True Grit

True Grit

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True Grit tells the story of Mattie Ross, who is just fourteen when the coward Tom Chaney shoots down her father in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his life, his horse, and $150 in cash. Determined to avenge the killing, Mattie enlists the help of Rooster Cogburg, the meanest available U.S. Marshal, and pursue the killer into Indian Territory. As Mattie outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten types in her path, her vitality and resourcefulness amuse, impress, and touch the reader.

What happens—to Mattie, to the gang of outlaws unfortunate enough to tangle with her, to Rooster and the swaggering Texas Ranger LeBoeuf—rings with the dramatic rightness of legend. An instant bestseller and critical success upon its first publication and the basis for two Academy Award-winning films, True Grit is an American Classic through and through.

The Young Readers Edition includes the complete text of True Grit, an afterword by Leonard S. Marcus and discussion questions.



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True Grit tells the story of Mattie Ross, who is just fourteen when the coward Tom Chaney shoots down her father in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his life, his horse, and $150 in cash. Determined to avenge the killing, Mattie enlists the help of Rooster Cogburg, the meanest available U.S. Marshal, and pursue the killer into Indian Territory. As Mattie outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten types in her path, her vitality and resourcefulness amuse, impress, and touch the reader.What happens—to Mattie, to the gang of outlaws unfortunate enough to tangle with her, to Rooster and the swaggering Texas Ranger LeBoeuf—rings with the dramatic rightness of legend. An instant bestseller and critical success upon its first publication and the basis for two Academy Award-winning films, True Grit is an American Classic through and through.The Young Readers Edition includes the complete text of True Grit, an afterword by Leonard S. Marcus and discussion questions.
The #1 New York Times bestseller with over two million copies in print, now available for a whole new generation of Portis fans with discussion questions

ISBN: 9781468313154
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AL_WENDY Jul 22, 2017

You don't have to love westerns to love this book! The humor is surprising, the characters are entertaining and the action just keeps coming!

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lukasevansherman
Dec 16, 2015

Yeah, I didn't know "True Grit" was a novel either. The basis for the John Wayne film and the Coen Brothers' reboot, "True Grit" (1968) is an overlooked classic from the reclusive, Arkansas-born Charles Portis. Using a classic Western plot (revenge), Portis crafts a book that transcends genre, full of potent, eccentric dialogue, colorful characters and tough action sequences. Walker Percy and Roald Dahl were fans of the novel.

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21221018293347
Apr 06, 2015

a visiting librarian recommended this novel to me. after having seen both versions of the movie, I thought that I would give this short (but powerful) book a read. It is an engaging adventure. Mattie was looking for help from a ranger with true grit - no one has half the grit of Mattie Ross. Truly a great read.

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aboyter
Sep 16, 2013

Read it out loud during a car trip. Better than the movies! Mattie Ross is one funny gal.

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JCLRachelSH
Apr 29, 2013

"She has got you buffaloed with her saucy ways!" First, imagine the dandyish Texas Ranger LaBoeuf saying this to former bushwhacker Rooster Cogburn to scold him for taking up with a 14 year old girl hell-bent on avenging her father’s death. Got it? Now, imagine it being read aloud over your car speakers by Donna Tartt during your morning commute. AWESOME. I heart the book and film versions of Charles Portis' classic western tale of revenge and justice, but the audio version read in Donna Tartt's tough-girl Mississippi accent trumps them all.

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LT
Apr 08, 2013

On reflection, I would say that I did not give nearly enough credit to Charles Portis in my quick review (below). Portis portrayed his 14-year-old heroine convincingly and sensitively. His deftness is even more remarkable because he created a courageous, self-directed heroine who didn't need a man to prop up her identity, and he wrote her into existence at a time when such individuals were not at all the fashion. *** My original comments: ,I had high expectations for this book, given the fervent admiration expressed by others. I found it gripping and enjoyable despite the heroine's occasional priggishness, but for me it was no more than an entertaining yarn. Possibly I was spoiled for the book because I saw the most recent movie version first.

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lyndzbrooke
Aug 04, 2012

I love this book! The characters are unforgettable, it's very funny and easy to read. Highly recommended whether you've seen the movie or not!

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peterbryan
Jul 23, 2012

I was a little disappointed with Portis' popular novel, mostly a function of having expected too much although I was surprised to immediately encounter that the book is written entirely in the form of a monologue which at times segued off the plot in a prolonged and dull fashion. All the same it's a short read and our lead teenage character provides all the entertainment, especially towards the end.

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melissajayne80
Oct 26, 2011

I quite enjoyed it, especially since the most recent film version of True Grit follows the book more closely than the John Wayne version, even though I haven't seen that particular version. Anyways, I really liked this book, but once you view the movie, the book is basically ruined and therefore took me awhile to actually finish it. Its not that its a bad book, its actually quite good, but its just that the Cohen Brothers took way too much from the book. But all that being said, I really enjoyed the book and would highly recommend the book to anybody who either has read a western or hasn't read a western.

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marishkajuko
Sep 04, 2011

Fantastic writing, funny, and a quick read. Highly recommended.

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ellensix Oct 11, 2015

“Rooster said, "Fill your hand, you son of a bitch!" and he took the reins in his teeth and pulled the other saddle revolver and drove his spurs into the flanks of his strong horse Bo and charged directly at the bandits. It was a sight to see. He held the revolvers wide on either side of the head of his plunging steed. The four bandits accepted the challenge and they likewise pulled their arms and charged their ponies ahead.”

ellensix Oct 11, 2015

“You can expect that out of Federal people and to make it worse this was a Republican gang that cared nothing for the opinion of the good people of Arkansas who are Democrats.”

ellensix Oct 11, 2015

“I will go further and say all cats are wicked, though often useful”

ellensix Oct 11, 2015

“That's bold talk for a one-eyed fat man.” Mattie Ross

ellensix Oct 11, 2015

"Men will live like billy goats if they are let alone.” Mattie Ross

ellensix Oct 11, 2015

"I always go backwards when I am backing up.” Rooster Cogburn

ellensix Oct 11, 2015

“I know what they said even if they would not say it to my face. People love to talk. They love to slander you if you have any substance.” Mattie Ross

ellensix Oct 11, 2015

“There is no knowing what is in a man's heart.”

ellensix Oct 11, 2015

“If you want anything done right you will have to see to it yourself every time.” Mattie Ross

SPL_STARR Jun 23, 2015

"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."

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Dec 07, 2015

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May 28, 2013

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Sep 04, 2011

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Jan 19, 2011

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rtwete
Jan 16, 2011

Everyone knows the plot of this novel, I expect the Coen Brothers movie to be better than this good novel.

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