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The Son

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

18 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

Philipp Meyer really shows off his writing chops with The Son. I

Philipp Meyer really shows off his writing chops with The Son. It tells the story of a boy who loses his family in an attack by Indians only to find himself the adopted son of the Indian tribe. He ends up being neither Indian or White Man, but something in between. The ...
Philipp Meyer really shows off his writing chops with The Son. It tells the story of a boy who loses his family in an attack by Indians only to find himself the adopted son of the Indian tribe. He ends up being neither Indian or White Man, but something in between. The writer takes a unique approach by focusing on one character. I was surprised how well this worked. This is an excellent book.

posted by JesseG1 on June 11, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

15 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

I wasn't expecting Larry McMurtry but I was really looking forwa

I wasn't expecting Larry McMurtry but I was really looking forward to another Texas saga. I've just finished reading "The Son" a multigenerational 560 page story of a Texas ranching/oil family. Here's my recommendation - don't waste your time. "The Son&qu...
I wasn't expecting Larry McMurtry but I was really looking forward to another Texas saga. I've just finished reading "The Son" a multigenerational 560 page story of a Texas ranching/oil family. Here's my recommendation - don't waste your time. "The Son" was written by Philipp Meyer, a Baltimore Yankee who recently studied at UT Austin on a James Michener scholarship. Unfortunately, Meyer doesn't really like Texas, an opinion that is slowly and slyly revealed in his novel. Meyer doesn't ridicule so much as he constantly picks, prods and pokes at everything Texan. The book starts with both the beginning and end; it finishes with both the beginning and end - a technique that is confusing at best and annoying at worst. In between there is a great deal of gratuitous sex, uneven dialogue and shallow character development. I could almost forgive the publisher for the too many typos, but then - can't they hire better proofreaders? I cannot forgive Meyer's historical inaccuracies - in language, geography and Indian ways - even in wild life, food and firearms. These errors are simply the result of laziness or incompetence. Either way they demonstrate a significant disrespect for his readers. For a more thorough review, please google Dallas Morning News book reviews and read Clay Reynolds' assessment.

posted by RossEdwardPuskar on June 19, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    I wasn't expecting Larry McMurtry but I was really looking forwa

    I wasn't expecting Larry McMurtry but I was really looking forward to another Texas saga. I've just finished reading "The Son" a multigenerational 560 page story of a Texas ranching/oil family. Here's my recommendation - don't waste your time. "The Son" was written by Philipp Meyer, a Baltimore Yankee who recently studied at UT Austin on a James Michener scholarship. Unfortunately, Meyer doesn't really like Texas, an opinion that is slowly and slyly revealed in his novel. Meyer doesn't ridicule so much as he constantly picks, prods and pokes at everything Texan. The book starts with both the beginning and end; it finishes with both the beginning and end - a technique that is confusing at best and annoying at worst. In between there is a great deal of gratuitous sex, uneven dialogue and shallow character development. I could almost forgive the publisher for the too many typos, but then - can't they hire better proofreaders? I cannot forgive Meyer's historical inaccuracies - in language, geography and Indian ways - even in wild life, food and firearms. These errors are simply the result of laziness or incompetence. Either way they demonstrate a significant disrespect for his readers. For a more thorough review, please google Dallas Morning News book reviews and read Clay Reynolds' assessment.

    15 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Unbearable!

    As I turned the page, I noted the page number, 506 of 516. My heart quickened, only 10 more pages of this terrible novel remain. I reflected that it was a shame it was not a hardcover, as I would have enjoyed throwing it into the trash to collect the dirt and stains it so rightly deserves. I made the mistake of reading this after the "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy. I believe reading a comic book first would have been a more helpful preparation for "The Son".

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2013

    You call this literature? A character "shat himself" t

    You call this literature? A character "shat himself" twice -- in the first fifty pages! Absolute CRAP CRAP CRAP! Taking Tolstoy off the bookshelf...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    This book is very hard to follow.

    Don't waste your reading time on this one. Find a better book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Not recommended

    This book is poorly put together and difficult to follow. the author tries to tie together three story lines at three different times in history. It did not work for me. What is wrong with starting at the beginning and letting the story and characters evolve over time?

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    The only reason for finishing this book is because I paid for it

    The only reason for finishing this book is because I paid for it. It is extremely boring and bloody. It is not written in chronological order so it is very confusing to be constantly shifting time periods. On second thought, maybe I won't finish it. There are too many good books out there to occupy my time.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 28, 2013

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