Out in the Open

Out in the Open

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A young boy has fled his home. He's pursued by dangerous forces. What lies before him is an infinite, arid plain, one he must cross in order to escape those from whom he's fleeing. One night on the road, he meets an old goatherd, a man who lives simply but righteously, and from that moment on, their paths intertwine. Out in the Open tells the story of this journey through a drought-stricken country ruled by violence. A world where names and dates don't matter, where morals have drained away with the water. In this landscape the boy--not yet a lost cause--has the chance to choose hope and bravery, or to live forever mired in the cycle of violence in which he was raised.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781594634369
Characteristics: 226 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Costa, Margaret Jull - Translator


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Aug 26, 2017

This debut novel by Jesus Carrasco can best be described as a Spanish version of "The Road." In a nameless country, a boy wanders across a desolate, possibly post-apocalyptic landscape, eventually meeting up with a kindly, elderly goatherd. Like "The Road" it has the feel of a fable, although it's not quite as bleak as McCarthy.


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