If you, like me, have waited 20 years before deciding to finally read Beach Music, this review is for you. I listened to it, as I do all super long books, because it's a great way to use my commute time. When I finally turned it back in today, after completing all 28 hours on 25 CD's, I owed a grand total of $2.50 in late fines. That is what happens when you go to Palm Springs and then Philadelphia in the middle of listening to a big book.
This is a big sprawling novel that tells the story of a group of friends in a small town in South Carolina. You also get to know their parents and grandparents and some of the significant events that shaped their lives. I could not begin to list every topic covered but all of the following were included: the Vietnam war, murder, divorce, cancer, loggerhead turtles, death, cooking, cancer, schizophrenia, the holocaust, and alcoholism.
It was a good listen. Mr. Conroy could have left out some descriptions and details and the story would have been just as good. But since I am a "less is more person in the word department that could be just me.
I will be interested to hear the impressions of those who read it way back when it was written in 1995. Should the person who hasn't read it yet give it a whirl? I say yes. What say you?