The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey Ninety-one-year-old Ptolemy Grey lives a memory-haunted existence in a Hoarders -ready apartment. When a beautiful teenager helps him clear out the trash, you’re primed for… The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey Ninety-one-year-old Ptolemy Grey lives a memory-haunted existence in a Hoarders -ready apartment. When a beautiful teenager helps him clear out the trash, you’re primed for… 2010-11-11 Fiction Riverhead
Book Review

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey (2010)

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Nov 11, 2010; Writer: Walter Mosley; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Riverhead

Ninety-one-year-old Ptolemy Grey lives a memory-haunted existence in a Hoarders-ready apartment. When a beautiful teenager helps him clear out the trash, you’re primed for a May/late-December romance. But then Ptolemy takes an anti-dementia wonder drug, and, curiously, as the fog clears in his mind, Walter Mosley’s writing becomes less vivid and more repetitive. A series of bizarre plot twists — including a pot of Confederate gold and a doctor who might be Satan — cloud and blur The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey’s story line with a kind of dementia all its own. C

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Originally posted Nov 17, 2010 Published in issue #1130 Nov 26, 2010 Order article reprints