True Grit—I’d heard of it, but never read it. Friday evening I decided it was about time that I gave it a try. The novel has received rave reviews, and, in addition, The Bookshelf Film Society is showing the 2011 version of the film next Thursday (did I mention that I love the Film Society??).
I picked it up earlier on in the day. The cover—bold black type over a mountain scene—was worn and the pages within were yellowed. I wasn’t quite sure what I was in for. Generally I don’t read westerns, and I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical.
After finding some music to listen to on Spotify and brewing a nice strong cup of English Breakfast tea, I sat down to read.
From the first page I was hooked.
The writing style was clear and concise yet also personal. I felt as though Mattie, the determined young heroine of True Grit who sets out on a perilous hunt to find the man who killed her father, sat across from me, recounting her adventure.
Over the weekend, I trekked along with Mattie and her two unlikely companions—Rooster Cogburn, a tough, no-nonsense U.S. Marshal, and Laboeuf, a sharp-shooting Texas Ranger—as they forded streams and climbed steep mountains.
In every way, the book met and surpassed my highest expectations. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and, I highly recommend it.
Get your hands on a copy of True Grit (psst… we have a few copies at The Bookshelf). I know you’ll love it!
And, I hope to see you on the 21st for our showing of True Grit!
Until then, happy reading!