The Shepherd's Hut

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      * The Shepherd's Hut. By Tim Winton. June 2018.272p. Farrar, $26 (9780374262327). When Jaxie Clackton enters the auto shed and finds his abusive father [...]
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      RUZICKA, M. The Shepherd’s Hut. Booklist, [s. l.], n. 17, p. 64, 2018. Disponível em: Acesso em: 20 fev. 2020.
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Booklist Reviews 2018 May #1

*Starred Review* When Jaxie Clackton enters the auto shed and finds his abusive father dead from a sudden and brutal accident, his first instinct is to run, knowing that he would be accused of murder. Jaxie grabs a rifle, shells, and a pair of binoculars. Wearing his steel-toed boots, he plans to walk a great distance to meet up with his girlfriend, Lee. Jaxie's inner thoughts about and memories of his mother, who died of cancer, and his beloved Lee are given the wide breadths only a solitary traveler can indulge. His journey, however, becomes a fight for survival as the ill-equipped teenager quickly struggles with starvation and thirst. This leads to his discovering another stranded soul in the wilderness, and perhaps even his own salvation. Winton (Island Home, 2017) thrusts the reader into the barren and unforgiving salt land in western Australia. With the author's intimate knowledge of the harsh landscape, it serves as the catalyst for action. Jaxie's distinctive, gritty language renders his story visceral, and an absolute thrill to read. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 January #1

A four-time Miles Franklin Award winner, twice short-listed for the Booker, Winton will likely dazzle with this story of life-battered Jaxie Clackton, who leaves behind his father's violent death for the wilds of Western Australia. He's barely surviving when he realizes that he has a neighbor, a disgraced priest, whom he isn't sure whether to trust.

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

LJ Reviews 2018 April #2

Teenager Jaxie Clackton has been raised by his drunken, abusive father and persevering mother in small-town Western Australia. After his mother's death from cancer, he's left alone with his father's brutality. When his father dies accidentally while repairing a car, an incident Jaxie fears will be blamed on him, he sets out for the back county on a desperate journey toward his cousin Lee, with whom he's romantically entangled. Hiking for days, he comes to a dry salt lake where he once camped with his father. Wandering away from the abandoned cabin where he's holed up, he's surprised by the presence of another human being—the disgraced priest Fintan MacGillis, who has been exiled to a solitary life for reasons he won't divulge. The two form an unlikely friendship of need until Jaxie's discovery of a nearby marijuana growing operation upends their existence together. VERDICT Set in a harsh landscape that mirrors the novel's emotional terrain, this latest from four-time Miles Franklin Award winner Winton (Cloudstreet) is a compelling tale of physical and psychological survival as Jaxie learns how the most elemental aspects of his character provide the impetus to strive for the human tenderness and warmth he yearned for in his previous life. [See Prepub Alert, 12/11/17.]—Lawrence Rungren, Andover, MA

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2018 April #5

The latest from Winton (Breath) is a mournful and fast-paced journey into the life of a young man on his own. Left by himself after the death of his violent, hateful father, teenager Jaxie Clackton sets out deep into the empty saltlands of Western Australia, searching for peace and solitude. As he heads slowly north, intending to return to the only person who's ever loved him, he hunts kangaroo and stays away from the highways, carrying little but his rifle, water bottle, and binoculars. But soon Jaxie meets exiled Irish Catholic priest Fintan MacGillis. He must decide if he can trust MacGillis's offer of rest and help—and then whether he will continue on to his original destination. The two fall into a rhythm, and possibly a friendship, until they discover something dangerous in the desert that threatens their safety. Winton's novel is alive with pain and suffering, but it is also full of moments of grace and small acts of kindness. Gorgeously written and taut with eloquent, edgy suspense, Jaxie's journey is a portrait of young manhood amidst extreme conditions, both inward and outward. (June)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.