Good Read: The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley
Ptolemy Grey is ninety-one years old and has been all but forgotten-by his family, his friends, even himself-as he sinks into a lonely dementia. His grand-nephew, Ptolemy’s only connection to the outside world, was recently killed in a drive-by shooting, and Ptolemy is too suspicious of anyone else to allow them into his life. until he meets Robyn, his niece’s seventeen-year-old lodger and the only one willing to take care of an old man at his grandnephew’s funeral. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosley captures the compromised state of his protagonist’s mind with profound sensitivity and insight, and creates an unforgettable pair of characters at the center of a novel that is sure to become a true contemporary classic.
Katie Graves says:
“After hearing about “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey” on both Fresh Air and All Things Considered, I was intrigued, to say the least. Ptolemy, the title character, is a 91-year-old man, forgotten and living in filth amid the onset of Alzheimer’s. When he meets Robyn, Ptolemy eventually becomes faced with a life-changing decision to regain his memory, but at an almost certain cost. I would highly recommend this book, not only for the plot, but for Walter Mosley’s writing style; if you are a Murray State student, you can check it out through the Inter-Library Loan Office on campus!”
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