Was your dad in the military? Highly disciplined and expected the same from his family? Was he abusive? Away from home much of the time?
And how about your mom: Was she a social climber? Wwollen up with her own importance? Clinging to the past?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, you'll identify with this family. Conroy's usual themes are present, but with his talent, it always seems new again. His writing plops you down into the heart and souls of the Santinis. His deft phrasing, his quirky outlook on things, and his musical prose, elevate a normal, dysfunctional family into the ranks of 'classic' literature.
I've read it 3 times. At my age, and counting all the other books I want to re-read, I figure I'll have time to read it at least twice more. Thumbs up!
I loved (loved, loved) this book! I recently read, for the first time, Prince of Tides, by Pat Conroy, and enjoyed the story and writing so much that I decided to give this book a try. Pat Conroy is truly a master! The verbal sparring between the Meechum family members had me laughing out loud. Each character is so well developed - and so original. I highly, highly recommend this "classic".
Great book. A must for Conroy fans. No one beats Bull Meecham in the dysfunctional father role.
This is a great book. Being in the air force at the time that I read this is so typical. A wonderful story, well written. Even my kids read it and really identified with his children. The part about the car trips was so true to form, also all the moving etc. We all started calling my husband the Great Santini.