True Grit

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Overlook Press, 1968 - Fiction - 215 pages
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Charles Portis has 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 (for which he won his only Academy Award). It tells the story of Mattie Ross, a fourteen-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, who sets out in the winter of eighteen seventy-something to avenge the murder of her father.

Since not even Mattie (who is no self-doubter) would ride into Indian Territory alone, she "convinces" one-eyed "Rooster" Cogburn, the meanest available U.S. Marshall, to tag along with her. As Mattie outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten types in her path, as her performance under fire makes them eat their words, her indestructible vitality and harsh innocence by turns amuse, horrify, and touch the reader. What happens-to Mattie, to the gang of outlaws unfortunate enough to tangle with her-rings with the dramatic rightness of legend and the marvelous overtones, the continual surprises, of personality.

True Grit is eccentric, cool, straight, and unflinching, like Mattie herself, who tells the story a half-century later in a voice that sounds strong and sure enough to outlast us all.

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I liked the matter-of-fact style of writing. - Goodreads
Writing was sub par, the story saved it. - Goodreads
Portis' storytelling is alluring. - Goodreads
And I do like my endings to be unquestionably happy. - Goodreads
Love the controlled tone of the writing. - Goodreads
Which some of which felt contrived, plot-wise. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Benedict8 - LibraryThing

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. Read full review

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User Review  - Howard - Goodreads

"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 ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
16
Section 3
28
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About the author (1968)

Charles Portis lives in Arkansas, where he was born and educated. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. As a reporter, he wrote for the New York Herald-Tribune and was also its London bureau chief. He is the author of four other novels, including Masters of Atlantis, The Dog of the South, Norwood, and Gringos.

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