By Lawrence Osborne
Selected as a best Ten ebook of the yr through Dwight Garner, New York Times
A “fearlessly sincere account” (Financial Times) of man’s love of drink, and an insightful meditation at the that means of alcohol intake throughout cultures worldwide
Drinking alcohol: a liked culture, a deadly dependancy, even “a ailment of the soul” (as as soon as defined via a gaggle of younger Muslim males in Bali). In his wide-ranging travels, Lawrence Osborne—a veritable gourmand himself—has witnessed opposing perspectives of alcohol throughout cultures world wide, compelling him to ask yourself: is ingesting alcohol an indication of civilization and sanity, or the very opposite? the place do societies fall at the spectrum among indulgence and restraint?
An immersing, debatable, and infrequently irreverent go back and forth narrative, The rainy and the Dry bargains provocative, occasionally unsettling insights into the deeply embedded conflicts among East and West, and the unbelievable impression of consuming at the modern international at the present time.
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