Saddened by his mother's death, eleven-year-old Pedro is further disturbed by his father's desolation -- and apprehensive...

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AWAY IS SO FAR

Saddened by his mother's death, eleven-year-old Pedro is further disturbed by his father's desolation -- and apprehensive when his father abandons their small farm, locks up the whitewashed cottage which is Pedro's only link with his happier past, and takes the boy on the road. The two wander by foot from one Spanish town to another, the man playing his guitar in cafes for money, ending up in Paris because someone who picks them up is headed that way. There a child's cry in a busy cafe moves the man to sing for the first time since his wife's death, simultaneously expressing his grief, realizing Pedro's need and his identity as ""our child,"" and determining to ""go back to your mother's house."" Talbot's honest and low-keyed projection of bereavement makes the sudden resolution seem justified, while the foreign setting and the tocador's novel method of acting out his sense of loss provides the slight but sober tale with a necessary minimum of color and relief.

Pub Date: April 15, 1974

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 96

Publisher: Four Winds

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1974