Audie Award Finalist, Literary Fiction, 2014
Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim.
Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is. But when disease, starvation, and overwhelming numbers of armed Americans decimate the tribe, Eli finds himself alone. Neither white nor Indian, civilized nor fully wild, he must carve a place for himself in a world in which he does not fully belong - a journey of adventure, tragedy, hardship, grit, and luck that reverberates in the lives of his progeny.
©2013 Philipp Meyer (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
I didn't love this book. But it was quite solid. There are three story lines for three generations. The first one with the boy taken by Indians is fabulous. The other two just weren't the same standard, but they were well written,
I do believe it to be a pretty solid look at the very odd relationship in Texas from the Texicans, the American Settlers, and the Indians. The end is sort of miserable. but realisitic. Bottom line,, these are not very nice ,sensitive or socially responsible souls. That being said, it's probably properly historic.
Books are a survival tool in a sometimes insane world.
Yes because it was engaging and kept me riveted.
Everything. That his voice changed with the times and characters circumstances
Eli's time with the Comanche.
Will Patton is astonishingly perfect as Eli McCullough and Scott Shepard's tortured tender sadly hopeful Peter McCullough is heart-breakingly lovely. I knew nothing about the history of Texas and frankly didn't think I wanted or needed to know anything about it. But I was wrong. This book is one of my all time favorites and beyond the gorgeous writing and wonderfully drawn characters, has made me very curious about a time and place I haven't given much thought to before.
This book has it all - it's sassy, sophisticated, subtle, bold, beautifully crafted, funny, sad, poignant, interesting, educational, horrifying and just an all around perfect read.
Will Patton did an amazing job with the narration of Eli both old and young
Great book.....wish there was more of Eli. Meyer should write a book just about him
The readers enriched the story with their voices and carried me away to their locations
Side by side with Texas history!
I could 'feel' the experience through their voices
Eli McCullaugh always moved me
Excellent setting - sweeping dramatic historical story
By the time you finish this entertaining story you will have learned a lot about the history of Texas without even knowing it. The multiple narrators worked out well. Kate Mulgrew especially was very good.
informative, fascinating, visceral
historical novels by James A. Michener
There were both male and female narrators and each did an admirable job; however, I most enjoyed Will Patton. His modulation and intonation always intrigue.
I was fascinated to learn about the rituals and mores of the Comanche Indians. Have to admit however, that some of the descriptions of capture and torture were a bit visceral at times.
I saw the great reviews of this book and so I downloaded it. I understand how some people might think this is a great book. Whenever an author weaves different characters and different time frames together into a whole that makes you understand it all it can be great. The problem I had with The Son was that some parts were beyond boring. The performances by Will Patton and the other readers were very good.
I thought the segments about Ely McCullough were interesting and I wanted more. The segments about Peter McCullough and Jeannie McCullough were excruciatingly depressing and boring. I guess I'm a lightweight for not thinking Peter's interminable musings on his depressed condition were tedious. I didn't give a damn about anything that Jeannie said, which is never good in a book filled with her ramblings. t got through the book, but really I don't know why.
Enticing story spanning 3 generations, cleverly thought out, and gripping. Feeling the stories coming closer to linking made it hard to stop listening. Great character development.
The gorgeous voices and complex story and also a hidden history that I found fascinating.
Eli due to his amazing journey, but his son Pete is a close 2nd.
nope, but will in the future
A Story as Big as Texas
Following the timeline can be a bit confusing and I had to listen to the end a couple of times to make sure I understood it.
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