The Dog of the South

The Dog of the South

by Charles Portis
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Dog of the South 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 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.
Larry46 More than 1 year ago
expecting a good Portis read by the author of true grit; Trailer trash humor at it's best;
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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!