Mar 07, 2016 A farewell to Pat Conroy
Yesterday, I blogged about confronting our demons on the way to victory.
The recently-deceased author Pat Conroy (March 4, 2016) did just that, turning his ordeals with his extremely abusive father into The Great Santini, which did well as a book and even better as a film, with his father ultimately joining him on some speaking engagements but gleefully underlining that the book was fiction, and Conroy’s success continued from thereon.
Conroy said that: “One of the greatest gifts you can get as a writer is to be born into an unhappy family,” which left him for no lack of material for his writing.
My blog is called Underdog, for the reasons explained here. Conroy succeeded as an underdog, with significant bumps along the way even after his breakthrough writing successes.
I have some catching up to do to read some of Conroy’s novels and to watch in their entirety his films beyond Conrack (1974), about an idealistic teacher who commits to his island-isolated students whom the school system expects to remain isolated and underachieved, and he gets thrown out for doing so
In Conrack style, here is my thanks and wish of a good journey to Pat Conroy.