Ride Away Home
Ride Away Home is one of those rare first novels that manages to deliver a very mature piece of writing. Having given myself time to think about this book, I conclude it’s best to see it as a form of Odyssey in the tradition of classical Greece or Rome. Our hero suffers a terrible tragedy. Two years later, he sets off on a journey to decide who he is as a person and what he will do with the rest of his life.
Perhaps instead of a classical theme, we should see our hero as an everyman who, like a pilgrim, sets off across the world to see that which is to come. On the way, he meets people to incite despair and others to offer hope. In the end, he’s offered all his dark heart might desire and must make a life-changing choice. Although the literary mechanism on display is necessarily contrived, there’s sufficient universality in the sequence of events that we’re caught up in his dilemma. This is a father whose daughter has gone missing and is presumed dead. The police have no evidence to charge the person of interest who goes free. Should our father not want revenge? The answer delivered here feels right for this person. Others might make different choices.
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