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 as far as Mexico. There Ray ...Read MoreRay 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 as far as Mexico. There Ray meets Dr Reo Symes, the seemingly down-on-his-luck and rather eccentric owner of a beaten up and broken down bus, who 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.Read Less
Very good in good dust jacket. Nr. Fine boards bright/clean, vivid titling, square corners. Binding tight/straight. Interior/Text: Nr. Fine: pages crisp/clean, no names/writing, slight soiling top edge. D/J G. Several small tears/tiny piece missing top... H/B. 5.5" x 8.5". Sewn binding. Cloth over turquoise blue boards, beige linen spine, turquoise titale on spine & author name on front. B/W drawing of bus on title page. Rough cut side edges. Stated 1st Ed. 1979. 245 p. D/J map illustr. by Paul Bacon. Near Fine First Edition with Good D/J in Gaylord protective cover.
Very Good + in Very Good + jacket. First edition, hardcover, tiny remainder stamp to top edge, otherwise a clean, VG+ copy in a like dustjacket which has a short closed tear at the bottom edge of the rear.
Near fine in a very good dustjacket (few spots of foxing on top edge of textblock, some edgewear to dj) Original price of $8.95 still present, no remainder mark as is common with this title. HC 1st ed-The third novel by the author of 'True Grit'-a humorous account of an obstacle-filled road trip from Arkansas through Texas, Mexico and on to the Honduras. 246 pp. Dust jacket by Paul Bacon.
Very Good in Very Good+ jacket. Solid and tight, but there is foxing to page edges, and remainder marks to top and bottom. The jacket is pretty nice, couple of short closed tears, and a couple of nicks.
Don't know exactly how I came up with the idea to get this book - but I'm glad I did. It is a fun read that showcases Portis' distinctive brand of humour. For those of us old enough to remember going to the movies many years ago to see this (with John Wayne starring) it also brought back real memories.
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