True grit: a novel

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Simon and Schuster, 1968 - Fiction - 215 pages
161 Reviews
This book is Portiss most famous novel and the basis for the movie of the same name starring John Wayne. It tells the story of Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Arkansas in the 1870s, who sets out one winter to avenge the murder of her father.

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

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When you think of True Grit you probably think of the movie version(s). But True Grit was a book first and for a while it was very popular, read alongside authors such as Poe, Whitman in high school ... Read full review

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About the author (1968)

Charles Portis lives in Arkansas, where he was born and educated. Portis served as a reporter for the New York Herald-Tribune and was also its London bureau chief. His first novel, Norwood, was published in 1966. His other novels are True Grit, The Dog of the South, and Gringos. True Grit has been made into a movie two times, once in 1969 with John Wayne (who won his only academy award by playing the main character of Rooster Cogburn), and a second time in 2010 with Jeff Bridges as the main character. Mr. Bridges was nominated for the Rooster Cogburn role, but did not win.

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