True Grit

Charles Portis
Reading Order: Book 29
Categories: 2020, Stuart Browning
Pages: 215
Suggested By: Tim Ferriss
Date Started: May 25, 2020
Date Finished: May 26, 2020
Reason Book was Chosen: I bought this after reading Tim Ferriss's "5 Bullet Friday" on 9th June 2017 where he said. What I’m reading and enjoying — True Grit: A Novel. This novel has been made into several feature films, but the book beats them all. It was recommended to me by a professor who thought I would enjoy the perfect Stoic character: a tough-as-nails 14-year-old girl. First published in 1968, it tells the story of Mattie Ross, who pursues the man who robbed her father of his life, his horse, and $150 in cash money. She leaves home to avenge her father's blood with the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available U.S. Marshal, by her side. It’s a fast, fun, and surprisingly hilarious read. After too much serious non-fiction, this was exactly what I needed. I read it on two long car rides in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan (where I saw this).
My Thoughts

It’s a great quick read, I read it over four short sittings. I love the way it flowed, it’s all action from start to finish. The characters were well developed for such a short story especially Mattie who was great, she’s stern, judgmental, and hilarious.

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