Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the ...more
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On 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 whe...more
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-granddaugh ...more
Three generations of Texans represented by Eli, Peter, and Jeanne struggle through Comanche raids and the discovery of oil from the mid-nineteenth throu ...more
I have to wear two hats, booklover and bookseller, so why don’t I divide this review that way:
First off, this book is so up my alley it’s not even funny. Echoes o ...more
After some consideration I have decided to link you to Will'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.
That's all I've got for now.
-- Philipp Meyer, The Son
There are certain rare novels that brilliantly 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 artistry and its multi-generational, multi-narrative, epic arc. 'The Son' captures the tension between land and people; the contest betwe ...more
I'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 ...more
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 a ...more
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 Independenc ...more
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/I ...more
Nella solitudine della frontiera, la memoria è 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 pasco ...more
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 nec ...more
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!
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 cer ...more
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 man ...more
A definite 5 stars!
What he has accomplished is sheer magic: he has turned the American dream on its ear and revealed it for what it really is: “soil to sand, fertile to barren, fruit to thorns.” The most astounding thing is, you don’t know how good it really is until you close the last page and step back and abso ...more
The most interesting to me is the great grandfather who was a very early settler and as a very young boy is kidnapped by the Comanches. His father is away when the Indians attack but his mother, sister and brother are killed. ...more
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Philipp Meyer grew up in Baltimore, 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 t ...more
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