True Grit by tartt Donna Donna, tartt


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True Grit is a rarity--a truly comic novel and that's a seldom thing in these drearily. Freud-ily unfunny days.


Mattie Ross is just 14 years old when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shoots her father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, robbing him of his life, his horse, and $150 in cash. Accompained by the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn -- the meanest available US Marshall -- Mattie leaves home to avenge her father's death and to pursue his killer into Indian Territory.
The basis for the classic film of the same name featuring John Wayne in his only Academy Award winning performance and now a major motion picture directed by the Coen Brothers starring Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges.

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Charles Portis has long been acclaimed as one of America's foremost writers.  True Grit, his most famous novel, was first published in 1968, and became the basis for the movie starring John Wayne.
Published January 1, 1968 by Simon and Schuster. 215 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Humor & Entertainment, History, Children's Books, Romance, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Peak Rank on Feb 13 2011
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on Jun 10 1980

True Grit is a rarity--a truly comic novel and that's a seldom thing in these drearily. Freud-ily unfunny days.

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Reviewed by CHRISTOPHER HIRST on Feb 03 2011

The story is undeniably gripping with violence erupting from nowhere, as it often does in life. The lives of the characters may be nasty, brutish and short, but Cogburn achieves reluctant redemption as he honours his contract with the girl.

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Open Letters Monthly

Reviewed by Ingrid Norton on Mar 11 2016

The upcoming Coen Brothers’ adaptation attests to that enduring appeal. For the secret to True Grit’s greatness resides not in collective history but in character. By locating fortitude and grit in the past, we hope to find it in ourselves.

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Reviewed by Stefan Beck on Dec 22 2010

It would have been easy to get laughs from the absurdity of a headstronggirl bending a U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger to her will. Portis managessomething more difficult, which is persuading the reader to accept a world inwhich this is both absurd and, maybe just this once, believable.

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Above average
Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on Nov 15 2012

Although today’s teens seem to be caught up in a technologically-driven world, I think they can still enjoy reading about Mattie Ross and her adventures. Mattie might be just a character from an old western, but she’s certainly not your typical Wild West character, especially for a teenaged female.

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