The Son

The Son

eBook - 2013
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Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2013.
ISBN: 9780062120410
Characteristics: 1 computer file (1219 KB) :,digital, EPUB file.
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PearlyBaker
Jul 02, 2017

I do not feel worthy of reviewing this piece which is by far the best novel I've read since Skagboys. Philpp M. makes Irvine Welsh look like Trump tweeting at 3:00 a.m. He's like the impossible love child of Quentin Tarantino and Cormac McCarthy. This book flooded me with memories of family secrets told too late to make a difference. Like the first time I was dying and someone finally told me about my sweet Mormon grandmother who before the Latter Day Saint days would slam two fifths of vodka, storm off and come back later threatening to kill grandpa with her new boyfriend from the bar. Now it made sense why mom moved to LA to be near her boyfriend's prison and I couldn't stop smoking God's Breath. This piece had everything I love including nihilism, overwhelming depression and the existential morose at the uselessness and futility of life knowing that for 2 million years man has been stealing land and life from other men and hardly anything exists to show they were even here. Of course those "savages" did not know you could rape the earth, till the soil, plant cement and slow kill an entire planet with Round Up while everyone cheered for their sports ball team around the coal fueled TV set.

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becker
May 03, 2017

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.

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xiaojunbpl12
Jul 20, 2016

Exhilarating!
But I have doubts about the structure. Though it suited my schedule taking breaks without the compromise of memory fading or thoughts disconnected, 3 storylines are intertwined in a way arbitrary (or trying to stimulate readers' mind?), e.g. a storyline followed by an episode (chapter) from another storyline is more interrupting than making mutual sense or sound echoed.
Eli's version and Peter's diaries are time-ordered, with more tangible correlations, and brought Eli, the Son #1, the fullest figure.
Jeannie's version, mostly due to vast materials spanning her whole >80 years life, plus sparkles of her illusion, nice touch of magic realism though, made her a vague and conflicting figure (contrary to many who might think her as a clear strong woman in a men's world, the Son #3, if Peter is #2?).
Impressive writings with historical details, though I sometimes lost in Indian and Spanish dialect, I always saw vivid scenes, splendid landscape, cruelty of the actions....how Perter's shadowed memory was erased by the love with Maria - one of the most beautiful chapters.
I'm intrigued by ending, Ulises was escaping in modern days, a (Indian/Cohuila?) boy of 9 years (in Eli's version) was left on the riverbank in 1881... mythical.

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uncommonreader
Aug 20, 2015

An "epic" of 200 years of Texan history told through the stories of three generations of a family which heads a cattle and oil dynasty. It tells the story of the founding of the state based on greed and savagery. With this book and his earlier, "American Rust", Meyer is building a mosaic of the US. Very well-written and interesting.

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garyockenden
Apr 12, 2015

This book is disturbing at times (the vivid violence and historical perspective). It takes place over about 100 years, in Texas and voiced by three generations of one family. It's a compelling read.

Maywati Mar 31, 2015

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.

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axeman
Mar 16, 2015

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.

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tavkaa
May 26, 2014

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.

JCLGreggW Jan 15, 2014

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.

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IV27HUjg
Dec 14, 2013

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

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