Monthly Archives: September 2012

Happy Pat Conroy Day: A Review of The Water Is Wide (by Bethany)

So today is Pat Conroy Day in the city of Tulsa – the day that inspired us to declare September to be PAT CONROY MONTH! here at Postcards from Purgatory, where gleefully one-upping small midwestern cities is an important part of … Continue reading

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A Review of Lloyd Jones’ Mister Pip (by Bethany)

As you may have noticed, writing reviews of Pat Conroy’s books tends to tie me in knots. This phenomenon surprises me – but whatever. It happens. So right now I am going to take a break from my ongoing struggle … Continue reading

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Well, Finally: A Review of Pat Conroy’s My Losing Season (by Bethany)

I read this book for the first time in the early months of 2003. The basement apartment I lived in that year – an on-campus apartment provided by my first boarding-school job – was huge and spacious with three bedrooms and … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Anatomy Lesson and Other Surprises: Thoughts on Chapters 1-8 of Lord Jim (by Bethany)

In chapter five of Lord Jim, the chief of Jim’s ship, the Patna, is found near death from alcohol poisoning and is working through his DT’s in a hospital bed, where he screams nonstop about “millions of pink toads.” “You … Continue reading

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Rebels

This is what Jill and I were doing in the late winter of 1994, when we were supposed to be reading Lord Jim for the first time. We thought it was fantastic fun to sort of roam around and take … Continue reading

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In which I visit a City of Books! Jill’s Review of Pat Conroy’s My Reading Life.

I’ve never been much of a non-fiction reader.  So that’s why when Pat Conroy started publishing memoirs, first in 2003 with My Losing Season, and then in 2010 with My Reading Life, I didn’t rush out and buy them, despite … Continue reading

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A Review of Geoff Dyer’s Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It (by Bethany)

This book is not about yoga. Not in the slightest little bit. This book is many things – a collection of travel essays, a memoir of the early stages of a nervous breakdown, a contemplation of geography and history and time, a narrative … Continue reading

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