47 by Walter Mosley


byWalter Mosley

Kobo ebook | December 14, 2008

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New York Times Bestseller
"Engaging." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

Master storyteller Walter Mosley deftly mixes speculative and historical fiction in this daring New York Times bestselling novel, reminiscent of Colson Whitehead's The 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, novelist and creator of African American detective Easy Rawlins, was born in South Central Los Angeles in 1952. He attended Goddard College and City College, CUNY, before graduating from Johnson State College in Vermont. He is a member of the executive board of PEN America Center and a member of PEN's Open Book Committee...
Title:47Format:Kobo ebookPublished:December 14, 2008Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316054798

ISBN - 13:9780316054799


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