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 - yvonne.sevignykaiser - LibraryThing
Read this one may years ago while living in Atlanta and working at Chapter 11 Books. Second time around was even better, listened to the audio version on my kindle. Conroy is not only a first rate ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - CarmenMilligan - LibraryThing
***SPOILERS*** This was a heartbreaking book to read. Knowing that it was based on Pat Conroy's own childhood made it that much more morose. Bull Meechum is a mean man. He sets out to hurt others, and ... Read full review