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by Charles Portis

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.
Download True Grit: A Novel epub
ISBN: 159020459X
ISBN13: 978-1590204597
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Charles Portis
Language: English
Publisher: The Overlook Press; Media Tie In, Reprint edition (November 5, 2010)
Pages: 240 pages
ePUB size: 1517 kb
FB2 size: 1150 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 209
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If you are a fan of either of the True Grit Movies, be it the John Wayne title or the more recent 2010 remake with Jeff Bridges, you'll enjoy this book. Both films stick to the book in their own way, but in my opinion the newer release sticks closer to the original plot and tone of the book; although both add and take away in places. Overall, even if you haven't seen the film I'd recommend it as it is a captivating but quick read (I finished It in one night). My only complaint is it is not longer, but sometimes the greatest pieces get to the point quicker than others.
After reading a string of unimpressive books, True Grit surprised me and made me remember what it was that I love about reading!

From the first page, it hooks you. I found the main character, Mattie, to be so likable (in both the book and film) and strong. It’s hard to not admire a character with such strength and determination. She’s looking for the man who killed her father and has hired the U.S. Marshall with the most grit to aid her. A Texas Ranger, LaBeouf also joins up with them for the mission. There are so many times when she’s told that she can’t do something and then does it anyways. Her age and sex do not stand in the way of anything for her.

I did see the Coen brother’s version of the movie before reading the book, but as I was reading along I could see that most of the dialogue from the movie was taken directly from the book. I love when a book and movie can be so similar, it makes visualizing the characters and events much easier. The dialogue is also incredibly witty, smart and funny (when it’s meant to be).

I loved this book! I tore through it in a matter of days. It’s a fun story, exciting throughout the entire read, the characters are likable (even when they’re rude!) and overall, this is just an excellent read. Highly recommended!
What makes True Grit the fine novel it is ,is it's brilliant use of first person narrative by its main character.Mattie Ross is a 14 year old girl who goes through something that winds up defining her for life.It grabs you at the beginning and holds you to the end.
Most readers will probably have seen one or both movie versions.That's not a problem.One impression you'll almost certainly have is this is a western.It is.But it's a western set in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma not the Rio Bravo.The novel is as much or more Southern as it is Western.All the principles have a connection to the Civil War.The older men fought for the Confederacy.The Indians in Oklahoma(Indian Territory) fought for the Confederacy.Federal Judge Parker is a carpetbagger and Republicans are a scurvy lot.Mattie's political commentary is priceless.
There is an afterword by Donna Tart that is surprisingly mediocre.Tart has little of interest to say.While she claims to be an aficionado of the book ,her grasp of the historical setting is shaky.The novel is almost certainly set in 1878.It can't be before 1877 because Rutherford B. Hayes is president and it can't be after his term ended which is March 1881.I can't prove this but I think the novel is a 50 year anniversary reverie by Mattie Ross which takes place in 1928.You know it's 1928 because Mattie talks of her belief that Al Smith will be elected president.Tart says the novel takes place shortly after the Civil War which is correct if you consider 13 years , shortly after.She also says the novel is reflected through Mattie's memories in the early 1900's.Well if you consider 1928 the early 1900's , that's correct.However I have a suspicion Tart thinks Mattie's reflections take place in 1903 when she goes to see Rooster Cogburn in the Wild West Show.After mapping out the history in my head ,I checked to see what others think and I realized a lot of reviewers miss the comments on Hayes and Smith.That's too bad because if you don't grasp the political and historical context of the novel you're missing part of it and a dimension of Mattie.
It's not everyday that a book written nearly 40 years ago is still appealing, fresh, clever, and marvelous to read. I knew that there had to be something here (I mean, it's been made into two films) but I wasn't sure about reading a western (especially a YA western). Any fears that you may have that this book will not engage and entertain you can be safely laid to rest.
My favorite genre is still thriller novels, gruesome serial killers or dark broken women (think Gone Girl) but I have to say this book was very refreshing and while a light, quick read (I spent a few hours in basically one sitting to finish) it wasn't light on content or message.
Quite often in these cases I'd be writing "the book is so much better than the film" but I have to say that in this case the films (I've seen both versions) stayed fairly true to the book (the more recent version being more "gutsy").
Anyway, if you're reading this far, go ahead and purchase the book and trust me that you won't be disappointed.
This is an American classic that is underappreciated despite generating two popular Hollywood movies. Charlie Portis's writing is fantastic, and his character development is top-notch. This is a gripping and exciting novel that is much better than either of the namesake movies. This tells the story of a brave young woman seeking her father's murderer. Along the way she is joined by two complex characters, one a drunken US Marshall and the other a self-obsessed Texas Ranger. All three join forces (sometimes) to seek the murder and the rest of the murderer's gang. The adventure travels through the rugged wilds of late 1800s Arkansas and Oklahoma. This is the quintessential great American novel.