©1976 Pat Conroy; (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
There aren't a lot of books out there about what it was like to be a military brat. I am forever grateful to Pat Conroy for making the effort. All of our stories are different of course but there are commonalities in The Great Santini that we can all relate to. For anyone who was a military brat or knew a military brat, you should read this book. Conroy captures the feeling of always being the new kid in school, of how the father's career affects the family, of not really having a sense of place. He captures the sense in which these kids feel they are missing some critical element of growing up, at the same time that they are proud of the tradition they are part of. Most of all, he captures the love/hate relationship we all have with the branch of the service our fathers were part of.
Had previously read Conroy's "The Lords of Discipline" and really enjoyed it. "The Great Santini" was even better. Dick Hill's narration is top notch and really brings the story to life. Highly recommend the book.
Pat Conroy is the best at character development. His plots tend to go on too long and "The Great Santini" was one of the longer. I read "South of Board" and love it. It took me longer to get into "The Great Santini" but it slowly began to grow on me. I have the misfortune of knowing someone very much like the father (The Great Santini) in this book so I was able to relate to it very well. I love Conroy's ability to place you in the scenes, to understand what each of the characters are thinking and going through.
Yes. He's an excellent writer and even though his book are too wordy, they are well worth the experience.
Dick Hill did an excellent job portraying the voice and emotions of each of the character's of the book.
Mary Ann, the older sister, was the most memorable character. She was the only one who did not let her father intimidate her, maybe because she was also the one most like her father.
The beginning of the book is really boring and I almost didn't finish. But I was glad that I did.
As a marine, Bull is one of the best. As a father, he is not one of the best. Through the pages of this book, Pat Conroy tells the story of Bull and his family as they make a home in South Carolina during Ben Meecham's senior year in high school. New friends are made, new relationships forged, and old family habits are faced with laughter and heartache. The four Meecham children, their Mid-Western Marine father, and their Southern bred mother come alive within the pages of The Great Santini. They struggle with their undying love for family and the love/hate relationship they have for the lives they have very little control over.
Pat Conroy has a gift for the written language. His rich Southern heritage permeates every page. With one sentence he can invoke anger, bring you to tears, or make you roar with laughter. His words are eloquent and harsh, stirring and sharp. He is a master.
I Love Pat Conroy's books. i thik the fact i have seen the movie couple of years ago, prevented me from the feeling i susualy get in his books, that it turns my guts over all the time
all his books are must, and this is one of the strong ones.
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yes and I have read severalof his
Mary Anne, the daughter who realized the dysfunction in the family and suffered the most from it
I disliked the parents so much---especially Lillian--I couldn't enjoy the well written book.
Pat Conroy is a true artist with words. I have read many of his books and all were wonderful, however, The Greaat Santini goes beyond wonderful to a true work of art.
I think that I was spoiled by Frank Muller's narration of Conroy's other books that I listened to first. I just didn't find this narrator quite as captivating. Still a worthwhile listen! Pat Conroy is a great favorite of mine.
Great story ruined by the rape of the little girl with details that sickened me!!!!!!!!!!!
Omit that scene terrible! terrible! terrible!
I will never read this book again!
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