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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,405 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Portis Narrator: David Baker Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781464029660
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Charles Portis has drawn widespread critical acclaim for his inventive prose, and this wild adventure once again justifies that praise.

In The Dog of the South, Ray Midge is on the trail of his wife Norma, who’s headed for Mexico with her ex-husband—as well as with Ray’s cards, shotgun, and car. On the way, Ray meets the eccentric Dr. Reo Symes, a man with more get-rich-quick schemes than common sense. Together, they’ll have to overcome tropical storms, grifters, and plenty of car trouble en route to their destination—wherever that may be.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Charles Portis may be the sneakiest comedian in American letters, not to mention one of the funniest. And there's no better specimen of his double-edged art than The Dog of the South, which Overlook Press has recently rescued from a long, cruel, out-of-print limbo … Still, you won't find a more delicious (or less reliable) narrator in contemporary fiction, and Charles Portis's genius for inventing all-American eccentrics is anything but futile.”

    Amazon.com

  • “One hot summer we rented this house near Austin, Tex., that was on a river with natural springs where you could swim. I found a paperback copy of Charles Portis’s Dog of the South in the house, which I’m ashamed to say I stole because it was so funny. I had to have it! Since then I’ve bought other copies of that book and left them at people’s houses in an attempt to reverse the karma.”

    Arthur Bradford, New York Times Book Review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielroffle | 2/17/2014

    " Funny reading this right after Muriel Spark's "The Ballad Of Peckham Rye", as both books seem to represent certain literary humor traditions from their native lands; the characters in "Peckham Rye" are angry, bawdy and jauntily bleak, while "The Dog Of The South" is written from the viewpoint of a likeable dullard, a polite, none-too-bright narrator who seems to speak the same sort of parody of adulthood that you can see the kids in Wes Anderson's "Moonlight Kingdom" employing. One day, our narrator wakes up to find that his wife has run away with another man, and they have taken his car. Using the purchases made with his American Express card (which they have also stolen) to trace the couple, he sets off in pursuit. As he travels from America to Mexico and then Belize, he falls into a crowd of progressively more bizarre burn-outs, hucksters and general weirdoes; much of the novel's strenght lies in the absurdist dialogues between these crazies and the defiantly stick-in-the-mud protagonist. Imagine if "On The Road", or some of Hunter S. Thompson's work, had been written by a total square and you're starting to approach "Dog Of The South"'s flavour. The Coen Bros recently tackled "True Grit", by the same author - I think "The Dog Of The South"'s mix of weirdness, mundanity and melancholy makes it more than ripe for a similiar treatment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 2/13/2014

    " If it is true that casting is 65% of directing, the choice of narrator for a book must be somewhere north of that. Edward Lewis reads this rambling, adventurous, broadly comic Portis novel and does a fine job with it. The book is the most consistently funny since Crocker's The Old Limey and well worth a listen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 2/6/2014

    " Unusual characters take a strange ride to South America. The protagonist is rat-faced and prissy; and the "villain" is an aspiring political writer. Didn't like the ending because it seemed forced, just wrapping up loose ends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 2/1/2014

    " Loopy Southern fiction set in the Sixties. A kind of quest novel. Desired objects: Ford Torino and adultress wife. Protagonist is described as "Don Quixote meets Buster Keaton" and I would add maybe Harry Crews into the mix. Not as funny as the dust jacket asserted, but maybe I just wasn't in the mood. I would read another of his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cody Gillespie-Lynch | 1/31/2014

    " Among the funniest American novels of the 1970's...if you happen to have an exceedingly dry sense of humor. If dry, quirky, humor isn't for you. Don't even try Portis. You'll be bored out of your mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Collins | 1/19/2014

    " A funny and strange shaggy dog story about a slightly deranged journalist who treks south of the border to pry his cheating wife from the clutches of a rival scribe. No point, really, but some unforgettable characters and dialogue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabsouthsouth | 1/11/2014

    " Probably the funniest thing I've ever read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Judy | 12/17/2013

    " Hated this book. Hated all the characters. First couple of chapters ok, then it bogged down. Spoiler alert: boring guy's wife leaves with another man, boring guy goes to get her, finds her, takes her home, she leaves again. The End. True Grit was so good what happened? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony | 12/2/2013

    " Great read! Funny, entertaining, and a pleasure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn | 11/17/2013

    " It may not be all that reviewers here have cracked it up to be, but it does have some wildly entertaining characters and enough laugh-out-loud moments to make it worth the time "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lundriguez | 11/14/2013

    " Funnier than Confederacy of Dunces. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheri | 11/13/2013

    " Quite a few times I laughed out loud, but it was usually tedious. I finally gave it up. I'm just not sure what all the hype is about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen Broadhurst | 10/9/2013

    " What an interesting read. I don't think I quite "got" it, although I quite enjoyed listening to it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cassie | 3/22/2013

    " Interesting characters, but not so interesting plot. Nothing really changes from beginning to end. It's just a strange adventure that took us back to the beginning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loralie | 2/24/2013

    " very 70's style. bizarre, but interesting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Decop | 2/20/2013

    " This was another sparse book, told in the first person as if Howard Kosel (sp?) was narrating. Again, unusual and unsettling, I felt little sense of closure.... As a bildungsroman, however, this was a prime example of an unexamined life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/25/2012

    " Black comedy. A bad day turns into a bad week turns into... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Captain Curmudgeon | 11/11/2012

    " Liked it even more than Norwood. Good novel in a lot of ways. Why do good things like this ever go out of print? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andy | 4/13/2012

    " This was a disappointment after just reading True Grit. Barely any plot, I can't imagine much time went into writing this. I kept having the feeling that I could skip whole chapters or read them randomly without much effect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rupert | 2/11/2012

    " This starts with the finest of Portis whimsy and somehow takes a side road into deep darkness, all the while conveying the mystery of being alive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 12/28/2011

    " I am suddenly a Charles Portis fan. It happened fast. I am really looking forward to the rest of his books, but there are so few that I plan to space them out some. As with True Grit, a really intriguing first-person narrative voice, fabulous secondary characters, and both funny and meaningful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gracie | 10/16/2011

    " Stuart Jeckel deserves to have this book back in his collection; I've held onto it for too long. Hilariously funny and just downright ridiculous at times. I truly loved this book. Perfect summer adventure read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh | 9/4/2011

    " Idk what the point was, but it was funny! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen | 6/7/2011

    " The quote by Roy Blount on the cover is accurate: No one should die without having read this book. Especially guys, but women too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Woody | 6/1/2011

    " An American classic, probably the unacknowledged influence on many laconic tales of the road. Yet another Southern master, impinging on the west with his palette of border town fiascoes. I intend to read his better known book, True Grit, at a later date. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chandra | 5/22/2011

    " A wild stream of consciousness ride through Old Mexico. I kept wondering why I hadn't read Charles Portis' novels sooner! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Decop | 5/21/2011

    " This was another sparse book, told in the first person as if Howard Kosel (sp?) was narrating. Again, unusual and unsettling, I felt little sense of closure.... As a bildungsroman, however, this was a prime example of an unexamined life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kati | 4/27/2011

    " Adam went on a Charles Portis binge after seeing the recent remake of True Grit this winter. His laughter throughout most of the reads has prompted me to start with this one. So far, very enjoyable and terrific writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorene | 3/31/2011

    " Fun, quirky style. "True Grit" is still the best, but for an experience other than what you'll have day-to-day, Portis is your guy!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 3/29/2011

    " Not as strong as True Grit because the narrator is no Mattie Ross. There are great moments of humor and insight throughout. Portis is a gifted writer and I'm glad to have recently found him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 3/28/2011

    " It's been a while since I've re-read something, but this was definitely worth it. I just love it. The characters are absurd but we all know people like these in real life. It's funny and quick, and the addition of a chow dog in the story is simple but memorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 3/26/2011

    " I was really getting into it, but had to return it to the library! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 3/23/2011

    " My first Portis book, was well worth the read. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Portis

Charles Portis lives in Arkansas, where he was born and educated. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. As a reporter, he wrote 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, Masters of Atlantis, The Dog of the South, and Gringos.