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On a trip to buy ponies, Frank Ross is shot dead by Tom Chaney, one of his own workers, for a horse, $150 cash,and two Californian gold pieces. When Ross's unusually single-minded fourteen-year-old daughter Mattie arrives to claim his body, she discovers that the authorities are doing nothing to find Chaney. Then she hears of Rooster - a man, she's told, who has grit - and convinces him to join her in a quest into dark, dangerous Indian territory to hunt Chaney down and avenge her father's murder ...
First brought to the big screen in a classic 1969 western starring John Wayne, True Grit is now a major motion picture by the Coen brothers, starring Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin.
True Grit is a fantastic book written for teenagers/adults. The old Western- Style language takes awhile to get used to but that only adds to the fantastic story and atmosphere.
The main character of this story is Mattie Ross, whose father is shot dead by his employee. She hires a Marshall by the name of Rooster Cogburn and goes out to avenge her fathers blood. They find themselves in the most ridiculous situations but always manage to get themselves out with a little smooth talking and a lot of shooting.
This book is fantastic literature and I highly recommend it to anyone willing to take it on.
I know westerns aren't popular right now, but I just love the gutsy main character, Mattie Ross, in this novel and the plain matter-of-fact way she tells her story. The things she does to prove herself and to get herself out of danger make her one of the coolest female characters ever written.
I wish I'd read this book before seeing the movie but I think they did a fantastic job casting Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie.