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May 13, 2021CMLibrary_DJeffrey rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Just as snippy and laugh-out-loud as both of the movies.
Apr 16, 2021IndyPL_RyanL rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Perhaps the greatest American novel, True Grit is an absolute classic work of American fiction.
Apr 10, 2021erri_cc rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
True Grit is a book filled with suspense and tons of action. The plot is pretty straightforward and there aren't too much twists, which can be a good or bad thing. For me personally, it was very straightforward, which kept everything very…
Oct 26, 2020Shuken_1989 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
"True Grit" by Charles Portis is a superb fictional treatment of the Old West, set in the state of Arkansas and the Indian Territory (later the state of Oklahoma) during the administration of President Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881). The…
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…
Dec 14, 2019AnnabelleLee27 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Portis' most famous novel set in the old west and featuring a strong, perceptive, and straight-talking young heroine named Mattie Ross. The dialogue is told in the vernacular of the time and the comedic timing is pitch perfect while a…
Jan 09, 2019
Mattie's adventures have made for great book club discussions. This classic is filled with energy, dry humor, and a healthy dose of sass. If you are interested in trying out a Western, I'd start with this one as well as a contemporary…
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Oct 16, 2018Laura_X rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Don't like "westerns"? You're missing out! Young Mattie hires a cowboy with "true grit" to help her avenge her father... but no one has as much grit as our young heroine. Fantastic story!
Sep 01, 2018DBRL_KrisA rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Unlike the usual, books-to-movies question of "Is the book better than the movie?" I kept getting asked "Which movie is better", as if the book didn't even deserve a seat at the table. For the record, the book, though pretty short, is…
May 31, 2018fledge rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
A book that can be read and re-read. All the characters are smart (even the “dumb” ones), and these characters are lively, coming off the page and filling the imagination. Top notch. Highly recommended. The two movies made from this book…
May 27, 2018kwsmith rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
This classic western novel features Mattie Ross, a sassy and over-confident 14-year-old girl who sets out to seek revenge against the low-life criminal who killed her noble father. This classic book is full of dead-pan humor, and Mattie is…
May 21, 2018DBRL_DanaS rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
I am not a reader of westerns, but I picked this one up as it is often said that it has broader appeal to those who don't typically read in the genre. I liked the fact that there was a snarky female narrator but otherwise this just wasn't…
Apr 22, 2018
I was a bit too familiar with the story of Maggie and Rooster for this to be truly enjoyable, having seen both movie versions. That is, there are no surprises here, as both movies are quite faithful to the book. Mattie is a difficult…
Feb 13, 2018Alexisbellinger rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This book has a great feel. The voice of the narrator is vivid and brings the whole western atmosphere to life. I personally like the wild west thing so I can't say if it'll be a general reader's cup of tea or not but there's a lot of…
Jul 22, 2017WendyT68 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
You don't have to love westerns to love this book! The humor is surprising, the characters are entertaining and the action just keeps coming!
Dec 16, 2015lukasevansherman rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Yeah, I didn't know "True Grit" was a novel either. The basis for the John Wayne film and the Coen Brothers' reboot, "True Grit" (1968) is an overlooked classic from the reclusive, Arkansas-born Charles Portis. Using a classic Western…
Apr 06, 201521221018293347 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
a visiting librarian recommended this novel to me. after having seen both versions of the movie, I thought that I would give this short (but powerful) book a read. It is an engaging adventure. Mattie was looking for help from a ranger…
Sep 16, 2013aboyter rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Read it out loud during a car trip. Better than the movies! Mattie Ross is one funny gal.
Apr 29, 2013JCLRachelSH rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
"She has got you buffaloed with her saucy ways!" First, imagine the dandyish Texas Ranger LaBoeuf saying this to former bushwhacker Rooster Cogburn to scold him for taking up with a 14 year old girl hell-bent on avenging her father’s…
Apr 08, 2013LT rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
On reflection, I would say that I did not give nearly enough credit to Charles Portis in my quick review (below). Portis portrayed his 14-year-old heroine convincingly and sensitively. His deftness is even more remarkable because he…
Aug 04, 2012lyndzbrooke rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I love this book! The characters are unforgettable, it's very funny and easy to read. Highly recommended whether you've seen the movie or not!
Jul 23, 2012peterbryan rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
I was a little disappointed with Portis' popular novel, mostly a function of having expected too much although I was surprised to immediately encounter that the book is written entirely in the form of a monologue which at times segued off…
Oct 26, 2011melissajayne80 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I quite enjoyed it, especially since the most recent film version of True Grit follows the book more closely than the John Wayne version, even though I haven't seen that particular version. Anyways, I really liked this book, but once you…
Sep 04, 2011marishkajuko rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Fantastic writing, funny, and a quick read. Highly recommended.
Jul 09, 2011Jennmro rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
I have to admit to not having heard of this book until the Coen brother's movie came out. I've not seen the movie but wanted to and thought I should read the book first, and I'm glad I read it! I liked Mattie's character right away and…