The Great Santini

Conroy, Pat

Paperback - 2006
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Great Santini
Random House, Inc.

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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Publisher: New York : Dial PressTrade Paperbacks, 2006
ISBN: 9780553381559
Branch Call Number: FIC C
Characteristics: 471 p. ; 21 cm.


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Feb 08, 2014

This copy, from the Chinook Arch Library system is not a paperback. It is a very large hardcover. Sept 20, I believe I started this book .....Oct 1, 1/2 way through. So far, not the most exciting book that I have read, hence the long time that it is taking me to read it. (easily distracted by other more exciting things, or maybe it's just the time of year, and I am getting things laid away for winter?) I think I like Pat's non-fiction better. Will let you know if it picks up. (This is fiction, but from what I gather from his other books, is based highly on his childhood.) It is his first novel, so I'm going to give his other novels a shot, to see if they get better, (insert Feb 8 2014, - I absolutely LOVED "South of Broad")......Oct 6, well it picked up, but not until about 3/4 through. Now I'm having a hard time putting it down. I wish he had put a little of this suspense stuff in earlier. Well, it is his first novel!......Feb 8, 2014, well I see that I didn't note when I finished this book....I am currently reading "The Death of Santini" which in non-fiction and explains a lot why I didn't like the first part of this book...he had to make things up because no one believed him! Anyway, I looked up this book, hoping to find a DVD or even a video cassette of the movie, (he devotes a chapter in "the death" to the movie.) No luck......maybe someone out there in library land has one kicking around that they could donate to the Chinook Arch system in southern Alberta? I guess I could maybe find it online, but I haven't had much success with that in the past. I'm just not very good at Amazon and all that yet. Probably too old for the book stores to have a copy, but maybe with the release of "The Death of" it will spark a resurgence? Here's hoping!

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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