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The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Pat Conroy is, plain and simple, a brilliant author. The Great S

Pat Conroy is, plain and simple, a brilliant author. The Great Santini is one of my favorite films and it is sheer delight to get to known the man who influenced this story. Conroy writes with honesty that jumps off the page. I loved this book and highly recommend it.

posted by coreyblissford on October 29, 2013

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Not his best book

I like Pat Conroy's writing, but I think he "overwrote" in this book. I found the description of his mother's illness especially unpleasant; I am not one who enjoys the most graphic details of an illness. I did finish this book and I don't finish every book I start an...
I like Pat Conroy's writing, but I think he "overwrote" in this book. I found the description of his mother's illness especially unpleasant; I am not one who enjoys the most graphic details of an illness. I did finish this book and I don't finish every book I start and I will continue to read Mr. Conroy's books but I do not recommend this one except to avid fans of the author.

posted by 7577658 on November 24, 2013

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    A Bittersweet Memoir

    The Death of Santini, a memoir was a difficult book to read at times, as Pat was a victim of a scarred childhood carried though to his adult life – his anger, failed marriages his own demons, dark secrets, breakdowns, the suicide of his youngest brother, Tom, (5 of the children attempted suicide), the death of his mother.

    When he published his novel “The Great Santini”, was a fictionalized version of his father which caused great controversy; and this one was the nonfictional account of his life with his abusive father. The book opened up his father and they began a journey to help make peace with the past. This book is about second chances of dysfunctional families and wars waged within and forgiveness – Thought provoking, powerful, emotional, tragic, yet moving and written from the heart.

    Don Conroy expected total obedience from his children and ruled the house with a military discipline. The background of both Pat and Don, led to their extreme expectations of all sorts of behavior. However, during all the turmoil, there was something almost heroic about the way the family rallied during the most difficult times, which could prove they loved one another in their own way.

    This book is a more honest account of family versus the prior book and heartbreaking. Pat Conroy opens up his raw feelings of abuse based on real events- Highly recommend for southern Pat Conroy fans, opening his personal connections, his life, and his writing. As usual, he interjects humor and expressive way of telling the story, making it easier to read with all the sadness.

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

    Difficult read

    Prepare to enter a dark corner of the world that centers on mental illness and physical abuse. Pat Conroy opens his life without benefit of cover-up characters and introduces the real players in his books who have made his literary world possible. The reader will experience unbelievable rage at parents who are so deranged in the first part of the book while raising their children...then are expected to 'mellow down' as the parents age, and deny, their culpability in the damage done to their children. I am left shaken...why? Because it brought back horrible memories for me...I am Pat's age now, and it still hurts and I have questions, but no one to answer them...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Good read.

    It is an okay book but not Pat Conroy's best. He belabors some parts and skips over parts I wished he had expounded upon.

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    Posted November 22, 2013

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