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The Great Santini

Conroy, Pat (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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.

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Eighteen-year-old Ben's attempts to stand up for himself, his mother, and his sister are resisted by his intolerant father, a fighter pilot and inflexible disciplinarian.

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Eighteen-year-old Ben's attempts to stand up for himself, his mother, and his sister are resisted by his intolerant father, a fighter pilot and inflexible disciplinarian. Reprint.

Authors: Conroy, Pat
Statement of Responsibility: Pat Conroy
Title: The Great Santini
Publisher: New York : Dial PressTrade Paperbacks, 2006
Characteristics: 471 p. ; 21 cm.
Subject Headings: Fighter pilots Fiction Marines Fiction Fathers and sons Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Topical Term: Fighter pilots
Marines
Fathers and sons
LCCN: 2007282294
ISBN: 9780553381559
0553381555
9781435296527
1435296524
Branch Call Number: FIC C
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Oct 02, 2013
  • geezr_rdr rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a book worth reading and written in good Conroy style. Very interesting topics covered through the character portrayal. My favorite is Toomer.

Dec 02, 2012
  • Winnipeg1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

If/when I'm asked for my list of best books ever read, this is always in the top few. Based on the author's family home life with a madly military father & dependent mother. Moving in every way, frightening, sad, funny, seemingly endless waiting for the next crackpot set of orders from father. Very highly recommended.

Sep 12, 2011
  • zipread rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

If someone’s still writing good books, works of fiction that grab you, this still isn’t it. After wading through pages of inane, juvenile dialogue by page 70 I’m into horseplay and assorted stupidity. I don’t want to read this. I’m sure there’s an audience for this stuff, but it ain’t me.

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