The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son 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,… The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son 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,… 2013-10-29 Memoir Nonfiction Nan A. Talese
Book Review

The Death Of Santini (2013)

TOO CLOSE TO THE SOURCE? Author Pat Conroy mines for stories from his own life in The Death of Santini
TOO CLOSE TO THE SOURCE? Author Pat Conroy mines for stories from his own life in The Death of Santini
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Oct 29, 2013; Writer: Pat Conroy; Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction; Publisher: Nan A. Talese

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-

Originally posted Oct 30, 2013 Published in issue #1284 Nov 08, 2013 Order article reprints
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