#8221;yes'>#8220;This book is the story of my life as it relates to the subject of food. It is my autobiography in food and meals and restaurants and countries far and near. Let me take you to a restaurant on the Left Bank of Paris that I found when writing The Lords of Discipline. There are meals I ate in Rome while writing The Prince of Tides that ache in my memory when I resurrect them. There is a shrimp dish I ate in an elegant English restaurant, where Cuban cigars were passed out to all the gentlemen in the room after dinner, that I can taste on my palate as I write this. There is barbecue and its variations in the South, and the subject is a holy one to me. I write of truffles in the Dordogne Valley in France, cilantro in Bangkok, catfish in Alabama, scuppernong in South Carolina, Chinese food from my years in San Francisco, and white asparagus from the first meal my agent took me to in New York City. Let me tell you about the fabulous things I have eaten in my life, the story of the food I have encountered along the way. . . yes'>#8221;

  • In 1954, in Orlando, Florida, nine-year-old Pat Conroy discovered the game of basketball. Orlando was another new hometown for a military kid who had spent his life transferring from one home to another; he was yet again among strangers, still looking for his first Florida friends, but when the 'new kid' got his hands on the ball near the foul line of that unfamiliar court, the course of his life changed dramatically. From that moment until he was twenty-one, the future author defined himself through the game of basketball. In My Losing Season, Conroy takes the reader through his last year playing basketball, as point guard and captain of The Citadel Bulldogs, flashing back constantly to the drama of his coming of age, presenting all the conflict and love that have been at the core of his novels. He vividly re-creates his senior year at that now-famous military college in Charleston, South Carolina, but also tells the story of his heartbreaking childhood and of the wonderful series of events that conspired to rescue his spirit. With poignancy and humour 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.

  • Anglais Beach Music

    Pat Conroy

    Pat Conroy is without doubt America's favorite storyteller, a writer who portrays the anguished truth of the human heart and the painful secrets of families in richly lyrical prose and unforgettable narratives. Now, in Beach Music, he tells of the dark memories that haunt generations, in a story that spans South Carolina and Rome and reaches back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust.
    Beach Music is about Jack McCall, an American living in Rome with his young daughter, trying to find peace after the recent trauma of his wife's suicide. But his solitude is disturbed by the appearance of his sisterinlaw, who begs him to return home, and of two school friends asking for his help in tracking down another classmate who went underground as a Vietnam protester and never resurfaced. These requests launch Jack on a journey that encompasses the past and the present in both Europe and the American South, and that leads him to shockingand ultimately liberatingtruths.
    Told with deep feeling and trademark Conroy humor, Beach Music is powerful and compulsively readable. It is another masterpiece in the legendary list of classics that his body of work has already become.
    PAT CONROY is the author of five previous books: The Boo, The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, and The Prince of Tides, the last four of which were made into feature films.
    From thePaperback edition.

  • Final words and heartfelt remembrances from bestselling author Pat Conroy take center stage in this winning nonfiction collection, supplemented by touching pieces from Conroy’s many friends. This new volume of Pat Conroy’s nonfiction brings together some of the most charming interviews, magazine articles, speeches, and letters from his long literary career, many of them addressed directly to his readers with his habitual greeting, “Hey, out there.” Ranging across diverse subjects, such as favorite recent reads, the challenge of staying motivated to exercise, and processing the loss of dear friends, Conroy’s eminently memorable pieces offer a unique window into the life of a true titan of Southern writing. With a beautiful introduction from his widow, novelist Cassandra King, A Lowcountry Heart also honors Conroy’s legacy and the innumerable lives he touched. Finally, the collection turns to remembrances of “The Great Conroy,” as he is lovingly titled by friends, and concludes with a eulogy. The inarguable power of Conroy’s work resonates throughout A Lowcountry Heart, and his influence promises to endure. This moving tribute is sure to be a cherished keepsake for any true Conroy fan and remain a lasting monument to one of the best-loved masters of contemporary American letters. From the Hardcover edition.

  • Pat Conroy is without doubt America's favorite storyteller, a writer who portrays the anguished truth of the human heart and the painful secrets of families in richly lyrical prose and unforgettable narratives. Now, in Beach Music, he tells of the dark memories that haunt generations, in a story that spans South Carolina and Rome and reaches back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust.
    Beach Music is about Jack McCall, an American living in Rome with his young daughter, trying to find peace after the recent trauma of his wife's suicide. But his solitude is disturbed by the appearance of his sisterinlaw, who begs him to return home, and of two school friends asking for his help in tracking down another classmate who went underground as a Vietnam protester and never resurfaced. These requests launch Jack on a journey that encompasses the past and the present in both Europe and the American South, and that leads him to shockingand ultimately liberatingtruths.
    Told with deep feeling and trademark Conroy humor, Beach Music is powerful and compulsively readable. It is another masterpiece in the legendary list of classics that his body of work has already become.
    PAT CONROY is the author of five previous books: The Boo, The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, and The Prince of Tides, the last four of which were made into feature films.
    From thePaperback edition.

  • Anglais South of Broad

    Conroy Pat

    After his brother's suicide, Leopold Bloom King struggles along with the rest of his family in Charleston, South Carolina, until he begins to gather an intimate circle of friends, whose ties endure for two decades until a final, unexpected test of friendship.

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    Pat Conroys great success as a writer has always been intimately linked with the exploration of his family history. As the oldest of seven children who were dragged from military base to military base across the South, Pat bore witness to the often cruel and violent behavior of his father, Marine Corps fighter pilot Donald Patrick Conroy. While the publication of The Great Santini brought Pat much acclaim, the rift it caused brought even more attention, fracturing an already battered family. But as Pat tenderly chronicles here, even the oldest of wounds can heal. In the final years of Don Conroys life, the Santini unexpectedly refocused his ire to defend his sons honor.
    The Death of Santini is a heart-wrenching act of reckoning whose ultimate conclusion is that love can soften even the meanest of men, lending significance to the oft-quoted line from Pats novel The Prince of Tides: In families there are no crimes beyond forgiveness.
    Praise for The Death of Santini A brilliant storyteller, a master of sarcasm, and a hallucinatory stylist whose obsession with the impress of the past on the present binds him to Southern literary tradition.--The Boston Globe A painful, lyrical, addictive read that [Pat Conroys] fans wont want to miss.--People Conroys conviction pulls you fleetly through the book, as does the potency of his bond with his family, no matter their sins.--The New York Times Book Review Vital, large-hearted and often raucously funny.--The Washington Post Conroy writes athletically and beautifully, slicing through painful memories like a point guard splitting the defense.--Minneapolis Star Tribune From the Trade Paperback edition.

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