Gone Fishin': An Easy Rawlins Mystery Hardcover – Large Print, May 1997
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Gone Fishin' actually marks the first appearance of Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins, as well as his homicide-prone sidekick Raymond "Mouse" Alexander. But the story takes place in 1939, when both protagonists are still living in Houston. This is no tightly plotted mystery, but an atmospheric coming-of-age story, which gives the reluctant Easy an education in sex and death, family and forgiveness. As always, Mosley's prose is a marvel: musical, funny, and full of no-frills lyricism. And the unfolding of Easy's character is every bit as gripping as the breakneck plotting of the later installment. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Mosley's sixth Easy Rawlins novel is the chronological first?and less mystery or crime fiction than a powerfully raw, lyrical coming-of-age story. Here is 19-year-old Easy in 1939 before his war experiences and before his departure from Houston for L.A. Here, too, is Raymond Alexander, better known as Mouse, the most colorful and unpredictable series character. It's Mouse ("nuthin' but bad news wit' a grin") who uses a familiar blend of threats and bribes to pry Easy away from his uncertain job in Houston and onto the road in a borrowed '36 Ford. Their destination is desolate Pariah, Texas?Mouse's home once, and still home to his hated stepfather, Reese Corn. Along the way, they pick up a young couple running from trouble?not knowing that Mouse is worse trouble than any they've seen. Easy, drawn along in Mouse's wake, spends much of this novel in such a feverish state that his memories of his father are as real as the extraordinary people of Pariah?Momma Jo, the big, strong woman who lives alone in the swamp; her hunchbacked son, Domaque, whose literacy shames Easy; Miss Dixon, the white woman who owns Pariah. Encountering (sometimes precipitating) violent and unexpected threats, Easy and Mouse forge bonds that will link them in the decades that follow, though they choose very different paths. This late encounter with the early Easy offers an extra dimension to readers who have met, in previous stories, the man he grew to be. 150,000 first printing; author tour. (Jan.) FYI: Mosley, also published by Norton, chose Black Classic Press to bring out this novel to bolster the independent African American-owned press. Publisher W. Paul Coates will tour with Mosley to support this partnership.
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series. Readers are introduced to a young Easy and his fiery friend Mouse in
1939 Houston, Texas. The story opens with Mouse becoming engaged to his
beloved Etta Mae and then going into a funk over his inability to give her the
grand wedding that she deserves. Mouse decides to travel, with Easy as his
driver, to his home town of Pariah, Texas to ask his stepfather, Reese for
help in paying for his wedding. This sounds like a simple task, but it is
complicated by the fact that Reese hates Mouse and has vowed to never give him
Mosley adeptly paints the journey between Houston and Pariah. Along the way,
he constructs the foundation of the relationship between Easy and Mouse.
Together, the pair confronts life, death, and uncovers some ugly truths about
themselves. More exploratory than mystery, GONE FISHIN' provides the back
story to all of the previous Rawlins mysteries. Mosley's descriptions painted
pictures in my head and allowed me to see these characters as well as feel
their conflict. GONE FISHIN' is necessary reading for all Mosley fans.
Reviewed by Diane Marbury
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
The most interesting portion comes at the last page after the entire book has unfolded, when we realize that Easy is writing this memoir shortly before Devil in a Blue Dress. Here is where he speculates that Mouse has probably been killed or tamed by Etta Mae. I don't know if this was written in the original draft, or after the Mosley knew that this book would be published, but it is one of the most ironic things I've read in a long time.
Mr. Mosley actually wrote Gone Fishin first but it was published last by Black Classic Press in Baltimore Maryland. I met Mr. Mosley and Mr. Coates, the publisher, in Baltimore at a book signing on January 31, 1997 and I knew that I was witnessing history in the making. Mayor Schmoke was present and admitted that he had read several of Mr. Mosley's works and had enjoyed them. I am honored to say that I have read all of his works and absolutely love them all.
Gone Fishin gives insight into the humble beginnings of Easy Rawlings and Raymond Mouse Alexander. It explains how the initial friendship developed and why Easy decides to leave Texas for California. Easy and Mouse are African American men who are sensual, powerful, very similar and yet very different. Mouse acts and sometimes thinks about his actions. Easy thinks and sometimes acts upon his thoughts. They are both poor Black men who want a better life. There are times when situations are thrust upon both men such that they have to reverse their usual patterns and these times are skillfully presented by Mr. Mosley.
This book, like the others in the series, leaves the reader anxious to know what is going to happen next. I love you Walter Mosley! Keep up the good work.
Most recent customer reviews
Having chronicled Easy's adventures from the '40s to the '60s, Mosley jumps back in time to when easy and Mouse were 19 year olds on the threshhold of manhood. Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2000 by Orrin C. Judd
Mr.Mosley has a touch about him that comes off in this book really well through out.alots of twists&turns here keeps your full attention.worth checking into. Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2000 by MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD