The Great Santini

The Great Santini

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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.
Publisher: [United States] : Open Road Media : Made available through hoopla, 2010
ISBN: 9781453203941
145320394X
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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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.

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erinsnest
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!

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Winnipeg1
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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