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The Dog of the South by Charles Portis
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Dec 04, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: recent-enthusiasms
Read from December 04 to 06, 2010

When young slacker and military history aficionado Ray Midge has his wife and Ford Torino stolen by his best friend, he heads south of the border determined, whatever the cost, to get that car back.

The Dog of the South is a near masterpiece of the redneck quest novel written by a top practitioner of the genre. The personalities, the dialogue, the episodic adventures, the unflagging dry wit--whether you want it to or not, all of this is likely to come alive as a bizarre alternate universe in which you stumble around, giddily disoriented, for the few days it takes you to read the book. As much as any other cast of characters in literature, Ray Midge and his acquaintances are likely to shake whatever confidence you place in the reliable, blandly-secure, blandly-sane life of our modern workaday world.
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