misstreebc (misstreebc) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

# 4 My Reading Life

Pat Conroy

My Reading Life is the memoir of author Pat Conroy. However, it's so much more than a memoir. It;s a love song to all the books, authors, and people who have inspired him and influenced his writing.

While this did, at times, seem a bit too overwritten and rapturous, I didn't mind at all because I was caught up along with him, soaring with the joy of language, and the written word. I was struck anew by the power of books; how they seemed to provide an anchor for the author who had a fairly rootless and abusive childhood, and how, through writing, he seems to have been able to release some of the demons that haunt him.

I actually deliberately slowed down my reading in order to savor every bit, every word, every phoneme of this book. Rarely does a book cause me to do this, which is evidence of just how much I loved it!


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