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By Pat Conroy

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Pat Conroy’s nice luck as a author has continually been in detail associated with the exploration of his relations historical past. because the oldest of 7 youngsters who have been dragged from army base to army base around the South, Pat bore witness to the customarily merciless and violent habit of his father, Marine Corps fighter pilot Donald Patrick Conroy. whereas the booklet of The nice Santini brought Pat a lot acclaim, the rift it prompted introduced much more consciousness, fracturing an already battered kin. yet as Pat tenderly chronicles right here, even the oldest of wounds can heal. within the ultimate years of Don Conroy’s lifestyles, the Santini unexpectedly refocused his ire to safeguard his son’s honor.
The loss of life of Santini is a heart-wrenching act of reckoning whose final end is that love can melt even the meanest of fellows, lending importance to the oft-quoted line from Pat’s novel The Prince of Tides: “In households there aren't any crimes past forgiveness.”
Praise for The demise of Santini
“A terrific storyteller, a grasp of sarcasm, and a hallucinatory stylist whose obsession with the provoke of the previous at the current binds him to Southern literary tradition.”The Boston Globe
“A painful, lyrical, addictive learn that [Pat Conroy’s] lovers won’t are looking to miss.”People
“Conroy’s conviction pulls you fleetly during the publication, as does the efficiency of his bond together with his family members, irrespective of their sins.”The ny occasions booklet Review
“Vital, large-hearted and sometimes raucously funny.”The Washington Post
“Conroy writes athletically and fantastically, cutting via painful stories like some extent defend splitting the defense.”—Minneapolis famous person Tribune

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