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The Man in My Basement

Walter Mosley

Hailed as a masterpiece-the finest work yet by an American novelist of the first rank-this is the mysterious story of a young black man who agrees to an unusual bargain to save the home that has belonged to his family for generations. The man at Charles Blakey's door has a proposition almost too strange for words. The stranger offers him $50,000 in cash to spend the summer in Charles's basement, and Charles cannot even begin to guess why. The beautiful house has been in the Blakey family for generations, but Charles has just lost his job and is behind on his mortgage payments. The money would be welcome. But Charles Blakey is black and Anniston Bennet is white, and it is clear that the stranger wants more than a basement view. There is something deeper and darker about his request, and Charles does not need any more trouble. But financial necessity leaves him no choice. Once Anniston Bennet is installed in his basement, Charles is cast into a role he never dreamed of. Anniston has some very particular requests for his landlord, and try as he might, Charles cannot avoid being lured into Bennet's strange world. At first he resists, but soon he is tempted--tempted to understand a set of codes that has always eluded him, tempted by the opportunity to understand the secret ways of white folks. Charles's summer with a man in his basement turns into an exploration of inconceivable worlds of power and manipulation, and unimagined realms of humanity. Walter Mosley pierces long-hidden veins of justice and morality with startling insight into the deepest mysteries of human nature.

Hailed as a masterpiece-the finest work yet by an American novelist of the first rank-this is the mysterious story of a young black man who agrees to an unusual bargain to save the home that has belonged to his family for generations. The man at Charles Blakey's door has a proposition almost too strange for words. The stranger offers him $50,000 in cash to spend the summer in Charles's basement, and Charles cannot even begin to guess why. The beautiful house has been in the Blakey family for generations, but Charles has just lost his job and is behind on his mortgage payments. The money would be welcome. But Charles Blakey is black and Anniston Bennet is white, and it is clear that the stranger wants more than a basement view. There is something deeper and darker about his request, and Charles does not need any more trouble. But financial necessity leaves him no choice. Once Anniston Bennet is installed in his basement, Charles is cast into a role he never dreamed of. Anniston has some very particular requests for his landlord, and try as he might, Charles cannot avoid being lured into Bennet's strange world. At first he resists, but soon he is tempted--tempted to understand a set of codes that has always eluded him, tempted by the opportunity to understand the secret ways of white folks. Charles's summer with a man in his basement turns into an exploration of inconceivable worlds of power and manipulation, and unimagined realms of humanity. Walter Mosley pierces long-hidden veins of justice and morality with startling insight into the deepest mysteries of human nature.
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Hailed as a masterpiece-the finest work yet by an American novelist of the first rank-this is the mysterious story of a young black man who agrees to an unusual bargain to save the home that has belonged to his family for generations. The man at Charles Blakey's door has a proposition almost too strange for words. The stranger offers him $50,000 in cash to spend the summer in Charles's basement, and Charles cannot even begin to guess why. The beautiful house has been in the Blakey family for generations, but Charles has just lost his job and is behind on his mortgage payments. The money would be welcome. But Charles Blakey is black and Anniston Bennet is white, and it is clear that the stranger wants more than a basement view. There is something deeper and darker about his request, and Charles does not need any more trouble. But financial necessity leaves him no choice. Once Anniston Bennet is installed in his basement, Charles is cast into a role he never dreamed of. Anniston has some very particular requests for his landlord, and try as he might, Charles cannot avoid being lured into Bennet's strange world. At first he resists, but soon he is tempted--tempted to understand a set of codes that has always eluded him, tempted by the opportunity to understand the secret ways of white folks. Charles's summer with a man in his basement turns into an exploration of inconceivable worlds of power and manipulation, and unimagined realms of humanity. Walter Mosley pierces long-hidden veins of justice and morality with startling insight into the deepest mysteries of human nature.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ernie Hudson

Length:

5h 17m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:49


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:18


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:28


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:14


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:37


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:24


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:26


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:57


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:04


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:24


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:05


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:20


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:32


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:50


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:42


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:22


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:43


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:33


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:15


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:28


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:02


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:36


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:42


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:18


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:14


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:03


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:20


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:13


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:59


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:53


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:21


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:54


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:19


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:57


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:48


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:30


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:55


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:24


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:26


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:31


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:02


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:34


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:54


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:15


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:55


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:45


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:09


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:10


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

01:04