My Losing Season: A Memoir


      My Losing Season: A Memoir
PAT CONROY AMERICA S MOST BELOVED STORYTELLER IS BACKI was born to be a point guard, but not a very good one There was a time in my life when I walked through the world known to myself and others as an athlete It was part of my own definition of who I was and certainly the part I most respected When I was a young man, I was well built and agile and ready for the rough and tumble of games, and athletics provided the single outlet for a repressed and preternaturally shy boy to express himself in public.I lost myself in the beauty of sport and made my family proud while passing through the silent eye of the storm that was my childhoodSo begins Pat Conroy s journey back to 1967 and his startling realization that this season had been seminal and easily the most consequential of my life The place is the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, that now famous military college, and in memory Conroy gathers around him his team to relive their few triumphs and humiliating defeats In a narrative that moves seamlessly between the action of the season and flashbacks into his childhood, we see the author s love of basketball and how crucial the role of athlete is to all these young men who are struggling to find their own identity and their place in the world.In fast paced exhilarating games, readers will laugh in delight and cry in disappointment But as the story continues, we gradually see the self professed mediocre athlete merge into the point guard whose spirit drives the team He rallies them to play their best while closing off the shouts of Don t shoot, Conroy that come from the coach on the sidelines For Coach Mel Thompson is to Conroy the undermining presence that his father had been throughout his childhood And in these pages finally, heartbreakingly, we learn the truth about the Great Santini.In My Losing Season Pat Conroy has written an American classic about young men and the bonds they form, about losing and the lessons it imparts, about finding one s voice and one s self in the midst of defeat And in his trademark language, we see the young Conroy walk from his life as an athlete to the writer the world knows him to be From the Hardcover edition. Free Read My Losing Season: A Memoir author Pat Conroy For Kindle ePUB or eBook – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com

Pat Conroy 1945 2016 was the New York Times bestselling author of two memoirs and seven novels, including The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, and The Lords of Discipline Born the eldest of seven children in a rigidly disciplined military household, he attended the Citadel, the military college of South Carolina He briefly became a schoolteacher which he chronicled in his memoir The Water Is Wide before publishing his first novel, The Boo Conroy lived on Fripp Island, South Carolina until his death in 2016.

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  • Paperback
  • 432 pages
  • My Losing Season: A Memoir
  • Pat Conroy
  • English
  • 07 November 2017
  • 0553381903

10 thoughts on “ My Losing Season: A Memoir

  1. says:

    4 In these autobiographical pages the author delves into his heartbreaking childhood at the mercy of a brutal father and his four years as point guard for the Citadel basketball team through its final losing season It s a true life coming of age tale recounting how the game helped him become the man who wanted to be the writer He describes his book as an act of recovery and explains how losing prepares you for the heartbreak, setback, and tragedy that you will encounter in the worldt 4 In these autobiographical pages the author delves into his heartbreaking childhood at the mercy of a brutal father and his four years as point guard for the Citadel basketball team through its final losing season It s a true life coming of age tale recounting how the game helped him become the man who wanted to be the writer He describes his book as an act of recovery and explains how losing prepares you for the heartbreak, setback, and tragedy that you will encounter in the worldthan winning ever can It is also a window into his earlier fiction based on his military father s cruel parenting but without the softer sides added to make the bookspalatable This is a the truth will set you free rendering and it s horrific to bear witness to in p...

  2. says:

    When Pat Conroy made his escape from an abusive ass of a father to play the game he loved, basketball, at The Citadel, he had no idea the abuse would continue in the form of a his fellow classmates during Hell Night and then his entire plebe year, and b his coach, who thrived on shaming his players in one way or another until they either colla...

  3. says:

    My son and I both enjoyed reading this while my son was playing high school basketball.

  4. says:

    There s a scene in a 1970s movie in which Gene Hackman tries to grind up a broken wine glass in a garbage disposal Reading this book is a lot like that.I picked up My Losing Season not as a great fan of Pat Conroy or as a former athlete I was attractedby the theme of loss and its lessons And I expected a different personal story than the one Conroy tells The losing basketball season in his last year as a cadet at The Citadel in Charleston, SC, is a pretext for a much deeper theme s There s a scene in a 1970s movie in which Gene Hackman tries to grind up a...

  5. says:

    My Losing Season was a delightful coming of age memoir by the late Pat Conroy, an author close to my heart Conroy relates the perils of growing up in a military family with the frequent moves and changes in schools and friends However, from the time he was introduced to basketball, his life changed dramatically The book primarily focuses on his senior year at the Citadel, where he was point guard and coach for the Bulldogs It is also a tribute to how he made the transition during his schooli My Losing Season was a delightful coming of age memoir by the late Pat Conroy, an author close to my heart Conroy relates the perils of growing up in a military family with the frequent moves and changes in schools and friends However, from the time he was introduced to basketball, his life changed dramatically The book primarily focuses on his senior year at the Citadel, where he was point guard and coach for the Bulldogs It is also a tribute to how he made the transition during his schooling at the famous military academy to writing It is replete with memories from his past as well as the relationships with his coach and teammates described as only Pat Conroy can It is also a loving tribute to the many teachers that made a difference in his life along the way Joseph Monte hit me like an ice storm and I still think that great teacher was sent into my life by God who saw the directionless, blemished side my lif...

  6. says:

    If you love basketball you will love this recounting of Conroy s senior season as a member of the Citadel basketball team A touching meditation on loss and pain, Conroy s diction in this work is masterful If, as I, you are merely a Conroy fan, you will enjoy learningof who and what shaped this writer In writing about basketball, Conroy finds a vessel to chew, interpret, and shape so much of his past, and out of it life s meaning There is no teacherdiscriminating or transformin If you love basketball you will love this recounting of Conroy s senior season as a member of the Citadel basketball team A touching meditation on loss and pain, Conroy s diction in this work is masterful If, as I, you are merely a Conroy fan, you will enjoy learningof who and what shaped this writer In writing about basketball, Conroy finds a vessel to chew, interpret, and shape so much of his past, and out of it life s meaning There is no teacherdiscriminating or transforming than loss I had declared in public my desire to be a writer I wanted to develop a curiosity that was oceanic and insatiable as well as a desire to learn and use every word in the English language that didn t sound pretentious or ditzy Good coaching is good teaching and nothing else An author must gorge himself on ten thousand images to select the magical one that can define a piece of the world in a way one has never considered before The words I love you could contain all the bloodthirsty despair of the abattoir, all the hopel...

  7. says:

    I enjoyed listening to the audio version of MY LOSING SEASON A MEMOIR by Pat Conroy He loved the game of basketball the basketball court was an escape from the reality of his domineering father Pat Conroy describes several games play by play, and the...

  8. says:

    I have yet to meet a Pat Conroy story that I haven t liked and My Losing Season is no exception Conroy grew to maturity influenced and disciplined by two authoritarian and cruel men his father and his college basketball coach and this memoir describes his slow and difficult emergence from their shadows as he developed into adulthood becoming a successful writer In this story, we are provided a glimpse into the world of the plebe system that existed at The Citadel and at the other military I have yet to meet a Pat Conroy story that I haven t liked and My Losing Season is no exception Conroy grew to maturity influenced and disciplined by two authoritarian and cruel men his father and his college basketball coach and this memoir describes his slow and difficult emergence from their shadows as he developed into adulthood becoming a successful writer In this story, we are provided a glimpse into the world of the plebe syst...

  9. says:

    This is a good book, albeit one that needed aforceful editor Pat Conroy is a particularly emotional and effusive author who has a tendency to use superlatives about everything in his life I didn t mind that for 90% of the book, but after a while, it begins to grate Conroy is always a failure, a bad husband, an unworthy friend while the people in his life are giants of humanity, saints and true companions Of course, neither is the case The same emotional element holds true with his wri This is a good book, albeit one that needed aforceful editor Pat Conroy is a particularly emotional and effusive author who has a tendency to use superlatives about everything in his life I didn t mind that for 90% of the book, but after a while, it begins to grate Conroy is always a failure, a ba...

  10. says:

    As a basketball player and a major participant in several losing seasons i am probably biased But, Conroy does a great job of telling the story of his losing season as a senior at the Citadel Lots of basketball action, but a great underlying message that goes far beyond the sport.

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