From the opening pages, Philipp Meyer’s novel about the history of a Texas oil/cattle ranching family had me hooked. Told in first person narrative from several characters throughout the family history, Meyer weaves a story about the history of Texas. It’s about land and power, and the struggle between whites, Mexicans and Native Americans.
I like the fact that Meyer doesn’t hold anything back. The treatment of white settlers by the Comanches and vice versa are equally despicable. He helps you to understand that the values held by these two cultures were impossible to integrate.
I especially liked the story of 13 year old Eli McCullough, whose family is killed in a Comanche raid. Taken prisoner, Eli comes of age in his new Native American world, and the reader is taken on the same path as Eli – sympathetic to both worlds. I thought this was an excellent way to approach this topic.
Excellent novel and I highly recommend it!
4 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2013