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True Grit (original 1968; edition 1968)

by Charles Portis

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Title:True Grit
Authors:Charles Portis
Info:Editions du Rocher, Edition: SERPENT A PLUMES, Paperback
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:crime, 2013, male, USA, 60s

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True Grit by Charles Portis (1968)

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Best. narrator. EVER. ( )
  libheroine | Jun 5, 2017 |
Having seen both versions of "True Grit's" movie incarnation I decided to read the book and found the second movie a much closer rendition than the first. The book read well and drew me in immediately listening to Mattie Ross tell the story in her own inimitable voice, which in itself was a bit of a literary feat. Three and a half stars for "True Grit." A good read. ( )
  Renzomalo | Apr 2, 2017 |
Next down the list for my Westerns genre assignment, this book blows [b:Hondo|469933|Hondo|Louis L'Amour|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320468717s/469933.jpg|458243] out of the water, at least as far as my reading preferences go. The style is fantastic--a bit Presbyterian, very spoken-out, very typical of the sorts of accounts coming from the West at the time, the autobiographies that are unselfconscious and imperfect. The story is simple, so wonderfully simple, which I think a lot of authors and screen-writers could learn from. It's an affair that only really matters to the few people involved, but while they're in it it is everything to them.

And Mattie Ross. This is a character every fourteen-year-old girl should see! She's passionate and petty, sensible and sanctimonious, she's a girl with the true grit of the title. She's strong and yet she cries sometimes--as one would in such an overwhelming situation--and it doesn't compromise her strength and her ability to see this through. I love how vengeful she is. I love that she knows from the start what she wants to see happen, and that she doesn't care what's proper.

This is a Western and it's a good one, but one I'd easily recommend to people who aren't interested necessarily in the genre itself. I mean, we've got an afterward by [a:Donna Tartt|8719|Donna Tartt|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1409871301p2/8719.jpg], which probably tells you a lot about who this book could suit. ( )
  likecymbeline | Apr 1, 2017 |
I was immediately hooked from the very beginning. First line: "People do not give it credence that a fourteen-year-old girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to avenge her father's blood but it did not seem so strange then, although I will say it did not happen every day".

The narrator is Mattie Ross, and what a kick-ass girl she is. The story continues with her hiring Rooster Cogburn to hunt down her Papa's killer, and insisting that she tags along to make sure he does the job.

Other memorable characters show up, such as LaBoeuf, who has his own motives for going after Papa's killer.

What really made this book fantastic was the dialogue. Just so snappy, and slyly witty.

Another favorite of 2017 thus far, even though this novel has been out for years and two movie adaptions. I plan on watching at least one of them in the near future (probably the Coen Brothers version first). ( )
  ValerieAndBooks | Mar 31, 2017 |
The star of this novel is the narrator's voice, distinct and pitch-perfect. It conveys the worldviews of both the 14 year old main character, and her much older self, recounting the story sometime shortly before the 1928 election (whose outcome she wildly miss-predicts, another subtle marker of her skewed take on the world). Mattie Ross has grit in abundance; she has however no sense of humor or irony, and a wholly idiosyncratic form of dogmatic Calvinism that makes more use of Bible verses and theological concepts than they make of her. Portis never breaks from his character's voice, and so the humor in the book - and there's a lot - is delivered in a consistent deadpan. ( )
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Charles Portis has long been acclaimed as one of America's foremost comic writers. True Grit is his most famous novel--first published in 1968, and the basis for the movie of the same name starring John Wayne. It tells the story of Mattie Ross, who is just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shoots her father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his life, his horse, and $150 in cash money. Mattie leaves home to avenge her father's blood. With the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available U.S. Marshal, by her side, Mattie pursues the homicide into Indian Territory.

True Grit is eccentric, cool, straight, and unflinching, like Mattie herself. From a writer of true cult status, this is an American classic through and through. This new edition, with a smart new package and an afterword by acclaimed author Donna Tartt, will bring this masterpiece to an even broader audience.

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Mattie Ross is just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shoots her father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his life, his horse, and $150 in cash money. Mattie leaves home to avenge her father's blood. With the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available U.S. Marshal, by her side, Mattie pursues the homicide into Indian Territory.… (more)

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