True Grit

A Novel

Portis, Charles

(Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
True Grit
Charles Portis has long been acclaimed as one of America's foremost writers. True Grit is the basis for two movies, the 1969 classic starring John Wayne and the Academy Award® winning 2010 version starring Jeff Bridges and written and directed by the Coen brothers. True Grit 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. 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 status, this is an American classic through and through. This mass-market edition includes an afterword by award-winning Donna Tartt, author of The Little Friend and The Secret History .
Publisher: Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, 2007
ISBN: 1585679380
Branch Call Number: WESTERN PORTIS 2007
Characteristics: 224 p. ;,21 cm


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Sep 16, 2013
  • aboyter rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Apr 29, 2013
  • JCLRachelSH rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"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.

Apr 13, 2013
  • LT rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Sanrin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Told as a monologue by Mattie Ross a few decades after the incident has taken place, the story of how she sets out to avenge her father's death is gripping, humorous, and a powerful portrait of the frontier at that time. The afterword has an interesting comparison of Mattie to other, similar novels of the time, such as Huck Finn and Dorothy Gale. I'm looking forward to reading more of Portis's work, and grateful not to have missed this masterpiece.

Aug 04, 2012
  • lyndzbrooke rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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!

Jul 23, 2012
  • peterbryan rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 26, 2011
  • melissajayne80 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Sep 04, 2011
  • marishkajuko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 09, 2011
  • Jennmro rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I have to admit to not having heard of this book until the Coen brother's movie came out. I've not seen the movie but wanted to and thought I should read the book first, and I'm glad I read it! I liked Mattie's character right away and loved the style of writing - I couldn't put it down and I ended up reading the whole book in one sitting. Great read and I can't wait to see BOTH of the movies.

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Jan 09, 2012
  • rtwete rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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


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Sep 16, 2013
  • aboyter rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mattie - "Why did he shoot the dog?"

LaBoeuf - "I don't know that. Just meanness. Chelmsford is a hard case. He claims the dog barked at him. I don't know if he did or not."


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