The Great Santini by Pat Conroy

The Great Santini

By Pat Conroy

  • Publication Date: 2010-08-24
  • Genre: Literary
4 Score: 4 (From 139 Ratings)

Book Summary

The bestselling Pat Conroy novel—now available as an ebook

The moving portrait of a son’s struggle to escape the iron fist of his volatile military father

Marine Colonel Bull Meecham commands his home like a soldiers’ barracks. Cold and controlling but also loving, Bull has complicated relationships with each member of his family—in particular, his eldest son, Ben. Though he desperately seeks his father’s approval, Ben is determined to break out from the Colonel’s shadow. With guidance from teachers at his new school, he strives to find the courage to stand up to his father once and for all.

Inspired by Conroy’s own relationship with his father, The Great Santini is a captivating and unflinching portrayal of modern family life and a moving story of a son becoming a man.

This enhanced ebook edition includes four documentary-style original videos. These videos illuminate the autobiographical origins of the title character in this novel; how Conroy’s mother inspired his love of reading and writing; Conroy’s role as the protector of his mother and siblings while growing up in an abusive household; and Conroy’s loving relationship with his wife, Cassandra.

“Robust and vivid . . . full of feeling.” —Newsday

“God preserve Pat Conroy.” —The Boston Globe

Pat Conroy is the New York Times bestselling author of two memoirs and seven novels, including The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, and The Lords of Discipline. Born the eldest of seven children in a rigidly disciplined military household, he attended the Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. He briefly became a schoolteacher (which he chronicled in his memoir The Water Is Wide) before publishing his first novel, The Boo. Conroy lives in Beaufort, South Carolina.

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Book Opinions

  • Conroy's Pain

    5
    By thedavid1500
    Pat Conroy's is arguably the best Southern writer of his generation. He knows and his pen reveals the manners and mores of the culture that surrounded him during his boyhood. I am a great admirer of the man, yet I hesitated and then waited a number of years before I could pick up and finally read "The Great Santini". I knew the subject matter... the relationship between the narrator son and the sadistic emotional and physical abuser who was his father. Conroy's ability as a writer is such that one feels the searing pain that attended being the eldest son in such a household. It is known that the author grew up in a household such as he describes. The hope has to be that in writing it all down hens exorcised his own demons.
  • The Great Santini

    1
    By Perky too
    I usually like Pat Conroy's novels. But this is just awful. I gave it up after about 100 pages. Maybe if you are part of a military family it will appeal to you.
  • Where's the "Exclusive video footage"?

    1
    By fbdjr
    I can find no sign of any video footage in my downloaded, purchased copy of this book. Granted, I have not examined every sentence in the book in search of a link to video content. I expect to find it in the Table of Contents and there's nothing about it there. I am very disappointed.

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