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The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

Mosley, Walter

(Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
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Ptolemy Grey is a 91-year-old man, suffering from dementia and living as a recluse in his Los Angeles apartment. Then Robyn Small, a 17-year-old family friend, appears and helps clean up his apartment and straighten out his life. A reinvigorated Ptolemy volunteers for an experimental medical program that restores his mind, and he uses his last days--shortened now by the medical experiment--to delve into the mystery of the recent drive-by shooting death of his great-nephew, Reggie.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2010.
ISBN: 1594487723
9781594487729
Characteristics: 277 p. ;,22 cm.

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Mar 03, 2014
  • tavkaa rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I liked this story. As a care-taker for an elderly person, I could relate to the determination of Ptolemy and the dignity and grace he had to do what he had to do before time took it's toll. I often wonder about strong men and women who now have to be diapered and watched over and dismissed go through privately in their conscious understanding about how life has turned out for them to be in this situation. It was eye opening.

Aug 25, 2011
  • virgogirl73 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

All though the end does leave you hanging I thought it was a pretty good read.

91 year old suffering from dementia, treated by the "devil", recalls details of forgotten memories to help Robyn & relatives.

May 17, 2011
  • carrilis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A great read! Surprising in it's content, it's quite a touching story with colorful characters.

"This ace crime writer’s latest novel is garnering stellar reviews. A doctor offers Ptolemy, a 91-year-old man suffering from dementia, an experimental drug that will restore his mental faculties, but will also likely kill him within months. What would you do?"
Beach Reads, Mark Medley, National Post

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