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
Mama says that reading makes me smarter than the cat. this is true cause he only reads in the litter box and I read on the toilet AND in litter box too(although I think Cat hate's me using it because his turds are small and he buries his out of shame cause he can't stand the fact my shit sticks are huge and the bastard hates that and so more proof that cats are jealous haters that hate sharing the litter box) 😾💩🙋💩!
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First time author for me, Phillipp Meyer, this book being called an 'epic of Texas'. In researching the author's background I learned that his writing style is called modernistic. In looking that style up I learned that it is the telling of a story from different time perspectives from different people's point of view.
In this work of fiction the author tells the story of the McCullough family spanning 100 years. The first time frame was during the mid 1800's when Texas belonged to Mexico but the Americans were flooding in and Mexico couldn't stop it, the Comanches were roaming the countryside creating havoc, and the road to being a state was being laid. The second era was during the 1910's when oil was just becoming a big influence, the Mexicans and Americans were still killing each other on a regular basis, and World War I was looming large. The third era was around World War II and just after when oil was king, fortunes had been made, and life and everyone involved was changing rapidly. The three time frames were told by different member of the family.
If you like Texas history you'll like this but it's also about a family, which could be any family where there are good and bad family members and as the generations pass each family member and the family itself goes in many different directions. I enjoyed the story.
There were four narrators telling the story, two of which, Will Patton and Kate Mulgrew, are among my favorites.
The story traces the lives of three members of the McCulloch family from the mid-1800s through the latter half of the 20th century. The chapters switch from one family member to the next and then to the next, over and over throughout the book. It's an excellent read, and all of the readers are engaging (who doesn't like Will Patton?). A warning, though: none of the threads is particularly uplifting. In fact, the whole thing is a bit of a downer. An interesting and entertaining downer, but a downer nonetheless.
It is not that it is not a good book, but I prefer one story and no skipping back and forth.
For audio, the format of jumping back and forth between centuries was not easy to follow for me, particularly with the Cherokee names. I switched to listening to chapters in chronological order. First Eli, then Peter, then JA and Ulysses.
An important part of our history already slipping out of memory told in novel form with characters we want to know better.
I usually don't prefer multiple narrators...but in this case I wouldn't have it any other way. It is an epic tale, and so enjoyable.
I could write about the sense of overlap of the times and people that lead us from then ( history) to now and how one would extrapolate to the future. But that's often not why we read and buy books. We do it to enjoy and be transported. And I did and I was.
The narrators coupled with the outstanding storyline makes this an absolute work of art! This epic Texas tale is mesmerizing and I felt at times as if I were riding along with each of the characters who were each bigger than life!
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
Learned a lot about the Comanche life and customs. But beyond that the story was less than riveting.
Narrator was quite good. He definitely helped the story.
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