The Great Santini

The Great Santini

By Pat Conroy

Bantam, Mass Market Paperback, 9780553268928, 448pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 1987


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

"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