Three decades ago, the young Socrates Fortlow had, in a burst of drunken rage, murdered two people. Hard time in an Indiana prison followed. Now. 27 years later, Socrates lives in an abandoned building in Watts, delivering groceries for a supermarket. In each of the stories in this audiobook, Socrates explores philosophical questions of mortality ...
Three decades ago, the young Socrates Fortlow had, in a burst of drunken rage, murdered two people. Hard time in an Indiana prison followed. Now. 27 years later, Socrates lives in an abandoned building in Watts, delivering groceries for a supermarket. In each of the stories in this audiobook, Socrates explores philosophical questions of mortality in a world beset with crime, poverty and racism. October 1997 publication date.
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New. 0787121991 1997 Audio Book Set of 2 cassette tapes...STILL SEALED in original publisher's shrinkwrap...Brand New from 1997 publisher...Never opened, Never used, Never marked...Gift Giving quality...Running Time: approximately 3 hours...Unabridged...Read by Paul Winfield...' In this cycle of 14 bittersweet stories, Walter Mosley breaks out of the genre--if not the setting--of his bestselling Easy Rawlins detective novels. Only eight years after serving out a prison sentence for murder, Socrates Fortlow lives in a tiny, two-room Watts apartment, where he cooks on a hot plate, scavenges for bottles, drinks, and wrestles with his demons. Struggling to control a seemingly boundless rage--as well as the power of his massive "rock-breaking" hands--Socrates must find a way to live an honorable life as a black man on the margins of a white world, a task which takes every ounce of self-control he has. Easy Rawlins fans might initially find themselves disappointed by the absence of a mystery to unravel. But it's a gripping inner drama that unfolds over the pages of these stories, as Socrates comes to grips with the chaos, poverty, and violence around him. He tries to get and keep a job delivering groceries; takes in a young street kid named Darryl, who has his own murder to hide; and helps drive out the neighborhood crack dealer. Throughout, Mosley captures the rhythms of Watts life in prose both musical and hard-edged, resulting in a haunting look at a life bounded by lust, violence, fear, and a ruthlessly unsentimental moral vision '....' Esteemed actor Paul Winfield impeccably reads these "unabridged selections" from the cycle of 14 nonmystery stories in which Mosley introduces a new character, Socrates Fortlow. He is a brooding ex-convict who is stuggling to make sense of the violence, crime, fear, and disrespect in the black community where he lives. Each story focuses on a moral issue with which we witness Socrates argue, question, and fight his way to a dignified and responsible position and course of action. A winning production '..." Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned-The Socrates Fortlow Stories "...by Walter Mosley...1997 audio book on tape read by Paul Winfield, Still Sealed *** Securely packed for Safe delivery ~ Shipping safely Worldwide, since 1965 ***
Publishers Weekly, 1997-10-06 Unveiling a new, bigger-than-life urban hero and a new series set in an updated version of Easy Rawlins's South Central Los Angeles, Mosley seems determined to confer on the mean streets of contemporary L.A. what filmmaker John Ford helped create for the American West: a gun-slinging mythology of street justice and a gritty, elegiac code of honor. Socrates Fortlow, an earthy ex-con with the stoic grandeur of an aging cowboy, who can "lift a forty-gallon trash can brimming with water and walk it a full city block," squats in a two-room apartment in Watts, tending a ramshackle garden and collecting bottles. Haunted by his 27 years in an Indiana prison and the murders he's committed with his own "rock-breaking hands," Socrates finds himself in a series of confrontations with a circle of friends and archetypal strangers (a thief, an adulterer and a Vietnam vet) with whom he frequently holds streetwise Platonic dialogues on ethics, remorse and retribution. He fraternizes with neighbors who, against the odds, have helped his community at the grass roots, like Right Burke, whose irascible wife maintains a rooming house for poor blacks, and Oscar Minette, who runs an independent bookstore. He teaches lessons about remorse and manhood to Daryl, a local teenager, finds a job bagging groceries in a more prosperous neighborhood and reluctantly helps the police catch a local arsonist. Fans of the intricately plotted Easy Rawlins novels may be surprised by the episodic format here, in which the linked stories are presented in short chapters with such didactic titles as "History" and "Double Standard" In creating such a maverick protagonist, Mosley has produced a not-quite novel that reads like a philosophical treatise, memorable less for any character insights or resolution than for its indelible vision of "poor men living on the edge of mayhem." BOMC and QPB selections. (Nov.) FYI: Mosley has written a screenplay for an HBO movie based on the novel.
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