True grit: a novel

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Simon and Schuster, 1968 - Fiction - 215 pages
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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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UPDATED: 03June15 - second reading 5***** and a ❤ Audiobook performed by Donna Tartt Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Dardanelle Arkansas, sets out in the winter of Eighteen-Seventy-something to ... Read full review

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I listened to the audiobook, read by Donna Tartt. It's the story of Mattie Ross, a very (very) pragmatic 14 year old who sets out to avenge the death of her father in late 1880s Arkansas. Initially I ... Read full review


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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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