Charles Portis is a name that is not going to appear on many lists of favorite authors. There is a good, if simple, reason for this: not enough people have read his work. One of his novels, TRUE GRIT, was made into a film that is well-known for all the wrong reasons and would not necessarily cause one to go running to seek out the novel on which it was based. The result is that readers have tended to shy away from Portis, believing that all of his work is like the film adaptation of one of his novels. This is unfortunate; for Portis is actually an unclassifiable, quirky author with an ability to present the unusual and the unexpected in an offhand but, nonetheless, appealing manner.
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