The Tempest Tales

The Tempest Tales

Book - 2008
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Tempest Landry, an everyman African American, is "accidentally" killed by a cop. Denied access to heaven because of what he considers a few minor transgressions, Tempest refuses to go to hell. Stymied, Saint Peter sends him back to Harlem, where a guiding angel tries to convince him to accept Saint Peter's judgment, and even the Devil himself tries to win over Tempest's soul. Through the street-smart Landry, Mosley poses the provocative question: Is sin for blacks the same as it is for whites? And who gets to decide?
Published: Baltimore : Black Classic Press ; [Berkeley] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781574780437
1574780433
Branch Call Number: F MOS
Characteristics: 165 p. ;,23 cm.

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StratfordLibrary Mar 22, 2013

Blind Date With a Book Comment:"I enjoyed the good/evil discussions. Easy reading and thoughtful."

carrilis Jun 05, 2012

A classic tale of good vs. evil this is not. The main character dies and when he arrives at the pearly gates is sentenced to spend eternity in hell. Tempest however, does not agree with his sentence and disputes his "sins" causing what could be the end of the after-life as all who've gone there have known it. This is a great read and Mosley brings some ideas to light that most authors would be afraid to.

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LadyDi52
Apr 13, 2012

A real "page-turner" - I read it in a day - a debate about the nature of Sin - used as a metaphor for American politix

iratom22 Nov 02, 2011

One of the best book I have read, it was unique and clever. I would definitely recommend it to those who like those ironic/sarcastic stories because it is a masterpiece for sure!!! :)

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