About the book
A searing dystopian vision of a young boy’s flight through an unnamed, savaged country, searching for sanctuary and redemption—a debut novel from one of Europe’s bestselling literary stars.
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.
The story itselve is pretty simple. A young boy is on the run, but why? That question is actually never really answered. There are some clues, but it’s never really clear. But the story isn’t about why he ran, it’s about the ‘escape’ itselve. He ends up in the desert and meets an old man and they develop a special friendship. At first, I didn’t really know if I would like this book, it just didn’t seem to catch me somehow. But when I continued reading, I really enjoyed the book and the story. The story developed into a great novel even though the main ‘simple’ story remained the same. Carrasco somehow writes in a way that attracts my interest. He describes the scenes and thoughts of the main character very well and it’s just beautifull written. It just really caught me somehow. I don’t know why and it’s the first time that I don’t know why I like a book. It is a very special story that is really worth to read.
Title: Out In The Open (De Vlucht in Dutch)
Author: Jesús Carrasco