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Pat Conroy is an amazing writer. The Houston Chronicle is quoted on the back of my book as saying "Reading Pat Conroy is like watching Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel," and I don't think I could articulate the experience any better. I laughed until tears ran down my face and in the same chapter I cried for the sheer pain the characters experienced.
The Great Santini is Bull Meecham. And throu...more
"The Great Santini". The thing that amazed me was how brave his family was on those occasions when they stood up to him. While I don't doubt he loved his family, and maybe was even proud of them in a way, he was domineering and controlling and sometimes downright cruel...more
In the early chapters its made clear why this maverick fighter pilot is hated but as the story continues, and d...more
I have the feeling, that to enjoy this book to the degree I have, one must have experienced a 'scary' parent. Not necessarily an abusive one, or some sort of criminal, but one that allows their children to grow up in an environment where morbid humor rules all.
"In war, there ain't no morals. There are just winners, losers, and those that got their asses fried sunny side up."—page 205
Pat Conway's novel, THE GREAT SANTINI, is amazingly well constructed and well written. A very engaging and compelling read.
Protagonist, Marine, Fighter Pilot, Yankee, Irish, Catholic, Bull Meecham, is a character out of time and place, who is hard not to like—and equally hard, or harder, not to dislike. A warrior without a war. A bull in the...more
Honors English 2
30 August 2009
The Great Santini
After reading this book one feels like they actually grew up in a Marine Family. The book The Great Santini, by Pat Conroy, is one of the best books I have ever read. Pat Conroy is the #1 New York Times best selling author. This book shows us the life of children growing up as military brats. The main characters are Bull the marine father, Lillian the mother, Ben the oldest child, Mary Anne the second child, Kar...more
Many years ago I had the opportunity to meet Pat Conroy and speak with him. He was a speaker at a small marketing conference...more
It may have a good story line, as many people obviously enjoy the book. But I just couldn't get past the flat characters, insipid dialogue, and uninspired writing. It's not that I can't handle unlikable characters (cf. Wuthering Heights), it's that I'm not willing to put up with bad writing.
Unfortunately I picked...more
Conroy's writing invokes the images of a military family trying to m...more
What I don't remember from the film is how evocative this book is of southern culture, even if it is perhaps a southern culture that doesn't exist anymore. Conroy's book reads almost like a linked collection of short stories, as major plot events occur--Bull beats his family, Ben is a c...more
Upon beginning the book, I completely despised Bull Meecham - his presence, his attitude and basically just him. I kept telling the boy that I would NEVER live with this man, let alone have four children with him. As the book went on, my feelings for him kept moving to the dark side along with the book....more
Conroy is an amazing author. That many of his works have made it to film is testament to that. He doesn't describe a scene as much as he paints a picture using...more
Largely believed to draw heavily on his military brat upbringing, his Marine father, and much more it reads closer to memoir than novel. Still, it was descriptive, lush with vivid scenery and situations. If you have had any experience around pilots from any of the branches of the armed forces or career military environment you will identify with the accuracy of all...more
What works well in the military fails miserably in family relationships. His wife Lillian Meecham was padding between Bull and her children Ben, Mary Ann, Matt and Karen.
Throughout the novel, I felt the same overwhelming conflict that Bull's children did. I...more