True Grit: A Novel

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Overlook, Aug 28, 2007 - Fiction - 240 pages
103 Reviews
Charles Portis has long been acclaimed as one of America’s foremost writers. True Grit is the basis for two movies, the 1969 classic starring John Wayne and the Academy AwardŽ winning 2010 version starring Jeff Bridges and written and directed by the Coen brothers.
 
True Grit 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. 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 status, this is an American classic through and through.
 
This mass-market edition includes an afterword by award-winning Donna Tartt, author of The Little Friend and The Secret History.

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I liked the matter-of-fact style of writing. - Goodreads
Writing was sub par, the story saved it. - Goodreads
Love the controlled tone of the writing. - Goodreads
Which some of which felt contrived, plot-wise. - Goodreads

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User Review  - TheDivineOomba - LibraryThing

This was read for my book group - and the best rated book by the group so far. The story is simple in execution, but surprisingly complex. The book generated much conversation about changing values ... Read full review

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User Review  - Janet - Goodreads

Enjoyed this novel with a clean cut direct style. Written as a monologue Mattie is direct and unshaken. The author uses humor and metaphors coupled with a tale that provides a plot to seize the reader ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Charles Portis lives in Arkansas, where he was born and educated. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War, was the London bureau chief of the New York Herald-Tribune, and was a writer for The New Yorker.

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