The Tempest Tales: A Novel-in-Stories
From the acclaimed bestselling author of the Easy Rawlins series who has been deemed “one of America’s best mystery writers” (The New York Times Book Review ) comes a tale about a murdered man who does not want to go to heaven or hell—he’d rather have his old life in Harlem.
Tempest Landry is neither a good nor a bad man, but an average man trying to survive. Sure, he...more
In the episodic battle with heaven and hell for his ultimate destiny, Tempest also takes the reader on a philosophic and humorous jou ...more
Racially: The most obvious reason Tempest refuses ...more
Author: Walter Mosley
Genre: Linked shorts. Fantasy. Morality fable.
Setting: Predominantly New York City.
Reason for Reading: 50 book PoC project. AND THIS IS BOOK FIFTY. I'd like to thank the Academy...
Relevance to the Project: I don't really feel "done" so there may be a few more wrap-up posts coming along. But for now I will say, Mosley in the character of Landry Tempest argues that morality must be relative - that what is "wrong" for a privileged white person may not ...more
When Tempest Landry arrives at the pearly gates, he refuses to accept the judgement that he is a sinner. Tempest is sent back to earth and Joshua Angel follows to convince him. This leads to discussions about good vs bad, free will, fairness, circumstance, desire and more. One of my favorites is, “ ...more
The Tempest Tales is pretty thought provoking. A death opens up the door on a story about life that had me questioning what would I do ir....
Imagine that you are standing before St. Peter and you've just heard that instead of entering heaven, you're going to hell. Only you refuse to accept that decision. This is how The Tempest Tales begin.
I really liked th ...more
This is a story that pulls at your morality on every page. Do we have the right to decide our own judgment? Can we be forgiven even for the worst of sins? I think about all of the famous people who commit terrible crimes and then are somehow forgiven when the next movie, the next song, or the next book comes out. I don't really understand how that kind of forgiveness works but I do know that Tempest could make a hell of a case for any situation. A lesson in forgiveness, it is. I still can't say ...more
St Peter says "go to hell"
"NO" came the reply.
Given that all of this is purely rhetorical (to my mind), it was a fun exercise in metaphorical/metaphysical debate that raised some questions that even YOU would splutter over.
The main plot trope is pretty familiar (person dies, heaven lets them be reincarnated to do something or prove something), and Mosley’s story has a few things in common with the others. One difference, of course, is that he sets the novel in Harlem with a black male protagonist. The angel ("Mr. Angel") who comes along with Tempest is i ...more
When I first started reading this book, I came to it defending what I thought would be an attack against religion or against God. This is always a little tough, since I have to sort out the author's views from my views and then see if there is anything left that we have in common. I quickly found that we have nothing in common, but the book is not so much an attack on religion as it is an atta ...more
However, it claims to be a novel-in-stories, which I don't think it was. Also, there were multiple times that the author repeated himself, as if reintroducing the story each chapter. That was distracting and irritating. It was also a lot shorter than it looked. It was published more like a young adult novel, large print and fewer words per page. If it were printed like a traditional adult novel I don't th ...more
The character are all weak. Why was Tempest brought back to earth? So he can continue to live the ex ...more
Below is the summary from the GoodReads site, just to jog my memory...
Mistaken for another man, wily Tempest is "accidentally" shot by police. Sent to receive the judgment of heaven he discovers that his sins, according to St. Peter, condemn him to hell. Tempest takes exception to the saint's definition of sin; he refuses to go to hell and expla ...more
The saints give him a chance to prove his righteousness, sending him back to earth in a new body, but the ...more
Tempest Landry is a solid character to have in this kind of story. He is a good man, but the circumstances of life have meant that he's no saint. And in que ...more
I picked this book up ...more
Tempest is man with a good heart, who sometimes crosses the line into moral relativism, or ethical intuitionism. This puts him at odds with his guardian angel, and after ...more
The angel has to deal with Tempest, the temptation on the streets of New York City, and his mission to get Tempest to accept his sins.
The kicker is that if Tempest refuses it will probably mean the end of Heaven and the triumph of Satan.