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47
by Walter Mosley
Little, Brown, May 2005
240 pages
$16.99
ISBN: 0316110353


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Wow! Let me start off by saying that this was one of the best books I've read in a long time. It was magical, creative, and it had a good story line. This book had every thing!

It starts off when a house slave working for the headmaster has a baby. In the process she dies. Out comes baby 47. Until 47 is 12 or so he is kept in the house, not to work in the cotton fields with most of the other slaves. When he is finally released to work in the cotton fields he finally has to live through the unbelievably harsh realities of being a slave. Just when he starts to think he won't be able to go on anymore, he meets a strange runaway slave, Tall John, who says he is a magical healer from a land not on earth. And this is where it starts to get good!

There were so many things in this book that made it great. I'll start off with the characters. I thought it was very interesting how none of the slaves were given real names at birth, just numbers. Some of the slaves had nicknames, though. For example, Mud Albert was the nickname for the oldest slave on the plantation.

Each character in this story was great in their own way. Some were nice, some were mean, some were creepy. The most amazing and enjoyable character I have to say would be Tall John.

When Tall John was introduced into the story he said that he was a magical healer. Later in the story when some of these abilities are proven, you are not sure if he really is a magical healer or if it is the fantasies of the slaves. Now when I say fantasy, I mean fantasy.

About three quarters of the way through the book there is one chapter that is dedicated to one of 47's dreams when he is sleeping. Since I am not a slave I am not sure if this is true, but all slaves, because of there tortured and terrible lives, can't help themselves and go into their own fantasy realm.

Now this dream that 47 has is so crazy yet great at the same time. 47 is with Tall John on John's home planet. As you can probably imagine, some pretty crazy, weird, magical and scary stuff happens. And from this dream, 47's life perspective is totally changed. He then wants to free all of the slaves on the plantation, which leads him to both good and bad.

The only thing I did not like about this book was that that there were times where the book was a little bit slow. But these times did not occur often so all in all this was a great book. It is a definite page-turner and I would suggest this book to anyone aged ten and older. I give it five out of five stars!

Reviewed by Bennett Piscitelli, October 2005

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