NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “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
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 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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Another great book
Conroy doesn't disappoint
Terrible narrator of a great story
Great story and excellent writing as always. Narrator of audiobook is terrible. Completely takes away from the story and any m
listening pleasure. So different from previous Pat Conroy audiobooks. Spoils the book. Read the print copy skip the audiobook!
Pat Conroy is always cathartic
For those of us who came from terrorizing roots, Pat Conroy can be cathartic. He has been for me for 30 years. This is his first actual memoir, and it is told in his usual style - he eloquently tells his anguished story about the faults of his parents, his siblings, and himself. I finish all of his books with at least some compassion for all. I especially love this book because it is a memoir, and further brings to life the characters in his novels that were based on the real people in his life, that he loves for better and for worse, faithfully and for always.