Sunday, May 1, 2011

True Grit by Charles Portis - Book Review

True GritTrue Grit by Charles Portis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

True Grit tells the story of Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl who is determined to avenge her father's murder. She sets out to find Tom Chaney, the man who murdered her unarmed father and fled with all of his possessions. She hires Rooster Cogburn, a federal marshall known for his "true grit", to help find him and bring him to justice. So begins a journey that proves Rooster is not the only one who has grit - Mattie seems to have quite a bit of it herself.

I wasn't as fond of this book as I hoped I would be, given all the hype about the movie. But it was decent story and a nice, easy read. I expected more excitement, and there were parts where things got a bit hairy, but it was mostly predictable. It read like a typical western, which is not exactly my favorite genre, but it was a nice change from what I usually read.

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