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The Lords of Discipline av Pat Conroy
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The Lords of Discipline (urspr publ 1980; utgåvan 1986)

av Pat Conroy (Författare)

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Young black military cadet Will McLean, with a code of honor all his own, boldly confronts the terrifying injustice of a corrupt insititution as he struggles to expose a mysterious group known as "The Ten."
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Titel:The Lords of Discipline
Författare:Pat Conroy (Författare)
Info:Bantam (1985), Edition: ZZZ, 512 pages
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The Lords of Discipline av Pat Conroy (1980)

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Pat Conroy is not easy to read because he delves into the baser parts of human nature and it's in the people we know and love (or like, or should love) friend, father, spouse. While the plot typically sails along, it's the interior examination of character and self that bogs me down. This one dragged a bit too in description of Charleston (where I've never been) but it is a partially a love letter to this city and its impact on Will McLean, the main character. Will is starting his senior year at the Carolina Military Institute (a loose cover for Conroy's own experience at the Citadel.) Will is still a private in rank because he has fully bought into the military intellectually, but he is respected enough to be an elected member of the Honor court. He is also a star basketball player which also affords him some respect. It is 1966. Vietnam is in progress and a likely part of Will's future upon graduation. Also he is approached by Colonel Berrineau (the Bear) to keep an eye on an incoming plebe -- the first black student to be admitted to the Institute (Pearce). And he has a meeting with the General who runs the school which isn't quite so friendly. Will's best friend and roommate for the year is an effeminate young man (Tradd St. Croix) whose family is the elite of Charleston. And Will has befriended an unwed 19-year-old pregnant society girl, Annie Kate. Battle lines are drawn. The year starts normally enough with the typical cruelty and hazing of the plebes according to the "system" though Will and his roommates (Tradd, Dante Pignetti (Pig) and Mark Santoro) don't really engage. "To them [the participating upperclassmen], the excesses of the plebe system were salutary and character-building. Torture was simply an effective test of their bloom and vitality. It was the system and we had all agreed to abide by its laws.... I saw that the plebe system was destroying the ability or the desire of the freshmen to use the 'I'....The person who could survive the plebe year and still use the word 'I' was the most seasoned and indefatigable breed of survivor.....I wanted to be that man in my class."(158) That sums up Will's attitude toward his own experience and also his compassion toward the incoming freshmen. When a plebe (Poteete) commits suicide early in the semester, Will starts to suspect something darker is at work -- he himself had survived a Taming as a freshman - a student-led show of authority and dominance that was psychologically degrading and physically brutal after he had written a derogatory, satirical newspaper article about upperclassmen -- but Poteete's experience seems to go beyond even that extreme. Will starts to wonder about the existence of The 10 - a super secret society of Institute lore that runs out undesirables. The book becomes part detective work and part morality play as Will literally endangers his own life and those of his roommates as he tries to uncover the truth and save Pearce who is next on the 10's list. Meanwhile, Will has fallen in love with Annie Kate and spends much of his free time with her at her beach home hideaway. She cannot be seen in society because her mother is trying to hide the shame. Secrets abound. Think of Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men: ("You can't handle the truth!") The last 3rd of the book is really where all the action is as all these events coalesce and threaten Will (and friends) with physical danger and the threat of not graduating. The way they stick together is touching and comes to some good in the end, though there is a monumental loss. Will's soul-searching and coming-of-age realizations are really at the heart of this book. He is remarkably strong (morally) and acts with true honor for the greater good when his digging around reveals a sinister reality and far-reaching betrayal that shakes the foundation of all he thought he knew. And yet he survives intact, if scarred to proclaim "I wear the ring." ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
A book of several plot lines and experiences that reflect the plebe system, racism, class, and secrecy. Honor is taught and praised but not all follow. Loyalty to your fellow cadets is earned; others are forced out. A system that takes Marine boot camp from eleven weeks to four years. The task is taken to earn the title or in this case the ring and become part of a brotherhood that is forever. ( )
  evil_cyclist | Mar 16, 2020 |
this is a great audio book edition and a good read . ( )
  nkmunn | Nov 17, 2018 |
“In Charleston, more than elsewhere, you get the feeling that the twentieth century is a vast, unconscionable mistake.”

“Evil would always come to me disguised in systems and dignified by law.”

This is a story about four cadets, in their final year at a military institute called The Citadel. It is 1966, Charleston, S.C. Will McLean is our wise-cracking narrator. He is also a poor boy from Georgia, with an authority problem. This novel is about friendships and loyalty, but there is also debauchery and betrayal, with a bit of misguided romance thrown in. There is also a wicked society, inside The Citadel, that Will begins to investigate.
This is southern melodrama at it's best. The dialogue is broad and turgid, but once you get into the flow of it, it fits the narrative. Conroy based this on his own experiences at the academy and much of the writing is solid, although it could have used some editing.
The use of the “N” word, is wince-inducing but I am sure it lends itself to it's time and place. ( )
  msf59 | Sep 13, 2018 |
This is a novel relating the harsh conditions a cadet must endure if he is to graduate from a military academy. The story is of one cadet who endures four grueling years at a military academy and develops a decidedly anti-military stance. It is a wonderful novel of camaraderie and friendship. However, it is also a testimony to man's inhumanity to man. I guess that is what the military stands for if one is to learn to kill in defense of one's country. A very unsettling novel, it left me glad that I personally never had to endure an environment such as the one Conroy describes. ( )
  SqueakyChu | Nov 19, 2017 |
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With heart at rest I climbed the citadel's steep height, and saw the city as from a tower, hospital, brothel, prison, and such hells, where evil comes up softly like a flower. Baudelaire's Epilogue
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This book is dedicated with love and gratitude to Lt. Col. Thomas Nugent Courvoisie, U.S.A. (ret.), the finest military officer I have ever known. And to Joseph Michael Devito and Robert D. Marks, friends and brothers.

And to James T. Roe III and John C. Warley. And to my friends, teachers, classmates, and teammates at The Citadel from 1963 to 1967. And to the boys who did not make it.

Special thanks to these five remarkable people from Houghton Mifflin: Norman Berg, Shannon Ravenel Purves, Jonathan and Susan Galassi, and to Anne Barrett, whose retirement was a great loss to publishing and to the writers who loved her.
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I wear the ring. (Prologue)
When I crossed the Ashley River my senior year in my gray 1959 Chevrolet, I was returning with confidence and even joy.
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Met mijn hart gerust beklom ik de steile hoogte van de citadel en zag de stad als vanuit een toren, gasthuis, bordeel, gevangenis en soortgelijke helse oorden waar het kwaad zacht opbloeit als een bloem. (Baudelaires Epiloog)
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