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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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This book has changed my opinion about westerns. It's unexpectedly hilarious and really exciting. Mattie is an awesome badass. ( )
  jp0058 | Jul 26, 2016 |
-- Mattie Ross is a 14 yr. old girl from Arkansas who tracks down her father's killer with help of a U.S. marshal. Story takes place in early 20th century. Characters ride horses not all-terrain vehicles. They carry guns & rifles not wireless phones. TRUE GRIT is classic story of good guys vs. outlaws. -- ( )
  MinaIsham | Jun 7, 2016 |
Sometimes I wish I had some training in how to read literature. ?Then I might be able to figure out what makes this book successful. ?áI never once thought of DNFing, even though I only picked it up because I wanted to try something completely unlike any of the genres I normally read. ?áI *think* for me it was the voice that appealed. ?áTold in first person, but as a memoir - we could tell all along that Mattie's quest was going to be resolved, and that she'd survive to a ripe old age to tell her story to some whipper-snapper writer. ?áSo it was fun imagining what kinds of things were going on behind the scenes, and what kinds of things old Mattie changed a bit to tell the story somewhat more the way she wanted it to have happened. ?áBut don't get me wrong - mostly it probably did happen just the way it's told (remembering of course it's fiction thru&thru). ?áYoung Mattie is thoroughly believable, though amazing. ?áIt's a short book, exciting and funny, try it yourself!

Btw, I've not seen either movie version, and only bits of the other movie, Rooster Cogburn w/ Kate Hepburn. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
The recent movie was much better. ( )
  Foghorn-Leghorn | Jun 5, 2016 |
way better than both movies! ( )
  Rich_B | Jun 2, 2016 |
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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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