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Publisher Comments:

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 Meecham  is undoubtedly Pat Conroy's most explosive  character — a man you should hate, but a man you will love.

Review:

"The strength of this first novel (Conroy's earlier best-seller, The Water is Wide, is non-fiction) is its realism. The dialogue, anecdotes, and family atmosphere are pure Marine and probably autobiographical. At the heart of the book is the search of the 18-year-old son to find himself while learning to understand and love his rigidly authoritarian Marine father, the 'great Santini.' A good novel and enjoyable reading, though the descriptive writing is somewhat juvenile. As usual, when one reads a first novel so heavily autobiographical, one wonders if the author has exhausted his experiences and if a second novel will be inferior." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553268928
Author:
Conroy, Pat
Publisher:
Bantam
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
American fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction, American
Subject:
American fiction -- 20th century.
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
74-1
Publication Date:
19871201
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
6.91x4.28x1.02 in. .48 lbs.

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