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On Java Road

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On Java Road by Lawrence Osborne
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Aug 02, 2022 | ISBN 9780593242322

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On Java Road evokes the themes and tropes of other classic writers, with echoes of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Graham Greene’s The Third Man. Mr. Osborne turns those references upside-down, subverting expectations of characters’ behavior and story resolution . . . Those receptive to its elegant writing and intelligent pleasures will be richly rewarded.”The Wall Street Journal

“To open a new Lawrence Osborne book is to enter a maze of thrills from which there is no exit other than to finish the book in one sitting.”—Molly Young, The New York Times

“Shades of Graham Greene and Patricia Highsmith fall across [Osborne’s] colorful pages. Like both, he has a nomadic imagination strongly responsive to the lure of the foreign and enthralled by duplicity, mistrust, and betrayal. Like Greene, he favors down-at-heel figures who have a kind of shabby integrity. Like Highsmith, he is fascinated by glamorously amoral sociopaths. . . . His most compulsive [novel] yet.”Sunday Times (London)
 
“[Osborne writes] sensual, provocative, and riveting portraits of lives and places in flux. . . . [His] recurring focus on expats and foreign landscapes has drawn comparisons to Graham Greene and Paul Bowles, but Osborne’s subject is not the postwar period; it’s the globalized, post-9/11 present.”The Washington Post

“Osborne is the bard of modern-day expat noir, and in On Java Road he’s outdone himself, packing the usual preoccupations (estrangement, existential ennui, spiritual restlessness) in unceasingly compelling surroundings: Hong Kong in tumult . . . [bringing] together a story of privilege, wealth, passion, and loyalty, while also providing incisive cultural insights and full-blooded characters. Osborne’s prose is as precise and observant as ever, and On Java Road is a novel that will leave readers shaken long after they’ve finished reading.”CrimeReads

“This winning mystery from Osborne . . . makes a city beset by unrest, countered by harsh repression, feel palpable, and the dynamic between two college friends of different socioeconomic backgrounds will remind many of Brideshead Revisited. Those patient enough to wait for the mystery plotline to kick in will be rewarded.”Publishers Weekly

“The book is like a whodunit turned inside out. . . . Hong Kong comes fiercely alive on the page, and Osborne’s command of complex history, geography, and politics (and poetry) is nuanced and sure-handed. . . . Moody and compelling.”Kirkus Reviews

“Osborne is an ambitious novelist, and this is more than just a story about courage in Hong Kong. . . . Democracy and freedom of the press require courage. Does Adrian have that courage? Do we? Osborne is too clever a writer to reach a conclusion, but the overall effect of this timely, elegantly written novel is unsettling and concerning.”The Spectator (UK)

“Sure to be dripping with an eerie atmosphere and peculiar twists.”Fodors

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