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Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned Paperback – 26 October 1998
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"An insistently probing, philosophical gem...set in a world where standard notions of right and wrong have been blown to hell."-- "Sonoma County Independent"
"Mosley has constructed a perfect Socrates for millennium's end -- a principled man who finds that the highest meaning of life can be attained through self-knowledge, and who convinces others of the power and value of looking within."-- "San Francisco Chronicle"
"Mournful, insightful, and mystical. It is also Mosley's best work of fiction."-- "Elle"
"Powerful...hard-hitting, unrelenting, poignant short fiction."-- "Booklist"
"The work of a writer unafraid of pushing forward his own notions of responsibility and entitlement."-- "The Los Angeles Times Book Review"
"Unveiling a new, bigger-than-life urban hero...Mosley...confer[s] on the mean streets of contemporary L.A. what filmmaker John Ford helped create for the American West: a gun-slinging mythology of street justice and a gritty, elegiac code of honor...A maverick protagonist."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"Mosley's style suits his subject perfectly. The prose is sand-papery, the sentence rhythms often rough and jabbing. But then -- sudden surprise -- we come upon moments of undefended lyricism."-- "Sven Birkerts, The New York Times Book Review"
"Tough but touching stories."-- "Playboy"
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- Publisher : Washington Square Press (26 October 1998)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0671014994
- ISBN-13 : 978-0671014995
- Dimensions : 13.49 x 1.27 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 378,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Socrates is not a young man; he's survived twenty seven years in jail for murder, and he now aims to spend his days trying to be helpful, to do good and not to be violent any more to help atone for his wrong-doing. However that violence is always still simmering underneath, and he's not afraid to use it in self-defence or defence of his friends. He tries hard to make ends meet, finds a job, and mentors young Darryl who would otherwise be in a gang, and he's a good peacemaker - even if he has to administer a punch or two to get it!
This is a series of short stories, some previously published in other sources. They may belie this by each having a few similar sentences to establish Socrates situation at the outset, but they all entwine and work beautifully as a chronological cycle of tales too. Socrates is a classic hard man with a soft centre, a good friend to those who know him well and a sympathetic hero with real depth. Absolutely fantastic.