True Grit

True Grit

Charles Portis / Apr 08, 2020
True Grit On a trip to buy ponies Frank Ross is shot dead by Tom Chaney one of his own workers for a horse cash and two Californian gold pieces When Ross s unusually single minded fourteen year old daug
  • Title: True Grit
  • Author: Charles Portis
  • ISBN: 9781408814000
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Paperback
  • On a trip to buy ponies, Frank Ross is shot dead by Tom Chaney, one of his own workers, for a horse, 150 cash,and two Californian gold pieces When Ross s unusually single minded fourteen year old daughter Mattie arrives to claim his body, she discovers that the authorities are doing nothing to find Chaney Then she hears of Rooster a man, she s told, who has grit andOn a trip to buy ponies, Frank Ross is shot dead by Tom Chaney, one of his own workers, for a horse, 150 cash,and two Californian gold pieces When Ross s unusually single minded fourteen year old daughter Mattie arrives to claim his body, she discovers that the authorities are doing nothing to find Chaney 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 First brought to the big screen in a classic 1969 western starring John Wayne, True Grit is now a major motion picture by the Coen brothers, starring Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin.
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      • Charles Portis

        Charles McColl Portis was born in 1933, in El Dorado Arkansas and was raised in various towns in southern Arkansas He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean war and after his discharge in 1955 attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville He graduated with a degree in journalism in 1958.His journalistic career included work at the Arkansas Gazette before he moved to New York to work for The New York Herald Tribune After serving as the London bureau chief for the The New York Herald Tribune, he left journalism in 1964 and returned to Arkansas to write novels.He currently lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.


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    1. Finding a novel which you can recommend to everybody is really not easy Look at these totally five star novels Lolita nah, it s about a paedophileUlysses absolutely not, too hard, and no plotMoby Dick you kidding recommend this and lose your friends A Clockwork Orange it s not even in English Trainspotting see Clockwork OrangeMemoirs of Hadrian See Ulysses, only also, it s RomanBlindness it s horrible But here is True Grit, which I recommend to all goodreaders Are there any badreaders Is there a [...]


    2. I loved it.Mattie Ross is one of the great American children characters along with Huckleberry Finn and Scout Finch Portis protagonist and narrator looks back from the early 1900s to her childhood in the 1870s, not long after the end of the Civil War, when she as a 14 year old girl went out into the Indian nation to find her father s killer.Reminiscent of Mark Twain and also Barbara Kingsolver s narration in The Poisonwood Bible the lyric quality of Charles Portis s prose is a treasure Portis ha [...]


    3. On the whole, the western genre doesn t inherently appeal to me I m not a modern emasculated male yearning wistfully for a time when men were men, and dames were etc I am relatively content being a gangly Gentile nebbish afraid of his own shadow and estranged from his natural heritage of hunting, foraging, and defecating unashamedly in a shallow hole behind a cactus Nothing at the heart of my being cries out for a pistol, a lariat, or a fitful night on the prairie punctuated by the wails of a co [...]


    4. The story of dynamic Mattie Ross, a spunky 14 year old girl, from Yell County Arkansas, who seeks justice , when her beloved father is treacherously murdered, on the streets by the reprehensible outlaw Tom Chaney in Fort Smith, in the Razorback State Set in the late 1870 s , the kid soon understands this, nobody wants to risk their precious life for free, to capture the dangerous fugitive Informed that the one eyed, patch wearing Rooster Cogburn, is the toughest marshall in town , working for th [...]


    5. this book is wonderful in a lot of ways the last fifty or so pages alone are intense and scary and my mouth did that thing where it just falls open and makes me look totally doofy but i couldn t care because i was frantically reading to find out what would happen that is some seriously good writingd if i had read this when i was younger and it had been part of my life for a long time, or even if i had read it before winter s bone, it would probably have attained the five stars but narratorial vo [...]


    6. Wow, what a great story Mattie Ross is just 14 years old when she hooks up with Rooster Cogburn, the meanest U.S Marshal, to avenge her father, killed by an outlaw who took advantage of his good nature.Mattie endures bad weather, illness, grueling hours on horseback, runs into outlaws, and fights off rattlesnakes She s tough talking, honest, loyal, fearless, and I enjoyed every moment with her I also loved the realistic historical details and well drawn secondary characters The gruff and unkempt [...]


    7. I love this book I was barely starting to read it and I was already amazed of how much I was enjoying the reading experience and how much I like the way how it was written.Definitely I want to read other books by Charles Portis and I hope to do it in the near future.I wasn t ignorant about the story due I remember that I watched the film with John Wayne at some moment and definitely I watched the recent remake with Jeff Bridges.I would not put a thief in my mouth to steal my brains.I chose to re [...]


    8. Treasure of the Rubbermaids The Dude Vs The DukeSometimes you get very clear signs that you should read or re read a specific book Earlier this year, my friend Nancy had read True Grit and recommended it to me I d seen the John Wayne movie version a couple of times, and I had a hazy memory that I d read it at some point The I thought about it, I was pretty sure that I d even owned a very old copy of the book once upon a time.Months later, I heard that the Coen brothers were doing a new movie ve [...]


    9. A good story, is a story well told And True Grit is such a story pure story telling with great characters Nothing happens much for half of the book, but it is in the last hundred pages that real action happens that thrills you, and thrills you good But it is the prose that is the unmistakable hallmark of the novel the dialogues were crafted so beautifully that you want to read them again and again and reading was, in itself, a pleasure Very few books have this combination excellent prose and sto [...]


    10. I write this from the little town of Fort Smith, Arkansas the place where Arkansans go if they can t take the heaving, helter skelter metropolis of Little Rock It seemed at first to be a rather unliterary place when I asked around for a local bookshop, passers by could direct me only to the Revelation Christian Bookstore, which seems to have staked its business model on bland modern Bible translations and pro life bumper stickers So it was quite a pleasant surprise finally to hit upon True Grit [...]


    11. My introduction to the fiction of Charles Portis is True Grit, the 1968 novel that has long ranked at the top of my list of best opening sentences in any book It s inspired two film adaptations, coming up short on lists of the best westerns for a lack of grandeur But in literary form, Portis thrills with a strong point of view expressed through an unforgettable female protagonist, delights with frontier patois and satisfies the craving for a wonderfully spun yarn It s a modestly ambitious story [...]


    12. AfterHuckleberry Finn probably the single greatest novel of the American West It s been adapted twice for the films Neither captures what makes this a book so great the stern, judgmental, archaic, hilarious voice of the narrator, Mattie Ross The kind of novel you find yourself revisiting every couple years I learned about voice from this story than from anything else I ve ever read.


    13. A timeless classic of heroism, adventure, and coming of age that I found to be both thrilling and funny The tale of how a 14 year old girl from Arkansas comes to avenge the murder of her father in 1878 is so pure and elegant, it can t help but make you believe in the power of righteous determination to right the ills of the world Told from the perspective of a straitlaced spinster decades later, we get a jaundiced eye on the human condition that puts human weakness and courage in a wonderful per [...]


    14. 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 This is the story of Mattie Ross from Dardanelles, Arkansas and what a story it is I haven t read anything else by Charles Portis but the voice of his protagonist is absolutely authentic and credible To listen to this young girl, so assured, so determined, browbeat all those who [...]


    15. My book is the 2010 reprint with an afterward by Donna Tartt which coincided with the release of the the second True Grit movie directed by the Cohen Brothers and starring Jeff Bridges, but my memories of the story come straight from the great old John Wayne production in 1968, which most likely I watched on a black and white screen Scrappy Mattie Ross is only 14 when she hires a beat up , mean , old one eyed Marshall, Rooster Cogburn to help her avenge the robbery and death of her father by the [...]


    16. People do not give it credence that a fourteen year old girl could leave home and go off in the winter time to avenge her father s blood but it did not seem so strange then, although I will say it did not happen every day This is exactly what Mattie Ross, now on my list of all time favorite narrators protagonists, sets out to do in this entertaining and adventure filled western The industrious Mattie hires Deputy Marshall Rooster Cogburn to search for her father s killer in the formidable Indian [...]


    17. I have always loved the old True Grit movie with John Wayne, and now I can say I love the novel too This entertaining 1870 s Wild West adventure begins when a formidable and funny 14 year old Mattie Ross hires the fat and fearless one eyed Sheriff Rooster Cogburn to track down outlaw Tom Chaney who gunned down her beloved father in cold blood With the assistance of a Texas Ranger and repeated threats of retaliation from Mattie s relentless lawyer Daggett for anyone who gets in her way, the contr [...]


    18. 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 I was just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shot my father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robbed him of his life and his horse and 150 in cash money plus two California gold pieces that he carried in his trouser band So begins Charles Portis [...]


    19. Actual Rating 3.5 StarsYoung Mattie Ross, fourteen with the fires of revenge in her eyes, sets off across the perilous native lands of Arkansas with a drunkard Marshal a Texas bounty hunter to lay justice at the feet of her father s killer.If this premise sounds badass, it s because it absolutely is.The best part of this novel is our narrator, Mattie Ross She s fearless armed with an intimidating knowledge of Bible scripture Her story is spoken without the self interest or manipulation you may e [...]


    20. I picked up this novel in part because ofWarwick s great reviewand I was not disappointed This addictively readable story is part comedy, part character study, part adventure, and part history lesson I listened to the audio version narrated by Donna Tartt who is pitch perfect as Maddie Ross The audio edition also includes an interesting essay written by Tartt that looks at True Grit s appeal across multiple generations and discusses some of the reasons why it s so freakin good.


    21. Simply put, this is one of the most enjoyable novels that I ve ever read It really should be a part of any American Lit survey, because as a piece of Americana, it easily holds it s own against novels like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Red Badge of Courage, and The Scarlet Letter This novel contains some of the best dialogue that I have ever read, so it shouldn t be a surprise that the original True Grit movie lifted, verbatim, large chunks of passages from the book Portis ear for dialogue [...]



    22. True Grit by Charles PortisMy rating 5 of 5 starsRanked 3 on my Top 10 Reads in 2012 True Grit is the best novel to come my way in a very long timeOne of those rare sweet delights can recommend it to inveterate fiction readers and to those who read only one or two novels a year taken from the back of the book.Blurb True Grit tells the story of Mattie Ross, a fourteen year old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, who sets out in the winter of eighteen seventy something to avenge the murder of her fath [...]


    23. Fourteen year old Mattie Ross s father is shot and she heads out to find the culprit It s as direct and upfront as that and the writing is the same For example demonstrating both the straightforward prose and directness of the main protagonis, Mattie Ross Yarnell said, You can t stay in this city by yourself I said, It will be all right Mama knows I can take care of myself Tell her I will be stopping at the Monarch boardinghouse If there is no room there I will leave word with the sheriff where [...]


    24. Several things drew me to this book First, the Coen brothers decided to do an adaptation of this book and second, some good friends wrote some fantastic reviews of it.Because they did such a good job of telling what the book was about, I won t go into much detail, but I will talk a little bit about something I observed about the main character Mattie Ross.Mattie Ross makes the decision, at the age of fourteen, to avenge her fathers murder She hires Rooster Cogburn, a federal marshal with true gr [...]


    25. TrueGritBy Charles PortisKindle format5 StarsTrue Grit, published in 1968, is considered a literary masterpiece and a classic western It is so well written and entertaining that readers tend to reread this story over and over Not just men either Women love this story just as much or so I am told Rueben Rooster Cogburn is a deputy US Marshal in Arkansas, and a civil war calvary veteran He always gets his man but prisoners generally don t return breathing Rooster does his duty, but many don t like [...]


    26. The story opens with a grand paragraph of affairs PEOPLE DO not give it credence that a fourteen year old girl could leave home and go off into 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 I was just fourteen years of age when a coward going by name of Tom Chaney shot my father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robbed him of his life and his horse and 150 in cash money plus two California good pieces that he carr [...]



    27. People seem to have been raving about this book for some time, even before the Coen brothers did that movie back in 2010, so when I finally saw a cheap copy someplace I picked it up so I could check it out for myself.As much as I m all rah rah for good, strong female characters in literature, I m a bit hesitant about precocious female characters that really don t do much besides be well precocious I worried that this would be similar and frustrate me, but I actually didn t get that impression.T [...]


    28. I recently reread this book for a book club meeting and was just as struck by Portis s prose as I was the first time I read it The movie version which I watched repeatedly as a teenager is surprisingly faithful to the book s narrative The story of the headstrong sometimes obnoxiously so Mattie s quest to kill the coward Tom Chaney is every bit as entertaining to me now as it was then Of course, the real star of the book is the brutish and brash Rooster Cogburn, the U S Marshal Mattie hires to he [...]


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