Monday, January 17, 2011

True Grit by Charles Portis

It was only sometime within the last few months that I learned that both True Grit movies were based on the book of the same name by Charles Portis.  Seeing and loving the 2010 version of the movie caused me to watch the 1969 version, which I also really enjoyed.  One day I happened to spot the book when I was out shopping and I bought it on a whim. 

The plot for True Grit is the same basic plot that the movies have.  The plot is fairly straightforward and really not that complicated, but it is still a good, entertaining book.  A little bit of suspense does turn up in a few spots.  There are things that happen in the book that didn’t make it into either movie.  I don’t think there was a drastic change for anything in either movie.  The book is a bit bleak at times, but I think that fits for the story and everything going on.  I don’t consider the book to be that violent, but there is violence in a few scenes. 

True Grit is told in a way so that it seems like Mattie, the young girl at the heart of the story, is retelling what happened later in life.  That is what was done with the 2010 movie.  I like that Mattie is such an important part of the story.  Cogburn is another strong character.  The fact that he and Mattie are such strong characters helps to make the book stronger and more entertaining. 

True Grit is a well done, entertaining book that is definitely worth reading.  People who have enjoyed either movie version should give the book a chance.

I did post a review on Epinions.

True Grit

The book is available to buy at different places, including Amazon.com.
True Grit

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