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ISBN13: 9781590204597
ISBN10: 159020459x
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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 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.

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.

Review:

"An epic and a legend." The Washington Post

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"An instant classic....Read it and have the most fun you've had reading a novel in years, maybe decades." Newsday

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"Skillfully constructed, a comic tour de force." The New York Times Book Review

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"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

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"Tom Wolfe, who worked with Portis as a reporter at the New York Herald-Tribune in the early 1960s, called him 'the original laconic cutup.' A generation of novelists since then have simply regarded him as a writers' writer and have made his name a sort of secret password. Soon, they'll no longer have him to themselves." Rolling Stone Magazine

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"Charles Portis details the savagery of the 1870s frontier through an astonishing narrative voice: that of the 14-year-old Mattie Ross, a flinty, skeptical, Bible-thumping scourge" Wall Street Journal

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"[The Coen Brothers] wanted to really make a version of the book by Charles Portis, and that was the first big piece of direction that was given to me by those guys: Don't study the movie, study the book. That's what I did and whenever you're making a movie of a book, it's wonderful because you've got so much more insight into the characters and the story that way." Jeff Bridges in USA Weekend

Review:

"I loved that book. Charles Portis got a real Mark Twain feeling, the cynicism and the humor." John Wayne

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mcrock45, January 10, 2011 (view all comments by mcrock45)
With the re-release of the movie, I decided to read True Grit by Charles before seeing the film. It was great fun and a fantastic western. It made the movie more enjoyable in spite of it's inconsistencies with the novel.
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karenlibrarian, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by karenlibrarian)
Best book I (re)read all year. It's funny, tragic, completely absorbing. Portis is a master of narrative voice--Mattie Ross is a completely convincing, absorbing tale-teller. I've loved this story for years, and was so excited to see the Coen Brothers make it into a movie this year. Total win for 2010.
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lukas, November 29, 2010 (view all comments by lukas)
Yeah, I didn't know "True Grit" was a novel either. The basis for the John Wayne film and the upcoming Coen Brothers' reboot, "True Grit" (1968) is an overlooked classic from the reclusive, Arkansas-born Charles Portis. Using a classic Western plot (revenge), Portis crafts a book that transcends genre, full of potent, eccentric dialogue, colorful characters and tough action sequences. Walker Percy and Roald Dahl were fans of the novel.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781590204597
Author:
Portis, Charles
Publisher:
Overlook Press
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Media Tie-In - General
Subject:
Westerns - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.06 x 5.62 x 0.68 in 0.46 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 240 pages Overlook Press - English 9781590204597 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An epic and a legend."
"Review" by , "An instant classic....Read it and have the most fun you've had reading a novel in years, maybe decades."
"Review" by , "Skillfully constructed, a comic tour de force."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Tom Wolfe, who worked with Portis as a reporter at the New York Herald-Tribune in the early 1960s, called him 'the original laconic cutup.' A generation of novelists since then have simply regarded him as a writers' writer and have made his name a sort of secret password. Soon, they'll no longer have him to themselves."
"Review" by , "Charles Portis details the savagery of the 1870s frontier through an astonishing narrative voice: that of the 14-year-old Mattie Ross, a flinty, skeptical, Bible-thumping scourge"
"Review" by , "[The Coen Brothers] wanted to really make a version of the book by Charles Portis, and that was the first big piece of direction that was given to me by those guys: Don't study the movie, study the book. That's what I did and whenever you're making a movie of a book, it's wonderful because you've got so much more insight into the characters and the story that way."
"Review" by , "I loved that book. Charles Portis got a real Mark Twain feeling, the cynicism and the humor."
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