A young man's violent coming of age in a Carolina Military Academy.
This powerful novel is the story of four cadets who have become bloodbrothers. Together they will encounter the hell of vicious bullying and the rabid, raunchy and dangerously secretive atmosphere of an arrogant and proud military institute. They will experience the violence. The passion. The rage. The friendship. The loyalty. The betrayal.
Together they will brace themselves for the brutal transition to manhood... and one of them will not survive.
Based on Conroy's own experiences at The Citadel Military school in Charleston, The Lords of Discipline is a remarkable novel.
“'Tremendous depth, intricacy and compression...a novel about virtues we neglect to our diminishment: courage, brotherhood and victory over the difficult obstacles to authentic manhood'”
James Dickey, author of Deliverance
“'A work of enormous power, passion, honour and wisdom'”
“'Pat Conroy's is the most articulate and commanding voice to speak for and from the south since Thomas Wolfe'”
Anne Rivers Siddons