True Grit: A Novel by Charles Portis

True Grit: A Novel

byCharles Portis

Kobo ebook | November 5, 2010

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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.

Title:True Grit: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 5, 2010Publisher:The Overlook PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1590206509

ISBN - 13:9781590206508

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh. This one just didn't do it for me. Considering the widespread critical acclaim that True Grit has received, I was expecting so much more from it. I found this novel to be exceedingly anticlimactic and downright boring in parts. It wasn't terrible, just dry. If you're a fan of westerns you should definitely still give this one a shot, but don't say I didn't warn you.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Juicy quick read This is the western for people who don't like westerns or have never read one. I picked this up hoping to read it before the movie and got it done in 2 sittings. You get pretty attached to the characters and I almost wished there had been a series for Mattie. She's a young empowered woman for sure. Nothing stops her. She has "true grit". Something unique to this book is that there's very little infractions. You'll find yourself thinking "cannot" instead of cant etc. While it lends well to Mattie's character, all the characters talk that way and it starts to make you wonder if it was originally written in another language or something! I feel like the book just got going by the time it ended. I would have liked more, but you'll like it and I bet the movie will stay pretty close to it.
Date published: 2011-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast, rich description I never knew True Grit was a book, till I saw it one day in the store, so I gave it a read. I would have never thought that the story of a 14 year old girl looking for revenge in the old west would have caught my imagination and took me on such a wild ride. Now I will say not a lot happens in the book, it's not some action fest. But the writting is perfect, it just bleeds with a vivid description of amazing dialogue.
Date published: 2010-12-17