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The Death of Santini

The Story of a Father and His Son

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Pat Conroy’s great success as a writer has always been intimately linked with the exploration of his family history. As the oldest of seven children who were dragged from military base to military base across the South, Pat bore witness to the often cruel and violent behavior of his father, Marine Corps fighter pilot Donald Patrick Conroy. While the publication of The Great Santini brought Pat much acclaim, the rift it caused brought even more attention, fracturing an already battered family. But as Pat tenderly chronicles here, even the oldest of wounds can heal. In the final years of Don Conroy’s life, the Santini unexpectedly refocused his ire to defend his son’s honor.
The Death of Santini is a heart-wrenching act of reckoning whose ultimate conclusion is that love can soften even the meanest of men, lending significance to the oft-quoted line from Pat’s novel The Prince of Tides: “In families there are no crimes beyond forgiveness.”
Praise for The Death of Santini
“A brilliant storyteller, a master of sarcasm, and a hallucinatory stylist whose obsession with the impress of the past on the present binds him to Southern literary tradition.”The Boston Globe
“A painful, lyrical, addictive read that [Pat Conroy’s] fans won’t want to miss.”People
“Conroy’s conviction pulls you fleetly through the book, as does the potency of his bond with his family, no matter their sins.”The New York Times Book Review
“Vital, large-hearted and often raucously funny.”The Washington Post
“Conroy writes athletically and beautifully, slicing through painful memories like a point guard splitting the defense.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Customer Reviews

The Death of Santini

This book is a moving story of pain and growth. At first it seemed like every other Southerner's drunk-father-vain-mother tale in the South. But the dark humor, gut twisting, and pure heart break Conroy exposes lifts it to a higher level and brought tears to my eyes. Give me MY crazy family any day!

The Death of Santini

Mr Conroy is a writer to be sure.I hope he has in him a fine novel with no illusion to his own psychosis or his dysfunctional family.
Now that he has achieved a measure of personal happiness I a reader who has read it all,hope for a work of a different genre.While his readers admire his work,I think most of us are tired of paying a price to share his depression.Writer,your medical records are protected under federal law.Close them and let us have a great novel sans the psychiatric themes that course through your work.

The Death of Santini

well written, characters come to life and you feel it's like your own band of siblings. That is if you are from a family as dysfunctional as this one. It is a testimony to their love and strength, that they managed to love both their unlovable parents in the end. I have read and enjoyed each of Pat Conroys books. I think I understand him a little better now. BRAVO

The Death of Santini
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  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Oct 29, 2013
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
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