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Aug 12, 2020GreaterChicken rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
True Grit is about a girl named Mattie Ross, who is surprisingly young, considering the circumstances. She is on a mission: to avenge her father's death at the hands of a particular Tom Chaney. With a federal marshal named Rooster Cogburn and a Texas ranger going by LaBoeuf, she follows Chaney into dangerous territory. She is going to see him killed, either tried and hanged or with her own bullet in his head. The plot is interesting enough and contains a good bit of action, especially near the end. I have to say it is a pretty good book, although there are a few issues. True Grit has been accoladed for its compelling plot and humor, although I have found that it lacks in both departments. The excitement does not begin until well into the book as the first chapters are spent setting up the plot and characters. This translates to an excruciatingly long and tedious start as the author tries to shape Mattie into a headstrong young woman lacking proper judgment and Rooster into a trigger-happy drunkard. The humor is a similar story. Reviews praise True Grit's "dry wit" and "deadpan humor," but I don't see much difference between this book and others that I have read. The language used in True Grit is also unfriendly to the reader. The majority of events take place in the late 1800s; the dialogue reflects that of the period. Although this injects some level of authenticity and believability to the book, readers are forced to google unfamiliar words and phrases as they read, distracting from the story and leaving certain parts unclear. A glossary would have been helpful, as most of these colloquialisms are not present in modern dictionaries. I think it's clear that westerns aren't for me, but if you're interested, go ahead and try it.