The Man in My Basement

The Man in My Basement

A Novel

eBook - 2004
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The man at Charles Blakey's door has a proposition almost too strange for words. He wants to spend the summer in Charles's basement, and Charles cannot even begin to guess why. The beautiful house has been in the Blakey family for generations, but Charles has just lost his job and is behind on his mortgage payments. The money would be welcome. But Charles Blakey is black and Anniston Bennet is white, and it is clear that the stranger wants more than a basement view. There is something deeper and darker about his request, and Charles does not need any more trouble. But financial necessity leaves him no choice. Once Anniston Bennet is installed in his basement, Charles is cast into a role he never dreamed of. Anniston has some very particular requests for his landlord, and try as he might, Charles cannot avoid being lured into Bennet's strange world. At first he resists, but soon he is tempted-tempted by the opportunity to understand the secret ways of white folks. Tempted to understand a set of codes that has always eluded him. Charles's summer with a man in his basement turns into an exploration of inconceivable worlds of power and manipulation, and unimagined realms of humanity. Walter Mosley pierces long-hidden veins of justice and morality with startling insight into the deepest mysteries of human nature.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Little, Brown and Company, 2004.
ISBN: 9780316137072
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: 3M Company

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CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 26, 2018

Why would a stranger want to rent a basement for a huge amount of money for just a short summer? Charles needs the money, but is it worth the odd and precise requirements the renter requires?

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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