Book Review of
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 U.S. Marshal, by her side, Mattie pursues the homicide into Indian Territory.
I picked this book up at a used book store because I had watched the movie, but not read the book. I found it fun and relaxing which is just what I wanted. I did find the story to be inaccurate in several sections such as there was blizzard in southern Oklahoma also known as Choctaw Nation which rarely gets snow or even a blizzard in December. There is also drinking, killing, and other such elements that are usually found in westerns. Over all, I liked this book for a fun read.