When was the last time you laughed out loud because a book was that funny? So funny that you wanted to read passages aloud so others could share in your hilarity? Well, True Grit, by Charles Portis, is full of such choice passages. Here’s just one example:
LaBoeuf: “Earlier tonight I gave some thought to stealing a kiss from you, though you are very young, and sick and unattractive to boot, but now I am of a mind to give you five or six good licks with my belt.”
Mattie: “One would be as unpleasant as the other.”
Mattie is simply priceless. She is 14 and acts like she’s 40. She’s always giving out pearls of wisdom and quoting Scripture and doesn’t possess an ounce of self-doubt. She is unintentionally charming and hilarious and a breath of fresh air. She goes off in pursuit of her father’s killer, aided by the U.S. marshal, Rooster Cogburn, and a Texas ranger, LaBoeuf, who are wonderful, memorable characters in their own right.
We’re reading True Grit for Book Club this month, in keeping with our Azle Goes West program. We’ll meet to discuss it Tuesday, February 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. We’ll also have a contest to raffle away the absolutely excellent 2010 film adaptation by the Coen brothers.