The Great Santini
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 ...more
Description: 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 Mee ...more
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
Santini is the late Pat Conroy's first novel and he always claimed that it is largely autobiographical. In fact, in his penultimate book, The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son, Conroy describes his actual life with his family and his father, Marine fighter pilot Col. Don Conroy, the original Great Santini. This nickname even ...more
In the early chapters its made clear why this maverick fighter pilot is hated but as the story continues, and d ...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
The story depicted the life of a family whose father was a marine fighter pilot. The abuse suffered from their father to each family member, molded each of them differently but brought them close together. The Meechum family:Bull, Lillian (their mother), Ben (oldest ...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.
I did not love him, there was only hate in my heart.
"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
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
I had an uncle who was a career Marine. Bull Meachum (the Gret Santini) remined me ofmy uncle> My aunt and two male cousins reminded me of Mechum's family. Constantly ealking in eggshelss around him and knowing instinctively what would set him off and what your role was and the consequences for not obeying the very abusive family dynamic. Gave me the creeps to be around my uncle when I was a young kid. I had that same feeling while reading ...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
This novel is also a coming of age story about Ben, the eldest child in the Meecham familly, a high school senior who has moved so many times in the military ...more
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