Portis, Charles True Grit

ISBN 13: 9780099466833

True Grit

9780099466833: True Grit

There is no knowing what lies in a man's heart. On a trip to buy ponies, Frank Ross is killed by one of his own workers. Tom Chaney shoots him down in the street for a horse, $150 cash, and two Californian gold pieces. Ross's unusually mature and single-minded fourteen-year-old daughter Mattie travels to claim his body, and finds 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.

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‘Charles Portis is perhaps the most original, indescribable sui generis talent overlooked by literary culture in America’ -- Esquire

‘Comparable to her literary ancestor and fellow southerner, Huckleberry Finn … a gripping story made up of insightful digressions’ -- Observer

‘It is a pleasure to be able to recommend a novel wholeheartedly … an instant classic’ -- Newsday

‘Portis achieves the same blackly comic atmosphere as modern western writers like Annie Proulx and Thomas McGuane’ -- Time Out

‘The best novel to come my way for a very long time … What a writer!’ -- Roald Dahl

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The new Coen brothers' film, starring Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges, in cinemas from February 2011

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