The Great Santini

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Bantam, 1987 - Fiction - 440 pages
916 Reviews
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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Great characters, great plot, wonderful storytelling! - Goodreads
Great read with a teary ending. - Goodreads
I love Pat Conroy's writing style. - Goodreads
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As a depiction of military life I loved this book. - Goodreads
Character development=amazing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Candace Rollins - Goodreads

After purchasing 'The Death of Santini', I decided to reread 'The Great Santini' to re familiarize my self with the Meechum family. It had been decades since I read it the first time so it's hard to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Denise - Goodreads

A masterpiece of a novel of a military family headed by Bull Meacham, aka "the Great Santini". The audio performance by Dick Hill is equally a masterpiece, conveying the bravado, fury, love and hate that are part of this story of imperfect humans. Bravo Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
10
Section 3
20
Section 4
38
Section 5
64
Section 6
77
Section 7
82
Section 8
110
Section 13
175
Section 14
185
Section 15
208
Section 16
243
Section 17
267
Section 18
281
Section 19
320
Section 20
364

Section 9
124
Section 10
140
Section 11
157
Section 12
165
Section 21
388
Section 22
419
Section 23
441
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About the author (1987)

Donald Patrick Conroy's pen name is Pat Conroy. He was born on October 26, 1945, in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from The Citadel in 1967 with B.A. in English. He later used his experiences at the strict school in his book, The Lords of Discipline (1980), which was nominated for the Robert Kennedy Book Award in 1981. After teaching high school at his alma mater, he accepted a job teaching disadvantaged black children in a two-room schoolhouse on Daufuskie Island off the South Carolina coast. Many of the children were illiterate, unable even to write their own names. He taught them using oral history and geography lessons. His experience on Daufuskie Island formed the basis for his first successful memoir, The Water Is Wide (1972), which won Conroy the Anisfield-Wolf Award from the Cleveland Foundation and was made into the movie Conrack starring Jon Voight in 1976. His other novels include The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, and South of Broad. Conroy chronicled his relationship with his father in the memoir, The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and his Son (2013).

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