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Book Title: Black Betty|
Date of issue: June 1st 1994
ISBN 13: 9781402877506
The author of the book: Walter Mosley
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 25.19 MB
Edition: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Read full description of the books Black Betty:Walter Mosley is a Goodreads experience for me. Never heard of him and never would have except for GR. He seemed like an author I ought to read although out of my normal realm. I am one of those infamous white males. Mosey writes about Easy Rawlins, a black guy immersed in a black milieu of 1960s Los Angeles. So I go to my favorite online used book dealer, www.alibris.com , to buy some books in the Easy Rawlins series. As is often the case, the first book in a series is not available used and cheap. Everyone wants to try out or collect the first book. So I end up beginning with this book, the fourth in the series. And it seems like I end up paying the price for coming into a story in the middle. I don’t know the history or the characters and have a hard time figuring out what is up. But in the muddle of events there is some punchy and intriguing writing. Easy seems like both a wise and reckless character with interesting baggage, past and present. And since I am missing pages one, two and three, I have to make do with a start on page four and go with the flow.
But the GR reviews give me hope for a worthwhile experience, maybe somewhat jumbled, if I am patient. I have a few of the books in the series in no particular meaningful order or selection: the ones available in good condition for a buck. Four books from 1994, 1996, 2001 and 2004. Go easy on me, Easy!
This book has confused me. I find stellar sentences, cryptic comments, captivating paragraphs. And yet the big picture of the flow of the story eludes me somehow. I am tossed between events strange and disjointed. What seems at one moment to be shocking becomes sensitive at another. Easy is stabbed by an ice pick and then soothed and nursed by thoughts of his children. He is aggressive and tender.
Chapter 26 was good with the crows. Chapter 27 was pretty good with the B&E. But what I want to know is, “What do they have to do with each other?” Is this a book of unrelated short stories? Maybe that should be my approach. If I tried to put it all together, this story was too complicated for me. But I did find that I enjoyed plenty of the bits and pieces even if I couldn’t stitch them together in my head.
I will probably try out another of the Easy Rawlins books just to satisfy my curiosity. To see if another bulb brightens up the dimness at all. But I doubt that I will ever get to all three of the books I have on my shelf. I am giving this book three stars, which seems exactly right. I could have used a few post-it notes to try to make more sense of it, but I just don’t think it would have made any difference to me in the stars.
Read information about the authorWalter Mosley (b. 1952) is the author of the bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins, as well as numerous other works, from literary fiction and science fiction to a young adult novel and political monographs. His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and the Nation, among other publications. Mosley is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, a Grammy, and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in New York City.
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