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Pat Conroy.

Author: First Run Features,; Kanopy (Firm),
Publisher: First Run Features, San Francisco, Calif. : Kanopy Streaming, 2016 2017
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : English
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"God gave me a criminal cast of characters for a family, "says Pat Conroy in his 1986 interview with Nancy Evans and Walter Clemens, in which he discusses how he turned his abusive father into the marine-corps fighter pilot protagonist of The Great Santini, his best-selling novel that became an Oscar-nominated film. Conroy drew on personal experience when creating the eponymous Great Santini, Colonel "Bull" Meecham,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Educational films
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: First Run Features,; Kanopy (Firm),
OCLC Number: 985054568
Language Note: In English.
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"God gave me a criminal cast of characters for a family, "says Pat Conroy in his 1986 interview with Nancy Evans and Walter Clemens, in which he discusses how he turned his abusive father into the marine-corps fighter pilot protagonist of The Great Santini, his best-selling novel that became an Oscar-nominated film. Conroy drew on personal experience when creating the eponymous Great Santini, Colonel "Bull" Meecham, who dominates and terrorizes his fictional family. When Conroy gifted the book to his own family, his father threw it across the room and his mother brought it to a judge as evidence for divorce. .While Conroy conjectures that his full story arc and robust dialogue made his novels so attractive to Hollywood development--every one of his books was made into a movie--this interview suggests many other reasons for his success. For one, his candor: he shares the story of his physical abuse, being sent to military school, reaching the point of breakdown and seeking mental healthcare in a small town. He has an eye for vivid detail and approaches heartbreak with humor. Perhaps it is also his exuberant, loving insistence on a Hollywood ending in his own life that makes his novels work on the silver screen. After reading The Great Santini his father said, "If I'd belted you around a little more you'd be a lot better writer."Conroy reaches this resolution: "I do love him. I can't help it, he's full of character.". Conroy was educated at the Citidal and did not study contemporary fiction or the theory of the novel. When a teacher handed him a Thomas Wolfe novel and said, "I think you are ready for pleasure, "he went on to read all of Wolfe's work with his mother. When she remarked that he had left her out of The Great Santini, he went on to tell her story in The Prince of Tides, which became an Academy Award nominated film. She did not like the book. Conroy tells us in this interview that he will never understand his mother in her infinite complexity but that he resolves to love her, too.

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