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True Grit
by Charles Portis

Published: 2007-08-28
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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 ...
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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.

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People do not give it credence that a fourteen-year-old girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to avenge her father’s blood but it did not seem so strange then, although I will say it did not happen every day. I was just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shot my father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robbed him of his life and his horse and $150 in cash money plus two California gold pieces that he carried in his trouser band. ... view entire excerpt...

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by SRJacksack (see profile) 07/08/17

 
  "true"by Abby0814 (see profile) 06/02/11

 
  "Fun glimpse into life in the old west"by rebeccalyr (see profile) 05/31/11

I enjoyed the adventure and the humor in the book. I didn't really care either way about the characters but I thought the descriptions of life on the edge of the 'lawless' Indian territory was fascinating.... (read more)

 
  "Love Mattie!"by sassyeku (see profile) 05/15/11

 
  "True Grit"by Neyly (see profile) 03/20/11

I enjoyed the (male) author narrating events (first person) from the viewpoint of a middle-age(ish) woman looking back on events that happened when she was 13. Portis carries it off well. Knowing the... (read more)

 
  "True Grit - Review"by e.c.newton (see profile) 01/05/10

A story about a courageous girl with a knack to get things done even if it's the hard way. A great read.

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