Review: True Grit: Movie TieIn Edition

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TRUE GRIT, the most famous novel by acclaimed American writer Charles Portis, is the story of Mattie Ross, who is only 14 when the coward Tom Chaney shoots her father and robs him of his life, his horse and his cash. With Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available US Marshal, she goes to avenge her father, who has fled into Indian territory. TRUE GRIT was made into a movie in 1969 starring John Wayne ... Read full review

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Have you ever teamed up with a drunken U.S. Marshal? If so, this book is for you. The author of this book is Charles McColl Portis. Charles Portis was born December 28, 1933. He is best known for Norwood (1966) and the classic Western novel True Grit (1968), both were made into movies. A newer film of True Grit was released in 2010. Portis has been described as "one of the most inventively comic writers of western fiction". I chose this book because I saw both the movies and wanted to see how the two compare. I expected to learn more about western civilization in the 1920’s. The book True Grit is about a 14 year old girl named Mattie Ross who tells the story of how she gets vengeance on Tom Chaney, the man who killed her father for gold. Mattie gets help from a U.S. Marshal named Rooster Cogburn. Rooster and Mattie end up going on an adventure and kill Tom Chaney. The theme of the book is that revenge is an evil thing.
My overall opinion of the book would be that it is a good western cowboy book. It takes place in western civilization in the 1920’s. I think the perfect audience for this book would be people who like western movies/books, history teachers, and overall english teachers.

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