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prins der getijden (1986)

door Pat Conroy

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Spanning 40 years, it is the story of Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and the dark and violent past of the extraordinary family in which they were born.
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"If Henry Wingo had not been a violent man, I think he would have made a splendid father" (p 5). That sums up The Prince of Tides in a nutshell. Well, sort of. No. Not really. I want to say it is about loving someone so fiercely you love well beyond any pain they could bring you. The writing of Pat Conroy is so beautiful it is hard to believe the subject matter of Prince of Tides could be so dark. The damaged Wingo family will stay with you long after you have closed the massive 600-plus page book. Most affected is Savannah Wingo, the sister-twin of Tom, who speaks to the hidden ones, hallucinates angels hanging from lamposts and self-mutilates herself to stave off the voice of her father urging her to kill herself. In reality, the bad times roll in as constant as the South Carolina tide for all of the Wingos. The entire family experiences enough unimaginable terrors to last a lifetime. To name a few: a father badly wounded surviving the horrors of World War II with a little help from a priest; Grandpa's black widow spiders used as a defense from a stalker intent on raping Lila, the Wingo mother; four stillborn children one right after the other, each kept in the freezer like porkchops until it was time to bury them in the backyard; a tiger trained to rip someone's face off...Probably the worst offense is not Henry Wingo, a father who beats his wife and children. The inexplicable nightmare is Lila Wingo, a woman so hellbent on keeping a prestine and proud reputation she denies every horror. Is this southern living or a perpetual seventh circle of hell?
Savannah is only partially able to escape her violent past by moving to New York City. After her latest suicide attempt is very close to successful, Savannah's therapist calls Tom, her twin brother, for insight into the Wingo family. In order to help Savannah Dr. Lowenstein needs to dig deeper into the entire family's tumultuous history. What emerges is Tom's own tragic story of coming of age as a souther male in an abusive household. In the beginning of Prince of Tides, the character of Tom Wingo was only slightly annoying with his "American Male" posturing. But by page 300 you realize after all that he and his family have gone through he is allowed to tell jokes when it hurts. He has survived by humor his entire life.
Conroy's Prince of Tides is a strange love letter to the Southern way of life. It is a story of tenacity and tenderness. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Aug 30, 2022 |
I've only read two of Conroy's, "Prince of Tides" and "The Great Santini". Both were very good. ( )
  btbell_lt | Aug 1, 2022 |
I could almost smell the salt air of the coast reading this masterpiece. I will never forget Tom Wingo or his family's story. Pat Conroy can take you to the coast like no one else. This book was packed full of family dysfunction. Tom takes off to New York after the news that his sister has attempted suicide. As he tells the family history to his sister's therapist we learn about this family's troubled past. Maybe in telling the story, Tom can finally find some peace of his own. ( )
1 stem dawnlovesbooks | Jun 2, 2022 |
Unbelievably beautiful prose with an insight into Southern culture only a native could write. Pat Conroy must have been born with a pen in his hand. His stories flow onto the page as if they have always existed.

Prince of Tides is a singularly painful book, full of horrendous darkness, unspeakable cruelty, yet side by side, the reader is lifted by exposure to the Southern Carolina seashore and Wildlands.

The resilience of the human spirit is woven into every aspect of this novel. Through heartbreaking childhoods and lonely adolescence, through the isolation of family togetherness, Conroy draws you in until every emotion you have has been spent.

Prince of Tides has become one of my favorite books, one that will stand the test of time. It speaks to the ability of humankind to rise above almost anything. It stands for hope in an often hopeless world. Definitely a must read! ( )
  Windyone1 | May 10, 2022 |
One of the best books I've read in a really long time. It is full of heartbreak and sorrow, of family trauma and mysticism. And I loved every second of it. I'm glad I finally got around to reading.
  roseandisabella | Mar 18, 2022 |
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In ''The Prince of Tides,'' the smart man and serious writer in Pat Conroy have been temporarily waylaid by the bullying monster of heavy-handed, inflated plot and the siren voice of Mother South at her treacherous worst - embroidered, sentimental, inexact, telling it over and over again as it never was.
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This book is dedicated with love and gratitude: to my wife, Lenore Gurewitz Conroy, who hung the moon; to my children, Jessica, Melissa, Megan, and Susannah, Conroys all; to Gregory and Emily Fleischer; to my brothers and sisters, Carol, Michael, Kathleen, James, Timothy, and Thomas; to my father, Colonel Donald Conroy, USMC (Ret.), still great, still Santini; and to the memory of my mother, Peg, the extraordinary woman who built and inspired this house.
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