The Dog of the South

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Penguin, 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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I want to give this a higher rating, but I don't remember the last part of the book as much as the beginning. I do remember the ending and I, overall, really liked this book but I feel like there is ... Read full review

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At 26, Ray Midge has accomplished little and is drifting into an unpromising future. His wife Norma has run off with her ex-husband Gary Dupree. Gary is even more directionless than Ray. He has jumped ... Read full review

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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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