March 7, 2018 by TinyNavajo
True Grit by Charles Portis
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Okay, who has seen the movie based on the book? And which movie did you see? The old John Wayne version? Or the Jeff Bridges version? Granted, I haven’t seen the John Wayne version, but from what everyone has said, the new Jeff Bridges version is the best version. And from what I saw, as I read the book soon after seeing the movie again, the Jeff Bridges version follows the book nearly perfectly. And I LOVED it! Onto the review now.
Now, you have to know something about me that I may not have told you yet before. I’m not a fan of Westerns. They just aren’t my favorite books to read. And yes, I have read several by different authors to know that I’m not a big fan of Westerns. Another thing is that I love to read the books that movies are based on, just to see if the movie is true to the source material and if the book is better or the movie is better. The reason I tell you this is because True Grit was a book that I greatly enjoyed; it was both of the things I mentioned previously.
I loved the main character, Mattie Ross and the “grit” she shows to make sure she gets Tom Chaney, the man who murdered her father. She and Rooster Cogburn, the meanest Marshall available to her, venture into Indian Territory in pursuit of Chaney. They are joined by a Texas Ranger who is also after Chaney, by a different name, for the shooting and killing of a Texas State Senator.
As all three follow the trail of Chaney, their stubbornness gets them into troubles and out of troubles. Mattie tells her story in an unflinching, straightforward way that is very much like herself. That is part of the reason I loved this book so much, mainly because of Mattie Ross, the narrator of this story. Her voice was so uniquely hers, that you could hear as you read it and I think that’s what I loved about the movie as it, it was still her voice. So, movie recommendation for you that loved the new True Grit movie, you should read this book. They are very similar and it’s wonderful!
What book from a genre that’s not your favorite have you read that you truly loved? Comment below and let me know!