The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy

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6 Critic Reviews

An intermittently vivid, wildly overwritten mix of pretension, pulp, and vigor--which, like The Great Santini, might make a workable movie scenario when stripped down to essentials.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Pat Conroy’s bestselling novel of a young cadet who must face down a racist secret society amid the social upheaval of the Vietnam War era
 
As Will McLean begins his studies at the Carolina Military Institute, the American South is in turmoil over desegregation. An outsider to the harsh authoritarianism of the military, Will survives the school’s notorious freshman hazing, and avoids attention from its fabled and menacing secret society, the Ten.
 
But when he is asked to mentor the school’s first black student, Will is drawn into the intense racial politics—and the threat of violence—simmering beneath the surface.
 
Based on Conroy’s own military school experience and featuring his lush prose and richly drawn characters, The Lords of Discipline is a powerful story of a young man’s stand for justice and the friendship, love, and courage he finds along the way.
 
 
 

About Pat Conroy

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Donald Patrick Conroy's pen name is Pat Conroy. He was born on October 26, 1945, in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from The Citadel in 1967 with B.A. in English. He later used his experiences at the strict school in his book, The Lords of Discipline (1980), which was nominated for the Robert Kennedy Book Award in 1981. After teaching high school at his alma mater, he accepted a job teaching disadvantaged black children in a two-room schoolhouse on Daufuskie Island off the South Carolina coast. Many of the children were illiterate, unable even to write their own names. He taught them using oral history and geography lessons. His experience on Daufuskie Island formed the basis for his first successful novel The Water Is Wide (1972), which won Conroy the Anisfield-Wolf Award from the Cleveland Foundation and was made into the movie Conrack starring Jon Voight in 1976. His other novels include The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, and South of Broad.
 
Published August 17, 2010 by Open Road Media. 514 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History, Children's Books, Business & Economics. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Lords of Discipline
All: 6 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Below average
on Oct 06 1980

An intermittently vivid, wildly overwritten mix of pretension, pulp, and vigor--which, like The Great Santini, might make a workable movie scenario when stripped down to essentials.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Jun 28 2010

The hazing sessions...have never sounded more harrowing, nor has the author's point—that there is exists a very dark side to obedience—been clearer.

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People

Below average
on Feb 28 1983

Demands some hint at least of reality to make the melodrama seem plausible.

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People

Below average
on Nov 03 1980

Literary overkill constantly gets in the way...The most dismaying thing about this novel...is that the hero lies, steals, tortures and cheats on the honor code just the same as the bad guys.

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Spirituality & Practice

Above average

Substantial food for thought.

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Kepler's

Above average

While Conroy may be more famous for Prince of Tides, The Lords of Discipline is just as fine a book in its own way.

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