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Author: Charles Portis
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Publisher: The Overlook Press; Reprint edition (October 30, 2012)

True Grit: A Novel by Charles Portis



Charles Portis, the reclusive author of the 1968 novel True Grit, is a cult writer’s cult writer, cherished by a small but devoted following. But Mr. Portis doesn’t use e-mail, has an unlisted phone number, declines interview requests, including one for this article, and shuns photographs with the ardor of a fugitive in the witness protection program. He hasn’t published a novel in nearly 20 years. The writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron, who got to know Mr. Portis in the early ’60s, when he was a reporter for The New York Herald Tribune, recalled that back then he was more sociable. Charlie was just charming, the life of the party almost, she said. But he was a newspaper reporter who didn’t have a phone.

True Grit is a great American novel that tells the story of a teenager’s overpowering effort to avenge the murder of her father. Set in a period in history when the law was much less well-established than it is now, True Grit takes its place alongside books like To Kill a Mockingbird and the novels of Mark Twain. It is a beloved American classic through and through. Leonar True Grit is a great American novel that tells the story of a teenager’s overpowering effort to avenge the murder of her father

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. Like Mark Twain¦s Huckleberry Finn and Thomas Berger¦s Little Big Man, Charles Portis¦s True Grit captures the nanve elegance of the American voice. Read it and have the most fun you¦ve had reading a novel in years, maybe decades. Skillfully constructed, a comic tour de force. Charles Portis details the savagery of the 1870s frontier through an astonishing narrative voice: that of the 14-year- old Mattie Ross, a flinty, skeptical, Bible-thumping scourge¦ - Wall Street Journal.

Ailment: Neediness Cure: True Grit by Charles Portis Feeling able to ask for help when you need it is essential – even laudable. But if you're unable to do anything by yourself, your friends and family may find you burdensome. If you recognise this trait in yourself, you may, like a slushy road, be in dire need of a handful of grit. Cure: True Grit by Charles Portis. Feeling able to ask for help when you need it is essential – even laudable. Find it in this sparingly written and beautifully crafted tale of revenge set in 1875 in Arkansas. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view.

True Grit (2010) runs 110 minutes and if they had pushed that time to even 140 minutes I think they could have come damn close. True Grit (1969) ran 128 minutes and filmed more scenes from the book but captured less of the true grit of the story. What’s needed is 5 minutes of Mattie opening the story from 1928, the vantage point of her narration, and another few minutes closing it. I’m not fond of framing novels and movies with action outside of the story, but that’s how Charles Portis wrote it, and I think it’s needed to capture the voice of Mattie

True Grit is his most famous novel-first published in 1968, and the basis for the movie of the same name starring John Wayne. Mattie leaves home to avenge her father's blood. Marshal, by her side, Mattie pursues the homicide into Indian Territory. True Grit is eccentric, cool, straight, and.

Then she hears of Rooster - a man, she's told, who has grit - and convinces him to join her in a quest into dark, dangerous Indian territory to hunt Chaney down and avenge her father's murder. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Publisher: Bloomsbury PublishingReleased: Jan 14, 2011ISBN: 9781408821527Format: book. The Branch and the Scaffold: A Novel of Judge Parker. A River Runs through It and Other Stories.

Although, as we'll discover this month, True Grit is definitely a book that rewards more than one read. It's a classic case of art hiding the artifice. It seems incredibly simple – until you look closely at what's going on under the bonnet, as we shall do.

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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.
Reviews: 7
Bev
If you are a fan of either of the True Grit Movies, be it the John Wayne title or the more recent 2010 remake with Jeff Bridges, you'll enjoy this book. Both films stick to the book in their own way, but in my opinion the newer release sticks closer to the original plot and tone of the book; although both add and take away in places. Overall, even if you haven't seen the film I'd recommend it as it is a captivating but quick read (I finished It in one night). My only complaint is it is not longer, but sometimes the greatest pieces get to the point quicker than others.
Agantrius
After reading a string of unimpressive books, True Grit surprised me and made me remember what it was that I love about reading!

From the first page, it hooks you. I found the main character, Mattie, to be so likable (in both the book and film) and strong. It’s hard to not admire a character with such strength and determination. She’s looking for the man who killed her father and has hired the U.S. Marshall with the most grit to aid her. A Texas Ranger, LaBeouf also joins up with them for the mission. There are so many times when she’s told that she can’t do something and then does it anyways. Her age and sex do not stand in the way of anything for her.

I did see the Coen brother’s version of the movie before reading the book, but as I was reading along I could see that most of the dialogue from the movie was taken directly from the book. I love when a book and movie can be so similar, it makes visualizing the characters and events much easier. The dialogue is also incredibly witty, smart and funny (when it’s meant to be).

I loved this book! I tore through it in a matter of days. It’s a fun story, exciting throughout the entire read, the characters are likable (even when they’re rude!) and overall, this is just an excellent read. Highly recommended!
Nikobar
What makes True Grit the fine novel it is ,is it's brilliant use of first person narrative by its main character.Mattie Ross is a 14 year old girl who goes through something that winds up defining her for life.It grabs you at the beginning and holds you to the end.
Most readers will probably have seen one or both movie versions.That's not a problem.One impression you'll almost certainly have is this is a western.It is.But it's a western set in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma not the Rio Bravo.The novel is as much or more Southern as it is Western.All the principles have a connection to the Civil War.The older men fought for the Confederacy.The Indians in Oklahoma(Indian Territory) fought for the Confederacy.Federal Judge Parker is a carpetbagger and Republicans are a scurvy lot.Mattie's political commentary is priceless.
There is an afterword by Donna Tart that is surprisingly mediocre.Tart has little of interest to say.While she claims to be an aficionado of the book ,her grasp of the historical setting is shaky.The novel is almost certainly set in 1878.It can't be before 1877 because Rutherford B. Hayes is president and it can't be after his term ended which is March 1881.I can't prove this but I think the novel is a 50 year anniversary reverie by Mattie Ross which takes place in 1928.You know it's 1928 because Mattie talks of her belief that Al Smith will be elected president.Tart says the novel takes place shortly after the Civil War which is correct if you consider 13 years , shortly after.She also says the novel is reflected through Mattie's memories in the early 1900's.Well if you consider 1928 the early 1900's , that's correct.However I have a suspicion Tart thinks Mattie's reflections take place in 1903 when she goes to see Rooster Cogburn in the Wild West Show.After mapping out the history in my head ,I checked to see what others think and I realized a lot of reviewers miss the comments on Hayes and Smith.That's too bad because if you don't grasp the political and historical context of the novel you're missing part of it and a dimension of Mattie.
digytal soul
It's not everyday that a book written nearly 40 years ago is still appealing, fresh, clever, and marvelous to read. I knew that there had to be something here (I mean, it's been made into two films) but I wasn't sure about reading a western (especially a YA western). Any fears that you may have that this book will not engage and entertain you can be safely laid to rest.
My favorite genre is still thriller novels, gruesome serial killers or dark broken women (think Gone Girl) but I have to say this book was very refreshing and while a light, quick read (I spent a few hours in basically one sitting to finish) it wasn't light on content or message.
Quite often in these cases I'd be writing "the book is so much better than the film" but I have to say that in this case the films (I've seen both versions) stayed fairly true to the book (the more recent version being more "gutsy").
Anyway, if you're reading this far, go ahead and purchase the book and trust me that you won't be disappointed.
Cildorais
This is an American classic that is underappreciated despite generating two popular Hollywood movies. Charlie Portis's writing is fantastic, and his character development is top-notch. This is a gripping and exciting novel that is much better than either of the namesake movies. This tells the story of a brave young woman seeking her father's murderer. Along the way she is joined by two complex characters, one a drunken US Marshall and the other a self-obsessed Texas Ranger. All three join forces (sometimes) to seek the murder and the rest of the murderer's gang. The adventure travels through the rugged wilds of late 1800s Arkansas and Oklahoma. This is the quintessential great American novel.