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“Instantly among the best nonfiction volumes about drinking that we have...Mr. Osborne comes across in The Wet and the Dry as a real human being indeed—a complicated man mixing complicated feelings into fizzy, adult, intoxicating prose.”
New York Times

“In this entertaining travel essay/memoir, [Osborne] combines both of his loves with a combination of sparkling prose and insightful observations...Endlessly fascinating.”
Chicago Tribune

“Mr. Osborne is a superb travel writer, one who, like Evelyn Waugh, can size up a locale at almost a glance. This intoxicating book has political as well as sensual overtones. It’s about how East and West think about alcohol; quite often it’s about one man’s search for his 6:10 p.m. martini in some very unlikely locations.” Dwight Garner, New York Times

“A bracing, brilliant meditation on everything from the universal qualities that make a good bar to the mysteries of vodka…to the pagan worship of Dionysius, an influence still felt in the way we see wine… Relentlessly sharp-minded.” Boston Globe

“Delightfully idiosyncratic.”LA Times

“Entertaining…[Osborne] nimbly parses politics, religion, and the chaotic nature of history itself in relation to drink.” Men’s Journal, a Best Books for Men 2013 selection

“Osborne is a master of the high style.” The Guardian (UK)

“Captivating...Stylish and engaging.” Financial Times (UK)

“Osborne elicits some profound and harrowing reflections...From Dubai to Beirut, Islamabad to Brooklyn, Osborne’s meditations on fermentation and distillation induce a host of refreshing, taut, timeless unmoorings.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A cosmopolitan and prodigious drinker conducts a tour to selected locales where alcohol flows easily and to others where such spirits are strictly forbidden...Rakish, rich and nicely served.”Kirkus 

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Selected as a Top Ten Book of the Year by Dwight Garner, New York Times

A “fearlessly honest account” (Financial Times) of man’s love of drink, and an insightful meditation on the meaning of alcohol consumption across cultures worldwide

Drinking alcohol: a beloved tradition, a dangerous addiction, even “a sickness of the soul” (as once described by a group of young Muslim men in Bali). In his wide-ranging travels, Lawrence Osborne—a veritable connoisseur himself—has witnessed opposing views of alcohol across cultures worldwide, compelling him to wonder: is drinking alcohol a sign of civilization and sanity, or the very reverse? Where do societies fall on the spectrum between indulgence and restraint? 
An immersing, controversial, and often irreverent travel narrative, The Wet and the Dry offers provocative, sometimes unsettling insights into the deeply embedded conflicts between East and West, and the surprising influence of drinking on the contemporary world today.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A self conscious alcoholic who writes beautifully 30 octobre 2014
Par CDaniels - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Perhaps I'm being a little too generous with five stars, but this book is about guilty pleasures. The author indulges with bittersweet regrets, and so too, I read knowing I'm taking a little too much pleasure in the descriptions of wines and liquors from someone headed for an early death from cirrhosis, or more likely a misadventure while intoxicated. I've already started his Accidental Connoisseur. I suppose I'm addicted to his writing now, and why not? Life is short and we must take pleasure where we can.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Vodka for the eyes 25 octobre 2013
Par SamPeregrine - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A witty and thought provoking read. Osborne is unpretentious, and gloriously unapologetic about his knowledge and devotion to the joys (and struggles) of alcohol. Lawrence knows gin& tonic. And he doesn't give a hoot about what we think of him. He likes booze.

Not to be missed by the intelligent, cultured devotee of vodka, gin and travel. In that order. A suggestion--read this book in tandem with Bukowski's "Factotum". One of the best 'one-two' combo reads ever.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Different than I expected, but nonetheless a good/quick read 11 avril 2014
Par jon blomquist - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
For those who appreciate a seamless mix of liquor, history, culture, and storytelling, this is a fantastic read. Insights to far off places in the world where most travelers only dream to go. Plus, it's not just about 1 type of liquor, it weaves between several, inserting notes of trends, relationships, geography, history, some politics. You could read this and it could make you think, or you could read it for the sheer enjoyment of reading. Either way, well done!
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting Read 7 mai 2014
Par Matt C. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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At times frenetic, this book nevertheless is filled with amusing anecdotes about finding places to drink in cultures where drinking is prohibited. Along the way Osbourne muses about what it means to be a drinker and what different types of alcohol say about the different cultures he visits. This is also part-memoir, part-essays about the state of alcohol in the Middle East, a cultural experience that could see be obliterated all together. Recommended for those interested in Middle Eastern cultures, or serious drinkers. Either way you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Stunning 27 juillet 2013
Par Svengali - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Osborne's fiction is stunning, biting portayals of people, places and their relationships. This book is no different. I read it in one sitting - almost as a long essay.
It is as much travelogue as cultural critique as personal reflection.
His erudition is engaging, never dull or pretentiously drawn. His view of the places-cultures through which he travels or lives is stinging, but beautiful and almost forgiving. His personal reflection is bold, precise and kind. To find such writing is a luxury.
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