The Man in My Basement

The Man in My Basement

A Novel

Book - 2004
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Charles Blakey is a young black man whose life is slowly crumbling.His parents are dead, he can't find a job, he drinks too much, and his friends have begun to desert him. Worst of all, he's fallen behind on the mortgage payments for the beautiful home that's belonged to his family for generations. When a stranger offers him $50,000 in cash to rent out his basement for the summer, Charles needs the money too badly to say no. He knows that the stranger must want something more than a basement view.Sure enough, he has a very particular-and bizarre-set of requirements, and Charles tries to satisfy him without getting lured into the strangeness.But he sees an opportunity to understand secrets of the white world, and his summer with a man in his basement turns into a journey into inconceivable worlds of power and manipulation, and unimagined realms of humanity. Richly textured and compelling, THE MAN IN MY BASEMENT is a new literary pinnacle from an acknowledged American master.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c2004.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316570824
Branch Call Number: MOSLEY W
Characteristics: 249 pages ; 19 cm.


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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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