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True Grit: A Novel

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17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

better than I remembered!

I recently heard that the Cohen Brothers were remaking the movie True Grit and that they are going to stick to the source material and not remake the John Wayne Classic. I had read the book a couple times (If I read a book more than once it is something special) but it ...
I recently heard that the Cohen Brothers were remaking the movie True Grit and that they are going to stick to the source material and not remake the John Wayne Classic. I had read the book a couple times (If I read a book more than once it is something special) but it was years ago. I decided to give it another reading with the new movie version on the way. It does not seem Possible but this book was even better than I remembered, I do believe a candidate for the great American novel. The original movie does a pretty good job of capturing the essence of the book, Wayne was a perfect Rooster Cogburn, and Kim Darby was born to play Mattie Ross, and even secondary characters like Robert Duvall as Lucky Ned Pepper are perfect. The one glaring miscasting in the original movie is Glen Cambell as the Texas Ranger La Boeuf. Cambell is such a bad actor he really does drage the movie down.

But I digress, this is a review of the book. The book is told through the point of view of an old, one armed lady, Mattie Ross. She recounts her odyssey to avenge her fathers death at the hands of the no account Tom Chaney. To help her do this she enlists the help of hard living, hard drinking, shoot first and ask questions later Rooster Cogburn. The two seem polar opposites the Bible quoting puritanical Ross and the vulgar frontier Marshal, and these differences make up a lot of the humor in the book, but over the course of their adventure the reader learns they have one thing in common and that is "True Grit." I don't want give away all the differences between the book and the movie but there are enough to make the book a different and enjoyable experience. Lets just say the style of the book is more realistic without any perfect Hollywood endings. I love a good western and this one belongs on the top shelf along with "The Oxbow Incident," "Lonesome Dove," "The Treasure Of Sierra Madre" and "All the Pretty Horses." And for a great modern day western I recommend "Across the High Lonesome."

posted by TomArnold88 on December 18, 2010

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20 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

Why are Nook owners raped on gimmick pricing?

great book. but obviously being marketed to capitalize on the current movie. and several dollars more expensive than the regular physical book.WTH

posted by Louis_friend on January 18, 2011

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

    A good read overall. The main character of 14 year old Mattie is

    A good read overall. The main character of 14 year old Mattie is what makes this story worth reading.

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  • Posted December 6, 2010

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    Good book with a brave heroine.

    The new movie looks awesome and I thought give the book a read. Surprised by the ending though. Mattie wants to go after her father's killer. She, Rooster and LaBoeuf must travel into bandit territory and meet some familiar faces, good and bad. Liked how Mattie didn't care what other people thought and kept being herself. The book is a good read.

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