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True Grit by Charles Portis

Review: 4 / 5

I went on a Western kick as the summer heat started early in Texas this year.

True Grit is funny, engaging, and easy to read. The story is compelling and simple, and we know the good guys are going to win right from the outset, which was a nice change of pace after two Cormac McCarthy novels in a row.

Told in the first person by Mattie Ross who tells us the story of bringing her father’s killer to justice in the 1870s, when she was fourteen. She’s looking back on this quest and telling us the story as an elderly woman which makes for an interesting narrative device and the character’s wit and stubbornness make the book very, very funny in places.


Title: True Grit
Author: Charles Portis
Published: 1968
ISBN: 9781590204597
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