The Forgiven

The Forgiven

A Novel

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Hogarth, 2012
ISBN: 9780307889034
Branch Call Number: FICTION Osborne, Lawrence
Characteristics: 272 p. ; 22 cm


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ArapahoeLesley Nov 10, 2016

This book is filled with rather vivid characters of questionable morality that you don't even love to hate but rather just dislike altogether. Stark contrasts between rich and poor. An interesting portrayal of Morocco which I assume is true to life from a sometime travel writer. I was constantly surprised by the lowering depravity of those around the main couple while the most depraved and hateful of all the characters actually gains something from his ordeal but something which ultimately leads to his destruction. It was a dark and interesting tale.

Oct 19, 2015

Great read. how I could relate to the characters , who were so unlike myself, is a mystery. Yet I did

Oct 13, 2015

A very good, well written book. It gives you insight into berber life in Morocco through detailed description. Mystery like story line with moral issues.

Jan 22, 2015

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

good tension - loved the Moroccan setting.

Jul 14, 2013

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

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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