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  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • True Grit
  • Charles Portis
  • English
  • 20 December 2014
  • 9781585673698

10 thoughts on “True Grit

  1. says:

    Revived reviewRIP Charles Portis 1933 2020creator of Mattie Ross who will live foreverFinding 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 paedophile Ulysses? absolutely not too hard and no plot Moby Dick? you kidding? recommend this and lose your friends A Clockwork Orange? – it’s not even in English Trainspotting? – see Clockwork Orange Memoirs of Hadrian? See Ulysses only also it’s Roman Blindness? it’s horribleBut here is True Grit which I recommend to all goodreaders Are there any badreaders? Is there a Badreadscom? What do they do? True Grit is as salty as a bag of salt salted by extra salty salt It’s deadpan and hilarious It was almost buried by one dreadful movie version the first one then rescued by a wonderful version I don’t usually rush to read the bookofthemovie but the voice of 14 year old Mattie Ross whose story this is is brilliant Rooster talked all night I would doze off and wake up and he would still be talking I did not give credence to everything he said He said he knew a woman in Sedelia Missouri who had stepped on a needle as a girl and nine years later the needle worked out of the thigh of her third child He said it puzzled the doctorsMattie’s lack of any sense of humour along with any reasonable sense of self preservation makes a violent story into pure comedy The collision of the great Falstaff as Terminator character of Rooster Cogburn and the innocent but uncanny Mattie is a kind of love story Love has many faces Rooster is not any kind of role model for a young person The whole thing reminds me of the ballad “On the Trail of the Buffalo” especially this verse Well the working season ended but the drover would not payHe said “You went and drunk too much you’re all in debt to me”But the cowboys never did hear of such a thing as the bankrupt lawSo we left that drover’s bones to bleach on the hills of the buffaloIt took me several days to read this short novel because of one thing and another but also because after a few pages I would just like to stop and savour it It’s a fast read but I was slowing down all the time “Who is the best marshal they have?'The sheriff thought on it for a minute He said 'I would have to weigh that proposition There is near about two hundred of them I reckon William Waters is the best tracker He is a half breed Comanche and it is something to see watching him cut for sign The meanest one is Rooster Cogburn He is a pitiless man double tough and fear don't enter into his thinking He loves to pull a cork Now LT uinn he brings his prisoners in alive He may let one get by now and then but he believes even the worst of men is entitled to a fair shake Also the court does not pay any fees for dead men uinn is a good peace officer and a lay preacher to boot He will not plant evidence or abuse a prisoner He is straight as a string Yes I will say uinn is about the best they have'I said 'Where can I find this Rooster?”


  2. says:

    I loved itMattie 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 killerReminiscent of Mark Twain and also Barbara Kingsolver’s narration in The Poisonwood Bible the lyric uality of Charles Portis’s prose is a treasure Portis has captured an earlier language and a world than a hundred years gone comes alive again in the pages held before us“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 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”Mattie Ross shows a pluck not often seen in today’s reality nor in our modern literature Portis’ character was lifted from history as seamlessly and as accurately as her sharpened pencil bookkeeping and the uality of her vouchers for payment This teenage girl was every bit the match for hardened men of her day and her narration looking back from a long life conjured images of a tough older women wizened to her world yet acknowledging from a distance of time the stuff of her earlier self Portis has Mattie speak some gems“As he drank little brown drops of coffee clung to his mustache like dew Men will live like billy goats if they are let alone”“You must pay for everything in this world one way and another There is nothing free except the Grace of God You cannot earn that or deserve it”“But I had not the strength nor the inclination to bandy words with a drunkard What have you done when you have bested a fool?”The films both of them – Henry Hathaway’s 1969 award winning film starring John Wayne and the Coen brothers film starring Jeff Bridges – are two of my all time favorite movies While Portis’ novel is told from the spunky perspective of Mattie Ross and both films follow her as the central protagonist in both the character of Deputy Marshall Reuben “Rooster” Cogburn is the man who steals the show “Who is the best marshal they have?'The sheriff thought on it for a minute He said 'I would have to weigh that proposition There is near about two hundred of them I reckon William Waters is the best tracker He is a half breed Comanche and it is something to see watching him cut for sign The meanest one is Rooster Cogburn He is a pitiless man double tough and fear don't enter into his thinking He loves to pull a cork Now LT uinn he brings his prisoners in alive He may let one get by now and then but he believes even the worst of men is entitled to a fair shake Also the court does not pay any fees for dead men uinn is a good peace officer and a lay preacher to boot He will not plant evidence or abuse a prisoner He is straight as a string Yes I will say uinn is about the best they have'I said 'Where can I find this Rooster?”I have loved the films for years but this was my first time reading and the first thing that came to me besides both films loving proximity to the text is that this is a funny book I smiled freuently during many of Mattie’s descriptions of events and laughed out loud several times Though I would not call this a comedy it is a well rounded and brilliant masterpiece that contains comic elements“She said 'Goodbye Reuben a love for decency does not abide in you' There is your divorced woman talking about decency I told her I said 'Goodbye Nola I hope that little nail selling bastard will make you happy this time”An American classic but one that has a universal appeal Portis’ has created a masterpiece


  3. says:

    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 writingand 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 voiceso the story is told from the perspective of an elderly mattie retelling the events of What Happened to her in year 14 recollected in tranuility and all that but this ain't no transcendentalist she is this puritanical spinster barking crusty old testament ideals of justice into the narrative which would be great if it were offset in alternating chapters maybe but is jarring when it slips into the thoughts of a young girl even a young girl in which we can see the baby roots of this prissy judgmental worldview and maybe a lot of people find that awesome but me this reader it was like when you are just drifting off to sleep pleasantly and then you hear this mosuito and you are like goddammit that thing again and you could still drift off but your sleep would be tainted by knowing you were probably going to wake up with a swollen itchy face this probably doesn't make any sense i have a zillion things happening in my head right now so i am only giving this review 70% attentioni can't help it my heart belongs to ree and i know how unfair it is to compare on book to another but there is no way to avoid it if i were to invite both of them for tea ree probably wouldn't come she would go off and shoot a suirrel and watch me with suspicious narrowed eyes while mattie would come over and criticize the amount of sugar i put in my tea which is A LOT thank you and eat up all my lemon poppy cakes i am extrapolating here i know this is sooo many people's favorite book ever and it pains me to not love it as much as them it does i really did enjoy it but old biddyyoung spunky girl syndrome grates on me a little bit i am going to hide in a cave nowcome to my blog


  4. says:

    Reading Road Trip 2020Current location ArkansasThere are readers who have a particular penchant for stories set in Paris after the French Revolution and there are readers who don't ever want to leave London just following WWII but for me my sweet spot has always been set in America right at the end of the Civil WarIt was a tender and tentative time here in the US We had just ripped our country asunder finally abolished slavery and assassinated the noblest leader this nation has ever known We then experienced a uiet poverty a great disorientation and an abundant wound licking as all people everywhere do following a war So much less was known then about trauma and healing and so given what we know about the great American spirit and concepts like manifest destiny so much of our suffering and our healing continued to play out by pressing on into the Big Sky country of the American West It was a big setting for a diminished people Onto this small stage have stepped several memorable characters but I met a new one this week Mattie Ross the oldest child of Frank Ross Frank Ross was the gentlest most honorable man who ever lived He had a common school education He was a Cumberland Presbyterian and a Mason He was hurt in the terrible fight at Chickamauga up in the state of Tennessee and came near to dying on the way home from want of proper careFrank Ross didn't die in the war and his wife and children were able to celebrate the return of their beloved father and husband only to have him killed promptly by a man named Tom Chaney a drifter whom the kindhearted Frank Ross had taken in as a ranch hand Tom Chaney rode his gray horse that was better suited to a middlebuster than carrying a rider He had no hand gun but he carried his rifle slung across his back on a piece of cotton plow line There is trash for youWhen Tom Chaney kills beloved Frank Ross in front of several eyewitnesses and then flees from the law Mattie Ross is discouraged by the underwhelmed and understaffed local authorities She decides to take matters into her own handsWhat follows is the most fascinating story of a stoic young woman and her determination to see her father's killer apprehended And in doing so she becomes sandwiched in between an erratic US Marshal known as “Rooster” and a dandy of a Texas rancher known as “LaBoeuf” two men she has negotiated with to satisfy her desire for justiceMattie Ross is a slip of a girl a young woman who at 14 years old would be likely given the time period to be focused on romance than revengeHardlyMattie does the opposite of most young women at every turn and Charles Portis was a GENIUS for creating her I am not kidding when I tell you that this read had garnered five stars from me from its very first paragraphI'm not exaggerating when I tell you that I will go on now to read everything Charles Portis has ever writtenThe title of this story True Grit comes from this line that Mattie speaks to Rooster “They tell me you are a man with true grit”Turns out Mattie possesses just as much grit as either of the menDamn A new favorite


  5. says:

    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 coyote or the whooping of a marauding Indian band I am neither a hero nor a survivor by nature I am an endurer an eker—an avowed anti Rousseauist who cringes at dirt bugs heat and peril Especially peril As a conseuence I don't find many vicarious pleasures in the western genre per se The strong silent gunslinger isn't an ideal of mine even in the wildest farthest flung reaches of my imagination where I let the 'what if' impulse have free reign Although I try to keep an open mind but often fail I can't help but find the idealization of these steely male archetypes childish and self negating Not childish in the sense of enjoying the healthy play of imagination but childish in the pejorative sense of stunted and entirely reactionary But I'm being priggish againMeanwhile True Grit is in fact a western and I enjoyed it very much I toyed with the idea of giving it five stars but I feel as though I've become slutty in my star disbursals lately and—truth be told—the climax is a bit much with misfortunes seeming to compound in a extravagant way In order for genre fiction—and in this case the western particularly—to work for me it must transcend its status as genre fiction It can't only be say a simple classic western narrative with the usual livery trappings populated by braggadocio and swagger and a mouthful of chaw because I don't fetishize these things These aren't enough for it to be enjoyable True Grit than satisfies this reuirement for me As you probably already know either from the book itself or its two film adaptations it's a story told by a teenage girl which already tweaks the genre out of its usual torpor She—the heroine Mattie Ross—is an old fashioned eccentric precocious indomitable moralistic but practical pedantic stubborn louacious and—because of all these traits—contrary to the western archetype of the teenage girl Of course I say the 'western archetype' very loosely because is there really an archetype for girls? If there is one it probably doesn't extend much further than the idea of a pigtailed girl fetching water from a well or praying in school in her ankle boots and gingham Or maybe I swiped that from Little House on the PrairieI won't dwell too much on the book itself because its story is fairly well known Mattie employs a drunken one eyed Federal marshal of dubious lawfulness to avenge her father's death Along the way they join forces with a puffed up Texas Ranger who's chasing the same man for a reward in Texas But this is neither here nor there for me because the success of True Grit depends on its generous characterizations and its wonderful ear for language In these ways it certainly transcends caricatured rote that hobbles so much genre fiction


  6. says:

    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 marshal in town working for the famous or is it infamous hanging Judge Isaac Parker a historical figure He shoots first and asks uestions later as over a dozen deceased outlaws have found out too late Cogburn will track down the criminal for a generous fee in the lawless nearby Oklahoma Territory were Chaney has gone but is known to take a drink or twomaybe a little Mattie has to sells some of her dad's belongings her family needs the money at home negotiating with Colonel Stonehill to sell back her father's unneeded horses to him Discussions deteriorate rapidly the back and forth nature of them get hot under the collar the unyielding girl constantly threatening the Colonel by evoking the name J Noble Daggett her never seen unknown lawyer does he actually exist ? Stonehill cannot believe his ears just to rid himself of the relentless onslaught the pest he gives her generous terms hoping that it is the last time the Colonel is in her presencethe best scene in the novel Going to the home of Rooster to pay the marshal Mattie finds him living in the back of a dilapidated store and drunk So he drinks some everyone does like a fish His only friends are General Sterling Price his very independent cat as they are all and the card playing Chinese owner who likes to gamble Later LaBoeuf an unimpressive Texas Ranger a lawman not a baseball player wants to join them in apprehending Chaney reluctantly they agree After a long hard chase through the rough countryside meeting many unwanted obstacles Cogburn and friends find Tom who has become a member of the notorious Ned Pepper gang a group of nefarious killers a very rip roaring finish to this fine book The authentic sounding and speaking characters for that period makes this western believable and they become real peopleA must read for anyone interested in the Old Westor just great entertainment


  7. says:

    Wow what a great story Mattie Ross is just 14 years old when she hooks up with Rooster Cogburn the “meanest” US 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 Rooster Cogburn was a perfect match for the stubborn and willful teenager Mattie’s thoughts and exchanges with Rooster were hilarious “Nature tells us to rest after meals and people who are too busy to heed that inner voice are often dead at the age of fifty years“I had hated these ponies for the part they played in my father’s death but now I realized the notion was fanciful that it was wrong to charge blame to these pretty beasts who knew neither good nor evil but only innocence I say that of these ponies I have known some horses and a good many pigs who I believe harbored evil intent in their hearts I will go further and say all cats are wicked though often useful Who has not seen Satan in their sly faces?” The story is told by Mattie 50 years later She is wealthy unmarried churchgoing and as spirited as she was when she was a teen Though I’ve never been a fan of John Wayne films I really enjoyed this classic The remake directed by the Coen brothers and starring Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn is also well worth watching


  8. says:

    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 writtenDefinitely I want to read other books by Charles Portis and I hope to do it in the near futureI 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 read the book mainly on the basis that I want to include some westerns in my shelves and in that way to add this genre to my range of literary genresHowever I never expected to get hooked in the way that I got even with a story that basically I knew what happens But the selection of words by the author and the mix of clever humor with hardboiled drama was a wonderful experienceI read about the other books by Portis and I am glad to see that almost all get in the range of western like stories and that they have that same combination of humor and dramaI am sure that Portis can easily become one of my new favorite authorsCharles Portis is a master creating characters the young and determined Mattie Ross the rude and bold Rooster Cogburn and even LaBoeuf that he didn't click to me on the recent film I learned to understood the character here on the original novelAnd I can assure you that the rest of characters not matter how small their parts can be they were uite well developedSomething that I liked too it's that since this is a story about vengeance well vengeance has its price you can't expect to embrace that dark feeling and thinking that you will be able to get back to your life without changes and obviously without spoiling anything you will realize what I mean if you read this great book You must pay for everything in this world one way and another There is nothing free except the Grace of God You cannot earn that or deserve it The title of the novel True Grit is chosen in an excellent way resuming the heart and soul of the storyDefinitely one of the best western novels that you can readHighly recommended


  9. says:

    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 timeMonths later I heard that the Coen brothers were doing a new movie version with Jeff Bridges taking John Wayne’s place as Rooster I’m not a fan of the recent wave of remakes Hollywood has produced since the movie studios are too gutless to risk money on new concepts any but with the Coen brothers saying that they were doing another adaptation of the book not a remake of the original film I thought it had potential Hell you’ve got The Dude replacing The Duke I thought it’d be worth seeing just for that alone Meanwhile my father made good on a threat he’d been making since the wife and I bought our first house last year and brought down 14 large plastic containers filled with books and comics that I’d kept at my parents due to lack of storage during my apartment dwelling years So the new movie version of True Grit came out and was getting rave reviews and I wanted to see it I also wanted to re read the book at some point The other day I started going through the boxes and in the first one I popped open there sat a battered old hardback of True Grit Verily the Reading Gods had delivered unto me a signAfter going and seeing the movie yesterday and enjoying it immensely I cracked open the book last night and rediscovered a story written in what certainly feels like authentic Old West speech The tale of young Maddie Ross hiring a drunken one eyed US Marshal to track and arrest her father’s killer is one of those books told in a such a simple style that it can trick you into missing how much there is between the lines Told in first person from the whip smart but extremely headstrong stubborn and uptight Maddie the portrait of the time and people like Rooster and the Texas Ranger LaBoeuf and Lucky Ned Pepper feel like you’re reading a story written back then and not in 1969 It’s funny bittersweet and loaded with all the action on horseback that any western fan could ask forIf all you know of this story is the cheesy memories of the old John Wayne version then check this book out and go see the new version You won’t be disappointed


  10. says:

    Nothing is too long or too short either if you have a true and interesting tale says one of my favorite narrators ever 14 year old Mattie Ross who is engaged in hunting down her father's killer She's recruited the nastiest character she can find a fat drunken murderer named Rooster Cogburn and she's out to the Wild West with blood on her mindPrim judgey business minded cold blooded pitiless Mattie leaves you in little doubt about whether she can use the gun she's carrying or who's in charge of this escapade Cogburn and their picked up dandified hanger on LaBoeuf both think they can take control of the mission and the story at various times; they're wrong Kim Darby in the 1969 movie version John Wayne won an Oscar for his role as Rooster Cogburn; typical that the old man gets all the attention Mattie is the protagonist of this bookMattie's voice is so complete and powerful that she distracts you from the fact that this is essentially a white knight story view spoilerAn older man protects a young girl She's got plenty of agency and it's her who eventually does kill her father's killer but immediately afterward she's got to be rescued from a snakepit so Rooster will have his moment I'm grateful at least that Portis has avoided putting her in sexual danger; aside from a brief lewd moment from LaBeouf it's not used as a plot point hide spoiler


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True Grit[PDF / EPUB] True Grit In the 1870s young Mattie Ross learns that her beloved father was gunned down by his former handyman But even though this gutsy 14 year old is seeking vengeance she is smart enough to figure out she c In the s young Mattie Ross learns that her beloved father was gunned down by his former handyman But even though this gutsy year old is seeking vengeance she is smart enough to figure out she can't go alone after a desperado who's holed up in Indian territory With some fast talking she convinces mean one eyed US Marshal Rooster Cogburn into going after the despicable outlaw with her.


About the Author: Charles Portis

Charles McColl Portis was an American author best known for his novels Norwood and the classic Western True Grit both adapted as films The latter also inspired a film seuel and a made for TV movie seuel A newer film adaptation of True Grit was released in Portis served in the Marine Corps during the Korean war and attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville He gra.