The Dog of the South

The Dog of the South

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by Charles Portis
     
 

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Ray Midge is waiting for his credit card bill to arrive.
His wife, Norma, has run off with her ex-husband, taking Ray's cards, shotgun and car. But from the receipts, Ray can track where they've gone. He takes off after them, as does an irritatingly tenacious bail bondsman, both following the romantic couple's spending as far as Mexico. There Ray meets Dr Reo Symes

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Ray Midge is waiting for his credit card bill to arrive.
His wife, Norma, has run off with her ex-husband, taking Ray's cards, shotgun and car. But from the receipts, Ray can track where they've gone. He takes off after them, as does an irritatingly tenacious bail bondsman, both following the romantic couple's spending as far as Mexico. There Ray meets Dr Reo Symes, the seemingly down-on-his-luck and rather eccentric owner of a beaten up and broken down bus, who needs a ride to Belize. The further they drive, in a car held together by coat-hangers and excesses of oil, the wilder their journey gets. But they're not going to give up easily.

Editorial Reviews

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
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585679317
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
06/05/2007
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
410,698
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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Dog of the South 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dog of the South is one of Portis' best books. Like Mosquito Coast in it's de-paradise-ing of the tropics, Dog of the South creates a clueless but not stupid character and a tangeable 'lost' feeling. I've read it a number of times. I like Norwood and True Grit better. (true grit the book and true grit the movie have a very different feel! don't be put off by the film.) I also like his book 'Gringos'. Portis is the best!
SouthernLitFan More than 1 year ago
Do you like weirdo characters, details that are hilariously unimportant, and writing that makes you put the book down and howl out loud with delight? This one's for you. I confess, I like Southern grotesques. This is one.
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Where did the author of True Grit go? He ain't here
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TheAnonymousDude More than 1 year ago
When his wife takes off in his Ford Torino with her ex-husband, an Arkansas slacker follows an obsessive compulsive quest across Mexico and Belize to recover the Torino. I don't want to be a spoiler about the Torino. I do think the author is vague about the identity of "The Dog of the South." That phrase is painted on the side of a school bus briefly appearing in the story. The bus' owner shares much of our slacker's journey and claims to be a "dog of the South." There is also a literal Arkansas canine pursued by the protagonist by way of being the ex-husbands' dog. Other perros appear in passing. Metaphorically, I guess the slacker could be illustrative of a doggish existence. That's the kind of thing authors like Portis like to throw in. I think you should read this book and see what you think. If you "get" this sort of tedious humor you may laugh a lot along the way. That's all I have to say about Portis and his book.
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SSommers More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was so funny with lots of extreme characters. If you want a laugh to perk up your day then this is the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Someone stated in one of the earlier reviews that some of these characters are just plain weird. I agree. This is a cliche, but I mean it quite literally- this book is about the journey and not the destination. Be prepared though- the protagonist is quite literally a wuss, despite his delusions of grandeur. Overall, a very good book.
Geo50 More than 1 year ago
I liked the way this book began but toward the end it just got repetitive and boring. Was worth the money but will put me off this author in future.
Shannon Moore More than 1 year ago
it was ok then totally boring in the end!