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The Great Santini

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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 "show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 132.08 x 208.28 x 43.18mm | 408.23g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0553381555
  • 9780553381559
  • 77,259

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“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 "show more

About Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy (1945 2016) was the author of The Boo, The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, The Pat Conroy Cookbook: Recipes of My Life, My Losing Season, South of Broad, My Reading Life, and The Death of Santini."show more

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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.show more

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24,515 ratings
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