The author of The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides has been writing about ”the great wound that is [his] family” for 40 years, and it remains a raw gash on his psyche. With the death of his father, a Marine brute who terrorized his wife and six children, Conroy aims to put the family trauma to rest, but his catharsis gives way to score-settling tales that occasionally test credulity. In the end, Conroy comes off as an unreliable narrator in his own life story. B-
TOO CLOSE TO THE SOURCE? Author Pat Conroy mines for stories from his own life in The Death of Santini
Genre: Memoir, Nonfiction; Author: Pat Conroy; Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Posted January 17 2015 — 5:04 PM EST
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