True Grit

By Charles Portis
Read by Donna Tartt

6.28 Hours 01/01/1968 unabridged
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Charles Portis has long been acclaimed as one of America’s foremost comic writers. True Grit is his most famous novel—first published in 1968, and the basis for the movie of the same name starring John Wayne. It tells the story of Mattie Ross, who is just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shoots her father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his life, his horse, and $150 in cash money. Mattie leaves home to avenge her father’s blood. With the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available US marshal, by her side, Mattie pursues the homicide into Indian Territory. True Grit is eccentric, cool, straight, and unflinching, like Mattie herself. From a writer of true cult status, this is an American classic through and through. This new edition, with a smart new package and an afterword by acclaimed author Donna Tartt, will bring this masterpiece to an even broader audience.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A USA Today bestseller

A Los Angeles Times bestseller

A Publishers Weekly Pick of Top 10 Books on the History and Future of the Western

Charles Portis has long been acclaimed as one of America’s foremost comic writers. True Grit is his most famous novel—first published in 1968, and the basis for the movie of the same name starring John Wayne.

It tells the story of Mattie Ross, who is just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shoots her father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his life, his horse, and $150 in cash money. Mattie leaves home to avenge her father’s blood. With the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available US marshal, by her side, Mattie pursues the homicide into Indian Territory.

True Grit is eccentric, cool, straight, and unflinching, like Mattie herself. From a writer of true cult status, this is an American classic through and through. This new edition, with a smart new package and an afterword by acclaimed author Donna Tartt, will bring this masterpiece to an even broader audience.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Favorite book of all time: "True Grit by Charles Portis.” George Pelecanos, New York Times bestselling author
“Gilded with literary quality that can delight book lovers as well as bookkeepers.” Time
“Skillfully constructed, a comic tour de force.” New York Times Book Review
“Portis has made an epic and a legend. Mattie Ross should soon join the pantheon of America’s legendary figures such as Kit Carson, Wyatt Earp, and Jesse James.” Washington Post
“[A] slender, hugely enjoyable masterpiece.” Independent (London)
“Much of True Grit’s humor comes from the severity, the biblical humorlessness, of its elderly narrator and her younger self, each an anachronism in her own or any time…[Portis is] no mere ‘cult writer.’ Like the finest comic writers, his understanding that most things are ridiculous lends a special gravity to the things he knows are not.” Barnes&Noble.com
“Portis’ masterly novel is constantly at play with the genre. Our narrator isn’t a big strong man but a woman in her middle years reflecting on her coming-of-age. The book’s hero, Rooster Cogburn, fits the type—gunslinger and killer with a hunger for justice—except he is also a tenderhearted buffoon with a drinking problem. The novel’s triumph isn’t its almost comedic plot but its salty, frontier parlance. The genre’s most endearing novel—if you read just one Western in your life, read this one.” Publishers Weekly

Reviews

Reviews

by ShortNFuzzy 9/13/2017
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Think it's a western? Well, you're only sorta wrong...

You know the John Wayne film (fine, but not true to the tone of the story). You also know the Coen brother's adaptation (CLOSER-but still not quite there). As with all of the BEST genre books, it's not really about that genre. Meaning, this is really only a "western" in its setting. Some of the most vivid characters ever writ are in Charles Portis' book here and Donna Tart takes on the herculean task of bringing them to life. For the listener, it is an age defying novel. Well read 5th graders on up to elders will find this a captivating and wonderful adventure. (The humor in it may come as a surprise to the listener) I truly can't say enough about the performance here. I have listened to MANY audio books and very few bear repeated listening. True Grit certainly does!

Author

Author Bio: Charles Portis

Charles Portis lives in Arkansas, where he was born and educated. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. As a reporter, he wrote for the New York Herald-Tribune and was also its London bureau chief. His first novel, Norwood, was published in 1966. His other novels are True Grit, Masters of Atlantis, The Dog of the South, and Gringos.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 6.28
Audience: Adult
Language: English