The Man in My Basement

The Man in My Basement

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Charles Blakey is a young black man whose life is slowly crumbling. His parents are dead, he can't find a job, he drinks too much, and his friends have begun to desert him. Worst of all, he's fallen behind on the mortgage payments for the beautiful home that's belonged to his family for generations. When a stranger offers him $50,000 in cash to rent out his basement for the summer, Charles needs the money too badly to say no. He knows that the stranger must want something more than a basement view. Sure enough, he has a very particular ? and bizarre ? set of requirements, and Charles tries to satisfy him without getting lured into the strangeness. But he sees an opportunity to understand the secrets of the white world, and his summer with a man in his basement turns into a journey into inconceivable worlds of power and manipulation, and unimagined realms of humanity. ?[The Man in My Basement] confirms him as possibly the most important current American writer? Time Out ?A philosophical inquiry about corruption, made real through Mosley?s committed colloquialism and a willingness to debate without any final vote ? this is never a parable, but rather a complex story of negotiating rage and self-loathing? Times Literary Supplement ?Boldly understated...Mosley?s most provocative and impassioned novel yet.? Kirkus Reviews ?A compelling, peculiar exploration of race and identity.? The New Yorker ?It has a subtle sense of humor that leavens the philosophical inquiry.? The New Yorker ?Mosley keeps the action flowing with his direct, colloquial writing. Mosley?s image of the man in the basement echoes the prologue of Ralph Ellison?s groundbreaking 1952 novel Invisible Man.? USA Today ?Questions of race, morality, power, guilt, accountability, life, and death are unflinchingly examined in a context that will keep readers uncomfortable and riveted through the last page? Entertainment Weekly
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 134.6 x 180.3 x 17.8mm | 226.8g
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Main
  • 1852428503
  • 9781852428501

About Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley is the author of over twenty critically acclaimed books and his work has been translated into twenty-one languages. His popular mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins began with Devil in a Blue Dress in 1990, which was later made into a film starring Denzel Washington. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he now lives in New York.
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?This may well be his most powerful novel to date. Blakey emerges as a character with the subtle depths to rival Mosley?s other much-loved creations? All of this is done not with the dead weight of philosophical treatise but with the light, racy touch of one of our greatest contemporary crime novelist? Uncut ?Mosley?s most provocative and impassioned novel yet? Kirkus Reviews ?Confirms him as possibly the most important current American writer? Time Out ?Mosley makes this such a lucid, sinuous book that its big issues are handled with idiosyncratic grace? audacious, inventive book? Scotsman ?A philosophical inquiry about corruption, made real through Mosley?s committed colloquialism and a willingness to debate without any final vote ? this is never a parable, but rather a complex story of negotiating rage and self-loathing? Times Literary Supplement ?A blissfully good read? The characters are robust, well-drawn speakers of sharp and intelligent dialogue. The plot moves swiftly and enticingly? New Books Mag ?His next work could well be a Pulitzer acceptance speech? Crime Time
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3,696 ratings
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4 36% (1,347)
3 29% (1,087)
2 10% (360)
1 2% (92)
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