Walter Mosley has never let me down. “The man in my basement” is another great, thrilling and captivating masterpiece. Charles Blakey is a booze soaked, lying wastrel, the last of his generational line it seems. He can’t seem to keep a job or a woman and is hateful to his friends.
One afternoon, as Walter Mosley narrates, he answers a knock at his front door and his expectation is that it could be his friends. On opening the door, he finds a white man who wants to rent his unused basement for the summer duration . At first Charles refuses but he eventually agrees.
He agrees to this because he is behind on his mortgage payments and he does not want to lose the house that generations of Blakey’s have lived in for hundreds of years. As Walter Mosley takes us through the story, the house is like a souvenir and up for keeps no matter what.
As the white man called Anniston Bennett prepares to move in, he sends Charles some materials to construct some sort of structure in the basement. Upon construction, Charles sees that it is some kind of a cage, wondering what Bennett will use it for, Charles waits for Bennett to arrive.
As Walter Mosley continues with his near perfect story telling, it turns out that Bennett wants atonement and he wants Charles to be his jailer as he atones in the dark basement all his sins, Charles at first wants no part of this (wish washy kinda guy, this Charles) but as he slowly gets to know Bennett he gets into the swing of things and even at some point starts to record their conversations.
The Man in My Basement by Walter Mosley is a book that will stay with you long after you turn the last page. The conversation between the two is what will perplex and keep you glued to this magnificent Read. Grab your copy of “The man in my basement” by Walter Mosley from Amazon and enjoy reading it.
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