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The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son [Format Kindle]

Pat Conroy
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The Death of Santini instantly reminded me of the decadent pleasures of [Conroy's] language, of his promiscuous gift for metaphor and of his ability, in the finest passages of his fiction, to make the love, hurt or terror a protagonist feels seem to be the only emotion the world could possibly have room for, the rightful center of the trembling universe....Conroy’s conviction pulls you fleetly through the book, as does the potency of his bond with his family, no matter their sins, their discord, their shortcomings.” —Frank Bruni, The New York Times Book Review

“In several of his 12 previous books, bestseller Conroy mined his brutal South Carolina childhood—most directly in the book that became a 1979 hit movie, The Great Santini, about a violent fighter pilot and his defiant son. In this memoir, the 68-year-old sheds the fictional veil, taking ‘one more night flight into the immortal darkness to study that house of pain a final time.’ The result is a painful, lyrical, addictive read that his fans won’t want to miss.” People, 3 ½ out of 4 stars
“Despite the inherently bleak nature of so much of this material, Conroy has fashioned a memoir that is vital, large-hearted and often raucously funny. The result is an act of hard-won forgiveness, a deeply considered meditation on the impossibly complex nature of families and a valuable contribution to the literature of fathers and sons.” —The Washington Post

“Conroy remains 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

“Conroy has the reflective ability that comes only with age. He has a deeper understanding of his father and the havoc he brought to his family.…But against the backdrop of ugliness and pain, Conroy also describes a certain kind of love, even forgiveness.” —Associated Press

“Conroy writes athletically and beautifully, slicing through painful memories like a point guard splitting the defense….It is a fast but wrenching read, filled with madness and abuse, big-hearted description and snarky sibling dialogue — all as Conroy comes to terms with what he calls ‘the weird-ass ruffled strangeness of the Conroy family.’” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
“A heady, irresistible confusion of love and hate, ‘one more night flight into the immortal darkness to study that house of pain one more time,’ to prove how low his princes and princesses of Tides can sink and how high they can soar. True Conroy fans wouldn’t have it any other way.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“An emotionally difficult journey that should lend fans of Conroy’s fiction an insightful back story to his richly imagined characters. The moving true story of an unforgiveable father and his unlikely redemption.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Présentation de l'éditeur

In this powerful and intimate memoir, the beloved bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and his father, the inspiration for The Great Santini, find some common ground at long last.

Pat Conroy’s father, Donald Patrick Conroy, was a towering figure in his son’s life. The Marine Corps fighter pilot was often brutal, cruel, and violent; as Pat says, “I hated my father long before I knew there was an English word for ‘hate.’” As the oldest of seven children who were dragged from military base to military base across the South, Pat bore witness to the toll his father’s behavior took on his siblings, and especially on his mother, Peg. She was Pat’s lifeline to a better world—that of books and culture. But eventually, despite repeated confrontations with his father, Pat managed to claw his way toward a life he could have only imagined as a child.
     Pat’s great success as a writer has always been intimately linked with the exploration of his family history. While the publication of The Great Santini brought Pat much acclaim, the rift it caused with his father brought even more attention. Their long-simmering conflict burst into the open, 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, he and his son reached a rapprochement of sorts. Quite unexpectedly, the Santini who had freely doled out physical abuse to his wife and children refocused his ire on those who had turned on Pat over the years. He defended his son’s honor.
     The Death of Santini is at once a heart-wrenching account of personal and family struggle and a poignant lesson in how the ties of blood can both strangle and offer succor. It is an act of reckoning, an exorcism of demons, but one whose ultimate conclusion is that love can soften even the meanest of men, lending significance to one of the most-often quoted lines from Pat’s bestselling novel The Prince of Tides: “In families there are no crimes beyond forgiveness.”

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 352 pages
  • Editeur : Nan A. Talese (29 octobre 2013)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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If you enjoy his books you will derive great pleasure from the reality behind the fiction. Highly recommended but his "fiction" is still the best.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Hearbreaking and shattering 21 octobre 2013
Par Reading Junkie - Publié sur
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Author Pat Conroy always writes of his actual life in his fictionalized books.

This book, however, is the nonfiction account of his life living with his abusive father, Don (the "Great Santini), his long-suffering mother Peg, and his damaged brothers and sisters. Conroy himself states, that of the the seven children Don and Peg created, five tried to commit suicide, and one did succeed (Tom, who threw himself off of a 14-story building).

Writing "The Great Santini" caused a rift in his family, father Don becoming angry and showing up at his book signings, reminding readers that the book WAS fiction.

But, writing the book also helped heal the contentious relationship he had with his father, a relationship detailed in this newest book, "The Death of Santini."

It is a difficult book to read, full of violence and pain, but also full of the beautiful language Conroy is known for. We do see the "Great Santini" stand up for his eldest son, and readers see that famous line from "The Prince of Tides" come to life: "In families there are no crimes beyond forgiveness."

You will grit your teeth in anger, clench your fists with rage, and weep at the power of forgiveness shown in this book.

It is well worth your time.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A book of second chances... 24 octobre 2013
Par Cynthia K. Robertson - Publié sur
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What a bonus! Pat Conroy is my favorite author and I have tickets to see him in November at the Free Library of Philadelphia. So I couldn't have been more pleased to see his latest memoir, The Death of Santini, offered through Amazon Vine. Very few authors have the opportunity to rewrite the endings to their novels, so The Death of Santini is a special book, indeed. As always, The Death of Santini is sad, funny, moving, tragic and beautifully written.

Pat Conroy grew up the oldest of seven children. His father was an Irish-Catholic from Chicago, and a fighter pilot in the Marines. His mother came from a poor, southern family but had a love of literature that she passed on to her children. Their marriage was toxic, "composed of terror and great violence, storm-tossed and seasoned with all the terrible salts of pain." For years, Colonel Don Conroy waged war against his family. The wounded child grew into a scarred man, and those scars damaged every relationship the author touched. But all that would change with the publishing of his novel, The Great Santini in 1976. The Great Santini was a fictionalized version of Conroy's father, and most of the hurtful family scenes were true to life. At first, The Great Santini caused great controversy among the Conroy family. The Colonel claimed it was all a lie. But with the divorce of Conroy's parents and his father moving nearby, the book helped to open a dialogue between the two. "There was something in my father that the book touched, and it opened up a place in his heart that I thought had closed off long before I was born. So we began a journey together, set off on a voyage that would take us to many places and shared experiences that I never thought were possible with such an incomprehensible man." Throughout this journey with his father, Conroy also begins a personal journey--one where he tries to make peace with who he is, his anger, his Irish heritage, his broken marriages, his injured siblings, his inner demons, his breakdowns, the death of his mother, and the suicide of his youngest brother, Tom. And although Conroy claims that his parents "never taught me a thing about faking joy," he and his siblings often see humor in the most inappropriate situations.

I think there are no more complex relationships than that between a father and a son. Where it might appear that the relationship between Conroy and his father was damaged beyond repair, The Death of Santini is a book about second chances. Conroy claims that "Don Conroy had the best second act I ever saw." Their total reconciliation is a miracle of dysfunctional families. Colonel Conroy has appeared in several of Conroy's novels including as Bull Meecham in The Great Santini and Henry Wingo in The Prince of Tides. After writing The Death of Santini, Conroy vows that although he has written about his family more than almost any other writer, that the spirits of both his parents "deserve a rest, and I'm going to grant you a long one, one that lasts forever." While his parents rest in peace, I hope that The Death of Santini also provides some well-deserved peace to Pat Conroy.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 a must read for fans of Conroy's work 29 octobre 2013
Par she treads softly - Publié sur
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The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son is a powerful, emotional memoir by Pat Conroy. Most people know that Conroy has found cathartic inspiration for his writing from his childhood. Looming large among those childhood demons was his father, Colonel Donald Conroy, the inspiration for Bull Meecham in Conroy's The Great Santini. Don Conroy beat his wife and children and seemed incapable of showing affection. Conroy notes in the opening "I've been writing the story of my own life for over forty years. My own stormy autobiography has been my theme, my dilemma, my obsession, and the fly-by-night dread I bring to the art of fiction.... Only rarely have I drifted far from the bed where I was conceived. It is both the wound and foundation of my work."

Conroy was the oldest of seven children and seemed to have endured the brunt of his father's abuse. Five of the siblings would try to kill themselves before the age of forty; one succeeded. Conroy notes that his father "could have written a manual on the art of waging war against his wife and children. I can't remember a house I lived in as a child where he did not beat my mother or me or my brothers; nor do I believe that he would've noticed if both his daughters had run away from home. As the oldest child, my mother raised me to be the protector of her other kids, to rush them into secret hiding places we had scouted whenever we moved into a new house."

Conroy writes:

"When I was thirty years old, my novel The Great Santini was published, and there were many things in that book I was afraid to write or feared that no one would believe. But this year I turned sixty-five, the official starting date of old age and the beginning count down to my inevitable death. I've come to realize that I still carry the bruised freight of that childhood every day. I can't run away, hide, or pretend it never happened. I wear it on my back like the carapace of a tortoise, except my shell burdens and does not protect. It weighs me down and fills me with dread.

"The Conroy children were all casualties of war, conscripts in a battle we didn't sign up for on the bloodied envelope of our birth certificates. I grew up to become the family evangelist; Michael, the vessel of anxiety; Kathy, who missed her childhood by going to sleep at six every night; Jim, who is called the dark one; Tim, the sweetest one - and can barely stand to be around any of us; and Tom, our lost and never-to-be found brother. My personal tragedy lies with my sister, Carol Ann, the poet I grew up with and adored...

"I've got to try and make sense of it one last time, a final circling of the block, a reckoning, another dive into the caves of the coral reef where the morays wait in ambush, one more night flight into the immortal darkness to study that house of pain one final time. Then I'll be finished with you, Mom and Dad. I'll leave you in peace and not bother you again. And I'll pray that your stormy spirits find peace in the house of the Lord. But I must examine the wreckage one last time."

And that is what Conroy is attempting to do in The Death of Santini, examine the wreckage of his childhood one last time. He also explores other experiences the also influenced his writing, like his time spent at the Citadel (The Lords of Discipline); teaching on Daufuskie Island, S.C. (The Water is Wide); more on his dysfunctional family and his relationship with his sister (Prince of Tides); leaving Rome to care for his terminally ill mother (Beach Music).

The Death of Santini is a more honest account of his family's dynamics than what is depicted in The Great Santini, and Conroy readily admits this. In real life, his father was actually even more brutal and abusive and his mother was less saintly. Conroy was actually asked to give Bull Meecham some positive emotional scenes for the book which were not true to life. All the brutal scenes, however, were based on real events.

This is a must read for fans of Conroy's work who want to know more about the personal connections between his life and his writing. The book includes 16 pages of photos.

Highly Recommended

Disclosure: My Kindle advanced reading edition was courtesy of Nan A. Talese via Edelweiss for review purposes.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Inside a Writer's Mind and Life 3 novembre 2013
Par Freudian Slips - Publié sur
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The first Pat Conroy book I read was The Great Santini: A Novel-- after I saw the excellent movie. I was captivated by his writing style-- his southern sense of drama and the beautiful way he described his fictionalized, yet obviously dysfunctional family situation. I went on to read every subsequent book. His characters would fit right into a Tennessee Williams play or a Truman Capote story. That said, I never read anything about his life.

Another great southern writer, Harper Lee, described Boo Radley's horrible life in To Kill a Mockingbird by writing that Atticus Finch said you didn't know a person until you walked around in his shoes. "Just standing on Boo Radley's porch was enough," she wrote. That's how I feel about Pat Conroy: his books are written with such heart-aching beauty and torment that I never felt the need to find the person behind them. Just reading his books was enough.

But I am very glad that I read The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son. Learning about Conroy's father and the relationship they forged despite-- perhaps because of-- Conroy's truth-telling about the family was a fascinating read. Conroy's evocative southern style shines through the book-- while others might say they grew up in an abusive home, Conroy writes, "The Conroy children were all casualties of war, conscripts in a battle we didn't sign up for on the bloodied envelope of our birth certificates." Damn, he's good. His dialogues with his father are priceless in how they subtly reveal the depth of the father's cruelty and yet his clearly deep-seated and ferocious love for his son. And it was interesting to get a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of "The Great Santini" and how it affected everyone in the town of Beaufort in one way or another.

The book continues on to delve into the many complicated relationships-- again some complicated more by Conroy's choice of writing topics. And Conroy's willingness to keep the relationships going is-- I'm not sure-- either crazy or an incredible act of love and family devotion. His family defies simple definition and analysis. But it's clear that he has powerful and meaningful stories to tell and that he is the only one to tell them.

His courage and determination in the face of psychological challenges which would undo most of us is stunning. If you're a Conroy fan, you will enjoy this look into his life. If you're a writer, you might enjoy the insights into how he writes and the choices he makes. If you're a psychologist, the characters in his family will keep you analyzing for hours. And if you're none of those, unless you're willing to delve into a violent and heartbreaking family, you might be better off just standing on the porch.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 25 Year Love Affair with Pat Conroy 4 novembre 2013
Par Shea St John - Publié sur
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I first fell in love with the hypnotizing effect of Pat Conroy's flowery language as a tenth grade student at Carrollton High School. I had read books all of my life; however, pure happenstance led me to the bottom shelf of the high school library where I selected The Lords of Discipline as my next read. From the age of sixteen until now, age forty, I have been fascinated by how his control of the English language can evoke emotions one never knew existed in himself or herself.

I have read everything I have been able to find in order to embark on those tragic, epic journeys with his characters; I have read each of his books (including the cookbook), the introduction to War and Peace, the introduction to Gone With the Wind, the introduction to If Holden Caulfield Were in My Classroom, as well as various magazine entries posted on the internet.

Pat's newest book, The Death of Santini, lives up to what has become expected of him throughout his career. The beginning of the book summons the sensory details to become active participants from beginning to end. As I was reading stories about his life, I realized by page 100, I had become one of them. A Conroy. An honorary Conroy.

Many people either love Pat Conroy's writing or hate it. I think this is the greatest compliment in all of the world. Mediocrity and indifference are not a result of a literary journey led by Pat Conroy. My father-in-law is convinced Pat is as far from pious as a person could be. A co-worker of mine is convinced Conroy's voice whines its way to the end of each novel. Those people are wrong. It is a shame there are those people who are not set afire by and for literature. It is something I require of literature I read, and it is something Conroy never fails to enact.

I have taught a Conroy novel at least seven times in my career as an IB English teacher. At first, students are daunted by the bulk of the task before them. Before they realize it, they are lost in the world of Pat Conroy one hundred percent. Very seldom do students fail to be moved by Pat's artistry.

Once in class, one of my students said he enjoyed Pat Conroy so much because he felt like Pat trusts the reader, like he has entrusted his most private information about himself to the reader. He also challenges the reader to a personal quest. By forging that relationship, the reader has a responsibility to further understand the message conveyed.

This is where readers feel uncomfortable. The more forthright Pat Conroy's writing is, the more readers see the disappointment in the world, in their families, in their parents, among their friends, amidst their co-workers, as well as themselves.

The sincerity, the soul, and the passion that leaps from each page in Conroy's novel also begin to course through the veins of readers' blood. We can all taste the salt air and the wind-blown breeze of the Atlantic Ocean. We can see the deer, egrets, and blue crabs. We are invited into a part of South Carolina that is as close to heaven as anything on earth. More importantly, we relive the tragedies and celebrations of the Conroy family with every ounce of our very beings.

For fans of Pat Conroy, The Death of Santini will seduce, anger, frustrate, challenge, and enter your soul. Once it has ownership of your heart, it will allow you to weep for the cycles of life, leaving you with a feeling of serenity and peace.

I invite everyone to join Pat Conroy on this rare journey into the depths of his family, madness, love, and commitment, in an effort to be reminded of all the important things that matter in life.

Thank you Pat Conroy.
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