If I could immerse myself in one landscape it would be the Lowcountry, that region of coastal South Carolina and Georgia dominated by vast marshes and barrier islands. The landscape speaks a language I have heard nowhere else and remains a subject for artists and writers as it has been for centuries. Yesterday marked the seventieth birthday of Pat Conroy, arguably the finest living interpreter of that coastal magic and its vivid use in fiction.
|Pat Conroy at Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 2014|
As it has been with virtually all of his fiction - and not likely to change - the author finds himself where much of his intellectual life as a writer began. For this reader, it's been a memorable journey with an author who has taken the everyday and unique events in a life's journey and turned them into some of the most lyrical writing of our time.
|Moon River view from the Diamond Causeway, Savannah, Georgia|
N.B. The image of Conroy at Chapel Hill comes from a screen capture of a UNCTV interview conducted in February 2014. Interested readers may view this 27 minute program here. Well worth your time.
Moon River photo credit: Emily E. Beck