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March Historical Fiction book: True Grit by Charles Portis

March Historical Fiction book: True Grit by Charles Portis

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  • rudolphia rudolphia's Avatar 02-06-11 | 12:50 AM
  • My nomination came up in the random drawing, and I'm very excited to read True Grit by Charles Portis. The current Coen Brothers film is supposed to be quite true to the novel (unlike the 1969 John Wayne version). It might be fun to talk about book and film(s) at the same time, if anyone else has seen one or both.

    Here's a summary:
    Product Description
    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 and now the film by the Coen brothers starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon.

    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.
  • MrsPook MrsPook's Avatar 02-06-11 | 06:26 PM
  • Never read a "western" before so should be interesting! lol Hope with the movie out, the book is not too hard to come by at the library!
  • onemellogirl onemellogirl's Avatar 02-07-11 | 02:02 PM
  • My library doesnt have this one yet. It says coming soon when I did a search. I wil keep searching since we still have a little more time.
  • 2babygirls 2babygirls's Avatar 02-09-11 | 09:05 PM
  • I want to read this too. I'm on the waiting list at my library but I have no idea how long the wait will be.

    Rudi, I looked it up after you posted it as a suggestion and I was surprised that it is such a short book. I expected it to be really long!
  • lauralkemp lauralkemp's Avatar 02-09-11 | 10:00 PM
  • I'm going to look for it at the used book store.