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The Son

Meyer, Philipp

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Son
Comanche Indian captive Eli McCullough 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 reverberates in the lives of his progeny.

Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062120397
Characteristics: viii, 561 pages : genealogical table ; 24 cm


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Mar 31, 2015
  • Maywati rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the best books I have ever read. It brought tears to my eyes and well as laughter that was out loud. Loved it! Eli's story moved me more than any of the others, but I enjoyed them all. It really makes you think about America and what went into creating and developing this country. The people who came before us and the people to come after....not something you contemplate every day.

Mar 16, 2015
  • axeman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. Big family saga type story. You don't have to be a reader of westerns to enjoy this book. Good historical fiction.

May 26, 2014
  • tavkaa rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This epic Western was really good. it was difficult in the beginning, I kept referring to the lineage chart at the front of the book, and then realized that one of the characters went by another name in the book. Near the end, i just read one characters chapters at a time because the chapters are designed to tell the story from three different characters at different times in history. It confirmed my suspicions about how land was acquired. As I finished it, I realized it was a love story, each character was in love with something, but only one found true love.

Jan 15, 2014
  • JCLGreggW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Philipp Meyer's THE SON quickly proves why it was on so many best of 2013 lists. A post-modern multi-generational saga, the novel spans multiple generations of the McCullough family, including the patriarch Eli, the first child born in the state after admittance, who was kidnapped as a young teen, his family slaughtered, and spent several years as a member of the Comanche tribe. He later returns, joins the Texas Rangers and then the Confederate Army, where he makes his fortune and begins the McCullough dynasty. If Eli's story is the driving force of the novel, his son, Peter, is the heart: we learn through letters that Peter is the character who accepts the burden of the ruthless way his father mastered the land, and pays for the sins the family accumulates along with its riches. we also meet Peter's granddaughter Jeannie, who has much in common with Eli but is made to feel out of place running an oil company among several other business interests in the Texas boy's club. Breathtaking, lyrical, brutal, and raw, Philipp Meyer writes an American story for the ages, with enough to please almost everyone.

Also, if you're a fan of audiobooks, check out the audio version, as the reading is profoundly excellent.

Dec 14, 2013

This system needs to link all formats to all comments for a complete review. Will Patton is the reader of excellence.

Nov 24, 2013
  • jazpur rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Texas.The giant state.Land. Cattle. Oil.Comanches. Mexicans.How the West was won and at what cost all round. I found the McCullough/Garcia saga told by the various family members down the generations but in no chronological order, fascinating.Excellently written, totally amoral and horrific in parts, beautiful in others.A memorable read but not for the faint-hearted.

Nov 24, 2013

Fascinating and hard to put down for a couple hundred pages - but then the jump cutting among generations starts to feel like a failure of organization. I could be wrong. I have yet to figure out how the Son became the Colonel.

Aug 17, 2013
  • Trevin123 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Interesting book but very slow. Found it got better near the end. It's not a book I would normally read, but it had a lot of great reviews. Would be a good read for those interested in history and westerns.

Aug 15, 2013
  • becker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This excellent book starts in 1836 in Texas when the west was the new frontier. It covers the stories of Eli McCulloughs, his son Peter and his great grandaughter Jeanne in alternating chapters.It is the struggle of the blood, sweat and tears (and there was plenty of all 3) that went into settling the state of Texas. The hostility between the Commanche and the Whites, the injustices done to the Mexicans and the development of the oil industry are all key factors in this story. Be warned it is a little brutal in places but don't let that stop you from picking up this l book. It will be one of my favourites this year.

Aug 15, 2013

I have not read a Western since Owen Wister's The Virginian and I do not enjoy violence. Even so, this book has made a real impression on me, and I want to reread it. I think it may be the great American novel.

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