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The Great Santini Summary
Pat Conroy

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The Great Santini Summary

Plot Summary

"The Great Santini" is a semi-autobiographical novel by Pat Conroy which details the experiences of the Meecham family, particularly Ben Meecham, and his father Bull Meecham, a Marine Corps fighter pilot in 1962.

When the novel begins, Lieutenant Colonel Wilbur "Bull" Meecham heads home to the United States to collect his family (wife Lillian, sons Ben and Matt, and daughters Mary Anne and Karen) to bring them to Ravenel Air Base near Charleston, South Carolina. He's taking command of Squadron 367 there. Bull is determined to keep his family in shape the way he keeps his air squadron in shape. Bull is really a really tough bully who is nearly impossible to please. He butts heads continuously with Ben, his oldest, who looks forward to his freedom when his senior year of high school concludes. Bull's wife, Lillian, is devoted to him despite his hard drinking, hard language, and hard...

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