Beach Music

by pat conroy | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0553574574 Global Overview for this book
Registered by JeepACV of Baltimore, Maryland USA on 4/9/2004
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10 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by JeepACV from Baltimore, Maryland USA on Friday, April 09, 2004
From the back:
Spanning three generations and two continents,
Jack McCall, an American expatriate in Rome, scarred by tragedy and betrayal. His desperate desire to find peace after his wife's suicide draws him into a painful, intimate search for the one haunting secret in his family's past that can heal

It's been on my "to read" list for some time. I hope to get to it soon.

Journal Entry 2 by JeepACV from Baltimore, Maryland USA on Monday, April 26, 2004
Being stuck in an airport certainly helps catch up on the TBR list! I finished this book in 2 days.
I enjoyed this novel, the places are rich, the characters are real. You can picture the Roman streets and smell the food. The South is depicted well and the characters seem genuine, if not a bit stereotypical.
I think the author did a wonderful job with the main character, Jack. You can really get into his life, pains, fears, etc. I extremely liked way the author developed this character, it's rare to identify with a character and decide that you're glad you aren't his friend in the end.

Offering up as a bookray! Please PM the next person on the list for their address, thank you.
Casperette (MN)
indymomto2 (IN)
bronwen316 (IL)
mysterylady36 (MO)
Brujula (France)
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Journal Entry 3 by JeepACV at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, May 15, 2004
Released on Saturday, May 15, 2004 at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring Controlled Releases.

shipped to Casperette today

Journal Entry 4 by Casperette from Brainerd, Minnesota USA on Sunday, May 23, 2004
This just arrived yesterday in the mail ... thank you jeepACV it looks awesome!! I'll get to it as soon as I can and pass it on to indymom2to! Thanks again! : )

Journal Entry 5 by Casperette from Brainerd, Minnesota USA on Monday, June 14, 2004
This was a BIG BOOK! 800 pages! It was beautifully written and I enjoyed reading this author. (First time reading Pat Conroy). Now it is on its way to Indymom2to.

Journal Entry 6 by indymomto2 from Indianapolis, Indiana USA on Friday, June 25, 2004
Received in the mail

Journal Entry 7 by indymomto2 from Indianapolis, Indiana USA on Tuesday, July 27, 2004
When I first received this in the mail I was almost scared off because of the length almost 800 pages! I just told myself that if I started it and didn’t like it I could just pass it along to the next person in line. Well I really enjoyed it! This was the first time I've read Pat Conroy and I really found it surprisingly easy to read and follow the story. The style is so descriptive that I got a clear mental picture; I found it a bit liking watching a movie in my mind. I had a lot going on so it took me a while to complete it however when I took the time to read it was like a mini vacation.

I have bronwen316’s address and I’ll get this in the mail in the next couple of days.

Journal Entry 8 by bronwen316 from Naperville, Illinois USA on Saturday, September 04, 2004
Received in the mail yesterday. I'll start reading it this weekend.

Journal Entry 9 by bronwen316 from Naperville, Illinois USA on Thursday, October 21, 2004
I absolutely loved this book. It didn't take long to get hooked on Jack's story. I also liked that the peripheral characters were developed well and weren't just left "flat." I really got a sense of what all the characters were feeling and where they were coming from. Awesome! I didn't want it to end.

It'll be sent on to mysterylady36 as soon as I get her address.

Journal Entry 10 by mysterylady36 from Ashland, Missouri USA on Monday, November 01, 2004
Arrived today. I have a couple of rings before this one, but it shouldn't take too long. Thanks.

Journal Entry 11 by mysterylady36 from Ashland, Missouri USA on Saturday, November 27, 2004
What an incredible book. Usually when you pick up a book that is 800 pages, you assume you will find at least a passage or two that you think was unnecessary and could have been left out. I have to say, that I didn't find anything that I wished had been left out. It all flowed wonderfully and made me want to keep reading until the end. Warning: I did cry for about the last 100 pages!

Journal Entry 12 by mysterylady36 from Ashland, Missouri USA on Thursday, December 02, 2004
Mailed today to Brujula.

Journal Entry 13 by Brujula from Valenciennes, Nord-Pas-de-Calais France on Thursday, December 09, 2004
Was in my mail yesterday!
Thank you JeepACV and mysterylady36!

As this is the 12th book I've received in a month, and as I'm the last one for this bookray (at least at the present moment), I'm putting this book at the bottom of the to be read pile. And when I get to it, I'll try to go on with the ray, or else set the book free, unless JeepACV wants me to do something else with it!

Journal Entry 14 by Brujula from Valenciennes, Nord-Pas-de-Calais France on Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Well, it has certainly taken me a long time to read this book!
I started it last summer (a year ago, actually), and then put it down after the first 200 pages, because I was swamped with rings that needed to be forwarded.
I reread those 200 pages while I was on vacation at the beginning of the month, liked them as much as the first time.
I've really enjoyed this novel. It is really beautifully written. And the number of pages, which can be scary at first, is good, because you'd like to stay in the book forever (which explains why it took me 3 weeks to read it this time!)

I'm going to try to go on with the ray in France!

Journal Entry 15 by Brujula from Valenciennes, Nord-Pas-de-Calais France on Friday, August 04, 2006
So, this bookray is going to travel a little longer in Europe after a (very) long stop in Belfort!

here are the participants:
Kanapoutz (France)
elisala (France)
lesezeichen (Germany)

Happy reading!!!

Journal Entry 16 by Brujula from Valenciennes, Nord-Pas-de-Calais France on Friday, August 18, 2006
Mailed to Kanapoutz today

Journal Entry 17 by KanaPoutz from Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur France on Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Got the book and the sweets, thanks Brujula :-)

Journal Entry 18 by KanaPoutz from Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur France on Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Just loved this book! Thanks Brujula for the advice, I'm really glad the 800 pages did not scare me off!
By the way, I find it quite odd that the book is EXACTLY 800 pages!

I really got into the book, and I travelled to Rome and to South Carolina... really enjoyed all the family stories and the characters. Only the fake trial towards the end seemed a bit odd to me, and I didn't really get the point.
I was glad I started the year with this great story!

I hijacked the book and passed it to CurlyClochette because I thought she would enjoy it, and I'm sure that my two followers won't mind!

Thanks again to all of you for this Bookray!

Journal Entry 19 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Saturday, February 03, 2007
First time reading Pat Conroy, and unfortunately I have to say I couldn't get passed the first hundred pages... I just couldn't get into the story. I found the dialogues boring, and the stereotypical descritpions of Rome and the Italians really annoyed me.
But it's always good to try, so thank you all for the ray :-)

CAUGHT IN NICE FRANCE

Journal Entry 20 by KanaPoutz from Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur France on Monday, February 12, 2007
That was CurlyClochette, who forgot to log in... I thought she would like the book, bt obviously I was wrong!
Sending today to Elisala.

Journal Entry 21 by elisala from Paris, Ile-de-France France on Thursday, February 15, 2007
got it! thanks Kana...

Journal Entry 22 by elisala from Paris, Ile-de-France France on Friday, May 04, 2007
i've got mixed feelings about this book: on one hand, i really enjoyed the story, the way we discover little by little, piece by piece, the story of every character.
on the other hand, there was really too much emphatism in the writing to completely appreciate it, sometimes i could understand where the author wanted to lead us (ie the readers) to, which is a bit disturbing ; but nonetheless, i would still follow and get caught by the story, so i guess i can't deny it's a great story (but maybe not a great book).
thanks for this bookray, it was a good discovery!

Sadly, the book was already a bit "tired" and suddenly was simply too much tired (torn in 2), so i tried to fix it, but i'm not sure about the result...

sending to lesezeichen as soon as possible

Journal Entry 23 by lesezeichen from Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Arrived today and all in one piece! Thanks to everyone involved!

Journal Entry 24 by lesezeichen from Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Sunday, May 20, 2007
I agree with elisala.
Like most of you I love those big family sagas and I was blown away by the force and the scope of the book - wow, what a lot of topics, something for everybody: suicide, aloholism, cancer, ecologie, family... - but on the other hand I think that the book was not particularly subtle in dealing with all these subjects and events;-)
And then, in spite of their problems, all the protagonists are very attractive, brilliant, charismatic...
But I'll stop bitching now as all in all I really enjoyed the book.

In the next days I will try to come up with more potential readers...

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