The Dog of the South

The Dog of the South

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by Charles Portis
     
 

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A comic novel that tells the story of Ray Midge of Little Rock, whose wife has run away with her first husband, Ray's credit cards, and his car. Ray sets off to get his own back (especially his car). Along the way, he encounters an array of Portis' unique characters: inner-directed and undeflected innocents, with Ray the most calmly determined of them all.

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A comic novel that tells the story of Ray Midge of Little Rock, whose wife has run away with her first husband, Ray's credit cards, and his car. Ray sets off to get his own back (especially his car). Along the way, he encounters an array of Portis' unique characters: inner-directed and undeflected innocents, with Ray the most calmly determined of them all.

As readers of Portis' earlier novels Norwood and True Grit know, obstacle are like catnip to a Portis hero. Ray—stoic, unheroic, a bit disenchanted—tends to make himself responsible for the welfare of anyone (or anything) who happens to get in his way. (Out of print)

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Baltimore Sun
Simultaneously hilarious and heart breakingly odd...you find yourself laughing so hard in sections that tears run down your face.
Rochelle O'Gorman
Clipper Audio
For the first time since its publication in 1979, Portis' weirdly humorous third novel has been released on audio. This amusing story from the author of True Grit features Ray Midge, a bore with few interests and even less ambition whose major pastime is collecting old weapons. But when Ray's wife runs off with her first husband, the hated Guy Dupree, along with Ray's car and credit cards, the jilted husband takes to the road, driving from Arkansas to Honduras to reclaim all that he has lost. Narrator Edward Lewis' high-pitched voice and quick delivery perfectly complement the quirky material.
From the Publisher
"One hot summer we rented this house near Austin, Tex., that was on a river with natural springs where you could swim. I found a paperback of Charles Portis" Dog of the South in the house, which I'm ashamed to say I stole because it was so funny. I had to have it! Since then I've bought other copies of that book and left them at people's houses in an attempt to revere the karma" Arthur Bradford, author of Dogwalker

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553341690
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/1985
Edition description:
Windstone trade ed
Pages:
245

Meet the Author

Charles Portis lives in Arkansas, where he was born and educated. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War, was the London bureau chief of the New York Herald-Tribune, and was a writer for The New Yorker.

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