Sandy Lipovsky, March 6, 2011 (view all comments by Sandy Lipovsky)
I opened the book at 4PM and spent 5 mesmerizing hours inside the pages. I am tempted to open the book again and be finished in time for bed----the first comment on here is by a Michelle and I want to borrow her words "Oh, delicious" for indeed it is.
Michele from Maine, January 17, 2011 (view all comments by Michele from Maine)
Oh delicious. This most recent of Walter Mosley's is not a mystery but a novel, primarily. Ptolemy Grey is an extraordinary character with an extraordinary story. I read nothing else for 24 hours and the story has stuck with me. The book pulls you in with its sense of place (current and those of memory) and honest look at people. That said, it is, in the very best sense, a novel, where truth is seen, not with a floodlight and an inventory of questions, but with a flashlight and bits seen out of peripheral vision, by asking questions of human beings whose answers are always revealing but rarely straightforward. I loved this book.
sharon.bridgforth, January 9, 2011 (view all comments by sharon.bridgforth)
Walter Mosley is my favorite writer. He once again has penned a book that is timely, adventurous, true to life and a great read. This book, like all of Mr. Mosley's books, is specifically based in a Los Angeles-working class-Black American world/filled with Southern sensibilities and the Blues. Where there are people from all over the world, people with vastly different backgrounds trying to figure out how to Be. I adore Mr. Mosley's global consciousness. He offers work that transcends constructs and conditions. His work is about the human Spirit. I especially appreciate this book because in it Mr. Mosley breaks open the world of dementia, from the inside out.
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RRoseb3424, November 5, 2010 (view all comments by RRoseb3424)
If you have ever had a loved one touched by the cruel hand of dementia, you need to read this book. It will help you understand some of the torment and struggle that are endured by those afflicted by this disease. If you haven't witnessed the suffering, you may well ask if a person would bargain their time that is left them for a few days or weeks of clarity and sound judgment. I know I would. So did Mr Ptolemy Grey,a ninety-one year old, black man, whose life and dignity are being sucked out of him by dementia. He continues to live by himself in squalid surroundings since the death of his wife many years ago. He has a vague idea that he needs to leave a legacy; to make a difference for some of his remaining family and to Robyn, a beautiful, caring, eighteen year old girl, who has brought a freshness and new life to Mr. Ptolemy Grey. He must decide whether to live a life in which he is afraid to go out on the street or to open his door to relatives or neighbors, lest they beat and rob him or take the devil's medicine that may give him a last chance to fulfill his dream. The book is full of good characterizations and is very insightful in how we treat ourselves and others.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Mosley (Known to Evil) plays out an intriguing premise in his powerful latest: a man is given a second shot at life, but at the price of a hastened death. Ptolemy Grey is a 91-year-old man, suffering from dementia and living as a recluse in his Los Angeles apartment. With one foot in the past and the other in the grave, Ptolemy begins to open up when Robyn Small, a 17-year-old family friend, appears and helps clean up his apartment and straighten out his life. A reinvigorated Ptolemy volunteers for an experimental medical program that will restore his mind, but at hazardous cost: he won't live to see 92. With the clock ticking, Ptolemy uses his rejuvenated mental abilities to delve into the mystery of the recent drive-by shooting death of his great-nephew, Reggie, and to render justice the only way he knows how, goaded and guided by the memory of his murdered childhood mentor, Coydog McCann. Though the details of the experimental procedure are less than convincing, Mosley's depiction of the indignities of old age is heartbreaking, and Ptolemy's grace and decency make for a wonderful character and a moving novel. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
In a masterful, moving novel about age, memory, and family, Mosley captures the compromised state of his protagonist's mind with profound sensitivity and insight, and creates an unforgettable pair of characters at the center of a novel that is sure to become a true contemporary classic.
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A masterful, moving novel about age, memory, and family that will forever establish Walter Mosley as one of the true literary icons of our time.
A major literary event-nothing short of a "tour de force" (New York Times) by the acclaimed and beloved author.
Marooned in an apartment that overflows with mementos from the past, 91-year-old Ptolemy Grey is all but forgotten by his family and the world. But when an unexpected opportunity arrives, everything changes for Ptolemy in ways as shocking and unanticipated as they are poignant and profound.
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