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by Lawrence Osborne

  • ISBN: 1781090106
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  • Author: Lawrence Osborne
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hogarth (2013)
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  • Rating: 4.9
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The Forgiven shines darkly with a rich and mordant fatalism. Osborne's characters emerge like people in a dream – diamond-sharp but fascinatingly askew. His prose is gorgeous and precise; the story slices keenly through the exotic haze of its setting

The Forgiven shines darkly with a rich and mordant fatalism. His prose is gorgeous and precise; the story slices keenly through the exotic haze of its setting. It's an absolutely brilliant novel – the ending is a shock in the best wa. -Kate Christensen, author of The Epicure's Lament and The Astral The prose of The Forgiven has a very particular, knowing luminosity, much like the tarnished world it describes. A beautiful, compelling book to savor line by line.

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Reading Lawrence Osborne’s new novel, The Forgiven, you may sometimes feel that you are straddling that line in a vertiginous way, like Philippe Petit walking a high wire between the World Trade Center towers. I scuttled safely across to the love side. Mr. Osborne’s second novel is a sinister and streamlined entertainment in the tradition of Paul Bowles, Evelyn Waugh and the early Ian McEwan.

Lawrence Osborne's story of drama and debauchery among wealthy westerners in Morocco is hard to put down. There are distinct elements of The Great Gatsby in this book: extravagant parties, careless people, marital discord. Osborne has a keen eye for these kinds of social occasion. The arrival of a corpse in the back of a hire car throws the servants and hosts Dally and Richard into turmoil. They quickly have the body removed to the garage so as not to ruin the party by a corpse; after all, acquaintances have assembled from around the world.

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Lawrence Osborne is a British novelist who is currently residing in Bangkok

Lawrence Osborne is a British novelist who is currently residing in Bangkok. Osborne was educated at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and at Harvard, and has since led a nomadic life, residing for years in Poland, France, Italy, Morocco, the United States, Mexico, Thailand, and Istanbul.

A riveting tale of risk and obsession set in the alluring world of Macau’s casinos, by the author of the critically acclaimed The Forgiven.

If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished? ― Rumi. A riveting tale of risk and obsession set in the alluring world of Macau’s casinos, by the author of the critically acclaimed The Forgiven. As night falls on Macau and the neon signs that line the rain-slick streets come alive, Doyle – Lord Doyle�.

Coetzee or Ian McEwan, you will be gripped by the powerful writing of Lawrence Osborne. I found myself drawn into the terrain, color, sounds, minds and attitudes in this faraway, alienating stretch of Morocco with its mixture of partying Westerners utterly removed from the reality of the native Saharans and the Saharans A party in the middle of the Moroccon desert, an automobile accident with a dreadful outcome, and the consequences of that accident.

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. In this haunting novel, journalist and novelist Lawrence Osborne explores the reverberations of a random accident on the lives of Moroccan Muslims and Western visitors who converge on a luxurious desert villa fo. . In this haunting novel, journalist and novelist Lawrence Osborne explores the reverberations of a random accident on the lives of Moroccan Muslims and Western visitors who converge on a luxurious desert villa for a decadent weekend-long party.


Reviews about The Forgiven (7):
Steel_Blade
Having read and enjoyed "Only to Sleep," I immediately turned to one of Osborne's earlier novels, "The Forgiven," and it did not disappoint. This is a brilliantly written "clash of cultures" story with a cast of rich Europeans facing off with locals in the Moroccan interior. The plot is an interesting take on the old story template with lots of local color about Moroccan life, and a fairly large cast of interesting characters. There are no "good guys" here - every person is unlikable in his or her own unique way - but in the end I found that made them more realistic. The descriptions of the natural environment - the desert, the sand, the sun, the mountains are wonderful.
Stylish Monkey
This certainly is a novel about a narcissistic doctor and his too-passive wife who behave recklessly en route to a Gatsby-like party in an isolated location in an unfamiliar country. The prose is poetic and, although Osborne's attempts to create the psychological and physical atmosphere (many references to the heat, for example) can become tiresomely repetitive, its sentences are often lovely to read.

The book clearly, in part, belongs to the upstairs/downstairs tradition of the entitled wealthy who fail to understand what power their largely unacknowledged employees can wield over them.

But the book goes an important step further in confronting the complexities of both groups of people. In addition to David's story, there is the story of the boy who dies - tellingly, I can't remember his name and in my quick look at a few other reviews, no one mentions it either. But much of the novel is devoted to telling about his life - his origins and the context of his demise - and it is a very dark tale.

I find this novel more an examination of the failings of 2 cultures - it's not just those of the heedless Americans and Europeans, but those of the Moroccans, as well. David makes assumptions about the young man he accidentally kills that appear to be paranoia.
But as the circle of the story closes, we come to understand that David and his ostensible victim, have much in common.

The plot is gripping, although the novel is slow moving. A very worthy read.
Lbe
You know the plot from the blurb: Well to do English Dr. and his children's book author wife are at their marriage's end. He receives an invitation to their annual party from Richard, an old public school friend. He takes joy in forcing his wife to go even though she does not want to. David fiddles around with dinner and then coffee, because it irritated his wife almost as much as the wine he drank. They are lost when they hit two boys who stepped in the road thinking the car would stop. Jo told him to break, but he was going too fast and seemed to be in that dream state when you are tired or drunk and have been on the road to long. The other boy runs and they load the dead boy up and finally find the party.

The natives are glad to have the jobs and the money they bring, but the look down their noses at their employer's gay lifestyle and the sybaritic parties they throw. Richard is much put out and they continue the night without a great deal of disturbance to the party. The police come and are quickly bought off, but the boys father comes as well asking for his body. Richard and his native butler try to work things out, but the father will only talk to his butler. He asks/demands that David go with them to bury his son. Richard tells David to go with them and give them all the money he has and beg for forgiveness. Jo asked to go and was refused to her great relief. Richard tells David he gave him a sleeping bag and sends him off with a lot of reassurances until he is gone and then the poor bastard thought leaves his head as he once again dives into the party.

Jo called several times, but as time slips by she too finds amusement with an American. The style of the writing is spare and I find I don't mind that. The characters are not always developed or likeable, but that would be hard to do since most are so shallow. David leaves the party Unforgiven. What will be the penance for forgiveness in this clash of cultures?
Ahieones
At the outset, this book is set for an inevitable clash between the English vacationers and the native Muslims of Morocco. On their way to a deliciously outré party, a drunken driver and his wife have an accident on the road, killing a young boy.
The strength of this book lies in the dimensional personality of its characters and of the setting. At the outset, there is little to choose between the drunken, bigoted David and the solemn, and grieving family of the dead boy. Upon reaching the party with the corpse in their car, the man and his wife embroil the sophisticated and worldy wise host and his wise head servant in the turmoil of the region. Surely this is a clash of cultures.
But while the thoughtless party guests remain a distasteful backdrop of the English mind, no one else retains their singularity. The Moroccans are not always discern able to each other. The head servant, who serves as a bit of Greek chorus, has no familiarity of the hardened desert clan of the dead boy. There is a mysterious village which is scorned by all. The host has levels of cruelty and civility. David and his wife have levels of humanity that are exposed. The dead boy himself is revealed as much more and less than an innocent victim.
The boy's father himself, once a cruel parent, is moved by depth of grief, hatred, and justice that he cannot verbalized and would never attempt to describe. As he believes, perhaps the struggle is not one of culture but of life and death.
The book is irritating at times. And I agree that many of the characters on the fringe were not evocative of care. The language verges at times as too beautiful and astute. But I still would recommend this book. It will show you different souls and bother the back of your brain. And isn't that the point of a book?

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