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True Grit by Charles Portis

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
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Tags:crime, 2013, male, USA, 60s

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True Grit by Charles Portis (1968)

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Like Donna Tartt, I cannot recommend this novel enough. It is the story of Mattie Ross, age 14, and her mission for justice, as told by that lady many years later. Portis's impersonation is amazing. It is a thrilling man hunt and character study, and, I assume, a romantic revision of the virtues of the men of the Wild West - while we over here had Sherlock Holmes wrangling with Jack the Ripper et al. Lucky Ned, The Original Greaser Bob and Tom Chaney will live forever, not to mention Rooster Cogburn, La Boeuf and Mattie herself. By the end of the novel, no reader can be left in doubt which character above all truly possesses True Grit. ( )
  jtck121166 | Nov 2, 2014 |
After watching both movie adaptations, it was really nice to finally read the book. I loved it as much as the movies. Wish I had bought this instead of borrowed. ( )
  Tarklovishki | Oct 31, 2014 |
This book was fantastic. I love all the characters and the story was great. It was written really well. I have not seen the movie, but I can visualize every little detail as it is written so well. The book is very serious with some suspense, but there is also occasional comedic dialogue. ( )
  renbedell | Sep 3, 2014 |
The new movie is so good I saw it twice.

I listened to this book on Audible.com and found it almost as good, but very worthwhile.

I would like to get my daughter to read this book so she could get the idea of toughness in a woman. ( )
  Benedict8 | Jul 16, 2014 |
When fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross' father is murdered, she sets out to revenge herself on the killer, hiring a US Marshal with a mean reputation to track him down and then simply and steadfastly refusing to be left behind on the hunt. It's a very simple story, one that goes exactly where it tells you at the outset it's going to go. But it's a surprisingly compelling one. Largely that's due to the main character; the stolid, determined, tough and serious-minded Mattie is a pretty memorable gal. But a lot of it also has to do with the voice it's written in. First person narration is something of a literary conceit, really, one that usually requires a certain amount of suspension of disbelief, no matter how unconscious and effortless that might be. Seldom is it truly quite believable that a novel would in fact be told by its main character exactly the way it is told, especially when the character is not herself a professional writer. Not this one, though. Everything about it, from the slightly stilted language to Mattie's not infrequent digressions into political or religious opinions, feels absolutely authentic, as though it could indeed have been written years later by a real person who really lived these experiences. Nothing about it feels the least bit artful or artificial, and yet, as a novel, it reads absolutely smoothly. It's a darned impressive effect. ( )
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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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