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True Grit
True Grit
Author: Charles Portis
Mattie Ross, a fourteen-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her Daddy who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest U.S. marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie as vital as she is innocent outdickers a...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780671763800
ISBN-10: 0671763806
Publication Date: 6/10/1968
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

5 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Simon Schuster
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 6
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twylah avatar reviewed True Grit on + 21 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
The Coen brothers claim that their recent remake (2010) of the original John Wayne movie version of this book is different because, according to them, THEIR version is based more closely on the novel. So I read the novel. The Coen brothers are full of garbage... the original movie is almost word-for-word, scene-for-scene, taken straight from the original novel. And the novel is REALLY wonderful. This is a richly-illustrated, true Western adventure novel; one of the best I have ever read. Charles Portis does a masterful job of bringing his characters to full and vivid life, to the point that they almost walk right off the pages. Whether you're a fan of the John Wayne classic, or a fan of the Coen brothers' remake, or even if you've never seen either film, you should definitely read this book.
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missgwhiz avatar reviewed True Grit on + 186 more book reviews
i have looked through this book, and what i see is that this book matches the true grit film to a Tee!! This book is a classic western in my book.and it has brought me back memories of john wayne sitting high in the saddle playing rooster cogburn,with that patch on his eye.wonderful read.pure and simple!
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I read this book in high school (1970s) and loved it for portraying an adolescent girl as a Wild West hero. At that time, it was mostly about the gunslinger and cowboy, never about women or girls.