The Water Is Wide

The Water Is Wide

A Memoir

Book - 2009
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A "miraculous" ( Newsweek ) human drama, based on a true story, from the renowned author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini

The island is nearly deserted, haunting, beautiful. Across a slip of ocean lies South Carolina. But for the handful of families on Yamacraw Island, America is a world away. For years the people here lived proudly from the sea, but now its waters are not safe. Waste from industry threatens their very existence unless, somehow, they can learn a new way. But they will learn nothing without someone to teach them, and their school has no teacher--until one man gives a year of his life to the island and its people.

Praise for The Water Is Wide

"Miraculous . . . an experience of joy." -- Newsweek

"A powerfully moving book . . . You will laugh, you will weep, you will be proud and you will rail . . . and you will learn to love the man." -- Charleston News and Courier

"A hell of a good story." -- The New York Times

"Few novelists write as well, and none as beautifully." -- Lexington Herald-Leader

"[Pat] Conroy cuts through his experiences with a sharp edge of irony. . . . He brings emotion, writing talent and anger to his story." --Baltimore Sun
Publisher: New York :, Dial Press Trade Paperbacks,, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780553381573
0553381571
Characteristics: 310 pages

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Jane60201 May 26, 2014

This book, published in 1972, seems somewhat dated now. However, the emotion the author brings to it makes it still a good read.

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erinsnest
Sep 18, 2013

I listened to this as an audiobook and I did notice all the big words, (a trademark of Conroy,) that would have daunted some. My husband is not a big reader, and would have never made it through this, but he really enjoyed listening to it. So get the audiobook, you won't be disappointed! Note: this was my introduction to Pay Conroy's work. I am hooked! Note: They made a movie of this, and it wasn't in our library system, or even in the whole system of Alberta.......but my sweet librarian ordered a copy for me! Thanks Diane!

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glasglowdroid
Aug 01, 2012

The story is good and is fun to read, but the author uses way too many words to describe even the most trivial things. This makes the book and slow read. Generally, it is still enjoyable.

Cdnbookworm May 18, 2011

This book talks about the months in 1969 and 1970 that Conroy taught at a small black school on Yamacraw Island, South Carolina.
Conroy was appalled at the lack of knowledge of the students (grade 5 to grade 8) that he was responsible for. Many could not read, or do simple math. They lacked knowledge of geography, history, and science. Conroy had taught high school before and so was not prepared with all the tools to teach younger children. He relied on his instincts and used ingenuity to find ways to engage the children, enrich their learning experience and fight for their right to a decent education. He encountered racism, apathy, and indifference. He was not always wise or prudent in his fight and it ended with him being fired and never teaching again. But it taught him a great deal.
It is an interesting memoir of a specific period with a specific situation.

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teresamaria332 Sep 23, 2013

page 289

"Survival is the most important thing. As a bona fide ass-kisser, I might lose a measure of self-respect, but I could be teaching and helping kids. As it is, I have enough self-respect to fertilize Yankee Stadium, but I am not doing a thing for anybody. I could probably still be with the Yamacraw kids had I conquered my ego."

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