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The Son

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Description

Philipp Meyer, the acclaimed author of American Rust, returns with The Son: an epic of the American West and a multigenerational saga of power, blood, land, and oil that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family, from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the to the oil booms of the 20th century.

Harrowing, panoramic, and deeply evocative, The Son is a fully realized masterwork in the greatest tradition of the American canon—an unforgettable novel that combines the narrative prowess of Larry McMurtry with the knife-edge sharpness of Cormac McCarthy.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 18, 2013 – In chronicling the settlement and scourge of the American West, from the Comanche raids of the mid-19th century into the present era, Meyer never falters. The sweeping history of the McCullough dynasty unfolds across generations and through alternating remembrances of three masterfully drawn characters: Eli, the first white male born in a newly founded Texas, captured and raised by Comanche Indians; Eli’s self-sacrificing son, Peter, who shuns everything his power-hungry father represents; and Jeannie, Eli’s fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who inherits the family fortune. Chapters detailing Peter’s affair with a Mexican neighbor and his moral struggle with his ancestors’ bloody legacy are keenly balanced alongside those involving Jeannie’s firm yet impassive rule over the modern McCullough estate. But it’s the engrossing, sometimes grotesque descriptions of Eli’s early tribal years—scalpings, mating rituals, and a fascinating few pages about the use of buffalo body parts that recalls Moby Dick—that are the stuff of Great American Literature. Like all destined classics, Meyer’s second novel (after American Rust) speaks volumes about humanity—our insatiable greed, our inherent frailty, the endless cycle of conquer or be conquered. So, too, his characters’ successes and failures serve as a constant reminder: “There is nothing we will not have mastered, except, of course, ourselves.”

Customer Reviews

Extraordinary

Truly one of the great novels of the year. A cross between Lonesome Dove, Giant and Dallas. Transports you to another time and and place. Meyer is a remarkable writer. The writing is so personal and vivid that you literally embody his characters and feel their triumphs and tragedies.

Bookworm

Wonderful story that covers generations. I loved how the author began with the Wild West and interwove the story to modern times examining family dynamics, and how the bonds of family and loyalty can be questioned. Had a hard time putting it down.

History condensed

This book includes a lot of history of Texas and the American west, condensed until it is confusing. The character of Eli McCullough was developed and his youth explained, but a lot left out between his kidnapping and becoming a cattle baron. Switching from one character in one generation to another in a different generation was confusing. I finished the book because I hate to buy a book and not finish it, otherwise I would have stopped reading after three chapters.

The Son
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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: May 28, 2013
  • Publisher: Ecco
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 592 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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