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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Interesting characters, but not so interesting plot. - Goodreads
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An unqualified masterpiece. Portis never flinches. Each sentence is as lean and efficient as a whip. Makes the same sorta sound, too. The book whistles and snaps. Deserves a place among the best of American letters. Read full review

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User Review  - susan harris - Goodreads

I really respect novels that make me patient. Portis is so prosaic, you just gotta keep reading slowly and follow the hero in his tides of fortunes. I also respect authors who make good weird ... 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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