R.I.P. Charles Portis 1933-2020
creator of Mattie Ross, who will live forever
Finding a novel which you can recommend to everybody is really not easy. Look at these totally five-star novels :
Lolita? nah, its about a paedophile
Ulysses? absolutely not, too hard, and no plot
Moby Dick? you kidding? recommend this and lose your friends!
A Clockwork Orange? its not even in English!
Trainspotting? see Clockwork Orange
Memoirs of Hadrian? See Ulysses, only also, its Roman
Blindness? its ...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 fathers killer.
Reminiscent of Mark Twain (and also Barbara Kingsolvers narration in The Poisonwood Bible) the lyric quality of Charles Portiss prose is a treasure. Portis ...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.
Mattie endures bad weather, illness, grueling hours on horseback, runs into outlaws, and fights off rattlesnakes. Shes 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
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 ...more
Prim, judgey, business-minded, cold-blooded, pitiless, Mattie leaves you in little doubt about whether she can use the gun she's carrying or who's ...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. Id seen the John Wayne movie version a couple of times, and I had a hazy memory that Id read it at some point. The more I thought about it, I was pretty sure that Id 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
The meanest one is Rooster Cogburn. He is a pitiless man, ...more
A good story, is a story well told. And True Grit is such a story: pure story-telling ; with great characters. Nothing happens much for half of the book, but it is in the last hundred pages that real action happens that thrills you, and thrills you good. But it is the prose that is the unmistakable hallmark of the novel; the dialogues were crafted so beautifully that you want to read them again and again; and reading was, in itself, a pleasure. Very few books have this combination: excellent ...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 fathers killer in the formidable ...more
So sad to hear the news. R.I.P. Charles Portis.
True Grit is a spectacular western that is full of heart with genuinely delightful characters that you instantly connect with. Charles Portis has created a wonderful tale of the west that will go down in my all time favourites.
Fill your hand you son of a bitch!
True Grit follows a young girl full of grit, setting out to bring her fathers murderer to justice. ...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...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
So begins Charles ...more
Mattie Ross from near Dardanelle in Yell County is one of the most memorable characters in Western literature. She is surrounded by other unforgettables, Rooster ...more
Quite simply, it's a classic mix of an upright, stubborn, and principled young girl out to avenge the murder of her father in post-Civil War Arkansas. She teams up with Rooster Cogburn, a wily old ask-no-questions marshal who brings them in more dead than alive, and a younger Texan dude named LaBoeuf ...more
Young Mattie Ross, fourteen & with the fires of revenge in her eyes, sets off across the perilous native lands of Arkansas with a drunkard Marshal & a Texas bounty hunter to lay justice at the feet of her father's killer.
If this premise sounds badass, it's because it absolutely is.
The best part of this novel is our narrator, Mattie Ross. She's fearless & armed with an intimidating knowledge of Bible scripture. Her story is spoken without the self-interest or ...more
Because this is a well-loved classic, and especially because it is well-loved by some of my closest Goodreads friends, I feel I need to qualify my stars by saying, yes, I did like it. If I didnt really like it, thats merely because I get tired of action rather quickly: as harrowing as Matties last dilemma was, for me it went on too long (I know I have to be in the minority on that). I enjoyed the verbal interplay of the characters and the deadpan voice of Mattie, a woman looking back on ...more
True Grit was such a wonderfully told story, completely punched me in the gut towards the end and will be one that I will pay it forward and recommend to other friends to read. Mattie Ross is 14 and is ready to avenge her father's murder by Tom Chaney. She goes off to find a marshal with grit and meets Rooster Cogburn. Another Texas Ranger is also hunting for Mr ...more
This addictively readable story is part comedy, part character study, part adventure, and part history lesson. I listened to the audio version narrated by Donna Tartt who is pitch-perfect as Maddie Ross. The audio edition also includes an interesting essay written by Tartt that looks at True Grit's appeal across multiple generations and discusses some of the reasons why it's so freakin' good.
Ive often wondered how much of the original book was captured in these movies vs invented by the screen writers, actors and directors but was never interested in reading the book until I read Emily Temples article on Lit Hub calling True Grits ...more
I had my own run in with a rattler. I lived in Creston, CA where the antelope never roamed but the rattlers did. You could drive down the country roads and sometimes see rattlesnake skins hanging over farmer's fences. I don't think that I feared them as much as I should have or I would not have ...more
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Portis served in the Marine Corps during the Korean war and attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He ...more