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The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

Walter Mosley

A masterful, moving novel about age, memory, and family from one of the true literary icons of our time. 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. But Robyn will not tolerate Ptolemy's hermitlike existence. She challenges him to interact more with the world around him, and he grasps more firmly onto his disappearing consciousness. However, this new activity pushes Ptolemy into the fold of a doctor touting an experimental drug that guarantees Ptolemy won't live to see age ninety- two but that he'll spend his last days in feverish vigor and clarity. With his mind clear, what Ptolemy finds-in his own past, in his own apartment, and in the circumstances surrounding his grand-nephew's death-is shocking enough to spur an old man to action, and to ensure a legacy that no one will forget. 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.

A masterful, moving novel about age, memory, and family from one of the true literary icons of our time. 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. But Robyn will not tolerate Ptolemy's hermitlike existence. She challenges him to interact more with the world around him, and he grasps more firmly onto his disappearing consciousness. However, this new activity pushes Ptolemy into the fold of a doctor touting an experimental drug that guarantees Ptolemy won't live to see age ninety- two but that he'll spend his last days in feverish vigor and clarity. With his mind clear, what Ptolemy finds-in his own past, in his own apartment, and in the circumstances surrounding his grand-nephew's death-is shocking enough to spur an old man to action, and to ensure a legacy that no one will forget. 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.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

A masterful, moving novel about age, memory, and family from one of the true literary icons of our time. 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. But Robyn will not tolerate Ptolemy's hermitlike existence. She challenges him to interact more with the world around him, and he grasps more firmly onto his disappearing consciousness. However, this new activity pushes Ptolemy into the fold of a doctor touting an experimental drug that guarantees Ptolemy won't live to see age ninety- two but that he'll spend his last days in feverish vigor and clarity. With his mind clear, what Ptolemy finds-in his own past, in his own apartment, and in the circumstances surrounding his grand-nephew's death-is shocking enough to spur an old man to action, and to ensure a legacy that no one will forget. 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Dominic Hoffman

Length:

8h 9m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:10


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:40


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:05


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:59


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:21


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:13


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:23


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:32


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:27


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:12


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:54


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:00


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:40


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:59


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:06


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:52


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:15


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:06


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:16


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:39


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:07


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:47


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:24


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:00


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:20


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:43


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:41


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:58


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:06


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:58


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:43


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:09


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:00


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:28


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:06


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:03


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:54


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:42


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:18


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:27


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:30


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:28


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:14


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:30


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:54


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:53


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

09:03


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:39


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:31


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:16


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:45


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

09:08


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:33


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:41


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:08


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:46


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:09


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:33


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

09:49


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

09:26


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:06


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:15


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:59


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

00:37