The Great Santini

The Great Santini

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: New York : Dial Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780553381559
Branch Call Number: FICTION Con
Description: 471 pages ; 21 cm


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"Pat once said, “The greatest gift a writer can ever receive is an unhappy childhood.” If you’ve ever read The Great Santini, My Losing Season, or The Prince of Tides, you’ll know that for Pat, growing up was Christmas every day. I discovered Santini as a teenager and it was salve for the sc... Read More »

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geezr_rdr Oct 02, 2013

This is a book worth reading and written in good Conroy style. Very interesting topics covered through the character portrayal. My favorite is Toomer.

Oct 01, 2013

This copy, from the Chinook Arch Library system is not a paperback. It is a very large hardcover. Sept 20, I believe I started this book .....Oct 1, 1/2 way through. So far, not the most exciting book that I have read, hence the long time that it is taking me to read it. (easily distracted by other more exciting things, or maybe it's just the time of year, and I am getting things laid away for winter?) I think I like Pat's non-fiction better. Will let you know if it picks up. (This is fiction, but from what I gather from his other books, is based highly on his childhood.) It is his first novel, so I'm going to give his other novels a shot, to see if they get better, (insert Feb 8 2014, - I absolutely LOVED "South of Broad")......Oct 6, well it picked up, but not until about 3/4 through. Now I'm having a hard time putting it down. I wish he had put a little of this suspense stuff in earlier. Well, it is his first novel!......Feb 8, 2014, well I see that I didn't note when I finished this book....I am currently reading "The Death of Santini" which in non-fiction and explains a lot why I didn't like the first part of this book...he had to make things up because no one believed him! Anyway, I looked up this book, hoping to find a DVD or even a video cassette of the movie, (he devotes a chapter in "the death" to the movie.) No luck......maybe someone out there in library land has one kicking around that they could donate to the Chinook Arch system in southern Alberta? I guess I could maybe find it online, but I haven't had much success with that in the past. I'm just not very good at Amazon and all that yet. Probably too old for the book stores to have a copy, but maybe with the release of "The Death of" it will spark a resurgence? Here's hoping!

Dec 02, 2012

If/when I'm asked for my list of best books ever read, this is always in the top few. Based on the author's family home life with a madly military father & dependent mother. Moving in every way, frightening, sad, funny, seemingly endless waiting for the next crackpot set of orders from father. Very highly recommended.


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