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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
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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.
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.
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.