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The Son [Format Kindle]

Philipp Meyer
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Revue de presse

'Stunning ... a book that for once really does deserve to be called a masterpiece' Kate Atkinson
'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
'Brilliant ... a wonderful novel' Lionel Shriver, Financial Times
'Its viscerality and boundless capacity for storytelling puts it on par with the classic of the genre, Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian' SundayTelegraph

Présentation de l'éditeur

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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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1429 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 577 pages
  • Editeur : Ecco (28 mai 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B009NF6YLM
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The American Book of the Year 15 novembre 2014
Par Nathou VOIX VINE
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J'ai découvert ce livre en lisant un article dessus, critique littéraire sur les événements de la rentrée 2014. Gros livre, gros moment de lecture, en tout presque 700 pages. Mais quelle lecture, quelle écriture, quelle histoire. Je ne pensais pas être autant transportée par un livre qui finalement parle de l'Ouest américain, des Indiens, et des géants texans du pétrole. Un mélange de Geant, Dances with Wolves, et grands western américains classiques. Le livre balaie plus d'un siècle d'histoire, en se centrant sur une famille texane: le patriarche, son fils, et son arrière petite fille. The Son est superbement écrit, Philipp Meyer a le don de nous transporter avec ses mots, il sait raconter, nous faire voyager. Chose encore plus étrange, il arrive à évoquer des images, et ce livre est aussi un film écrit de l'histoire américaine et la cruauté cachée de cette famille milliardaire. Histoire sur le prix à payer, l'absence de sentiments dans un monde gouverné par l'argent et le pétrole. Auteur à découvrir absolument. Certes lire cette immense roman (au sens propre du terme) demande du temps, mais on savoure ces heures passées à regarder, imaginer vivre cette aventure épique, cruelle. Tout simplement énorme.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Un empire texan né dans le sang 6 mars 2015
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Un roman historique -- mais bien plus que ça -- qui retrace la saga familiale des McCullough: Eli qui a connu au 19ème siècle à la fois la vie au sein d'une tribu Comanche et l'ascension d'un empire familiale dans un état blanc, son fils Peter qui remet tout en question (je n'en dirai pas plus) et son arrière petite fille Jeanne qui réussit dans le monde masculin et macho du pétrole. L'auteur réussit remarquablement bien à nous faire pénétrer dans les mentalités de ses personnages. Leurs rapports avec les populations mexicaines et indiennes sont très bien rendus. Il n'oublie pas pour autant d'évoquer les paysages grandioses qu'on a l'habitude de voir au cinéma mais plus rarement avec autant d'intensité et de maîtrise dans les pages d'un roman. Ce que j'ai particulièrement apprécié c'était sa façon de relier toutes les générations -- pas seulement celles du roman mais en remontant très loin dans le passé et en regardant vers l'avenir. Du grand art !
Si je mets quatre étoiles au lieu de cinq c'est à cause de l'omniprésence de la violence. Certes les scènes de viol, de torture, voire de génocide servent à définir les personnages et ne sont pas gratuites, mais elles peuvent être extrêmement déstabilisantes.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Voir 29 janvier 2015
Par GCI
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Je viens d'acheter ce livre pour le charger sur ma tablette en vue d'un long voyage. La version papier fait 561 pages et pèse donc beaucoup. Par ailleurs, ce livre fait l'objet de critiques dithyrambiques. J'attends donc avec impatience de m'y atteler.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An absorbing family saga that echoes through time and crosses cultures 26 mai 2013
Par Evie Getchell - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Richly imagined from the fecund history of the Lone Star State arrives THE SON, an absorbing family saga that echoes through time and crosses cultures to chronicle the life and legacy of fictional patriarch Colonel Eli McCullough, the first male child born in the new Republic of Texas on March 2, 1836.

Author Philipp Meyer's magnificent stylistic gifts, which I first discovered in his debut novel American Rust: A Novel [DECKLE EDGE] (Hardcover), are deployed once again to maximum advantage to give full expression to the heart and soul of the American Western Frontier. Profound with anthropological, cultural and social subtexts, the commanding narrative of THE SON, in the refreshing absence of hyperbole and Western clichés, tells a realistic story built upon tension, tragedy and violence to transform an Old World into the New.

I was so captivated by the lives and doings of the McCullough family, the Comanche Indians and the other interconnected families on both sides of the Texas/Mexico border of this story, that for the past few days I've found myself in an altered state of mind, doing little else but reading this novel as fast as I could but not wanting it to end. When I did reach the last page yesterday, THE SON continued to gallop full speed across the plains of my imagination. I have yet to come to a halt and the story continues to insinuate itself intellectually and emotionally into my mind.

THE SON may be a familiar story of the American West but the Philipp Meyer's voice is distinctly his own. He has captured the tempestuous spirit of a wild, untamed land and made it ululate so that its emotional resonance covers many decades and still reverberates in the modern era.

This is a piece of historic fiction that - in the strength of its prose and the grip of its narrative, in the sweep of its events and the plausibility of its timeline, in the scrupulous authenticity of its cultures and their changing social circumstances, in the reconstruction of its geography and natural world, in the persuasiveness of its characters and their dialogue, and in the inevitable ebb and flow of their fortunes - is destined to become a classic of American literature.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Place Without Mercy 2 juin 2013
Par Jill I. Shtulman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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There is nothing small about the state of Texas nor is there anything small about this epic masterpiece of a novel, which will surely catapult Philipp Meyer into the ranks of the finest American novelists.

What he has accomplished is sheer magic: he has turned the American dream on its ear and revealed it for what it really is: "soil to sand, fertile to barren, fruit to thorns." The most astounding thing is, you don't know how good it really is until you close the last page and step back and absorb what you have just experienced.

There are three key characters in this book: Colonel Eli McCullough, kidnapped by the Comanche tribe at an early age and forced to navigate the shaky ground between his life as a white settler and his life as a respected adoptee-turned-Comanche warrior...his son, Peter, the moral compass of the story who resorts to self-hatred after the massacre of his Mexican neighbors...and Peter's granddaughter Jeanne, a savvy oil woman who has profited mightily from the land.

In ways, the three represent a wholeness of the Texas story: the id, the ego, and the superego of history. Philipp Meyer weaves back and forth among their stories and each one is compelling in its own way. Eli's is sheer adrenalin, a boy-man who is only slightly bothered by the constraints of society or conscience. Jeanne is a girl-woman with a head for the family business in a time and place where women are considered secondary to men.

And Peter, ah, Peter. He is "The Son", the diarist who sees the moral shadings, who realizes that not all life is a matter of economics, that the strong should not be encouraged while the weak perish, and that we do have choices in our actions. He notes "that the entire history of humanity is marked by a single inexorable movement - from animal instinct toward rational thought, from inbred behavior toward learned behavior and acquired knowledge." He is the heart and soul of Texas.

This American epic focuses on many themes. One is generational change and the progression from an agrarian and cattle-based economy to an oil-based economy. (Take these lines: "Of course there is no doubt that the Indian lives closer to the earth and the natural gods...Unfortunately, there is no more room or that kind of living, Eli. You and my ancestors departed from it the moment they buried a seed in the ground and ceased to wander like other creatures."

Another is man's inhumanity to man: the brutal land grab and the dehumanization of those who are considered "not belonging" by every single segment: the Comanches, the Mexicans, and above all, the whites who fight tooth and nail to take more of what's theirs.

And lastly, and most importantly, it is about the blood that runs through human history with Texas as a microcosm. Mr. Meyer writes, "The land was thirsty. Something primitive still in it, the land and people both; the only place like it she'd ever seen was Africa: savannah, perpetual heat and sun, thorns and blinding heat. A place without mercy. The birthplace of humanity." I'm predicting this book will be one of the most widely-read and talked-about this summer.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Jaw-Dropping 5 juin 2013
Par Bob G. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Don't read this book because it's being called a masterpiece, or because Meyer is often compared to Faulkner, Hemingway, and Cormac McCarthy, or because it's being hailed as a new classic in the Western genre, or any similar reasons. Read it because it's a good read, a damn good story that's well told.

Westerns aren't everyone's cup of tea. There are only so many hard-bitten, quick-thinking anti-heroes you can read about before the formula feels old.

This novel may technically be a Western, but it never falls into easy cliches or formulas. The characters are three dimensional, believable, and at times genuinely awesome. The opening pages, in which Eli McCullough dictates a brief outline of his life, plunges you into the world that you occupy for the rest of the book. It is a world of unthinkable hardship and cruelty, often with little sense of ethics or even empathy as most of us understand it. This, Meyer is saying, is how the west was won. One cruel warrior culture defeated another cruel warrior culture, paving the way for more gentle classes to move in. It's not a pretty tale, but it feels tangible and real.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A story of a family and of a state 10 juin 2013
Par Robert Frost - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
"The Son" fits the definitions of both epic for its scale and great American novel for its story. It is the story of the McCullough family, from around 1836 to 2012 told primarily from the perspectives of three family members. Eli McCullough, also referred to as "The Colonel", is the son of an Irish immigrant. The story begins with him as a child, near Fredericksburg, Texas, and follows him to his 100th birthday. Peter McCullough is Eli's son. Much of his story is told during the period of World War I. Jeanne McCullough is Peter's granddaughter. Her story is told from around 1936 to 2012.

More than just the story of a single family, "The Son" is a story of Texas. We see settlement and conflict between white settlers and the Commanche and then the Mexicans. We see the establishment of Statehood and the secession of the Civil War. We see the ups and downs of cattle ranching and oil.

The narrative is structured by rotating through the three POVs (points of view) - a chapter from Eli's perspective, a chapter from Peter's perspective, a chapter from Jeanne's perspective and then back to Eli, and so on. All three characters have engaging stories to tell. Eli's is the most exciting, dealing with events such as his capture by Commanche, serving as a Texas Ranger, fighting in the Civil War, and establishing his ranch. Peter's is the most intellectually engaging and as he struggles with the ethics and morality of his family and the other white settlers with regards to their treatment of Mexican neighbors. Jeanne's story is the most emotional as she struggles with establishing her place in both the ranching and oil businesses, in times where women didn't have a place in either.

Because Eli lives to be 100, he has roles in both Peter's and Jeanne's stories. He is the patriarch of the family - the standard by which every later generation is judged. Eli is a fascinating character. He is a person that sees what he wants and he takes it. It's a personality that is essential to survive and succeed in the dangerous world he inhabits. But that way of life is uncomfortable for Peter, whom suffers because he never takes what he wants and for Jeanne whom is often prohibited from taking what she wants.

The author, Philipp Meyer, received a Michener fellowship that brought him to Austin, Texas. He spent five years researching this novel, learning about the time periods, visiting the locales, and developing the skills his characters needed. His research brings a strong sense of authenticity to the novel. The scenes are easy to visualize, down to the mesquite trees and prickly pear cacti and the blazing heat of Texas. The voices sound real and the characters have a realism that allows this novel to deconstruct the American creation myth in a fascinating way. As one of the characters says, in the book, "No one got anything without taking it from someone else." Meyer doesn't assign titles of good guy or bad guy to any of the conflicts in the novel, rather he represents everyone as behaving according to human nature. The white settlers take land away from Mexican settlers, whom took it away from Indians, whom had taken it away from other Indians.

The timing of my reading of this novel worked out really well. During reading the book, I visited the five remaining Spanish missions in San Antonio. The story of those missions is reflected in the story of "The Son". A story of adapt or perish in a harsh yet beautiful world.

The one flaw I would assign to the book is a flaw I have noticed in many of the longer novels I've recently read (The Son is 561 pages). That flaw is an awkward acceleration of pace in the last twenty-percent of the book. As we get closer to the end, we race faster to that end and the narratives become more abrupt and edited. I really would have liked to see another hundred pages so that some of the final events could be told with the same rich level of detail as the bulk of the book. But, I guess when one finishes a book and wishes there were more, that's better than the alternative.

I recommend "The Son".
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 2 1/2 Stars -- Too Disjointed And Lacks A Central Plot For Me To Recommend! 9 juillet 2013
Par bobbewig - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The Son is positioned as an epic multigenerational saga of Texas and the settlement of the American West that follows the rise of one family from the Comanche raids of the mid-19th century to the border wars of the early 20th century to the oil and mineral booms of the modern era.

Meyer tackles a breadth of territory in this work and while The Son has many interesting "moments," it for me was more work than pleasure to get through. As such, while The Son is not a bad book, it is not one I would recommend highly. The basic reasons for this are as follows:

...Meyer, in trying to demonstrate the extensive research he did in preparing for this book, provides much too much detail for my taste. I found that rather than help to move the story along at an acceptable pace, the overabundance of detail tends to bog down the pace of the book;
...Meyer may have "bitten off more than he could chew" in covering such a breadth of time involving so many characters, in that you need a scorecard to keep track of who's who and what's what. This heavily contributed to my feeling that the book lacked a central theme and an engrossing plot; and, finally
...Meyer's writing style, in which he constantly jumps back and forth between one time period to another and between one character to another, made for a very disjointed and convoluted read. As a result, I rarely got to feel that I knew the characters deeply enough to care a lot about what happens to them.

As a consequence of the above reasons, while I'm not sorry I read The Son, I felt that I had to work too hard to force myself to finish it.
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