Author Topic: Truman Capote  (Read 494 times)

Truman Capote
« on: November 13, 2018, 10:23:57 PM »
Just started a re-read of In Cold Blood. I'd forgotten what a brilliantly written book this was, so gripping from the very first chapter. I used to really love TC but haven't re-read anything for a while. Just looking on wiki and there's one that I missed called Summer Crossing that I might get with my birthday money at the weekend. Dunno what else to say. Oh yeah, is B@T better than the film? I think so.

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Re: Truman Capote
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2018, 05:04:53 PM »
I read B@T a few years ago. It's such a short laconic little tale. You see Holly Golightly from a distance, so her motivations are more confusing and unsettling than how they come across in the film. It really is a fantastic book.

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Re: Truman Capote
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2018, 05:09:10 PM »
Not seen the film but the book was not quite what I expected, which was a nice surprise. In Cold Blood was quite horrific, because you never exactly find out why they did the killing.

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Re: Truman Capote
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2018, 10:34:50 PM »
I love In Cold Blood. A bit of Proto Gonzo Journalism if you will.

Re: Truman Capote
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2018, 12:33:03 PM »
The way Capote slowly makes it apparent that this sweet little family are definitely all going to have such horrible deaths is so compelling. Only realised last night that the actual date of the murders was 59 years ago today (15th November 1959).

Re: Truman Capote
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2018, 02:42:58 PM »
The bit of Answered Prayers that got published after he died is some of his best work - it could have been a brilliant novel.

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Re: Truman Capote
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2018, 02:46:09 PM »
In Cold Blood is fantastic. I have a couple of collections of this short stories too, The Grass Harp being one of the stand-outs. Summer Crossing is pretty good, but is clearly an early work.

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Re: Truman Capote
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2018, 02:51:03 PM »
Not seen the film but the book was not quite what I expected, which was a nice surprise. In Cold Blood was quite horrific, because you never exactly find out why they did the killing.

And that would either never happen in fiction or if it did it'd be criticised in many quarters as poor or lazy writing, which is why it's such a fascinating element.

Re: Truman Capote
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2018, 11:29:24 PM »
Unbelievable writer - his short fiction's out of this world and In Cold Blood's a masterpiece.

I think the rumours of dishonesty and duplicity (there were always rumours that Capote novelised a lot of details and outright made up others) only makes the book itself more interesting. Then beyond that, as said above, the unresolved, awful sad nature of the crime. It gets the desperation and the sadness of murder so completely.

I also think Breakfast at Tiffany's is a masterclass in economical writing, and when I saw the film afterwards I couldn't believe it was so well-loved. It's fine  but loses the real tragedy of the book and, yes, the distance.

I believe that Summer Crossing is a juvenile novel he didn't want published in his lifetime (but I might be wrong?).

Has anyone read anything else essential? I was always intrigued by Handcarved Coffins - his true crime follow-up to In Cold Blood, which is now thoroughly discredited but might be a worthwhile read?


Re: Truman Capote
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2018, 03:58:40 PM »
I enjoyed The Grass Harp and Other Voices, Other Rooms although that was many years ago and imagine I may find them a little twee nowadays. Will try and give them a re-read in the new year.