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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. Read morePublished on Dec 19 2011 by Donald Mitchell
1. What is the text about? A series of interrelated stories about an ex-con living in Los Angeles; redemption and change
2. What is good about it? Read more
I heard it was a book of short stories, but found it to read like a novel. Socrates is a deep and thoughtful character who will stay on your mind a long time. Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2002 by Trail Runner
This book was quite a refreshing change from what I've recently read. I (and the other book club members) looked at our recent books. Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2001 by "kgdc1"
I just wanted to say this book is one of the best I've ever read. I feel it should be on every high school's curriculum.Published on Feb. 12 2001 by kimberly sturtevant
No one writes as well about the plights and angsts of the black man like Walter Mosley. His proses are wonderful with just the right amount of slang thrown in to give the reader... Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2000 by CarBan
Despite the exconvict's violent past, Socrates is a reflective, compasionate man with pride, principal and love in his heart for his community. Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2000 by Raquel B.
I've found a hero--Socrates! The stories are lessons in love, friendship, community, integrity, redemption, and just plain ole survival. Read morePublished on June 22 2000 by Mrs. L. M. Roberson