The Great Santini
By Pat Conroy
(Bantam, Mass Market Paperback, 9780553268928, 448pp.)
Publication Date: December 1, 1987
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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