Thumbs up for True Grit by Charles Portis. Western.
To quote my boyfriend on True Grit: “This is why you read books.” And he’s right. This is the kind of book that throws all those other books you’ve read – the good, bad, and the ugly – into a dim light and rises up like a spark of words. The pages turn so fast they blur and you guffaw on every other one. Mattie Ross is now up there with Jane Eyre on my list of favorite heroines. What other book is narrated by a fourteen-year-old Arkansas girl who sets out to avenge her murdered father armed with nothing but her pop’s gigantic pistol in a gunny sack and a smart mouth? I love it. So will you, even if you’ve never read a western in your life and never will again.
“And I will take it up with [my attorney]. I will send him a message by telegraph and he will be here on the evening train. He will make money and I will make money and your lawyer will make money and you, Mr. Licensed Auctioneer, will foot the bill.”
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