Sunday, November 10, 2013
The Wet and The Dry by Lawrence Osborne
Osborne is very clear on his biases. His mother was an alcoholic, and while he turns his nose up at her drink of choice, he followed faithfully in her footsteps in other ways. He only describes two binges in the book, but it is not much over 200 pages and it is largely not about him, so it is unlikely that these are rare events. He is a self-described nomad, living now in Turkey, but having set up camp in Thailand and several other countries over the course of hislife, so he is restless, a people watcher, and perhaps someone who likes being the foreigner in the crowd, and attention seeker of a certain kind. The book is interesting in that it is completely different from either a commentary on Islam or a traditional travel memoir, and is worth an evening read.