Book Review of
The Water is Wide
The island is nearly deserted, haunting, beautiful. Across a slip of ocean lies South Carolina. But for the handful of families on Yamacraw Island, America is a world away. For years the people here lived proudly from the sea, but now its waters are not safe. Waste from industry threatens their very existence unless, somehow, they can learn a new way. But they will learn nothing without someone to teach them, and their school has no teacher—until one man gives a year of his life to the island and its people.
The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy is all about the year he spent teaching on a remote isolated island in South Carolina. He took a job that very few people would have. This book shares the lessons he learned, and the things he saw in the time he spent teaching on the island. The book deals with the politics and problems with education in America much of which hasn’t change a lot since Pat was a teacher many years ago. I picked up this book for my nonfiction books for every state challenge. I ended up enjoying it much more than I thought I would. It was well worth reading and has me wanting to read more by Pat Conroy.