The Son

The Son

by Philipp Meyer
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The Son 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
James Michener comes to mind when reading the first few chapters of this book. The format of the book, made it appealing with totally focusing on one character at a time. This gave more attention to the development of each character and helped with the flow of the storyline. This book can not be read in one sitting. A great rainy week book.
TropicalHouston More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best novels I've read in a long time. It was hard to put this book down. Being a native Texan, I love Texas history and Philipp Meyer did an excellant job writing about the first Texans, German settlers, Comanches, Mexicans, cattle ranchers, and oilmen. The physical descriptions of the areas the Comanches traveled were very accurate and easy to visualize. It was such a well written book and like previous reviewers, it was easy to follow the develpment of each character. I didn't want it to end. Now I'm looking forward to reading Meyer's first novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first Philipp Meyer book and I really enjoyed it. I thought the bigger than life reputation of Texas was well represented in Meyer's writing. The characters were all very interesting and the plot was easy to follow. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good summer read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I started it, I found it impossible to put this book down. Every chapter is a page turner. Two thumbs up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed The Son. I thought the writing was top notch. The characters were beautifully well developed. Five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A tremendous achievement. I'm 150 pages into reading it a second time because it is the best book I read in the past year. Congratulations to Phillip for such beautiful prose and unforgettable characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This really should have been three books.  The going back and forth between generations was not particularly interesting and got in the way of what I thought was the main story, the story of Eli who had been abducted by Comanches.  The comparisons betwen the different ways of life were very interesting, if not profound.  I would have liked there to have been  some editing and at least two or three books instead of  one .  The other stories felt like distractions.
Convict227 More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book - one of the better books that I have read in a while. The setting, voice, and movement of the novel make for a terrifc read. I thought the storyline was quite interesting, but was surprised to see from a previous comment that it is similar to a 1970's movie (based off a comic book) called Little Big Man starring Dustin Hoffman. Nevertheless, the book moves and the I found the characters believable and sympathized with all of them. This is a tough genre to write a novel and I tip my cap to Meyer for not only trying it, but mastering it as well. Kudos.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this novel...the structure, the voices, all of it.  But tonight I caught the Arthur Penn movie, Little Big Man, another novel I loved back in the day, and was struck by the similarity between the two story lines.  Too many similarities. Has anyone else noticed this?
choirgal04 More than 1 year ago
Sorry, but I honestly can't recommend this novel. Read it for book club -- a borrowed library copy (fortunately) but not in time for our meeting, when I was only about 250 pages along. The author's writing skill and his vividly drawn characters and settings were compelling enough to persuade me to finish the book anyway, I suppose to his credit. However, I eventually found all the major (& most of the minor) characters at least mildly, if not profoundly, unlikeable. The conclusion -- despite an intriguing, albeit far-fetched twist near the end (no spoilers here) -- just left a discouraging, unpleasant aftertaste for me. This was keenly disappointing, since I genuinely hoped that a satisfying ending would justify having endured 500+ pages riddled with jarringly graphic brutality, and more-than-slightly vulgar glimpses of "intimacy" that read something like the embellished letters a genitally-obsessed pre-teen boy might send in to a "men's magazine." No, I was not terribly distracted by the author's continually shifting time frames and points of view. Yes, I appreciated his considerably gifted storytelling ability. As for his highly touted, painstaking research, maybe not so much: the only item I was curious enough to double-check was the setting for roughly 2/3 of his story, Dimmitt County, TX, specifically the portions circa 1915, when the McCullough family supposedly became oil barons; my two-minute internet search revealed that it 's indeed a real place, however no oil was discovered there until the 1940's... True, this is fiction, it's an author's prerogative to use dramatic license, and it's an easy bit of disbelief for me to suspend; still, it leads me to wonder what other facts Mr. Meyer distorted in his "sweeping saga" of Texas, and why. Plus, his plot decisions overall seemed manipulated to build up hope for some kind of redemption, but for me at least, fell flat. Depressing. Again I wonder, why? Perhaps that was the author's intent -- to demonstrate the futility of hope in a society (or maybe humanity in general?) doomed to remain mired in our murderous, destructive, oppressive, relentless conquest of "the other"...? I can't tell; but whatever he was getting at, I didn't much enjoy it. Nothing uplifting here whatsoever. (And no, I'm not so unsophisticated a reader to expect or desire a tacked-on, roses-and-lollipops happy ending to every "serious" novel I pull off the shelf.) All this to say, in my personal opinion... talented writer, ultimately not worth my investment of time and trust. Two stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book drew me in. I liked the way the histories of the two main characters alternated and their stories developed. As their backgrounds were revealed the character development was logical. The author brought each character alive and made me care about them. Have moved this one to my favorite shelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cannot put this book down. Fascinating story
pregnantat40 More than 1 year ago
A sublime rendering of terribly ugly people, places, and events in old Texas. Mesmerizing narrative that spares no details about the relationships of Texans, Cherokees, Mexicans and any number of people passing through and around the mid-1800s through the late 70's. Now I never, ever, ever want to go to Texas, but I suspect I would feel that way about any place Philip might have chosen to tell this type of story. More, more, more!!!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Great best book ever
Anonymous 8 months ago
Good storyline
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started the AMC series, then bought the book. Wonderful, and good together.
krissysbookshelf More than 1 year ago
I thought The Son was great.. however there was just so much detail that it bogged down all the emotional scenes and made everything feel a little long between the character interaction that it stretches out and elongates everything that I felt could have been more summed up. It seemed as I read further through the book that it was an author trait to really vividly detail everything in the book which felt more like an environmental read than emotional one despite the emotional experiences being the main focus of this book. To sum up the emotional journey and the journey of the family The Son felt more like a collection of family stories that got passed down even though the reader gets to experience them from one event or another. These events sort of carve out in history who the family as time passes become and how those events kind of change who they are. Its actually an amazing book worthy of five stars I just rated the book three stars because as a reader I'm more of a character person myself. I down rated The Son because despite the emotional turmoil, the family and the large cast and how wonderfully it was written The Son felt like more of an environmental read that lacked the full development of emotional connections I prefer to have in stories like these. I wanted to care more about the characters, I wanted to care about who was who and how they were connected and what their story was except the author tended to maintain his focus on just one person instead of all of them. Maybe its a little too greedy of me, but I still highly recommend The Son to anyone who hasn't read it yet. The Son is a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started watching the mini series and read the book in between because a book is always better than the screen. I thoroughly enjoyed the book..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a big vision but is written on a small scale. The writing is dry and lacks the substance and weight to make this a great novel. The characters are are all underwritten being distant and unmoved by the events that take place around them. This book uses a great device in telling it's story through three different people and written from three peoples different POV but it all leads nowhere. This book is well written but it lacks the soul to make it a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great read. It's hard to put down once you start. One of the best books I've read in a long time.
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