The Dog of the South

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Overlook, Jun 5, 2007 - Fiction - 272 pages
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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.

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User Review  - untraveller - LibraryThing

Couldn't wait to finish it....The sentence structure in this book is simplistic beyond belief....I/We/They, seems to start every other sentence. The plot was okay, but the results were boring. There was some humor, but not enough to drag me into reading another of Portis' books. Read full review

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User Review  - lucybrown - LibraryThing

In Portis's darkly funny picaresque the reader joins in on Ray Midge's quixotic quest to restore his honor. Midge is a small man in every way. His ambitions are small. His desires even smaller. Note ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

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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