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The Great Santini

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

The Great Santini is a life changing novel. The story will make

The Great Santini is a life changing novel. The story will make you laugh at times and cry at times, leaving you full of emotions and empty of boredom. Bull Meechem, who likes to call himself “the Great Santini”, is a fighter pilot who directs his military family in a l...
The Great Santini is a life changing novel. The story will make you laugh at times and cry at times, leaving you full of emotions and empty of boredom. Bull Meechem, who likes to call himself “the Great Santini”, is a fighter pilot who directs his military family in a life he thinks is the best. The Meechem family is like most military families, so The Great Santini gives you a taste of the military life.  Pat Conroy portrays Bull Meechem as a sarcastic, tough, and strict father who should be despised throughout the novel. When reading about the hard life of the Meechem family, one will learn about their moves, their new schools, their new friends, and the toll it takes on their entire family. This leaves the reader full of emotions mostly forlorn. Despite the sorrowful feelings you will laugh at funny moments and character’s sarcastic ways. The story leaves one feeling shocked by changing a point of view on Bull Meechem. A reader will learn from this book why Bull and other military fathers are the way they are. The Great Santini will make you think about life when you are finished reading it, it’s not something you will forget.

posted by Anonymous on March 4, 2013

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Great book

Funny and sad and, like all of Pat Conroy's books, well written. The characters are likeable (except for Santini) and well developed. There really isn't much of a plot, but it does fine without one. I keep asking myself why Conroy puts such descriptive violence in hi...
Funny and sad and, like all of Pat Conroy's books, well written. The characters are likeable (except for Santini) and well developed. There really isn't much of a plot, but it does fine without one. I keep asking myself why Conroy puts such descriptive violence in his books; probably thinking it spices up the storyline? Male readers will enjoy the military/aerospace portions of the book and male and female will enjoy Conroy's description of high school angst and brother/sister arguments. I enjoyed this book but liked Beaches or South of Broad more.

posted by Ratbch on November 23, 2012

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