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The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey | Walter Mosley
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A masterful, moving novel about age, memory, and family from one of the true literary icons of our time. Ptolemy Grey is ninety-one years old and has been all but forgotten-by his family, his friends, even himself-as he sinks into a lonely dementia. His grand-nephew, Ptolemy's only connection to the outside world, was recently killed in a drive-by shooting, and Ptolemy is too suspicious of anyone else to allow them into his life. until he meets Robyn, his niece's seventeen-year-old lodger and the only one willing to take care of an old man at his grandnephew's funeral. But Robyn will not tolerate Ptolemy's hermitlike existence. She challenges him to interact more with the world around him, and he grasps more firmly onto his disappearing consciousness. However, this new activity pushes Ptolemy into the fold of a doctor touting an experimental drug that guarantees Ptolemy won't live to see age ninety- two but that he'll spend his last days in feverish vigor and clarity. With his mind clear, what Ptolemy finds-in his own past, in his own apartment, and in the circumstances surrounding his grand-nephew's death-is shocking enough to spur an old man to action, and to ensure a legacy that no one will forget. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, 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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cdreincarnate
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It took me a while to get into this one, but once I did I found it fascinating. It‘s about a 91-year-old black man with dementia and a pile of stolen treasure trying to help out his family and his race as a whole. It‘s third person limited from Ptolemy‘s POV and I thought the way Mosley conveyed the confusion of dementia was masterful.

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jessberk13
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Today's thrift store haul! Best find: the Walter Mosley, which I just came across on a list of "what to read if you're missing Ove" and immediately added to my TBR!

Another score - I am only one book short of the full Little House series. As soon as I find The Long Winter, I'm starting a reread!

LeahBergen I'm feeling the need for another thrift store book hunting adventure in MY near future now! 2y
CocoReads I'm thinking of rereading the little house books too. I think my set might be missing one as well, I need to check, so I can track it down and do a reread as well. 2y
kspenmoll Nice haul-! 2y
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RadicalReader What has been your favorite book you have ever read in your lifetime? 2y
LeslieO Oh Bel Canto is soooo good. 2y
ericarobynreads LOVE Bel Canto!! I need to reread it soon! 2y
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leslieisreading
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I tend to cycle through books (when I actually read the ones I own instead of just collecting them and then reading books from the library instead). Except for a few keeper shelves, I like to pass books along once I have read them. Today is sunny, though chilly, so I took a stroll to my neighborhood's Little Free Library to drop off a couple recent reads.

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leslieisreading
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This was my first Walter Mosley and I'll definitely be seeking out more. The main character, a 91 year old black man descending into dementia, had a voice that I won't soon forget. This book had so much to say about family, love, loss, memory, race... Totally gripping and thought provoking.

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I'll be finishing this one up today. Ptolemy is such a wonderful character.

MrBook Mmmmm!!! 3y
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leslieisreading
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Heading out of town for approximately 24 hours. Do you think I'll have enough to read? Happy Thanksgiving!

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leslieisreading
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Taking my book around with me on today's vacation in my own town.

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leslieisreading
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Vacation breakfast and my next read.

Linsy I really like that cover. 3y
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misslisha3
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I fell down a Walter Mosley rabbit hole recently & I'm glad I did. Love this cover.

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