The Son

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The Son Book Summary

Soon to be a TV Series on AMC starring Pierce Brosnan and co-written by Philipp Meyer.

Now in paperback, the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling epic, a saga of land, blood, and power that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the oil booms of the 20th century.

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching examination of the bloody price of power, The Son is a gripping and utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American west with rare emotional acuity, even as it presents an intimate portrait of one family across two centuries.

Eli McCullough is just twelve-years-old when a marauding band of Comanche storm his Texas homestead and brutally murder his mother and sister, taking him as a captive. Despite their torture and cruelty, Eli--against all odds--adapts to life with the Comanche, learning their ways, their language, taking on a new name, finding a place as the adopted son of the chief of the band, and fighting their wars against not only other Indians, but white men, too-complicating his sense of loyalty, his promised vengeance, and his very understanding of self. But when disease, starvation, and westward expansion finally decimate the Comanche, Eli is left alone in a world in which he belongs nowhere, neither white nor Indian, civilized or fully wild.

Deftly interweaving Eli’s story with those of his son, Peter, and his great-granddaughter, JA, The Son deftly explores the legacy of Eli’s ruthlessness, his drive to power, and his life-long status as an outsider, even as the McCullough family rises to become one of the richest in Texas, a ranching-and-oil dynasty of unsurpassed wealth and privilege.

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.

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The Son - Philipp Meyer Reviews

  • Not like tv series

    By Beowawe
    The genealogy changed in the tv series, which made the book more enjoyable. Interesting story, loved the history!
  • The Son

    By Stairs2h jm
    A waste of my time.
  • Mesmerizing

    By stsarita
    Took a bit to get into the groove of the flash back and forward. Then I Couldn't put it down.
  • The Son

    By Texmextom
    Hard to read. Disjointed. Character's stories separated in time. Depressing. No Good Guys. Non the less, different view point on the history of Texas.
  • The Son

    By ellenfauna
    Fantastic reading! The book is as good as Lonesome Dove which is the high mark for any book to me.
  • The Son

    By Lldkeys
    If you could shuffle the chapters of six books like a deck of cards you would end up with a book like this. Distractingly frustrating to sort out.
  • The Son

    By Doujoh
    Excellent read, as I was reading I felt I was in old Texas.
  • Sublime

    By Silentdriver78
    It takes some effort to settle in to the three character point of view but ultimately proves worth it. I hate to admit it but I to couldn't help but compadre this to 'Lonesome Dove' as I kept turning pages. I normally don't partake in too much fiction but am so glad I did in this case. A true treasure for any fan of Texana. Author probably owes some debt to S.G Gwynne, or maybe it is the other way around.
  • Enjoyable but...

    By Wadddster
    In general, I enjoyed the book. However, I think the author has read more novels/stories about Texas than actual history about Texas.
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    By js4486

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