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Walkin the Dog (Thorndike Core) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Walter Mosley
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April 2000 Thorndike Core
Nine years after his release from prison, Socrates is still living in a two-room shack in Watts, now with a lover and a steady job. Having responsibilities and people he cares about makes acting morally even harder ? he has so much more to lose with the police watching his every move. Socrates Fortlow, first introduced in Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, is one of the essential fictional characters of our times. In Walkin' the Dog, the philosopher with 'rock-breaking hands' has come in from the cold and has to decide at which point an individual must make a stand against the brutality and corruption that surrounds him. At a time when much contemporary fiction confines itself to the personal, Walter Mosley creates characters that speak to the universal and reflect on dilemmas that are the moral questions of our time.
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  • Hardcover: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0783889615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0783889610
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.4 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,340,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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?Walkin? the Dog is a thoughtful read, so beautifully constructed and written that you will never doubt for a moment that these are real people in real situations? Observer ?His writing has a subtle rhythm and his prose sings? Daily Mail ?This is the most thought-provoking book that Mosley has written? Sunday Telegraph ?It sticks in the mind because Mosley has created a resonant character? Independent ?Glowingly readable? Herald ?Exciting, exhilarating, truthful and touching? Literary Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Walter Mosley is the author of over twenty critically acclaimed books and his work has been translated into twenty-one languages. His popular mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins began with Devil in a Blue Dress in 1990, which was later made into a film starring Denzel Washington. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he now lives in New York. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mosley's best yet 12 Nov 2004
By S. Gee
I usually find myself reading either hard-boiled American thrillers, or big books by "serious writers". In between all the worthy stuff, I eat my way through your Leonards, and your Ellroys, and your Chandlers, and so I quite like Mosley's nourish creations Easy Rawlins and Fearless Jones - generally Mosely puts out fast paced, entertaining, well written novels. But with his invention, Socrates Fortlow, Mosley has done something else altogether; this is a fantastic book.
To start with, Walking the Dog is beautifully written, a novel composed of set of bluesy, episodic stories about a man trying to make his way with a kind of honour after spending more than half his life in prison. Socrates Fortlow has served his time, and lives in the spaces left by others (his shack of a house is in fact the walled-in space between two buildings, basically an alley with a roof and doors), taking the jobs others won't take, and dealing with the mess of modern urban life, when others look away. Over the course of the novel, we see Socrates' world slowly closing in on him, as the police hound him, and events conspire to bring him to his knees, he makes his choices and takes his chances in the only way he can; the hard way.
I haven't read a book in a very long time, which pushed me so far, without me having to work to stay with it. The sense of a man outside of any kind of legal norm, who has done bad, bad things in his life, and is now living with the rage and the guilt that causes, is just fantastic. I couldn't put it down, and frequently found my heart was beating so hard I thought I'd do myself an injury. One of the best books I've read in years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A work of genius 10 Feb 2003
As a white guy from Scotland I found this book about a black man in America both informative and revealing. I felt my values change reading this book which is simply brilliant. A great story with meaning and significance. My wife read it the next day and felt the same. Buy this book as soon as you can along with its predecessor 'always outnumbered always outgunned'.
They are the story of a mans struggle coming to terms with his past, with who he is now and with how the world treats him. It is inspirational and I found myself thinking about my own life and values having read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Releasing the Mind-Forged Shackles to Become Free 25 July 2004
Mr. Mosley has written a brilliant book that explores the concept that freedom begins and ends in the mind. The physical world may put hand cuffs or handicaps on you, but you choose how you respond to those limitations. The roads you choose not to take limit your freedom far more than what anyone else will do to you. This is a timeless novel that will probably be considered a classic in the future. I encourage everyone to read it. You have much to gain.
Socrates Fortlow is an ex-con who is just trying to survive. His dreams are haunted by memories of his small cell and the murder he committed that placed him there. The book opens to find him operating like a future butterfly in its cocoon. He is constrained by his violent feelings, his distrust of progress and good fortune, and his discomfort with people. Like many who have sinned (all of us), he has many good qualities. He is mentoring a teenager he works with, will do more than his share of the work required, quietly endures mistreatment by white people, and cares for a badly handicapped dog who has only two legs. His great strengths are that he is interested in controlling his own actions (rather than just striking out in blind anger) and making the best moral choice (taking full responsibility for his actions).
Throughout the story, Socrates develops and finally emerges from his cocoon, and begins to seek out new opportunities and experiences. As a result, he grows as a person and as a moral force. Gradually, he begins to lose the mental bonds that hold him back from fulfilling his mighty potential.
The book is filled with much violence, hatred, and inhumanity. That backdrop will disturb many readers.
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