This novel was compulsive but hardly enjoyable reading, with atmosphere almost dystopic in the sordid, hopeless lives and backgrounds of its main characters. Both of these men, one old, one young are well defined. I worked out that the setting was Australia, but it could have been set in any country
The relationships between these two very diverse people was sensitively developed. The reader was drawn more and more into sympathy with their unfortunate circumstances. I understood the reason for the final scene with the horse - it was a fitting ending, but so painful and difficult to read that it caused me to delete the book from my kindle - but that's just squeamish me!
I think the author has a powerful gift and at present seems influenced by Cormac McCarthy ("The Road"). I would be inclined to read more of his work, if I think my stomach will stand it..