Title: THE SON: THE FIRST BRITISH EDITION - Rare ...
Publisher: London, England: Simon & Schuster, 2013
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 562 pages. Published in 2013. 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 "The Son". His 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 ("lined") 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". The latter is the second sentence of the novel. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed, dated, and inscribed ("lined") 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 American writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PHILIPP MEYER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0857209426. Bookseller Inventory # 18961
Synopsis: 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.
Review: An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2013: 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 along with his less intrepid brother, Eli assimilates himself into Comanche culture, learning their arts of riding, hunting, and total warfare. When the tribe succumbs to waves of disease and settlers, Eli's only option is a return to Texas, where his acquired thirsts for freedom and self-determination set a course for his family's inexorable rise through the industries of cattle and oil. The Son is Philipp Meyer's epic tale of more than 150 years of money, family, and power, told through the memories of three unforgettable narrators: Eli, now 100 and known simply as "the Colonel"; Eli's son Peter, called "the great disappointment" for his failure to meet the family?s vision of itself; and Eli's great-granddaughter Jeanne Anne, who struggles to maintain the McCullough empire in the economic frontier of modern Texas. The book is long but never dull?Meyer's gift (and obsession) for historical detail and vernacular is revelatory, and the distinct voices of his fully fleshed-and-blooded characters drive the story. And let there be blood: some readers will flinch at Meyer's blunt (and often mesmerizing) portrayal of violence in mid-19th century Texas, but it?s never gratuitous. His first novel, 2009's American Rust, drew praise for its stark and original characterization of post-industrial America, but Meyer has outdone himself with The Son, as ambitious a book as any you?ll read this year--or any year. Early reviewers call it a masterpiece, and while it's easy to dismiss so many raves as hyperbole, The Son is an extraordinary achievement. --Jon Foro
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