The Prince of Tides Book Summary and Study Guide

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Lila Wingo is the beautiful, proud matriarch. Abused by her husband,she is the sweet and steely woman with social aspirations so great she is willing to sell her kids down the river to achieve them
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Henry Wingo was the cruel patriarch in the family. Shrimper, schemer, and loser, he is a man who will beat his sons to teach them not to cry. Later, he strives to make peace with his family.

Luke was the older son in the book. He was a Vietnam veteran, a strong man of burning convictions who races toward a shocking fate while trying to save an entire town.

Savannah is the famous, gifted and troubled poet. The cadenced beauty of her art and the cries of her illness are clues to the secret she holds in her heart. She has locked away the bitter truths of her wounded family.

Tom is Savannah's twin brother, and the narrator of the story. He is an unemployed teacher/ and football coach with a loving wife who loves someone else. With his troubled sister and a perceptive psychiatrist, he is forced to look backward to unravel a history of violence, abandonment, commitment and love.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   all of family Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Brain/Body disability?    -   mental illness

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   swimming on    -   sail boat Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Weiner talk! Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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