The Great Santini
The Great Santini
By Pat Conroy
Dial Press, Paperback, 9780553381559, 512pp.
Publication Date: March 26, 2002
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
“Reading Pat Conroy is like watching Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel.”—Houston Chronicle
“Robust and vivid . . . full of feeling.”—Newsday
“Tender, raucous, often hilarious.”—Booklist
“A fine, funny, brawling book.”—The National Observer
“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
Conroy, who died last week, was the author of several books, two of which — The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides — were made into feature films. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1987, 1995 and 2002. More at NPR.org
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