Having recently watched John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit", I looked up some information about the movie. I discovered it was based on a book, so hence my trip to the library to procure same.The movie is VERY faithful to the book, which I like. Scenes are taken almost verbatim from the pages of the book. So having loved the movie for so many years (although I never liked the Texas Ranger character as portrayed by Glen Campbell, ICK), I found that the book stacks up well against the movie. There are some differences, however. The book is told from the perspective of an older probably 60 or 70 year old spinster Maddie. She is remembering back to when she was 14 and began her search for Tom Chaney, the man who killed her father, and ends up hiring US Marshall Rooster Cogburn to help her find him. In the book, Le Boeuf (pronounced "Le Beef"), does not die. I always wondered if he was killed off in the movie just so people could be relieved of having to listen to Glen Campbell's terribly delivered lines! Also different is that the result of Maddie's snake bite and the horrible race to get treatment for her results in her losing her forearm. But all in all, the book is very good..... and of course the movie is CLASSICALLY spectacular! Especially the scene in the meadow where Rooster faces off against 4 of the outlaws!