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Published in 1976, “The Great Santini”, a novel written by wellknown author Pat Conroy, is a story of Marine fighter pilot Lt. Col. Wilbur “Bull” Meecham, who calls himself “the Great Santini” and his family, the Meechams during the late 1950s when they move to the town of Ravenel in South Carolina.
Bull Meecham, a legendary pilot with many awards and achievements is a typical military father. Bull is tough, crude, alcoholic man. He never tolerates any rebellion and dissent and always rules his family under the discipline as he does in his troop, which makes his wife, Lillian Meecham, is the lovely Southern woman with the love for literature and children somehow stressful. The members of family are exhausted with Bull’s treatment and his strict atmosphere set in their home. Even though they love and understand his character, somehow they cannot bear with the situation, especially the older son, Ben, the talented baseball player, who is looking to college to escape his father.
“The Great Santini” is the interesting story about the relationship between family members.
Step into the powerhouse life of Bull Meecham. He’s all Marine — fighter pilot, king of the clouds, and absolute ruler of his family. Lillian is his wife — beautiful, southern-bred, with a core of velvet steel. Without her cool head, her kids would be in real trouble. Ben is the oldest, a born athlete whose best never satisfies the big man. Ben’s got to stand up, even fight back, against a father who doesn’t give in — not to his men, not to his wife, and certainly not to his son. Bull Meecham is undoubtedly Pat Conroy’s most explosive character — a man you should hate, but a man you will love. ©1976 Pat Conroy; (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.