I’ve read a lot of books, but nothing has gripped my heart quite as much as “Fortunate Son” by Walter Mosley. I’m serious. This book had me in tears at times, and I felt the pain and anguish that was written into the story. Walter Mosley’s work is something that no one should miss out on, especially this book. This is a profound book with such heart, such soul, so many layers, and wow, just absolutely wow.
Woa! Sorry to stop your flow of reading. I wanted to interject and say that this is an older review. I know, old content isn’t always great. However, if you’re reading this, just know that this is a review that I wrote after reading the book in 2018. I’m working on 2019’s reviews, and will post them as I can, but this is from my archives. Sorry to break up the flow again, just continue reading, and please try the fish! I mean, buy the book.
The book “Fortunate Son” by Walter Mosley deals with two major stories. This is a story that features a young boy named Thomas, born with a disability, but pulls through. Then you have the story of Eric, a “Nordic Adonis” and super lucky boy. Thomas and Eric are the two boys, and they are brothers, living under a rich roof, where they are friends. However, when Thomas’s father comes into the picture after a stint in jail, he takes Thomas, and his story goes into seriously sad times.
Eric is a white male that gets everything. He gets all the women, he gets good grades, he has money, power, and lacks a heart. He doesn’t “feel” the same. He is an absolute god amidst boys, and it shows through the story. However, with the loss of his brother Thomas, even though they don’t share the same mother, he has no heart. It’s like Mosley did this on purpose, because Eric’s story is so fascinating, and yet so real. He is lacking something, and it’s truly not found until the third act of this book.
In Eric’s story, you get a lot of interesting points. You are given a fortunate tone throughout. There are even points of sexual conquest that show you that Eric has everything. Even when the mother of his baby cheats on him, he is still “better” in that regards. He is just perfect amidst the world. He’s good looking, he has money, cars, and a big penis. Everything that men want, he has, and Mosley writes him as such, a dichotomy that is shaken by race, since Thomas is black and Eric is white.
Even though the story calls Thomas “Lucky”, he’s anything but. He breaks like glass. He falls short of glory. He gets sent to the ghetto of Los Angeles’s deepest slums. His father isn’t kind, and he goes through life trying to make it, and survive. He does just that, he survives. He goes through hell, and gets arrested, and the story doesn’t close off this chapter in his life. He is raped, beaten, belittled, and it was absolutely a horror story of realities that many children and young adults face off against.
Thomas doesn’t get a lucky shake at all. Nothing until the third act in which he’s homeless and looks for Eric. He finds him, and the two finally become a union, brothers forever. But it’s there that things shake up, as the closing reality is so hard, it melts steel, so you really get thrown for a loop.
The more the story unfolds, the more I think this should be a movie. Does anyone have Tyler Perry’s number? He should get this to film. Someone send him this book. This is a beautiful story with so much soul. Heck, Spike Lee would make this amazing. The final chapters of this book take all the of the foundations built in previous chapters and turn a corner to epic elements. The final act takes you through a beautiful sacrifice, an insanity that I hate to spoil. The raw emotions build and build and then take you through an incredible real world.
This is it. The star rating for “Fortunate Son” by Walter Mosley is 5 out of 5. This is the best book I’ve read this year. Mosley enriches an incredible story with such soul. So much is going on here, and it has heart. He breaks Thomas, broken like Jesus Christ, and resurrects. He is the opposite of Eric, and when Eric starts to bring about humanity, Thomas is broken. In order for Eric to be whole, Thomas has to die a little more, and that’s the big metaphor that you get here. Thomas becomes Jesus, and it’s a beautiful portrait of brother love, and the realities of life. I love it. I love this book and recommend it so much. It’s a drama set in the real world. It’s a juxtaposition of the prodigal son, and so much more. It flows well, and it’s wonderful. I loved it.
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