The chilling true crime 'non-fiction novel' that made Truman Capote's name, "In Cold Blood" is a seminal work of modern prose, a remarkable synthesis of journalistic skill and powerfully evocative narrative published in "Penguin Modern Classics". Controversial and compelling, "In Cold Blood" reconstructs the murder in 1959 of a Kansas farmer, his ...
The chilling true crime 'non-fiction novel' that made Truman Capote's name, "In Cold Blood" is a seminal work of modern prose, a remarkable synthesis of journalistic skill and powerfully evocative narrative published in "Penguin Modern Classics". Controversial and compelling, "In Cold Blood" reconstructs the murder in 1959 of a Kansas farmer, his wife and both their children. Truman Capote's comprehensive study of the killings and subsequent investigation explores the circumstances surrounding this terrible crime and the effect it had on those involved. At the centre of his study are the amoral young killers Perry Smith and Dick Hickcock, who, vividly drawn by Capote, are shown to be reprehensible yet entirely and frighteningly human. Truman Capote (1924-84) was born in New Orleans. He left school when he was fifteen and subsequently worked for The New Yorker, which provided his first - and last - regular job. He wrote both fiction and non-fiction - short stories, novels and novellas, travel writing, profiles, reportage, memoirs, plays and films; his other works include "In Cold Blood" (1965), "Music for Chameleons" (1980) and "Answered Prayers" (1986), all of which are published in "Penguin Modern Classics". If you enjoyed "In Cold Blood", you might like Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs' "And the Hippos were Boiled in their Tanks", also available in "Penguin Modern Classics". "It is the American dream turning into the American nightmare...By juxtaposing and dovetailing the lives and values of the Clutters and those of the killers, Capote produces a stark image of the deep doubleness of American life ...a remarkable book." ("Spectator").
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Among the best, most intriguing and maybe most frightening books of its time. It is especially worthwhile if the reader understands the serious challenges and ultimate transformations of both the author himself and of the genre he created. Not your average true crime crap.
Nov 3, 2008
As a fan of true crime books I was eager to read this one. Always curious about murders and the stories behind them I had high hopes for this. Not only did Capote forge a bond with the murderers but he was a respected author. I was hoping for a gripping story instead of the typical trashy pulp that most true crime stories are. Instead what I got was a dull story that left me so uninterested and unconnected to the men who committed the crimes and the victims I could only read this halfway. I gave it my best but gave up. Still so much tragedy and for what? Capote does dig deep into the convicted men's backgrounds for some sympathy but I just had none to give. I know that others out there will love this, this just wasn't the book for me.
Oct 21, 2007
In a generation of CSI and Law and Order, we don't often appreciate how hard it was for the general public to get information about murder cases in the early part of the twentieth century. The first non-fiction novel, In Cold Blood tells the story of two killers and their well-liked victims. This book reads like a novel, but is, in fact, purely non-fiction (Truman Capote had a ninety-seven percent conversation recall). This book changed my opinion of the death penalty; it really challenges your views, and makes you wonder how we can identify criminals versus victims of a mental disorder or bad circumstance.
May 13, 2007
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Almost everyone knows the story, but Truman Capote is a master at getting all the details from the criminals and the background of the victims. It is spelbounding and hard to put down. The book is better than the movie. Alibris can get it for you pronto at low cost!
Publishers Weekly, 2006-05-01 In the wake of the award-winning film Capote, interest in the author's 1965 true crime masterpiece has spiked. Capote's spellbinding narrative plumbs the psychological and emotional depths of a senseless quadruple murder in America's heartland. In the audio version, narrator Brick keeps up with the master storyteller every step of the way. In fact, Brick's surefooted performance is nothing short of stunning. He settles comfortably into every character on this huge stage-male and female, lawman and murderer, teen and spinster-and moves fluidly between them, generating the feel of a full-cast production. He assigns varying degrees of drawl to the citizens of Finney County, Kans., where the crimes take place, and supplements with an arsenal of tension-building cadences, hard and soft tones, regional and foreign accents, and subtle inflections, even embedding a quiver of grief in the voice of one character. This facile audio actor delivers an award-worthy performance, well-suited for a tale of such power that moves not only around the country but around the territory of the human psyche and heart. Available as a Vintage paperback. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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