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It had entered into the murky realm of cult literary classic when it was adapted to film for a second time with Jeff Bridges! Here is how the book begins in my copy an early s paperback published by Overlook Press :.
But the reader is already pretty sure that she is not ill-suited, having been inside her head. She is bound by honor, which can make a person do a lot of wild things. This paragraph is telling you exactly what this book is going to be: funny, harsh, comically dignified and based entirely on the internal struggle of a dry, haughty, extremely badass fourteen-year-old girl.
While doing some research on the novel, I found out that the original beginning, as published in in the Saturday Evening Post , was much different than the one we read today, and throws its deft characterization into relief:. My name is Mattie Ross. When I was fourteen years of age a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shot my father dead in Fort Smith, Arkansas. None, it seemed.
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