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The Dog of the South by Charles Portis
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Apr 19, 12

Read from April 10 to 16, 2012

Charles Portis' True Grit is one of the best novels I've read in a long time. Dog of the South takes place 100 years later, and mainly in Mexico and Belize instead of Arkansas and Oklahoma, but both books have opinionated, judgmental narrators, colorful scenery, and are full of wordy, overly-candid southerners who speak with varying degree of worldliness and naivete. This is the sort of novel in which the narrator, upon meeting a fellow Arkansas native in rural Mexico, writes: "He struck me as one of those country birds who, one second after meeting you, will start telling of some bestial episode involving violence or sex or both, or who might in the same chatty way want to talk about Christ's Kingdom on Earth. It can go either way with these fellows and you need to be ready." Dog of the South has 245 pages of narrative comments like that.
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