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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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17 out of 25 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 December 13, 2013

    Very good read.

    Intersting history of Texas.

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  • Posted October 27, 2013

    If you've read or seen GIANT...this is not that. This book rings

    If you've read or seen GIANT...this is not that. This book rings true. I did find myself flipping back and forth a few times to the family tree so I could keep the characters straight in the first few chapters. I'm old school and would have preferred the story to go from start to finish. Otherwise I loved this book. I was on an adventure for three days. I learned a lot, too.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    Novel that tells the story of Texas

    The Son begins with the first settlers of Texas. The problems of living with Indians, Mexicans,and the cattle, oil men follows the families involved. The chapters are listed of the years which move back and forth. It was very interesting and would make a book club discussion because of the conflict of the groups.

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  • Posted August 3, 2013

    A very good writer. Some slow parts but overall could not put it

    A very good writer. Some slow parts but overall could not put it down. Can't wait till his next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Dan

    Great western , ruff like Cormac McCarthy but not confusion

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    Great saga

    A delicious read from start to finish. Don't hesitate!

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