This was my first Walter Mosley novel and I was not disappointed.
I loved the unique plot and storyline. The characters were so real it was quite easy to visualize them and their lives. Ptolemy Gray is an unforgettable protagonist. I came to understand his choices and rooted for him in spite of societal norms for how one should behave. And then there was Robin. I think we all need a Robin to come by and clean house and rouse our memories. I really appreciated the way Mosley shone lights on the various "love" relationships people experience or mistakenly believe they have experienced. The truth can be hidden in memory. Memory is so very powerful. Ptolemy demonstrates this so well and he brings to our attention how important memories can be if we maintain access to them.
A great story by a great storyteller.
The narration was also excellent in every way, setting the tone of Ptolemy for the reader/listener.
I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks
I really enjoyed this book. I picked it up because I had heard that Walter Mosley is a highly regarded writer and I can see why. This book is hopeful yet sad, lyrically melancholy and ultimately, all about love and life, though dementia and impending death are the main "characters". Read this - you will enjoy it. Also, the narrator was sublime.
Walter Mosley 's ability to create unique characters, families and relationships is apparent in The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey as in all his books. This time he takes us into the life of a 91-year-old whose mind is clouded and wandering. Taking a risky, experimental treatment, he regains clarity for a brief period and brings satisfying closure to his life. Mosley's insight into the human heart and the power of love is complemented by the performance of Dominic Hoffman. A great audio book!
This book starts off a bit disjointed and I kept thinking I either wasn't paying close enough attention or that it was poorly written. However, after reading other reviews, I hung in and am so glad I did. This is one of those stories that just won't leave your mind. I'll find myself thinking about Ptolemy at the oddest times. There are many levels to this book and all are thought provoking. Dominic Hoffman did a most excellent narration.
This is off the well trod path of mysteries. A unique old man takes a unique path and makes everything right in his world. I relished this story and thought about if for days afterwards. I have read almost all of Mosley's books, but I think this one is the best.
Dominic Hoffman is exactly right for the part. He captures Uncle Gray until his very last breath. Every once in awhile you get a really good book, and for me, this was one of them.
Bravo Author! I was skeptical when I started this book, but after the first few minutes I was hooked. I listen to audio books while I work and try to keep them solely for work, not home. But this book could not wait. I listened at home AND at work. It truly is a gem. I fell in love with the characters and the rich descriptions took me to another world. I recommend this book for anyone who loves life or desires to re-connect with life and what is important. I will never ever forget Ptolemy Grey. He is in my heart forever.
The story and narration were very good. I listened to the entire book in one sitting!!
I would recommend this book to a friend. I really enjoyed this thought provoking novel. Mr. Mosley really knows how to made the characters in his novel come alive. By the end of the book the characters have become old friends.
After hearing a Fresh Air interview with Mosely I was inspired to give this a go. The story arc sounded promising and a bit off my usual path, book-wise. After about a half-hour of chatter, It was disheartening to realize the entire book is conversation with very little description, mood, sense of place, emotion - all those things that are the reasons I read. But who knows, I may try it again at some later time but for now my first half hour was enough.
OK I guess I would really give this a 3 and and a half stars if I could. It was a very well written book with an interesting enough storyline but my only issue was that is was depressing as heck! Really makes you never want to get old and senile or when you do get old make sure you have a loving family (or good insurance) around to take care of you. I typically read a book for entertainment and sometimes want it to be thought provoking but this was almost too depressing for my taste (read it for a book club) but it was an different kind of story for me so I guess it was good to broaden my horizons, right?
I doubt it...it was just too depressing for me