Alternate Cover for ISBN 159020459X (ISBN13: 9781590204597)
Published November 5th 2010 by The Overlook Press
"True Grit" is an adventure story and is over forty years old. It was first published in 1968.
The plot of True Grit is uncomplicated. The opening paragraph sets up the premise of the novel.
A fourteen-year-old girl, Mattie Ross leaves home to avenge her father's blood. Tom Chaney shot her father and robbed him of his life and his horse, $150 in cash money plus two California gold pieces that he carried in his trouser band.
Movie fans will call to mind the aging John Wayne who famously portrayed Rooster Cogburn on the screen, however the Rooster of the novel is somewhat younger, in his late forties, a fat, one-eyed character with a walrus mustache, unwashed, drunk much of the time.
Mattie having survived her youthful adventure, is recounting her story as an old woman. The book reads less like a novel and more like a firsthand account: the Wild West of the 1870s, as recollected in a spinster's memory and filtered through the sedate sepia tones of the early 1900s. (Afterword)
I have never seen the movies, True Grit, of which the 2011 movie stars Jeff Bridges, as Rooster Cogburn. However the book is back in print.