True Grit: A Novel

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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, and the basis for the movie of the same name starring John Wayne. It 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 money. Mattie leaves home to avenge her father's blood. With the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, ...

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Overview

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, and the basis for the movie of the same name starring John Wayne. It 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 money. 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 cult status, this is an American classic through and through. This new edition, with a smart new package and an afterword by acclaimed author Donna Tartt, will bring this masterpiece to an even broader audience.

Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross' father was shot and killed. Told through her eyes, True Grit is the story of how she and hard-drinking Marshal Rooster Cogburn set out to find and prosecute his murderer. "An epic and a legend."--Washington Post

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Times
“A wonderful book.... That’s really what the Coens are referencing, and that’s what I’m doing as well”
—Jeff Bridges

“An epic and a legend.”
The Washington Post

“Like Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and Thomas Berger’s Little Big Man, Charles Portis’s True Grit captures the naïve elegance of the American voice.”
—Jonathan Lethem

“An instant classic….Read it and have the most fun you’ve had reading a novel in years, maybe decades.” —Newsday

“Skillfully constructed, a comic tour de force.” —The New York Times Book Review

“I loved that book. Charles Portis got a real Mark Twain feeling, the cynicism and the humor. I tried to buy the book myself.”
—John Wayne

“Mattie Ross is an authentic heroine––lean, mean, articulate and downright inspirational”

-Jonathan Lethem
“Like Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn … Charles Portis's True Grit captures the naïve elegance of the American voice.”
-The Washington Post
“Portis has made an epic and a legend. Mattie Ross should soon join the pantheon of America’s legendary figures such as Kit Carson, Wyatt Earp, and Jesse James.”
-Los Angeles Times
"Like Twain, Portis respects his young narrator as a human being with a fully developed moral sensibility, even when the adults in the novel don't."
-Roald Dahl
"True Grit is the best novel to come my way in a very long time… Marvelous."
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“A wonderful book.... That’s really what the Coens are referencing, and that’s what I’m doing as well”
—Jeff Bridges

“An epic and a legend.”
The Washington Post

“Like Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and Thomas Berger’s Little Big Man, Charles Portis’s True Grit captures the naïve elegance of the American voice.”
—Jonathan Lethem

“An instant classic….Read it and have the most fun you’ve had reading a novel in years, maybe decades.” —Newsday

“Skillfully constructed, a comic tour de force.” —The New York Times Book Review

“I loved that book. Charles Portis got a real Mark Twain feeling, the cynicism and the humor. I tried to buy the book myself.”
—John Wayne

“Mattie Ross is an authentic heroine––lean, mean, articulate and downright inspirational”
The Washington Times

Los Angeles Times
Like Twain, Portis respects his young narrator as a human being with a fully developed moral sensibility, even when the adults in the novel don't.
Newsday
An instant classic....Read it and have the most fun you've had reading a novel in years, maybe decades.
The Washington Post
Portis has made an epic and a legend. Mattie Ross should soon join the pantheon of America’s legendary figures such as Kit Carson, Wyatt Earp, and Jesse James.
The New York Times Book Review
Skillfully constructed, a comic tour de force.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590204597
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Edition description: Movie Tie-in
  • Pages: 235
  • Sales rank: 55,138
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Portis lives in Arkansas, where he was born and educated. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War, was the London bureau chief of the New York Herald-Tribune, and was a writer for The New Yorker. True Grit is the basis for two movies, the 1969 classic starring John Wayne and the 2010 version starring Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges and written and directed by the Coen brothers.

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

    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

    20 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2010

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    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 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."

    17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    Own the hardware but pay out the nose for the electrons.

    $5.00 MORE for the electronic copy of this title? Are they special electrons? Does Mr. Portis type them special for me or include a digitally-signed copy from his home computer? Hey publishers, I'll visit the library and borrow the book before I pay an inflated price to download it.

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    True Grit

    This is a classic work of American literature. I bought this book because I heard the Coen Brothers (my second favorite filmmakers) were doing an adaptation on it. This was a great book. I love the action, the narration by the 14 year-old Mattie Ross, and the overall humor of the novel. To top it all off, this is a western, one of my favorite movie genres and maybe now, after reading True Grit, I will read more Western novels, if they're as good as this one of course. This is a book everyone should read. People of all ages would seriously enjoy this novel.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2011

    NOOKBOOK Sample Ridiculously Brief

    One half page sample of a book is not a preview, NOOK. At least Amazon's Kindle provides a chapter to read. I won't be downloading anymore B&N previews, and I'm deleting the NOOK app from my ipad.

    8 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Believe the hype.

    It's that damn good. This is what you want. Compelling characters, great story and dialogue. If you liked the movie, get the book. It's amazing. -Michael

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    The Sample is a Joke and So is the Price

    How am I supposed to judge whether or not I will enjoy a book based on one page of material? It's one thing to offer a free sample download that includes the first chapter or a prologue, which gives some idea of the writer's style and the general writing that will appear in the book. I've been able to discern that I won't enjoy several books based on other samples. It's another thing to say you provide a free sample and then provide a page. That's not even close to a sample, especially for a Nookbook that costs more than the actual book itself. While I think this might end up being a good book based on the movie I watched, I refuse to be lied to and overcharged for something based on hype. What a shame, Barnes and Noble.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    WORDLESS.

    Saw and enjoyed the Coen brother's movie version of True Grit and wanted to check out the book. So I downloaded a NookBook sample to check it out. The sample, however, ended, ENDED on the dedication page, NOT ONE WORD of the novel was in this sample. Are you people crazy, or what? Why would you offer a sample of a book that didn't include any of the book? Can you guess from which bookseller I will not be buying this book, and from whom I will think long and hard before buying any other book? George Dawson Whittier, California 4-2-2011

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

    Epic!

    Its incredibly boring for the first 50 pages, but then it really picks up!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    GREAT BOOK BUT NOT IN STOCK

    THIS IS NOT A REVIEW - THE BOOK IS EXCELLENT - BUT A WORD OF CAUTION
    I ORDERED THIS BOOK ON DECEMBER 29 2010 ONLY TO FIND OUT B/N HAD NO
    COPY TO SHIP TO ME .I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL JANUARY 19 2011 FOR STOCK
    TO ARRIVE - WHY DOES B/N CONTINUE TO LIST THIS BOOK "SHIPS WITHEN 24 HOURS" IF THEY CANNOT SHIP IN THAT TIME FRAME?? SO IF YOU WANT A COPY BE PREPARED TO WAIT AND WAIT..

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    A Real Surprise!

    I wasn't sure what to expect before I read this. All I knew was that I'm getting more and more into the Old West genre and with the new movie coming out, I thought I'd try it. I just loved it! Mattie Ross' voice just echoes after you've read the last page. I started to cry toward the end and I haven't done that in a very long time. This is just a good story with wonderful characters and a picture of the old west that I think would appeal to any reader.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Hunger games

    Lmfao that was the best book that i ever read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I LOVE It

    This was one of the most enjoyable books I've read in a while. The subtle humor was enjoyable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    I've always known Mattie Ross

    I've told my girls that True Grit is a "chick flick" to get them to watch the movie with me. Having just read the book after all these years, it occurred to me that I've always known Mattie Ross. She is the quick thinking, bible reading, strong spirited young woman that we want our girls to grow up to be. She is simple and straightforward and this story is about her. She reminds me of a lady that I think very highly of. Trust me, I've loved the film for forty years and it's one of the reasons that I love John Wayne, but the book brought a new meaning and sense to the story. I highly recommend it to anyone young or old.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    Absoluetly horrible.

    It was boring and draged on. It was also very confusing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    Please look at this

    Is the book like the movie exam. The guy kills her horse she gets bitten by a snake? Please ancer
    From jamie45 on howrse

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Excellent reading.

    This book will hold your attention page after page.

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