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The Dog of the South by Charles Portis
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Nov 11, 10


If you have never read any Charles Portis then email me and I will try to locate my copy of The Dog of the South and mail it to you. Hilarious writing about a man's road trip to find his stolen Ford Torino.

An excerpt from the opening paragraph of the novel.

"My wife had run off with Guy Dupree and I was waiting around for the credit card billings so I could see where they had gone. I was biding my time. This was October. They had taken my car and my Texaco card and my American Express card. Dupree had also taken from the bedroom closet my good raincoat and my shotgun and perhaps some other articles. It was just like him to pick the .410--a boy's first gun. I suppose he thought it wouldn't kick much, that it would kill or at least rip up the flesh in a satisfying way without making a lot of noise or giving much of a jolt to his sloping monkey shoulder."

-Charles Portis
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