The Son by Philipp Meyer

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10 Critic Reviews

...the power of this remarkable and beautifully wrought novel is that we remember, in its careful dissection of imperial power, our innate potential for moral courage and companionship.
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Synopsis

Philipp Meyer, the acclaimed author of American Rust, returns with The Son: an epic of the American West and a multigenerational saga of power, blood, land, and oil that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family, from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the to the oil booms of the 20th century.

Harrowing, panoramic, and deeply evocative, The Son is a fully realized masterwork in the greatest tradition of the American canon—an unforgettable novel that combines the narrative prowess of Larry McMurtry with the knife-edge sharpness of Cormac McCarthy.

 

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Philip Meyer is the author of the critically lauded novel American Rust, winner of the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It was an Economist Book of the Year in 2009, a Washington Post Top Ten Book of the year, and a New York Times Notable Book. He is a graduate of Cornell University and has an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a James Michener Fellow. A native of Baltimore, he now lives mostly in Texas.
 
Published February 1, 2014 by Simon & Schuster. 561 pages
Genres: History, Westerns, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jun 19 2013

The greatest things about “The Son” are its scope and ambition, not its strictly literary mettle. It’s an enveloping, extremely well-wrought, popular novel with passionate convictions about the people, places and battles...

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NY Times

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Reviewed by WILL BLYTHE on Jun 13 2013

Philipp Meyer’s masterly second novel, “The Son,” an epic of the American Southwest...Like Cormac McCarthy’s “Blood Meridian,” it allows the past its otherness and its characters the dignity of blundering through the world as it was.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by John Burnside on Jul 17 2013

...the power of this remarkable and beautifully wrought novel is that we remember, in its careful dissection of imperial power, our innate potential for moral courage and companionship.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Michael Schaub on May 28 2013

...despite a few slow passages toward the beginning, he succeeds brilliantly, thanks in no small part to his self-assured, incandescent prose.

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Kirkus

Excellent
on May 18 2013

An expertly written tale of ancient crimes, with every period detail—and every detail, period—just right.

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Star Tribune

Good
Reviewed by Bob Hoover on May 25 2013

It’s a too-familiar — and depressing — tale that finds a fresh interpretation from the pen of Philipp Meyer.

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LA Times

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Reviewed by David L. Ulin on Jun 14 2013

...as "The Son" progresses, we find ourselves drawn most powerfully to that frontier, despite (or because of) the fact that it no longer exists.

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The Economist

Above average
on Aug 08 2013

But Mr Meyer’s reach exceeds his grasp. He is a talented writer, and this ambitious epic has many fine moments, particularly his vivid descriptions of the unspoilt landscape and bloody raids that set the story in motion. Yet apart from Jeannie, the characters are largely lifeless...

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USA Today

Good
Reviewed by Bob Minzesheimer on May 28 2013

...The Son is a demanding read. At times, it seems stuffed with enough material for three separate novels. But by the end, Meyer ties it together and not too neatly.

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National Post arts

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Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Jun 07 2013

Throughout Meyer maintains a strong sense of historical verisimilitude, a pungent atmosphere of the frontier, combined with a variety of incidents and language that does not tire the reader.

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