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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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    Unnecessarily mean

    I LOVE Pat Conroy and I love his books. He is without question my favourite author. This book I find, is surprisingly disappointing. After such a hiatus, such anticipation my opinion is that, at his age there should have been more maturity with dealing with the issue of his sister Carole. Many times in the book Pat will not directly insult Carole but his writing clearly portrays him setting up others to insult her. Almost using them as a pawn to quote them insulting her. Yes Pat lays himself down as a sacrifice at times being bluntly honest with his mistakes referencing times he was mean to her and others. But this book has a feeling entirely where he used private conversations with people for the purpose of insulting his sister. It's was like he was saying, see look, I'm not the only one which thinks she's a psycho crazy bitch, our dad thinks so too. (Or whoever he referenced for the purpose of the insult) It's disappointing because it is not only childish but why as a grown man make such an effort to hurt someone who may or may not be completely well? It felt I contributed to it as an accomplice and I didn't enjoy that. I felt so personally for the book, that's just happens to be where it carried me. I just know this. I would never create such an iconic book, that has such anticipation by family and fans alike and then to tarnish son many pages with those striking insults. Honesty is one thing, and trust me I'm a fan. But this was unnecessarily mean


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