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The Dog of the South di Charles Portis
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The Dog of the South (originale 1979; edizione 2007)

di Charles Portis (Autore)

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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 from Arkansas, down to Mexico, and into Honduras. Along the way Ray meets Dr. Reo Symes, a seemingly down-on-his-luck and rather eccentric owner of a beaten up and broken down bus??"The Dog of the South." This crazily optimistic dreamer is obsessed with secret knowledge, and one John Selmer Dix, the elusive writer of inspirational books for salesmen, 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.

Portis spins an extraordinary novel that addresses with comic eloquence the deep longing of the American psyche for things just to make some sense.… (altro)

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Titolo:The Dog of the South
Autori:Charles Portis (Autore)
Info:Harry N. Abrams (2007), Edition: 5.6.2007, 253 pages
Collezioni:2023, La tua biblioteca
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The Dog of the South di Charles Portis (1979)

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This book starts off very well and is quite funny. The problem is it just goes on and on, generating no real suspense about whether the protagonist will find his eloped wife, but containing some very well-written scenes as he journeys through Mexico and Central America to arrive in British Honduras (now Belize; this is a pretty old book) where he encounters even more odd people than those he met on the way. It's always fairly enjoyable, and the audiobook narrator David Aaron Baker is fabulous. This one is probably best as an audiobook, since Baker's wide range of voices brings the story to life--at least as much as possible given the shortcomings of the story to begin with. ( )
  datrappert | Jan 23, 2024 |
The story is moderately funny and the characters are quite goofy. I would equate it to reading a script for the Abbott and Costello "Who's on First" routine. It would read funny, but not nearly as funny as the performance.

It was difficult dealing with all the overt racism. I understand it's from a different time, but that doesn't make it any easier or ok. ( )
  grandpahobo | Aug 18, 2023 |
Lots of funny lines. ( )
  Mcdede | Jul 19, 2023 |
Humorous, sometimes deadpan, sometimes silly. The hero goes on a road trip into Mexico to retrieve his car, wife who has run away with her ex-husband, credit card, most importantly his car. He's traced her whereabouts from credit card statements. He travels with an eccentric doctor, who lives in an old, converted school bus, the "Dog of the South." They travel in a lemon of a car, not in the bus, which I thought they would. The bus was only given a couple of mentions; I don't see why the novel was given that title. I loved the dialogue and some of the descriptions. ( )
  janerawoof | Jun 15, 2023 |
Nearly unreadable. Not funny, annoying quirky characters and a story that goes nowhere. ( )
  zmagic69 | Mar 31, 2023 |
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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 from Arkansas, down to Mexico, and into Honduras. Along the way Ray meets Dr. Reo Symes, a seemingly down-on-his-luck and rather eccentric owner of a beaten up and broken down bus??"The Dog of the South." This crazily optimistic dreamer is obsessed with secret knowledge, and one John Selmer Dix, the elusive writer of inspirational books for salesmen, 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.

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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