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The Great Santini (original 1976; edition 1987)

by Pat Conroy

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Title:The Great Santini
Authors:Pat Conroy
Info:Bantam (1987), Edition: 6th ptg., Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
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I’ve apparently gone about reading Pat Conroy all backward, having started with The Death of Santini and now filling in with his earlier work.

In Death of Santini, Conroy provides an autobiographical recap to his earlier work through the prism of dealing with his father’s (The Great Santini) death. Having read this recap, I can now read his earlier “fiction” stories in a different light, recognizing them for their autobiographical underpinnings.

Not only having read Death of Santini, but also having seen the movie, The Great Santini, I was very familiar with the story and characters. It is impossible not to envision Robert Duvall when reading about the actions and exploits of Bull Meecham, the narrator’s old school, Marine fighter pilot father, who enjoys a reign of terror over his wife and four children. Ultimately, the movie centers upon the growth and maturation of 18 year old Ben Meecham as he becomes a man, an event that puts him on a collision course with his autocratic father.

This is a fantastic read, not only for the action within the Meecham family, but also the look at both the Marine culture and that of 1960s South Carolina. Highly recommended. ( )
  santhony | Jul 9, 2014 |
My favorite book! ( )
  lanewillson | May 27, 2014 |
Bull Meecham a man who is hard to love, hard to understand yet, somehow gets into your heart. Rich characters. descriptions and full of Southern ways ( )
  foof2you | Jan 6, 2014 |
This one's a "Classic." Laughing out loud (even sitting alone in public) gets 4 stars before we even start. I couldn't give it 5 stars because of the un-politically correct, not to mention offensive, language that is a sign of it being written in 1976. Make a note of that before I tell everyone how much I enjoyed it. ( )
  librarygeek33 | Dec 13, 2013 |
A wonderfully readable portrayal of a complex man and his complex relationship with his son. ( )
  cmasson17 | Dec 5, 2013 |
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Tämä kirja on omistettu
rakkaudella ja kiitoksin Frances "Peggy" Conroylle,
äideistä ja opettajista suurimmalle,
ja eversti Donald Conroylle, evp., isistä
ja merijalkaväen lentäjistä suurimmalle.
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In the Cordova hotel, near the docks of Barcelona, fourteen Marine Corps fighter pilots from the aircraft carrier Forrestal were throwing an obstreperously spirited going away party for Lieutenant Colonel Bull Meecham, the executive officer of their carrier based squadron.
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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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Marine pilot Bull Meecham's stern and unyielding personality challenges his southern-bred gentle wife and his top athlete son to stand up and fight back against the hard knocks of life.

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