The Forgiven - Lawrence Osborne What drew me to this book was the setting. It takes place in an unglamorous part of Morocco that many tourists would never see. Lawrence Osbourne has lived the expat life in Morocco, and he seems to grasp the mindset of the Moroccan Berber people and how they view the ridiculous excesses of wealthy foreigners who come to their country. Osbourne also shows an understanding of the economic dilemma facing the poorest Moroccans who must rely on tourists for their livelihood. Many of them go to France hoping for a better life, but it's difficult to find jobs without skills, and the cost of living sends them packing back home to Morocco.The pivotal event in the story is an accident that kills a Berber boy selling fossils by the side of the road. The driver who hits him, David Heniger, is an English doctor who is impossible to like. He's more concerned with covering his tracks and not being inconvenienced than he is with atoning for the death he has caused while driving under the influence of alcohol.What I found more interesting than David's ordeal was the three-day bacchanal taking place at the home of David's friends, Richard and Dally. Here is where we see the contrast in cultures. The guests are all wealthy Europeans and Americans, there to indulge in an almost orgiastic fashion. The native people who are hired to serve and clean up after the visitors must be subservient, because they desperately need the money. But, as devout Muslims, they are offended and puzzled by the behaviors they witness. The "otherness" as perceived from both sides makes it clear why East and West are always at odds. [3.5 stars]