The Son

The Son The acclaimed author of American Rust returns with The Son an epic multigenerational saga of power blood and land that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family from the Comanche raids of

The acclaimed author of American Rust, returns with The Son an epic, multigenerational saga of power, blood, and land that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the border raids of the early 1900s to the oil booms of the 20th century.Part epic of Texas, part classic coming of age story, part unflinching portrait of theThe acclaimed author of American Rust, returns with The Son an epic, multigenerational saga of power, blood, and land that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the border raids of the early 1900s to the oil booms of the 20th century.Part epic of Texas, part classic coming of age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim.Spring, 1849 The first male child born in the newly established Republic of Texas, Eli McCullough is thirteen years old when a marauding band of Comanche storm his homestead and brutally murder his mother and sister, taking him captive Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to Comanche life, learning their ways and language, answering to a new name, carving a place as the chief s adopted son, and waging war against their enemies, including white men complicating his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is But when disease, starvation, and overwhelming numbers of armed Americans decimate the tribe, Eli finds himself alone Neither white nor Indian, civilized or fully wild, he must carve a place for himself in a world in which he does not fully belong a journey of adventure, tragedy, hardship, grit, and luck that

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  1. Philipp Meyer s novel, American Rust, was an Economist Book of the Year, a Washington Post Top Ten Book of 2009, a New York Times Notable Book, A Kansas City Star Top 100 Book of 2009, and an Top 100 Book of 2009.Philipp Meyer grew up in Balti, dropped out of high school, and got his GED when he was sixteen After spending several years working as a bike mechanic and volunteering at a trauma center in downtown Balti, he attended Cornell University, where he studied English Since graduating, Meyer has worked as a derivatives trader at UBS, a construction worker, and an EMT, among other jobs His writing has been published in McSweeney s, The United States of McSweeney s, The Best of McSweeney s 11 20, Esquire UK, The Iowa Review, The Independent UK , Salon, and New Stories from the South From 2005 to 2008 Meyer was a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas He splits his time between Texas and upstate New York.

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  1. HOW THE WEST SOUTHWEST WAS WON OVERRUNOn the ranch they had found points from both the Clovis and the Folsom For the eight thousand years between Folsom and the Spanish, no one knew what happened there had been people here the whole time, but no one knew what they were called Though right before the Spanish came there were the Mogollan and when the Spanish came there were the Suma, Jumano, Manso, La Junta, Concho and Chisos and Toboso, Ocana and Cacaxtle, the Coahuiltecans, Comecrudo but whether [...]


  2. I don t have to tell you what this land used to look like, he said And you don t have to tell me that I am the one who ruined it Which I did, with my own hands, and ruined forever You re old enough to remember when the grass between here and Canada was balls high to a Belgian, and yes it is possible that in a thousand years it will go back to what it once was, though it seems unlikely But that is the story of the human race Soil to sand, fertile to barren, fruit to thorns It is all we know how t [...]


  3. I m really dumbfounded what happened here A cursory glance at this and I d expect this to rank high on an all time list it s a huge sweeping multigenerational epic, covering huge swaths of American history it s a postmodern tale of the American West replete with blood lust, scalp hungry marauding Indians, vigilante ranchers, and oil barons It s socially and politically subversive, in that it both challenges how frontiersmen confronted race and privilege as well as exposing America s less than ho [...]


  4. There s no way I m going to call this the great American novel I would have to define what that meant, and I d have to support it, and then I d have to argue with everyone trying to convince me of Moby Dick s essential worth No, we ll leave that useless conversation to the all the kids just heading back to school They ve had the whole summer off, eating ice cream, skating on skateboards, shouting too loud after 10 p.m when I m trying to sleep let them solve the literary, philosophical, and exist [...]


  5. A great read for me I could hardly put it down Everything is big in Texas, and in this saga a family line gets big in alignment with a big history Luckily it doesn t do a Michener of trying to cover a vast epoch using a huge cast.Meyer sticks stays mostly with three fascinating and complex characters of three different generations of the McCulloch family, spanning about a century and a half The frontispiece contains the lineage for the three patriarch Eli, his son Peter, and great granddaughter [...]


  6. I had loved Meyer s American Rust when I read it during a holiday in Pennsylvania a couple of years back a trip to Texas last week seemed like a good excuse to read his follow up, which showed every sign of being a culmination of his many talents The Son is a sprawling, multigenerational family tale, not a million miles away from the kind of AGA saga that people like Joanna Trollope have been writing for years, though because the author is male and American the book which in alternating chapters [...]


  7. This is a review that I originally posted in July, 2014 For some inexplicable reason it vanished without leaving any explanation Since it is a favorite book of mine, I am re posting it.Phillipp Meyer s The Son, a sprawling multi generational epic set in Texas which is always a good place to locate epics, especially the sprawling variety , begins with the family patriarch, Col Eli McCullough COL ELI MCCULLOUGH Most will be familiar with the date of my birth The Declaration of Independence that bo [...]


  8. Starts impressively but overall, feels too deliberate, too polished, too forcibly epic Weird proofreading errors in several places The narrative frame collapses about a third of the way through, just, utterly The most compelling sections are those from Peter McCullough s diaries He is, by far, the moral compass of this novel and the most well drawn character At times, the book reads like a history textbook Absolutely grating Too much of the writer inserting himself in the prose at times The endi [...]


  9. An epic tale of family set in a state big enough to bear the weight of legend, The Son follows three generations of the powerful McCullough family of Texas Colonel Eli McCullough, the rough and tumble patriarch of the family, whose past includes being a Comanche captive and assimilated tribal member, Texas Ranger, Civil War Confederate, and Texas land baron his son, Peter, a gentle soul tied to the land, but whose conscience weighs on him after his family s participation in the slaughter of thei [...]


  10. Remember that, he sad, None of it s worth a shit until you put your name on it Philipp Meyer, The Son There are certain rare novels that capture the art, heart, and action of both American fiction and history The Son is one of those historical novels that can absolutely propel the reader Its narrative strength, however, is equaled by its detail and its multi generational epic arc The Son captures the tension between land and people the contest between people and people the struggle between fathe [...]


  11. This is a big summer blockbuster of a novel a huge book that can keep one occupied for days The world looks a little different after a session with it we feel wonder and regret in equal shares wonder at human diversity and commonality evident at the same time regret at our inability to comprehend this and share our bounty until it is too late.Three generations of Texans represented by Eli, Peter, and Jeanne struggle through Comanche raids and the discovery of oil from the mid nineteenth through [...]


  12. Edit 02 20 14After some consideration I have decided to link you toWill s review instead of writing my own As is often the case, his review hits it out of the park This book EPIC I disappeared for a few days while reading it I was late picking up a child I passed on a night out with a friend I kept my eyes down whilst walking my dog Real life So Intrusive That s all I ve got for now.


  13. It s a great thing, reading something and knowing your list of favourite books is probably changing I wasnt halfway through before I knew this would be a favourite, as long as he didnt screw up the end he doesn t By the end, I thought that the Great American novel is alive and well and this novel is an instant classic I have to wear two hats, booklover and bookseller, so why don t I divide this review that way BOOKLOVER First off, this book is so up my alley it s not even funny Echoes of Hemingw [...]


  14. The Son Dez epis dios com Pierce Brosnan Eli McCullough Estreia em Portugal a 30 de Abril 2017amctv videos the son esctv blog apresentamos Picture Ian Dodds Ferrugem Americana 2011 , primeiro romance do escritor norte americano Philipp Meyer n 1974 , foi um dos melhores livros que li em 2013 Uma hist ria que se desenvolve num cen rio americano de desintegra o econ mica e social, percorrido por uma galeria de personagens verdadeiramente inesquec veis num policial negro, magistral, entre o amor e [...]


  15. 4.5 Meyer s sweeping Western saga about one Texas family ranging from the 1840s to the present day brims with violence and philosophical tension Like Cormac McCarthy s Blood Meridian, The Son is a gory Western that transcends the simplistic cowboys versus Indians dichotomy to draw broader conclusions about the universality of brutality in a nihilistic world Encompassing every American conflict from the Civil War through to Iraq, it presents a cycle of warfare that s as old as the fossils and arr [...]


  16. 3.5 stars, rounded upI m not going to go into the plot of this 4 generation saga since many before me have done a better job than I could hope to do, plus the GR synopsis tells you all you need to know I listened to the audiobook and Will Patton and Kate Mulgrew were phenomenal They definitely increased my enjoyment of the story And what a story it is.After a very strong start, I thought it would easily be a 5 star read, but the middle felt a little bloated and my interest flagged a bit Not unco [...]


  17. Epic, savage, surly, and brimming with ideas, Philipp Meyer s sweeping historical tale of Texas demands shelf space with Cormac McCarthy and Larry McMurty Like his predecessors, Meyer illustrates the ruthless, violent forms of blood spilling murder it takes to build the future of a land Death begets life.People are conditioned to believe in their rights of land possession, and history point fingers at those who stole land from those that used to occupy it Wars are fought over territory, and argu [...]


  18. Well, I finished I read it through to the end I have to apologize to my friend Diane for giving her the bad advice to snap up the ARC of this that we saw at a book event because I had already snapped up my ARC at a previous event This novel has had so much buzz I listened to and read so many, many positive reviews and I can say that for the most part, I can understand all the buzz This novel is epic The subject matter is very interesting the settlement of Texas and there were two characters that [...]


  19. I have no particular affinity for Texas I don t know and don t care to know the difference between a llano and a barranca or a shotgun and a rifle But I just spent two weeks with ranchers, Rangers, braves, drillers, riggers, vaqueros and several generations of a fabulously wealthy and powerful family and had a perfectly wonderful time This isn t the picturesque Old West of saloon brawls, gunfights and fallen women Nor are there heroes and villains In this Texas, most everyone kills when necessar [...]


  20. This is one of those books that didn t bear the weight of my expectations Philipp Meyer s The Son certainly has been getting a lot of buzz recently named 2 book in s half year review best books of the year so far but it just seemed to fall short for me in many areas It is a multi generational saga, epic for sure but never quite feeling sweeping or grand I thought it started off gangbusters with great potential in the exploration of three eras in Texas history settlement Indians, cattle Mexican b [...]


  21. Mi hanno profetizzato che sarei vissuto fino a cent anni e siccome li ho compiuti non vedo perch dovrei dubitarne Non morir da cristiano, ma il mio scalpo intatto e se esiste un terreno di caccia eterno, l sono diretto.Nella solitudine della frontiera, la memoria una maledizione, un inesauribile disgrazia, nella quale la storia individuale e collettiva somiglia a un nero abisso, a un paesaggio desolato dove l essere umano si perde ineluttabilmente Nelle praterie del Texas, tra i pascoli, le terr [...]


  22. I give this 3.5 stars I finished this a few days ago but wasn t sure how I wanted to rate it I loved the story of Eli, especially when he is with the Indians Jeannie and Peter s stories I also liked they just weren t as captivating I m not sure why maybe it s my olderish brain but I had trouble keeping track of who was who in the family but luckily there is a family tree at the beginning of the book I feel the author does a great job describing Texas in that time period I could really picture it [...]


  23. Meyer s book is a sprawling family chronicle told through the eyes of four members of the McCullough family spanning from the 1830s to modern times Only one of the characters, family patriarch Eli has a story that is compelling enough to keep me wanting Kidnapped as a boy and raised by Comanches, he later goes on to become a Texas Ranger and Confederate officer before starting his family empire I liked his character so much that all others were pale caricatures by comparison.


  24. Update April 8th, 2017 10 episode series on AMC starring Pierce Brosnan.I loved this book immediately The characters pull you in and keep you interested from beginning to end Thankful that the author included the family tree, I frequently reminded myself who was who Highly recommend this read


  25. I started off enjoying the book and was not surprised to learn that Philipp Meyer is influenced by James Michener I had great hopes that the book would develop into that type of sweeping saga However by halfway through I was forcing myself to finish it This multi generational saga is recounted by three members of the family, but the author does not succeed in really giving them individual voices The style of all three is very similar and a lot of the writing is done in a trance like style Peter [...]


  26. For a guy from Balti, Meyer gets Texas pretty well The historical arc feels about right, and I m mostly sold on his vision of animal determination, brutality, and chronic injustice as well as the lingering bad feelings, which I recognize from growing up there My own family dabbled in ranching and was heavily involved in the oil biz Reading The Son I kept coming upon county names Refugio, Kleberg, Nueces where we once owned land, and still own some mostly worthless mineral rights The book helped [...]


  27. Update AMC is making this into a 10 episode series starring Pierce Brosnan as Eli McCullough It premieres April 8th I don t have AMC, which is probably why I just discovered this Oh man Will Patton is the Clint Eastwood of audiobook performers Loved his take on Eli McCullough Be forewarned This book is violent Indians yep, in this book the Comanche are referred to as indians arrows, scalpings, torture It s all in here if that stuff puts you off But Philipp Meyer can most certainly write, and he [...]


  28. In the broader sense, this novel is described as epic in scope and in many ways it is It is the story of America, spanning over a century from the 1800 s to the late 1900 s and it is the story of how Texas came to be But it is also the story of a family staking their claim in Texas and creating a dynasty involved in cattle ranching and later in oil The novel, though, spoke to me on a different level It is the story of the three people whose individual narratives comprise the novel.Unlike many ep [...]


  29. Das melhores surpresas do ano Tendo aproveitado uma promo o em Agosto, n o tencionava l lo t o cedo, mas estava a apetecer me uma saga familiar Nos primeiros cap tulos fiz do livro um abanico, de tanto folhear entre pontos da leitura e a rvore geneal gica inclu da no in cio, mas cedo fixei os la os que uniam os tr s personagens principais da hist ria e o resto da fam lia Eli, ou o Coronel, era o patriarca, e os cap tulos que lhe eram atribu dos foram quase sempre os que mais ansiava ler Os outro [...]


  30. This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for the better part of a year and maybe I acquired it after reading the review of a GR friend, maybe Matt but I don t recall so sorry about that When the book arrived its length and subject chilled my interest so it sat Nevertheless, as the new year started I decided to swallow what I expected to be the bitter pill of a mistaken purchase You see I was expecting something of a Michener like saga that would be an ordeal to endure I was wrong, I was very [...]


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