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The Forgiven

A Novel
Osborne, Lawrence (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Osborne, Lawrence, 1958-
Title: The forgiven
a novel
Publisher: London ; New York : Hogarth, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 272 p. ;,22 cm
Summary: 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.
Alternate Title: Forgiven
ISBN: 0307889033
9780307889034
Statement of Responsibility: Lawrence Osborne
Subject Headings: Morocco Race relations Fiction Muslims Fiction Master and servant Fiction Parties Fiction Accidents Fiction Visitors, Foreign Morocco Fiction English fiction Morocco Married people Fiction
Topical Term: Muslims
Master and servant
Parties
Accidents
Visitors, Foreign
English fiction
Married people
LCCN: 2011025942
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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.

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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