My first exposure to true grit was when I was 12 years old and my father took me to the 1969 John Wayne movie. What impressed me most was the languageMy first exposure to true grit was when I was 12 years old and my father took me to the 1969 John Wayne movie. What impressed me most was the language then and it was always stuck with me over the years. When ever I stumble on to a TV showing, I considered it a treat, it was always fresh, always enjoyable, and it was the best part of the "Oscar winning John Wayne" movie. Then late in 2010, waiting for a film I have already forgotten, a preview came on the screen, instantly in the first second recognize it except it seem familiar, but different, a darker, grittier, better than the story I thought I knew and I had to see it. The Cohn’s brothers was revisiting, reexamine, reinterpreting a "classic" and doing so it was not so much a remake, but a rebuild, a reboot. How they did this? By returning to the source, they captured the spirit of the novel and giving it their own particular interpretation of the novel. Portis and the Cohen’s worldview dovetailed together seamlessly. While they didn’t follow the novel 100%, they were faithful to spirit and intent of the novel. So after over 40 years since I saw the movie, having its image as definite story, I too had to go back to the source and I glad I did. Mr. Portis novel is fresh and original now as it was in '68 and I expect it will be so in another 40+years. A delight, a fast read, clean, crisp writing nothing wasted, It reads as it was written a memoir of an older Mattie looking back without remorse, with a cool eye reexamining her quest where her own resolve was tested and she paid the price to see justice done. “You must pay for everything in this world, one way and another. There is nothing free except the grace of God.” It has strong characters with a vivid view of post civil war period where everything was in flux. Law, society and a strong moral code was transforming the frontier into the modern world. Time when giants walk on the earth to only end up becoming entertainment for the masses; legend to myth in space of one life time. Oh, did I mention the language; it was all I expected and more. I recommend you see the movie if you can, but you really should read the book. You will not be disappointed. ...more
Interesting concept: A renowned children illustrator as an editorial cartoonist for a left leaning paper in the early days WWII. But of course, he wasInteresting concept: A renowned children illustrator as an editorial cartoonist for a left leaning paper in the early days WWII. But of course, he wasn't a children illustrator, just yet, but his style was firmly established.
This book is a delight to read, and reread. Loaded with detailed footnotesit will open up a view of the day to day life of the US (New York centric view)from early 1941 through 1943, when Seuss join the Army. Seuss lampoons Hitler, Mussolini, Togo, isolationists. (Esp. Lindbergh, Wheeler, Patterson, McCormick and American Firsters movement)wartime slackers.
If you are a Dr. Seuss fan, a history Buff or both, check it out. Nothing else you may have a better undersatnding of Yertle the Turtle. ...more
This is my David Foster Wallace year. My second book of Wallace essay's like the first I am struck by his command of the English language and depth ofThis is my David Foster Wallace year. My second book of Wallace essay's like the first I am struck by his command of the English language and depth of his obversations in supposedly mundane activities. The best parts to me was his accounts of a state fair, TV and travel cruise.
Very interesting, it is my first David Wallace book, although I have heard of him before. Been on radar for a while. I did enjoyed, his keen observatiVery interesting, it is my first David Wallace book, although I have heard of him before. Been on radar for a while. I did enjoyed, his keen observation skills is awesome. Looking forward to reading some of his fiction. ...more