True Grit

True Grit Mattie Ross from Dardanelle Arkansas narrates half a century later her trip in the winter of s to avenge the murder of her father She convinces one eyed Rooster Cogburn the meanest avail

  • Title: True Grit
  • Author: Charles Portis
  • ISBN: 9781468301250
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mattie Ross, 14, from Dardanelle, Arkansas, narrates half a century later, her trip in the winter of 1870s, to avenge the murder of her father She convinces one eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available U.S Marshall, to tag along, while she outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard bitten types in her path This edition is edited revised for young readers.

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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 the [...]

    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 treasu [...]

    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 [...]

    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 f [...]

    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. narratoria [...]

    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 gruf [...]

    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 more 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 [...]

    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 pro [...]

    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 Tru [...]

    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 sto [...]

    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 more 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 [...]

    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 thos [...]

    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 b [...]

    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 [...]

    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 cont [...]

    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 [...]

    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 m [...]

    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 dia [...]

    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 [...]

    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 sher [...]

    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 tru [...]

    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 ma [...]

    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 ca [...]

    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 more 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 impress [...]

    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 hi [...]

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