The Right Mistake

The Right Mistake

The Further Philosophical Investigations of Socrates Fortlow

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
After serving nearly three decades in prison for his deadly crimes, Socrates returns to the streets of South Central L.A. to connect with old friends and encourage new ones to join him in his campaign to get to the heart of gang violence.

Perseus Publishing
After ten years, the street philosopher Socrates Fortlow returns in a major new novel by best-selling author Walter Mosley.

Living in South Central L.A., Socrates Fortlow is a sixty-year-old ex-convict, still strong enough to kill men with his bare hands. Now freed after serving twenty-seven years in prison, he is filled with profound guilt about his own crimes and disheartened by the chaos of the streets. Along with his gambler friend Billy Psalms, Socrates calls together local people of all races from their different social stationslawyers, gangsters, preachers, Buddhists, businessmento conduct meetings of a Thinkers’ Club, where all can discuss the unanswerable questions in life.

The street philosopher enjoins his friends to exploreeven in the knowledge that there’s nothing that they personally can do to change the ways of the worldwhat might be done anyway, what it would take to change themselves. Infiltrated by undercover cops, and threatened by strain from within, tensions rise as hot-blooded gangsters and respectable deacons fight over issues of personal and social responsibility. But simply by asking questions about racial authenticity, street justice, infidelity, poverty, and the possibility of mutual understanding, Socrates and his unlikely crew actually begin to make a difference.

In turns outraged and affectionate, The Right Mistake offers a profoundly literary and ultimately redemptive exploration of the possibility of moral action in a violent and fallen world.



Baker
& Taylor

After serving nearly three decades in prison for his deadly crimes, Socrates returns to the streets of South Central L.A. to connect with old friends and encourage new ones to join him in his campaign to get to the heart of gang violence in the hopes of making a difference and saving the lives of others.

Publisher: New York : Basic Civitas, c2008
ISBN: 9780465005253
046500525X
Branch Call Number: M MOSLEY
Characteristics: 269 p. ; 22 cm

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Jun 06, 2012

Great read on being black and trying to fit in Los Angles. Book was published in 2008 before Obama beat Hillary Clinton as the democratic POTUS nominee,

carrilis Aug 03, 2011

Another great Walter Mosley book. Love how his characters are so real, and his writing is just enthralling. Looking forward to reading more of his.

ColM1 Feb 14, 2011

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned was the best of the series; even Walkin the Dog was better. This book wen't somewhere I don't know; it just was not our Socrates anymore. I missed him.

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