I finished off the [amazon_link id=”159020459X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]novel that both movies were based on[/amazon_link] tonight. It was really good, better than either movie. While the Coen brothers did a much better job sticking with the book, and they really did, there are still some differences. I’ve got to rank the book first, the Coen brothers film second, and John Wayne’s film third. Sorry, I like The Duke a lot, but I like films that are true to the novel more.
The story is about Mattie Ross’s hunt to bring the man who shot her father to justice, told through her recollections from years later. That journey takes her through Arkansas and the Indian Territory, and shows a 14 year old girl a much larger world.
It’s a great book, and if you liked either of the films, you owe it to yourself to get a copy and read it.