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The Dog Walker [Kindle Edition]

Corwyn Alvarez
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Alvarez entices readers to see the town of Mayfield through the eyes of Benny as he creates a kinship with the dogs he walks for his neighbors and takes uncharted paths, twists and turns that give way to new adventures."-Kirkus Reviews

If there are guardian angels among us, surely Benny is one of them. Gently challenged and benignly observant, he lives with his long-suffering mother in the quirky and charming town of Mayfield. Benny is qualified for only one job: walking dogs. At that task, he is without peer. But Benny is more than a simple friend to the town's canines; he brings the same guileless compassion to the people around him. Sweet and honest, offering poignant loyalty, he changes their lives.

Life is not as simple as he seems.

AUTHOR: Corwyn Alvarez (aka Official Ball Thrower for the Dog) lives in Bethesda, Maryland. He is the proud recipient of the Walter Mitty Writing Award from Accidental College and aspires to someday be a worthy road man for the lords of karma. He is currently at work on his next novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 456 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (February 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007A4CQM4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,112 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a journey where heart outweighs smart May 13, 2012
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It's hard to review a book when the previous 9 reviewers have captured everything that needs to be said. But this is a story worth commenting on, even if it is a repeat. The story is told from the perspective of a mentally challenged young man putting together his dream life as a dog walker in a small town. The author does a wonderful job of portraying Benny's interactions with the people he crosses paths with, from his clients, to unlikely friends that ride the bus with him. Throughout the story you see Benny's simple common sense and heart at work, caring for people the way he does for his 4-legged friends, despite the fact that people, in his opinion, don't have the sense dogs do. This is not so much a rounded plot with beginning, middle and end, as it is a chapter in Benny's life as he figures out his place in it. As others have said, not a read for everyone, but a true reward for those who try it.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book and am reading it again April 23, 2012
There is an enfolding quality to Alvarez's prose that is almost hypnotic. It gives Benny an authentic, pure voice that resonates long after reading. Interestingly, the procession of comfort food in this book is quite memorable: mac-and-cheese, spaghetti, burgers, scrambled eggs... generally in the context of sharing them with the dog. This is a world where animals come first and people a warm, dim second. I appreciate that balance, and this literary author.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously Reviewed April 10, 2012
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A truely inspirational book that will touch your heart.

This is one of those tales that not every one will "get" but for thse who do, the journey will be breathtaking :) I was in awe at the masterful weaving of this tale and the way Alvarez was able to craft it in such a wonderful way. Animal lovers and dog lovers alike will surely enjoy this epic novel :)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book grew on me... June 24, 2012
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For about 95% of the book I felt it was worthy of 4 stars. I enjoyed the story, and I happily kept reading it, but it didn't have that "wow" factor for me. But between the last 5% of the story, and reflecting upon the story overall, my 4 stars quickly changed to 5. It's a good story with lots of memorable characters. Benny, the lead character, is likable and I found it interesting to see how he interacted with the other characters and dogs. Although he is a high school dropout, in many ways he's better off than all the other characters. The story is simple and yet there's so much to it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm Tale, Wonderful Charachters April 12, 2012
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The tale of Benny, a mentally challenged high school drop out, is a poignant story of a young man trying to find happiness and make a life for himself despite his limitations. It depicts his love of animals, friendships, love interest, family and his fight to strive for happiness in his own right. The Author, Corwyn Alvarez, gives us a warm and inviting rendition of his main charachter, Benny, who despite testing at an IQ of only 70, shows a rare intelligence, wit and sensitivity. He is an individual we can all relate to. The book is humorous and real.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Endering protagonist makes this story a delight! July 30, 2012
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The Dog Walker is a heartwarming coming of age story, which introduces us to Benjamin "Benny" Mozer, a slow-witted, sarcastic and charming young man, who prefers the company of canines to people. Benny's life breaks from the ordinary when he decides to drop out of high school and pursues his dream of becoming a dog walker and in the process falls in love with a forlorn prostitute named Chloe.

While the Dog Walker explores some adult subjects, it does so through the eyes of Benny, who is incapable of seeing the world in anything but an innocent and sarcastic light. I found that this book was a very quick read and the main character to be highly endearing. Benny was the main driver in making me want to find out what happens. At points I felt the story did not reach the crescendo/plot climax that that I expected, but even with that it made for an entertaining read. While I can see how this book would not be for everyone, if you want a inspirational story about an outcast engaging with the adult world for the first time and coming of age, then I recommend this story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful with subtle humor July 1, 2012
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This is a delightful, slightly "Forrest Gump-ish" story. Like Forrest Gump, Benny is considered a little slow but has wisdom of his own. Like Forrest Gump, Benny gets into some slightly unbelievable situations (though on a much less epic scale.) As a reader, I suspended some disbelief and enjoyed the story and the writing. This particular sentence has stayed with me for several weeks, and is a good example of the subtle humor: "Noodles did such a wonderful job of licking the plates that Benny didn't have to do the dishes that night." That's it. It was not followed by "But he washed them anyway." or any other thought related to dishes or dog germs.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have used sodme serious editing September 20, 2012
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While the story was sweet (if a bit cliched), and Benny's "voice" seemed consistent for the most part, the book could have used some serious editing. I was surprised to read that the author had won a writing award; as I was reading the book I thought it was one of those self-published things that had never been read by anyone but perhaps the author's friends. I think the author had a lovely story to tell. A coach and editor would have helped him tell it better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading
It was an easy read with a nice story line. The lead character was someone you would cheer on and hope he got what he wanted. Read more
Published 25 days ago by ldeb23
4.0 out of 5 stars Great characters!
The strength of this book is all of the interesting characters and how their stories develop. I also love the way Bennie, the dog walker, is so responsible and kind to the people... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Corkie
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Too repetitive
Published 1 month ago by Phyllis Mazzotti
4.0 out of 5 stars I love dogs so that's what hooked me
Cute story. I love dogs so that's what hooked me.
Published 1 month ago by Ms_Riplee
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, great read!
A wonderful story with characters that pull you in. A very interesting style that's simple, yet deep as it draws in the reader. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lori M
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
It was like an assignment to read.
Published 2 months ago by vicky flannery
5.0 out of 5 stars From another dog walker. It adds to your life to walk with a dog
Benny met dogs and people with care and compassion. He shared even his food with his dog. I didn't really get a mental picture of Benny. But I fully understood his character.
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick read
hate when story seems unfinished or gaps in story...where did ring go....what was wrong w Chloe,...the brother...mother...story not well developed... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cathy Tiehaara
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read, enjoyable
Delightful. Easy read, enjoyable, likeable characters.
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Lautner
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Message to readers: There are millions of homeless animals in our nation and worldwide, I would like to take this opportunity to urge you to adopt a homeless animal or volunteer for one of the many worthwhile organizations committed to eliminating animal abuse and homelessness.

"All creatures are created from the same paternal heartbeat of God. Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop here is a complete misapprehension of the intentions of providence. We have a higher mission. God wishes that we should help them when they require it."

-- St. Francis of Assisi

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