The Great Santini
Step into the powerhouse life of Bull Meecham. He's all Marine --- fighter pilot, king of the clouds, and absolute ruler of his family. Lillian is his wife -- beautiful, southern-bred, with a core of velvet steel. Without her cool head, her kids would be in real trouble. Ben is the oldest, a born athlete whose best never satisfies the big man. Ben's got to stand up, even fight back, against a father who doesn't give in -- not to his men, not to his wife, and certainly not to his son. Bull Meecham is undoubtedly Pat Conroy's most explosive character -- a man you should hate, but a man you will love.
"Robust and vivid... full of feeling." --- "Newsday"
"Stinging authenticity... a book that won't quit." -- "Atlanta Journal"
"A tender, raucous and often hilarious book." -- "Booklist"
"Conroy has captured a different slice of America in this funny, dramatic novel." -- "Richmond News -Leader"
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Review: The Great SantiniUser Review - Krys Gut - Goodreads
This was Pat Conroy's first novel (1976) and he said he knew immediately the story he wanted to tell. His novels share common elements with his ow childhood, this one most of all as he also grew up as ... Read full review
Review: The Great SantiniUser Review - Nancy - Goodreads
I read this book many years ago. It was published in the late '70's. The writing is superb. 40 odd years later I am a bit taken back to the era of political incorrectness and bigotry, but it rings ... Read full review