The Great Santini

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Dial PressTrade Paperbacks, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 471 pages
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The piercing, iconic semi-autobiographical novel of a domineering father and ambitious son, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Prince of Tides

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.

Praise for The Great Santini

"Stinging authenticity . . . a book that won't quit."--The Atlanta Journal

"[Pat] Conroy has captured a different slice of America in this funny, dramatic novel."--Richmond News-Leader

"Conroy takes aim at our darkest emotions, lets the arrow fly and hits the bull's-eye almost every time."--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Robust and vivid . . . full of feeling."--Newsday

"God preserve Pat Conroy."--The Boston Globe

 

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User Review  - Unkletom - LibraryThing

I’ll say upfront that The Great Santini holds the title for the best book I’ve read this year and has a very good chance of retaining that title all year. Santini is the late Pat Conroy's first novel ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tonestaple - LibraryThing

This book had a huge effect on me, to the point that I could barely stand to finish reading it. I detested the Great Santini and I really do not like Pat Conroy for the boundless, endless, limitless ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Pat Conroy (1945-2016) was the author of The Boo, The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, The Pat Conroy Cookbook: Recipes of My Life, My Losing Season, South of Broad, My Reading Life, and The Death of Santini.

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