The Prince of Tides: book review

The Prince of Tides Pat Conroy book reviewI just finished reading The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy and absolutely loved it. The book was an emotional roller coaster for me with the laugh-out-loud antics of the Wingo siblings, the sadness of the physical and emotional abuse dished out by the Wingo parents, and the sheer terror of the criminal act committed against the permanently down-on-their-luck family.

I appreciated how the three siblings remained devoted to each other throughout the family’s hardships and the inevitable collapse of their parents’ stormy marriage. I totally enjoyed the bizarre tiger tale, the white porpoise mission, and the turtle vendetta, and loved how those adventures and many others were skillfully woven into the climax and outcome of the novel.

Most of all, I was glad to see the adult Wingo children forgive their parents for their many serious failings, even though it was obvious the parents were responsible for the difficulties their children faced with their own mental health and relationships as adults.

“In families there are no crimes beyond forgiveness.”  ~ Pat Conroy in The Prince of Tides

I was devastated by the loss of the “Prince of Tides” after growing so fond of his strong convictions and heroic efforts, even after being forewarned from the beginning that he was doomed! I knew it was coming the whole time, and yet I was so sad to find out what finally happened to him.

This is a great book and a must read on any family saga list in my opinion. I wish I had read The Prince of Tides a long time ago. Now I’ll need to watch the movie to see if the big screen does justice to this heartbreaking and revealing family story.

Have you read The Prince of Tides? If so, what did you think of it?

Brought To Our Senses family saga novel by Kathleen H. Wheeler

2 thoughts on “The Prince of Tides: book review

  1. Kathleen H. Wheeler Post author

    I watched the film adaptation of The Prince of Tides with Nick Nolte and Barbra Streisand last night. In my opinion, the book is ten times better than the movie. The secondary characters are lost, none more so than Luke. Savannah is an afterthought, and the parents, Lila and Henry, are not developed enough to explain how they negatively impacted their children’s lives. And the beauty of South Carolina, and Luke’s love of it, is nowhere to be found, so sad. Luke even loses his title of “The Prince of Tides” to Tom! Released in 1991, The Prince of Tides movie is now sadly outdated as well.I’d recommend sticking with the book for the full glory of this family drama.

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