The Boo

The Boo Librarian s note There is an Alternate Cover Edition for this edition of this book here Conroy s first book published after he graduated from The Citadel Colonel Nugent Corvoisie better known as The

  • Title: The Boo
  • Author: Pat Conroy
  • ISBN: 9780937036020
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Librarian s note There is an Alternate Cover Edition for this edition of this book here.Conroy s first book, published after he graduated from The Citadel Colonel Nugent Corvoisie, better known as The Boo, was the Lt Commandant in charge of discipline at the military college He was both loved and feared by his lambs The book is a collection of stories explaining lLibrarian s note There is an Alternate Cover Edition for this edition of this book here.Conroy s first book, published after he graduated from The Citadel Colonel Nugent Corvoisie, better known as The Boo, was the Lt Commandant in charge of discipline at the military college He was both loved and feared by his lambs The book is a collection of stories explaining life at The Citadel and interactions between the cadets and The Boo Conroy twice nearly got dismissed from the school for infractions but remained a staunch fan of The Boo Col Corvoisie was the model for The Bear in Conroy s later novel The Lords of Discipline.

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    • George says:

      PROBABLY CONROY’S LEAST INTERESTING.“The Citadel prides itself on being one of the last protectorates of right-wing conservatism in the country.” (Kindle Locations 120-121).Pat Conroy’s first book, The Boo, is a collection of vignettes and anecdotes about life at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, that Conroy attended in the 1960s; and its often feared, often revered, Assistant Commandant of Cadets, in charge of discipline, Lt. Colonel Thomas Nugent Courvoisie, nickname [...]

    • Todd says:

      Pat Conroy is one of my favorite authors. "The Water is Wide", "The Prince of Tides", "My Losing Season", "The Great Sabatini"l are American classics. "My Reading Life" was the first of his books that I read (I've read them all at this pointe only exception being his cookbook :), and it provided a great many other selections for my reading addiction. I'm not exactly certain why he is a favorite, although he was a basketball player at the Citadel, was/is an eclectic renaissance student/reader/wri [...]

    • Paul Aslanian says:

      This is Pat Conroy's first book. He graduated from the Citadel in 1967 and wrote this book in 1969. He had to pay to have it published. I think it is not easy to find a copy. In the edition I read, Conroy has a fairly lengthy introduction wherein he states that the book crys for the editing of a seasoned writer, but decides not to edit the book, but leave it the way "the young man wrote it"It is a book about the number two guy at the Citidel who was among other things the disciplinarian, but muc [...]

    • Argott says:

      My cousin Michael went to the Citadel. He is smarter, more successful, and even better looking than I am. (Actually, that describes a lot of people. However, Michael is actually smarter, more successful, and better looking than almost every other man in America.) Pat Conroy went to the Citadel too. He wrote The Boo as an homage to the Citadel. I read The Boo to gain important insights into my why my cousin has outpaced me in such a brutal fashion. If I could prove to myself that it was the Citad [...]

    • Michael says:

      Prior to reading this book, I have to first admit that Pat Conroy will always be my favorite author. The first book I read by him was,South of Broad,since then I read all of his books and found the majority of them astounding. However, I gave Conroy the benefit of the doubt by rating this only three stars, solely because he is my favorite author and I cannot bring myself to rate any book of his lower than a three.I will admit that this book was not the greatest, not writing style wise or how the [...]

    • Debby says:

      Pat Conroy's debut book is a tribute to a Commander at The Citadel who is nicknamed The Boo. It would have been helpful to have read this book BEFORE reading The Lords of Discipline, but I never seem to do things in an orderly manner. I kept thinking, as I read this book, that each of us could use somene like The Boo in our lives. He held to a very high standard, expected the most and best out of you, and yet you also knew he cared and would go the extra mile to encourage and support and have yo [...]

    • Jamie says:

      Pat was pretty scathing about this book. Loved it.

    • Kent Miller says:

      Acclaimed author Pat Conroy’s debut novel about life at the Citadel in the 1960s is a profound exploration of what it means to be a man of honorLt. Col. Nugent Courvoisie, known to the cadets as “the Boo,” is an imposing and inspiring leader at the South Carolina military academy, the Citadel. A harsh disciplinarian but a compassionate mentor, he guides and inspires his young charges.Cadet Peter Cates is an anomaly. He is a gifted writer, a talented basketball player, and a good student, b [...]

    • Linda Taylor says:

      As the author tells you in his introduction, it was not his best work, but I still think it was a good one to read, especially with my new-found obsession with Pat Conroy. I don't have that much interest in the Citadel at all, but my interest in Pat Conroy and Charleston, made it still interesting to read. I didn't have any prior knowledge of military school life, which sometimes made it confusing or boring, but the chapters that related the author's first hand experience with "The Boo" as well [...]

    • Carla says:

      It's odd that this and Lords of Discipline were my first introductions to Pat Conroy, but I was dating a Citadel cadet (later married and divorced, but who's counting?) at the time that I read it and The Boo was still alive, even though he was already a subject of much discussion and many legends. What a colorful character the Lt. Col. was, and what an enjoyable book for people who have some familiarity with the college and its customs. If you've ever been in the military and have known a tough [...]

    • Bat713 says:

      I have always loved Pat Conroe's books. This is his first and least favorite book of mine. I can't get into admiring a man who worked and supported the viciousness that was the Citadel in the 60s. I found the short stories hard to read. The early Conroy showed glimpses of the future author.

    • Sharon Griffin says:

      Pat Conroy himself admits at in a forward that this was the first book he wrote and that he did a poor job. The information is interesting and relevant, esp to those familiar with the Citadel. But as Pat points out, it is not well written.

    • Randall Yelverton says:

      For hardcore fans of Conroy and "The Lords of Discipline" only. Episodic, by design, and lacking any narrative cohesiveness.

    • Hayley Dyer says:

      I loved this book. First - if you are looking to read a Pat Conroy novel because you love him so much, this is not the book for you. Don't read it. This is a book about the Citadel, about one legendary man in particular, The Boo. I imagine that if you don't have any connection to the Citadel, or any interest in learning about its very unique culture, this book won't be of value to you. It tells stories upon stories of a man so humble and caring; of a man who loved his school so much that he woul [...]

    • Robert C. Zapletal says:

      Interesting to read his first work and compare it with the rest of his collection!!!

    • Teresa Lawler says:

      The BooAll writers have to start somewhere and “The Boo” is Conroy’s first book. Filled with many anecdotes about the Citadel and a man who changed lives.

    • Sandie says:

      As most readers know, Pat Conroy spent his formative years after high school at The Citadel, a military college in Charleston, SC. The Boo is Conroy's first book, recently re-edited by him. It is a memoir of that time, but especially of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Nugent Courvoisie, the Commandant Of Cadets, nicknamed 'The Boo' by the cadets he oversaw. Courvoisie was in charge of cadet behavior, and he was feared and respected in equal measures by those young men. Although those who broke the rul [...]

    • Susan says:

      This is not my kind of book. You were forewarned in the very beginning. If you have any connection with a Citadel, in SC. You may feel a connection to the book. The only connection I have is, I live in SC, and my son did go into the military, specifically the navy for a short time till he was medically discharged. But other than that, I had at times liked the snippets of the "Boo"( stories). At other times I did not enjoy it. Pat Conroy warns us this is his first attempt. It is self published. I [...]

    • Lauren says:

      Conroy's first effort at publishing and as Conroy himself stated on numerous occasions, it was poorly written. Obviously, Conroy soon learned how to become a far better writer. The book at times reads like notes that Conroy collected about Colonel Nugent "The Bool" Corvoisie of The Citadel. A collection of miscellaneous tidbits of information and stories that are never weaved together. Despite this, I enjoyed it, providing some of Pat's real experiences which got incorporated into his novel, The [...]

    • Robert Scott says:

      --A picture in time depicting a forceful figure at the Citadel 1961-1968. Consist mostly of vignettes ranging from 1/8 page to 4 or 5 pages. T. N. Courvoisie was a disciplinarian, a detective, a bugaboo, and a father figure to the cadets during his tenure as Assistant Commandant of the Charleston, SC military academy. He was influential for many lives, even those that were ousted from the school.--

    • Brandon Pytel says:

      In Conroy's defense, he did warn in the introduction that this was a bad book. A coworker recommended it to me, and I've never read Pat Conroy, so I'd thought I'd give it a go. I only wish she recommended a book other than his first and clearly inexperienced first novel It was an interesting depiction of The Citadel, a military school in South Carolina, but it wasn't much of a book at all. Rather, it was a collection of pieces and journal entries that characterized both The Boo and The Citadel. [...]

    • Mike says:

      I wanted to like this book. I've always look forward to finally reading Pat Conroy. But it was awful. I gave up on it about 40% in to it (I'm an e-reader) All it was was individual paragraphs of little stories like "some guy did something wrong, (like snuck out of the Citadel for a beer), The Boo let him off" or "The Boo made him stand guard all night" or whatever. He states at the beginning that non-military types might not understand or dig the book. I was in the Army for many years and this b [...]

    • Therese says:

      $2.02I have read other Pat Conroy books and liked them a lot, especially The Lords of Discipline which is about The Citadel and thought I would like this as well. I was wrong. The introduction here on Good Reads is not even an accurate description of what the book is about. It is about life at The Citadel written by Conroy after he graduated. He makes no apologies that this was his first book, or attempt at a book and knows it wasn't very good. I will still read other books of his, but I really [...]

    • Gage Mcnally says:

      I chose to read The Boo by Pat Conroy because it was recommended to me by a friend who is actually featured in the book. I asked him what he did to get in the book and his response was "Nothing, which is probably why I was put in it."I immediately knew this book would have a comical side to the military and it was just that. The book revolves around the life of cadets in the Citadel, a military school in Charleston."The Boo" was in charge at the time the book takes place. This story showed a bon [...]

    • Rob says:

      I love Pat Conroy, and really enjoyed reading this book. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I was a Citadel grad. The Boo was easy to read and the stories were classic. Conroy does a great job of painting a picture of the Boo himself and helping the reader to appreciate this man. He makes him out to be a great man who does great things for the boys of the Citadel. He also does a great job of showing the problems in the institution and the injustices against the Boo as an employee and a man. [...]

    • Danielle says:

      This is Pat Conroy's first book, which I just recently got as an e-galley from NetGalley. It tells the story of the one of The Citadel's Commandants affectionately known as The Boo. There is very little narrative in this book. It is mostly telling specific stories about The Boo and specific cadets. It might be of interest to people who attended The Citadel and perhaps some people involved with the military at large, but I found it pretty boring and found myself skipping long passages of it. It's [...]

    • Sophia Koehn says:

      Wow. Never thought I'd find a book by my favorite author that I wouldn't like. But I did. And he kinda warned me, dammit. In his new intro when the book was re-released he fully owns up to a poorly written book done in such a way that it probably is only enjoyable for those who have attended military school. But I kept reading. I'll say this. Pat was right. :)However it is fascinating to see the beginning author compared to the great author he has become. So for that reason, I'm glad I read it. [...]

    • Becky Morlok says:

      It's difficult to give a PAT CONROY book 3 starsough it was his very first book I enjoyed it just the same. Nobody sees or writes about life like Conroyhis words come straight through his heart. Given The Lords of Discipline remains in my Top 3 books of all time, I cannot believe it took me this many years to read The Bood I had it in my bookcase. I chose it for my Christmas read this year and don't regret it.I gifted an autographed copy to my business partner and we read it at the same time. It [...]

    • Telaina says:

      This is Conroy's first novel and I *may* get through it at some point in time, but all it has done thus far is make me want to re-read "Lords of Discipline" which I think I will do soon. His whole prologue talks about how this isn't a very good book and that he didn't know much about story-telling when he wrote it, and I think that sort of set me up to be critical. A big chunk of it is just vignettes strung together of crazy things cadets did at the Citadel. None of these "characters" are develo [...]

    • Branche Steinbach says:

      Pat Conroy is honestly one of my favorite writers - but I am glad I read "Lords of Discipline" first.This was Conroy's first book after graduating from the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, located in the city of Charleston. This book is a conglomeration of what I would call articles and short stories - and, indeed, as Conroy said in an interview many years later, it proved that, at that point, he "did not know how to write a book."But, do not let that - or me - dissuade you from [...]

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