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The Son by Philipp Meyer
  

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Eli is a child when his family is massacred by an Indian tribe and he’s taken by them to become part of the chief’s family. The Son follows his dynasty contrasting the story of how he was raised with that of his children and subsequent generations. Partly exploring life at the wildest edge of the west and partly picking up the story of America as the land passes across the generations from Indians to farmers to oil. Interwoven in all of this is a tale of forbidden love and vengeance with a dark humour running through its heart. A brilliant, brilliant novel, highly recommended.

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Synopsis

The Son by Philipp Meyer

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. Love, honour, children are sacrificed in the name of ambition, as the family becomes one of the richest powers in Texas, a dynasty of unsurpassed wealth and privilege. Yet, like all empires, the McCulloughs must eventually face the consequences of their choices.

Reviews

`The Son is an epic, heroic, hallucinatory work of art
Chris Cleave

'Meyer is an impressive and multi-talented storyteller in the old, good sense - the kind that makes me hang on for whatever the next chapter will hold'
Richard Ford

'Brilliant ... a wonderful novel'
Lionel Shriver

'Its viscerality and boundless capacity for storytelling puts it on a par with the classic of the genre, Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian' * Sunday Telegraph * 'The Son makes a viable claim to be a Great American Novel... an extraordinary orchestration of American history' * Washington Post * 'Only in the greatest of historical novels do we come to feel both the distance of the past and our own likely complicity in the sins of a former age, had we been a part of it. To that rank, we now add The Son' * New York Times * 'Magnificent ... McCarthy's Border Trilogy is a point of reference, as is There Will Be Blood, but it is not fanciful to be reminded of certain passages from Moby-Dick - it's that good' * The Times * 'Stunning ... a book that for once really does deserve to be called a masterpiece'
Kate Atkinson

About the Author

Philipp Meyer grew up in Baltimore, dropped out of high school and attended Cornell, where he studied English. Since graduating, Meyer has worked as a derivatives trader and a construction worker. His writing has been published in McSweeney's, The Iowa Review, Salon, and New Stories from the South. From 2005-2008 Meyer was a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. He lives near Ithaca in New York State.

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Book Info

Publication date

27th February 2014

Author

Philipp Meyer

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Author's Website

www.philippmeyer.net/

Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Paperback
608 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780857209443

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