True Grit

True Grit

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Charles Portis's true American classic novel and #1 New York Times bestseller, "an epic and a legend" (The Washington Post)

Charles Portis has long been acclaimed as one of America's most enduring and incomparable literary voices, and his novels have left an indelible mark on the American canon. True Grit, his most famous novel, was first published in 1968, and has garnered critical acclaim as well as enthusiastic praise from countless passionate fans for more than fifty years. It was the basis for two award-winning films, including the wildly praised remake by the Coen brothers, selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for the Big Read Library, and was a #1 New York Times bestseller. True Grit tells the story of Mattie Ross, who is just fourteen when the coward Tom Chaney shoots her father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his life, his horse, and $150 cash. Filled with an unwavering urge to avenge her father's blood, Mattie finds and, after some tenacious finagling, enlists one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available U.S. Marshal, as her partner in pursuit, and they head off into Indian Territory after the killer. True Grit is essential reading, an undeniable American classic as eccentric, cool, funny, and unflinching as Mattie Ross herself. This edition includes an afterword by bestselling author Donna Tartt and a reading group guide.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 235 pages
  • 140 x 203 x 19mm | 204g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Media tie-in
  • Media Tie In, Reprint
  • 159020459X
  • 9781590204597
  • 53,534

Review quote

"Charles Portis's True Grit is a masterpiece."--Anthony Bourdain "New York Times Book Review"
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About Charles Portis

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(r) winner Jeff Bridges and written and directed by the Coen brothers.
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Rating details

47,842 ratings
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Our customer reviews

True Grit is set in the late 19th Century in the wild west of America. The book is written in the narration of Mattie Ross as she sets out to find and kill Tom Chaney; the man who killed her father. With the wanted aid of U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn and the unwanted aid of a Texas Ranger named LaBoeuf, the trio set out on there journey with very different motivations. I really enjoyed this book. Charles Portis has crafted a true classic, with its unforgettable characters, tongue-in-cheek humor, and truely unique story, I definitely won't be forgetting this book in a hurry!show more
by Shane Abarca
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