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
Intrepid, meaningful storytelling that makes you nostalgic for a lost time, despite the likely peril of life on the American frontier and the well-intentioned arrogance of its hopeful inhabitants.
An achingly beautiful novel. Highly recommended.
It is extremely violent, but is great at providing an image of Texas and the Southwest during wild times. It really draws you in.
It was really interesting how each of the primary characters had such different circumstances and challenges despite being in the same family and same location.
Will Patton is a wonderful narrator. The rest of the narrators were unimpressive. Because Will only narrated less than a third of the book I was very disappointed and asked for a refund for this book. There are better books to invest a credit.
Cant stop reading
I haven't heard the narrators prior, except in movies. Performance was awesome for an audio book.
Eli, most definitely. You wouldn't want to ask him to dinner though....
Good stuff, left me wanting more.
If you enjoy long narratives without much dialogue then you will like this book. The McCullough family seemed to suffer from depression and deep seated narcissism. I appreciate the research that went into this book. However, it was way too long. Two characters were given first person narrative and one third person. Then towards the end a fourth character was introduced. Fascinating history and that is how it read. Like a history book.
Great story and Will Patton makes it so much better
Lots of history...
Oh yes, I listen to almost all of Will Patton's books..
The Son fits perfect
This was an engrossing story and I learned a ton about Indian life and Texas history without feeling like I was learning. He is a beautiful writer and this book is truly art.
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