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Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned

Mosley, Walter (Book - 1998 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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From the best-selling author of A Little Yellow Dog -- the eagerly awaited debut of Socrates Fortlow, a bold and original new hero.Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned introduces Walter Mosley's most compelling new character since the debut of his immortal detective Easy Rawlins: one Socrates Fortlow, a tough, brooding ex-convict determined to challenge and understand the violence and anarchy in his world -- and in himself.Three decades ago, the young Socrates had, in a burst of drunken rage, murdered a man and a woman with his huge rock-breaking hands. Twenty-seven years of hard time in an Indiana prison followed. Now Socrates lives in a cramped, two-room apartment in an abandoned building in Watts, scavenging bottles and delivering groceries for a supermarket. In each of the stories that comprise this richly brooding novel, Socrates Fortlow, like his namesake, explores philosophical questions of morality in a world beset with crime, poverty, and racism. He is an unforgettable presence and his perceptions cast a glow of somber lyricism upon an often harsh world. Socrates is a creation of stunning originality; the book he inhabits is Walter Mosley's most powerful and eloquent to date.
Authors: Mosley, Walter
Title: Always outnumbered, always outgunned
Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, 1998
Characteristics: 208 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Walter Mosley
ISBN: 0393045390
9780671014995
0671014994
Branch Call Number: FICTION MOSLEY
Subject Headings: Watts (Los Angeles, Calif.) Fiction Ex-convicts Fiction
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Ex-convicts
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I liked this book because it surprised me. I thought it would be a typical gritty South Central LA street novel full of ganstas and bad language. Instead it turned out to be the story of Socrates Fortlow and his friends - real people trying to do the best they can for each other despite their po... Read More »


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