Why would a stranger want to rent a basement for a huge amount of money for just a short summer? Charles needs the money, but is it worth the odd and precise requirements the renter requires?
This story shows what goes on in the mind of "do-nothings"- people who live from day to day doing nothing useful. It was enlightening. This novel was purely fiction because not one time did I believe anything like this could happen. I think Mr. Mosely was writing a book to fulfill his promise to the publishers, because it was unbelievable.
When we meet Charles, an African-American man living in his family's stately ancestral home on Long Island, he's not only down on his luck but feeling altogether directionless. One afternoon Anniston Bennet, a small white man, shows up on his doorstep with an unusual request ? to live in Charles' basement for 65 days. For this Charles would be paid handsomely, and after some deliberation he agrees, but it isn't long before he has reason to suspect that Anniston's lodging request is a bit more complex and bizarre.
This was my first Mosley work, as he is primarily a writer of mysteries. Basement is a small book, making for a quick read, and I enjoyed it pretty well. The nature of the ending took me by surprise, although looking back I should have seen it ? or something ? coming.
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