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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - BookConcierge - LibraryThing
Lt Col Bull Meecham is a Marine fighter pilot – No – he is the GREATEST Marine Fighter Pilot. Just ask his family or any of the men serving under him. This novel gives us a glimpse of one Marine’s ... Read full review
Review: The Great SantiniUser Review - Goodreads
Ugh. Couldn't do it. I've loved everything else I've read by Pat Conroy but this was miserable. Couldn't care less about the characters. Didn't finish it. Read full review