47 is a young slave on a Georgia plantation. When he is 14 years old, he is sent to work in the cotton fields, branded with the number 47, the only name he’s ever known. One day he meets Tall John, another slave boy, escaped from a nearby plantation. “I say that he was colored, but not like any Negro I’d known. His skin was the color of highly polished brass but a little darker, a little like c ...more
It was many things to me, so I will just say "Enchanting, engrossing, magnificent and necessary. A veracious account on more levels than one."
Well, I was expecting more introspection from a modern standpoint and less action - I wanted Tall John to not explain himself, and Beyond Africa to remain a mystery to the reader.
Maybe I wouldn't be disappointed if I had known going in that it was ...more
In 2005 Walter Mosley wrote a teen novel called 47. The novel went viral reaching teens worldwide. Informing them how life was for African Americans in the early days. Specifically for a fourteen-year-old boy named 47 in the year of 1832. He takes you on his and his friend Tall John's journey and tells you how Tall John changed his life forever.
"I lived as a slave on the Corinthian Plantation my whole life up to the time that Tall John...more
Now, editorializing being done with, Mosley's combination of history and science fiction is like a crazy quilt, you never know when Mosley is going to dip into sci-fi to g ...more
47 narrates the tale of how he came by his freedom with the help of an oddly colored, odd-talking Negro whose favorite admonition is Neither master nor nigger be.
I want to have every soul going about with nigger on their lips to read this story. It demonstrates what thinking lies behind the word and it explores the master-slave relationship.
In the historical fiction novel 47, by Walter Mosley, the main character, 47, was born a slave in a cotton plantation. He always knew that when he was old enough, he would work in the fields, forever. Once he began working though, he met Tall John who changed his life, and whole way of thinking. He taught 47 the true meaning of freedom, and how the way you think affects you whole attitude, and life. (view spoiler)[As 47 learns from the Tall John, 47 teaches Tall John about suffering and the natu...more
I loved this book. It was in the Middle Zone section of my library. I had no idea Mr. Mosley wrote in so many genres but am definitely not surprised just didn't know. This is ...more