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True Grit (1968)

by Charles Portis

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3,6521802,762 (4.14)1 / 284
In the 1870s, young Mattie Ross learns that her beloved father was gunned down by his former handyman. But even though this gutsy 14-year-old is seeking vengeance, she is smart enough to figure out she can't go alone after a desperado who's holed up in Indian territory. With some fast-talking, she convinces mean, one-eyed US Marshal "Rooster" Cogburn into going after the despicable outlaw with her.… (more)
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 Westerns: True Grit5 unread / 5Sergeirocks, December 2016

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Best. narrator. EVER. ( )
  jstruzzi | Jan 14, 2022 |
Best. narrator. EVER. ( )
  jstruzzi | Jan 14, 2022 |
> “… There will be expenses.” “I hope you don’t think I am going to keep you in whiskey.” “I don’t have to buy that, I confiscate it. You might try a little touch of it for your cold.” “No, thank you.” “This is the real article. It is double-rectified busthead from Madison County, aged in the keg. A little spoonful would do you a power of good.” “I would not put a thief in my mouth to steal my brains.” ( )
  breic | Nov 28, 2021 |
I think this will always be one of my favourite books. Brilliant, evocative, short. A tale about the cost of revenge, redemption and courage in a bleak, desperate frontier wilderness. The book has been made into film twice, the second version being the Coen brothers interpretation which brings it to technicolor life brilliantly (though with a few of their own quirky excerpts thrown in). I'm always buying new copies of the book because I've given so many away. ( )
  FelixFern | Nov 10, 2021 |
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Portis, CharlesAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Asmussen, DesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tartt, DonnaAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In the 1870s, young Mattie Ross learns that her beloved father was gunned down by his former handyman. But even though this gutsy 14-year-old is seeking vengeance, she is smart enough to figure out she can't go alone after a desperado who's holed up in Indian territory. With some fast-talking, she convinces mean, one-eyed US Marshal "Rooster" Cogburn into going after the despicable outlaw with her.

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