The Death of Santini - Pat Conroy

The Death of Santini

By Pat Conroy

  • Release Date: 2013-10-29
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 298 Ratings


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


  • Terrible narrator of a great story

    By Audiobook ADT
    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

    By Saputza
    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.
  • The Death of Santini

    By Bulldog1842
    Through this book I witnessed my childhood as a military brat, Citadel graduate, and a son of the South. The book brought greater insight into Mr. Conroy's struggle with his father, who in the end had an infinite love of his family and The Corps. Thank you, Pat, for another great book. You are one of our great southern writers. P.S. My daughter is married to Buster's grandson.
  • Another great book

    By CYC11
    Conroy doesn't disappoint
  • The Death of Santini

    By Mdjohnnymac
    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

    By Donwanone
    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

    By Peg1gy
    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!