47 by Walter Mosley47 by Walter Mosley

47

byWalter Mosley

Paperback | November 1, 2006

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New York TimesBestseller"Engaging." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
Master storyteller Walter Mosley deftly mixes speculative and historical fiction in this daringNew York Timesbestselling novel, reminiscent of Colson Whitehead'sThe Underground Railroad.
47 is a young slave boy living under the watchful eye of a brutal slave master. His life seems doomed until he meets a mysterious runaway slave, Tall John. 47 finds himself swept up in a struggle for his own liberation.
Walter Mosley is the author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins and Fearless Jones series of mysteries, as well as numerous other works of fiction and nonfiction. He has won the Anisfield-Wolf award, a Grammy Award, and in 2004 received a PEN USA lifetime achievement award. He was born inLos Angelesand lives inNew York.
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Title:47Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.5 × 5 × 0.62 inPublished:November 1, 2006Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316016357

ISBN - 13:9780316016353

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Artificial Characters and Plot An alien comes to earth and waits around for thousands of years to pluck a boy from slavery and tell him he has to save the universe? It's that kind of premise that leads to a very shaky set of rules by which this semi-real and semi-fantasy world works. So Tall John can mess with Miss Eloise's memories, but he can't convince Tobias not to punish him and 47; he's succeeded in hiding his ship for thousands of years, and now the bad guy finds it. Too contrived. Also, Tall John is the stereotypical super-alien with lots of knowledge and technology, but a very poor understanding of humanity, even after 3000 years. And 47 is the stereotypical hero with a firm moral compass in spite of a very poor upbringing in a twisted society. But it wasn't all bad. I found the beginning, which described a slave's life, to be very depressing, so I was glad when Tall John came on the scene. And it did do a good job of explaining how the slave system warps the slave's sense of right and wrong, beautiful and ugly, good and evil. It explained that a large part of the bonds of slavery is burnt into their minds. And a final point in its favour, one of my daughters liked it; she found it interesting and exciting.
Date published: 2014-01-16