Dog of the South

ISBN-10: 1585679313

ISBN-13: 9781585679317

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As a novelist with a brilliantly singular vision of America, Charles Portis has invited comparisons to Pynchon and DeLillo. This reissue of The Dog of the South, to be followed by Masters of Atlantis, Norwood, and Gringos, is the perfect Portis initiation for new readers and a welcome reunion for longtime fans. The Dog of the South is the story of Ray Midge tracking down his wife, Norma -- who has run off with her first husband -- by following credit card receipts (His credit card!). Midge starts out in Norma's lover's compact car, which has 74,000 miles on it and a quarter-turn slack in the steering wheel (They took his Ford Torino!). The trail leads from Arkansas, down to Mexico, and into Honduras, where Midge stops to help, and of course gets entangled with, Dr. Reo Symes in his broken down bus. "The Dog of the South". Symes is a pure Portis character -- a crazily optimistic, broken-down dreamer obsessed with secret knowledge in the form of John Selmer Dix, the elusive writer of inspirational books for salesmen. As Midge chases Norma and Symes tries to sort the true from the false Dix sightings, Portis spins an extraordinary novel that addresses with comic eloquence the deep longing of the American psyche for things just to make some sense.
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Publisher: Overlook Press, The
Publication date: 6/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Charles Portis lives in Arkansas, where he was born and educated. Portis served as a reporter for the New York Herald-Tribune and was also its London bureau chief. His first novel, Norwood, was published in 1966. His other novels are True Grit, The Dog of the South, and Gringos. True Grit has been made into a movie two times, once in 1969 with John Wayne (who won his only academy award by playing the main character of Rooster Cogburn), and a second time in 2010 with Jeff Bridges as the main character. Mr. Bridges was nominated for the Rooster Cogburn role, but did not win.

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