The Man in My Basement

The Man in My Basement

Book - 2004
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"Charles Blakey, is a young black man who can't find a job, drinks too much, and, worst of all, stands to lose the beautiful home that has belonged to his family for generations. But Charles's fortunes take an odd turn when a stranger offers nearly $50,000 to rent out Charles's basement-and soon, as the boarder transforms the basement into a prison cell, Charles finds himself drawn into circumstances almost unimaginably bizarre and profoundly unsettling."--Publisher description.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316570824
Call Number: MOSLEY
Characteristics: 249 p., 10 p. ; 21 cm
Subjects: Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Fiction.
Race relations -- Fiction.
Home ownership -- Fiction.
Landlord and tenant -- Fiction.
African American men -- Fiction.
Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction.
Power (Social sciences) -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.


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Jun 01, 2014

This story shows what goes on in the mind of "do-nothings"- people who live from day to day doing nothing useful. It was enlightening. This novel was purely fiction because not one time did I believe anything like this could happen. I think Mr. Mosely was writing a book to fulfill his promise to the publishers, because it was unbelievable.

brvd18 Mar 19, 2013

Great read!!

Jul 07, 2008

When we meet Charles, an African-American man living in his family's stately ancestral home on Long Island, he's not only down on his luck but feeling altogether directionless. One afternoon Anniston Bennet, a small white man, shows up on his doorstep with an unusual request ? to live in Charles' basement for 65 days. For this Charles would be paid handsomely, and after some deliberation he agrees, but it isn't long before he has reason to suspect that Anniston's lodging request is a bit more complex and bizarre.

This was my first Mosley work, as he is primarily a writer of mysteries. Basement is a small book, making for a quick read, and I enjoyed it pretty well. The nature of the ending took me by surprise, although looking back I should have seen it ? or something ? coming.


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