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

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    I have read everyone of Pat Conroy's books and loved all of them. The Death of Santini was touching, laugh out loud funny at times, honest.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    Great read Conroy does it again

    A great story of one of the most dysfunctional families in the world. Glad to see there was some reconciliation before Don Conroy's death.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

    When I first started to read The Death of Santini, I was really

    When I first started to read The Death of Santini, I was really doubting why I bought the book in the first place. It seemed to be a repetition of what I was reading in all of Conroy's other books. Well, I bought it, so I was determined to read it and labored through the first three chapters. Then the book started to get into fresh material. I realized he was probably bringing in readers who were not familiar with his other works.

    As I was going through the following chapters, I was learning things about the family that the other books had not brought out. I give Pat Conroy a lot of credit for being able to tell such a sad story with such truth; especially since it was about him and his family. It took a lot of courage to point out the things he did. I don't think it was a case of Look What I Had To Go Through, but more of trying to explain how families like this are really affecting the children. He has to explain what it did to him as factual. Who would know better than he? But as you read on, he is telling what he was told, observed and what factually happened to the others in the family. A splendid story, especially for people in similar circumstances, and are lost in the fog of their own frightful environment. The chapters about Stanny were drawn out. It got just a little boring. The most insightful part was about his father's denial about what he had done. Again, Conroy doesn't make judgment. He just tells it as it happened. Was Don Conroy really having mental problems? Or was he just ashamed of what he did? The readers are left to come to their own conclusions.

    Through all this sadness, Pat Conroy still found a way to make you laugh. The guy is a damn good writer. I wound up really liking this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Santini

    Loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    Well Written

    Have read most of Conroy's books and enjoyed this one(if that's the right term), I must say I have never used the dictionary as much as I have with this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Conroy is always good.

    As always, Conroy writes what I find a riveting book, if not a fun one. I am just not sure how I feel about this one. His eulogy for his father was appropriate, I thought, but I feel he is still not on healthy emotional ground in his relationships with his parents. He truly lays himself bare in this one, and I personally appreciate the candor with which he writes. I hope he finds lasting happiness in this life.

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