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 ...Read MorePart 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.Read Less
Signed by Author. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. 562 pages. Fine in Fine dust jacket. The author's second novel. One of the most important literary events of our time. The first appearance of the title in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Philipp Meyer's triumphant "follow-up" to his debut novel, "American Rust" (2009). "In 1859, Eli McCullough, the 13-year-old son of Texas pioneers, is captured in a brutal Comanche raid on his family's homestead. First taken as a slave, Eli assimilates himself into Comanche culture, learning their arts of riding, hunting, and warfare. When the tribe succumbs to waves of disease and settlers, Eli's only option is a return to Texas, where his acquired thirst for freedom and self-determination sets a course for his family's inexorable rise through the industries of cattle and oil. Philipp Meyer's epic tale of more than 150 years of money, family, and power" (Jon Faro). Meyer's debt to Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian" has been widely acknowledged by critics and readers. The defining difference between McCarthy The Elder and Meyer The Younger is the all-important one of tone: McCarthy is relentlessly pessimistic and nihilistic, Meyer is (cautiously) hopeful yet unblinking and all-seeing. In literature, as in life, we need them both; having to choose between one or the other writer is a false choice. And while, like McCarthy's masterpiece, Meyer's novel is soaked in blood, "the point is that despite all that bloodshed, here we all are, still breathing, still falling in love and having children, still living our lives" (Philipp Meyer). An absolute "must-have" title for Philipp Meyer collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed, dated (in the month and year of publication), and inscribed (in block, all-capital letters) in black pen-marker on the title page by the author: "July 13, 2013, 'IF THERE IS AN ETERNAL HUNTING GROUND THAT IS WHERE I AM HEADED'. Philipp Meyer". It is the second sentence of the novel. This title will become a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed, dated, and inscribed copies of the First British Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Philipp Meyer's "American Rust" is widely regarded as a contemporary American classic. One of the most brilliant living American writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PHILIPP MEYER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0857209426.
Copyright in bibliographic data and cover images is held by Nielsen Book Services Limited, Baker & Taylor, Inc., or by their respective licensors, or by the publishers, or by their respective licensors. For personal use only. All rights reserved. All rights in images of books or other publications are reserved by the original copyright holders.