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My Reading Life

Pat Conroy

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Description:

Bestselling author Pat Conroy acknowledges the books that have shaped him and celebrates the profound effect reading has had on his life. Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is a voracious reader. Starting as a childhood passion that bloomed into a life-long companion, reading has been Conroy's portal to the world, both to the farthest corners of the globe and to the deepest chambers of the human soul. His interests range widely, from Milton to Tolkien, Philip Roth to Thucydides, encompassing poetry, history, philosophy, and any mesmerizing tale of his native South. He has for years kept notebooks in which he records words and expressions, over time creating a vast reservoir of playful turns of phrase, dazzling flashes of description, and snippets of delightful sound, all just for his love of language. But for Conroy reading is not simply a pleasure to be enjoyed in off-hours or a source of inspiration for his own writing. It would hardly be an exaggeration to claim that reading has saved his life, and if not his life then surely his sanity. In My Reading Life, Conroy revisits a life of reading through an array of wonderful and often surprising anecdotes: sharing the pleasures of the local library's vast cache with his mother when he was a boy, recounting his decades-long relationship with the English teacher who pointed him onto the path of letters, and describing a profoundly influential period he spent in Paris, as well as reflecting on other pivotal people, places, and experiences. His story is a moving and personal one, girded by wisdom and an undeniable honesty. Anyone who not only enjoys the pleasures of reading but also believes in the power of books to shape a life will find here the greatest defense of that credo. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

7h 54m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:21


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:34


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:08


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:00


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:46


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:13


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:41


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:04


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:26


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:25


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:29


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:02


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:26


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:52


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:55


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:27


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:15


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:36


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:53


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:15


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:16


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:23


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:29


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:02


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:34


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:34


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:26


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:31


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:07


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:45


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:35


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:47


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:09


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:55


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:10


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:20


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:00


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:34


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:38


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:29


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:13


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:43


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:11


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:01


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:29


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:44


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:13


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:44


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:44


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:29


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:54


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:33


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:02


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:14


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:02


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:43


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:22


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

10:02


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:39


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:22


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:47


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:02


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:18


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:34


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:11


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

00:24