The Great Santini

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Open Road Media, Aug 24, 2010 - Fiction - 471 pages
459 Reviews

The bestselling Pat Conroy novel—now available as an ebook

The moving portrait of a son’s struggle to escape the iron fist of his volatile military father

Marine Colonel Bull Meecham commands his home like a soldiers’ barracks. Cold and controlling but also loving, Bull has complicated relationships with each member of his family—in particular, his eldest son, Ben. Though he desperately seeks his father’s approval, Ben is determined to break out from the Colonel’s shadow. With guidance from teachers at his new school, he strives to find the courage to stand up to his father once and for all. Inspired by Conroy’s own relationship with his father, The Great Santini is a captivating and unflinching portrayal of modern family life and a moving story of a son becoming a man.



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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
The ending left me shocked becau - Goodreads
As a depiction of military life I loved this book. - Goodreads
What a great writer! - 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


Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 12
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30

Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 22
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Chapter 34
A Biography of Pat Conroy

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Pat Conroy is the New York Times bestselling author of two memoirs and seven novels, including The Prince of TidesThe Great Santini, and The Lords of Discipline. Born the eldest of seven children in a rigidly disciplined military household, he attended the Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. He briefly became a schoolteacher (which he chronicled in his memoir The Water Is Wide) before publishing his first novel, The Boo. Conroy lives in Beaufort, South Carolina. 

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