By Lawrence Osborne
Selected as a most sensible Ten ebook of the 12 months through Dwight Garner, New York Times
A “fearlessly sincere account” (Financial Times) of man’s love of drink, and an insightful meditation at the which means of alcohol intake throughout cultures worldwide
Drinking alcohol: a loved culture, a perilous habit, even “a illness of the soul” (as as soon as defined by means of a bunch 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 all over the world, 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, arguable, and infrequently irreverent commute narrative, The rainy and the Dry bargains provocative, occasionally unsettling insights into the deeply embedded conflicts among East and West, and the staggering effect of ingesting at the modern global at the present time.
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