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The Son

by Philipp Meyer

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | May 28, 2013 | Trade Paperback

The Son is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 5.

A Globe & Mail 100 Selection

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 Comanches storms his homestead and brutally murders his mother and sister, taking him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and language, answering to a new name, becoming the chief''s adopted son, and waging war against their enemies, including white men-which complicates 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 nor 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 reverberates in the lives of his progeny.

Intertwined with Eli''s story are those of his son, Peter, a man who bears the emotional cost of his father''s drive for power, and Jeannie, Eli''s great-granddaughter, a woman who must fight hardened rivals to succeed in a man''s world.

Philipp Meyer deftly explores how Eli''s ruthlessness and steely pragmatism transform subsequent generations of McCulloughs. Love, honor, even children are sacrificed in the name of ambition as the family becomes one of the richest powers in Texas, a ranching-and-oil dynasty of unsurpassed wealth and privilege. Yet, like all empires, the McCulloughs must eventually face the consequences of their choices. Harrowing, panoramic, and vividly drawn, The Son is a masterful achievement from a sublime young talent.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 576 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.16 in

Published: May 28, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062293583

ISBN - 13: 9780062293589

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wild Ride I personally enjoyed this novel - it was raw and unforgiving. From start to finish, I felt as if I was living along side the McCullough family 165 years ago.
Date published: 2014-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wild Ride I personally enjoyed this novel - it was raw and unforgiving. From start to finish, I felt as if I was living along side the McCullough family 165 years ago.
Date published: 2014-10-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tedious Reading I could not finish this book , which is very unusual for me. Lost all interest in the story by the time I got half way through it.
Date published: 2014-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Historical Fiction I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has a family tree at the beginning which is very helpful. 
Date published: 2014-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic I feel like the McCulloughs are my family I know them so well. Totally worth the 570 page commitment. Will be an award winner and perennial favourite without a doubt.
Date published: 2014-03-12

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The Son

by Philipp Meyer

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 576 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.16 in

Published: May 28, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062293583

ISBN - 13: 9780062293589

From the Publisher

A Globe & Mail 100 Selection

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 Comanches storms his homestead and brutally murders his mother and sister, taking him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and language, answering to a new name, becoming the chief''s adopted son, and waging war against their enemies, including white men-which complicates 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 nor 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 reverberates in the lives of his progeny.

Intertwined with Eli''s story are those of his son, Peter, a man who bears the emotional cost of his father''s drive for power, and Jeannie, Eli''s great-granddaughter, a woman who must fight hardened rivals to succeed in a man''s world.

Philipp Meyer deftly explores how Eli''s ruthlessness and steely pragmatism transform subsequent generations of McCulloughs. Love, honor, even children are sacrificed in the name of ambition as the family becomes one of the richest powers in Texas, a ranching-and-oil dynasty of unsurpassed wealth and privilege. Yet, like all empires, the McCulloughs must eventually face the consequences of their choices. Harrowing, panoramic, and vividly drawn, The Son is a masterful achievement from a sublime young talent.

Editorial Reviews

?A novel that is an epic in the truest sense of the word: massive in scope, replete with transformations in fortune and fate, and drenched in the blood of war.? ? Huffington Post ?The stuff of Great American Literature. Like all destined classics, Meyer?s second novel speaks volumes about humanity--our insatiable greed, our inherent frailty, the endless cycle of conquer or be conquered.? ? Publishers Weekly (starred review) ?Treading on similar ground to James Michener, Larry McMurtry, and Cormac McCarthy, Meyer brings the bloody, racially fraught history of Texas to life. Call it a family saga or an epic, this novel is a violent and harrowing read.? ? Library Journal ?Meyer?s massive Texas saga is perhaps the best Indian captive story ever written. . . [Meyer?s] tale is best compared to Giant. Little Big Man and Lonesome Dove also come to mind...? ? Booklist (starred review) ?One word--stunning. The Son stands fair to hold its own in the canon of Great American Novels. A book that for once really does deserve to be called a masterpiece.? ? Kate Atkinson ?Meyer is an impressive and multi-talented story-teller in the old, good sense--the kind that makes me hang on for whatever the next chapter will hold.? ? Richard Ford ?A remarkable, beautifully crafted novel. Meyer tackles large movements of American history and culture yet also delivers page-turning delights of story and character.? ? Charles Frazier ?Philipp Meyer redrafts humanity?s oldest questions and deepest obsessions
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