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The Forgiven

A Novel

Osborne, Lawrence

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Forgiven
A couple in a deteriorating relationship are involved in a fatal car accident on their way to an annual wild party at a friend's house deep in the Moroccan desert and must deal with the repercussions.

Publisher: London ; New York : Hogarth, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0307889033
Characteristics: 272 p. ;,22 cm
Alternate Title: Forgiven


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Jan 22, 2015
  • uncommonreader rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a compelling tale set in the Moroccan desert at a decadent party, which the Moroccans look upon with disdain and perhaps some envy. It contrasts the world of the very rich and the very poor. One is conscious that it is written from a male perspective. All in all, a very good and interesting read.

Feb 26, 2014
  • macierules rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

good tension - loved the Moroccan setting.

Jul 14, 2013
  • gwilsonsd rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I'm surprised I liked it as much as I did. The descriptions of the desert and the local people were captivating. I *did* care what happened to the characters, and wanted to know how it was all going to be resolved. I felt like I understood everyone and their motives. Lots of complex feelings. Lots of great description but in a masculine way, not annoyingly feminine like so many novels can be. Definitely worth picking up.

Jun 08, 2013
  • TracyGuza rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Forgiven is a lush novel filled with vivid description of both characters and setting. This novel deftly intertwines issues of race and class, marital troubles, alcoholism, opulence and poverty, cultural divisions - all spurred on by an unexpected accident.

Jan 06, 2013

This book was on The Economist's top books for 2012.
I don't know how to rate this book. It's very well written. It's unsettling and uncomfortable. It's sensuous and decadent. It unfolds with an impending sense of doom. But all of the characters are unlikeable; I couldn't empathize with them. Which is why I decided not to finish the book: I just didn't care about what happened to them. They were the masters of their own undoing.


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