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Lolita? nah, it’s about a paedophile
Ulysses? absolutely not, too hard, and no plot
Moby Dick? you kidding? recommend this and lose your friends!
A Clockwork Orange? – it’s not even in English!
Trainspotting? – see Clockwork Orange
Memoirs of Hadrian? See Ulysses, only also, it’s Roman
Blindness? it’s horrible!
But here is True Grit, which I recommend to all goodreaders. (Are there any badre ...more
and if i had read this when i was younger and it had been part of my life for a long time, or even if i had read it before winter's bone, it would probably have attained the five stars.
but. narrato ...more
I was barely starting to read it and I was already amazed of how much I was enjoying the reading experience and how much I like the way how it was written.
Definitely I want to read other books by Charles Portis and I hope to do it in the near future.
I wasn't ignorant about the story due I remember that I watched the film with John Wayne at some moment and definitely I watched the recent remake with Jeff Bridges.
I would not put a thief in my mouth to steal my brains.
I chose t ...more
Mattie endures bad weather, illness, grueling hours on horseback, runs into outlaws, and fights off rattlesnakes. She’s tough-talking, honest, loyal, fearless, and I enjoyed every moment with her. I also loved the realistic historical details and well-drawn secondary characters. The gruff and ...more
Sometimes you get very clear signs that you should read or re-read a specific book. Earlier this year, my friend Nancy had read True Grit and recommended it to me. I’d seen the John Wayne movie version a couple of times, and I had a hazy memory that I’d read it at some point. The more I thought about it, I was pretty sure that I’d even owned a very old copy of the book once upon a time.
Months later, I heard that the Coen brothers were doing a new ...more
Mattie Ross is one of the great American children characters along with Huckleberry Finn and Scout Finch. Portis’ protagonist and narrator looks back from the early 1900s to her childhood in the 1870s, not long after the end of the Civil War, when she as a 14 year old girl went out into the Indian nation to find her father’s killer.
Reminiscent of Mark Twain (and also Barbara Kingsolver’s narration in The Poisonwood Bible) the lyric quality of Charles Portis’s prose is a treasure. Port ...more
This is the story of Mattie Ross from Dardanelles, Arkansas and what a story it is! I haven't read anything else by Charles Portis but the voice of his protagonist is absolutely authentic and credible. To listen to this young girl, so assured, so determined, browbeat all those ...more
This entertaining 1870's Wild West adventure begins when a formidable and funny 14 year old Mattie Ross hires the fat and fearless one-eyed Sheriff Rooster Cogburn to track down outlaw Tom Chaney who gunned down her beloved father in cold blood. With the assistance of a Texas Ranger and repeated threats of retaliation from Mattie's relentless lawyer Daggett for anyone who gets in her way, the cont...more
This is exactly what Mattie Ross, now on my list of all-time favorite narrators/protagonists, sets out to do in this entertaining and adventure-filled western. The industrious Mattie hires Deputy Marshall Rooster Cogburn to search for her father’s killer in the formidable Ind ...more
True Grit by Charles Portis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ranked #3 on my Top 10 Reads in 2012
"True Grit is the best novel to come my way in a very long time...One of those rare sweet delights...one can recommend it to inveterate fiction readers and to those who read only one or two novels a year." - taken from the back of the book.
Blurb: True Grit tells the story of Mattie Ross, a fourteen-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, who sets out in the winter of eighteen seventy-something to avenge th ...more
Yarnell said, "You can't stay in this city by yourself."...more
I said, "It will be all right. Mama knows I can take care of myself. Tell her I will be stopping at the Monarch boardinghouse. If there is no room there I will leave word with the sher
Every single thing about this book was utterly delightful. I found myself enjoying every single page. I’ve never read any of Charles Portis’ novels, but now I intend to get to them all. ...more
"PEOPLE DO not give it credence that a fourteen-year-old girl could leave home and go off into the wintertime to avenge her father's blood but it did not seem so strange then, although I will say it did not happen every day. I was just fourteen years of age when a coward going by name of Tom Chaney shot my father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robbed him of his life and his horse and $150 in cash money plus two California good pieces that he...more
As much as I'm all rah-rah for good, strong female characters in literature, I'm a bit more hesitant about precocious female characters that really don't do much besides be... well... precocious. I worried that this would be similar and frustrate me, but I actually didn't get that i ...more
The story of the headstrong (sometimes obnoxiously so) Mattie's quest to kill the coward Tom Chaney is every bit as entertaining to me now as it was then. Of course, the real star of the book is the brutish and brash Rooster Cogburn, the U. S. Marshal Mattie hi ...more
Mattie Ross is one of my all-time favorite narrators. She straightforwardly recounts her adventure as a fourteen year old girl, determined to track down and wreak vengeance on the man who murdered her father. The narration i ...more
Sure, as a 14-year old, she's a mouthy brat, especially for that time period, but she displays just as much grit as her hired hand, Cogburn. The power of the narrative (or monol ...more
Yes, I like Westerns. I like the tough, plain speaking characters, the desolate terrain, the blood thirsty fight for territory, outlaws vs lawmen and best of all: the morally ambiguous and fallen hero.
This is my first Charles Portis. Charles McGrath put it this way: 'Mr. Portis evokes an eccentric, absurd world with a completely straight face....instead of shooting off fireworks the books shimmer with a continuous comic glow'. Sounds like my kind of world. ...more
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I always thought that I had read the book but by the time I got to the end of chapter 7, I realized that I either had stopped before the last pages or I had put the book ending out of my mind in lieu of the ending of the 1969 movie. It did not change the way I felt about it, just surprised me, because it is different.
I am glad the book is back in print and available for mor ...more
Wonderful, just wonderful. So, maybe this short western novel is not one of the high achievements of the literary canon. On the other hand it does what a good book should do: tells a great story in fully realized settings with authentic physical and historical detail, vivid and flavorful characters along with the bonus of very smart wit. And does so in clear, perfectly penned prose. The chemistry between little Mattie Ross and gruff Marshal Rooster Cogburn is palpable and ...more
What a yarn.
5***** and a
Audiobook performed by Donna Tartt
Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Dardanelle Arkansas, sets out in the winter of Eighteen-Seventy-something to avenge the murder of her father. The story is narrated by Mattie some 25 years after the events she relates occurred. She hires Marshall Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available US Marshal, to track the murderer and insists that she will go along. They are further accompanied by LeBeouf, a Texas Ranger (s ...more
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His journalistic career included work at the Arkansas Gazette before he moved to New York to work ...more