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True Grit by Charles Portis
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Apr 16, 2011

it was amazing
Read from April 16 to 18, 2011

Charles Portis' 1968 novel has been overshadowed by its two film adaptations. I have not seen the film but the book is very good indeed. It tells the story of a fourteen-year-old girl who hires a hardbitten marshall to help her avenge her father's death. She is told that this marshal, Rooster Cogburn, has 'true grit' and they will need it if they are to get their man, who has holed up with a notorious band of outlaws.

The story unfolds at a good pace and the relationships between the three main characters (there is also a Texas ranger named LeBoeuf) are well-developed. But it is the compelling narrative voice which elevates the whole.

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