True Grit: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Aug 28, 2007 - Fiction - 256 pages
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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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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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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 (2007)

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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