In Cold Blood



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Truman Capote was an American writer whose non fiction, stories, novels and plays are recognised literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany s 1958 and In Cold Blood 1965 , which he labeled a non fiction novel At least 20 films and TV dramas have been produced from Capote novels, stories and screenplays.He was born as Truman Streckfus Persons to a salesman Archulus Persons

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  • Paperback
  • 369 pages
  • In Cold Blood
  • Truman Capote
  • Greek, Modern (1453-)
  • 11 February 2017
  • 9789600342192

10 thoughts on “In Cold Blood

  1. says:

    How much money did you get from the Clutters Between forty and fifty dollars Top Picture Hickock, Richard Eugene WM 28 KBI 97 093 FBI 859 273 A Address Edgerton, Kansas Birthdate 6 6 31 Birthplace K.C., Kans Height 5 10 Weight 175 Hair Blond Eyes Blue Build Stout Comp Ruddy Occup Car Painter Crime Cheat Defr Bad Checks Paroled 8 13 59 By So K.C.K.Bottom Picture Smith, Perry Edward WM 27 59 Birthplace Nevada Height 5 4 Weight 156 Hair D Brn Crime BE Arrested blank By blank Disposition Sent KSP 3 13 56 from Phillips Co 5 10yrs Rec 3 14 56 Paroled 7 6 59.As I write this review, I m sitting about 60 miles from the Clutter house in Holcomb, Kansas Holcomb is a small, farming community located just west of Garden City This is a place where everyone in the whole county not only knows your name, but also has a working knowledge of your family history going back fifty plus years I usually avoid reading true crime books I don t want my head filled with tragedy I want to go about my life with a degree of caution, but not be ruled by the fear I feel such books will instill I picked up a copy of this book at the Dodge City Library The librarian at the check out desk, a woman about mid sixties, slender, elegant, and still attractive ran her finger along the edge of the spine I noticed a shiver had rolled up her back and r...

  2. says:

    I just wonder why it took me so long to get this masterpiece on my currently reading shelf What a breathtaking story And told in the most amazing novelistic style The cold blooded murders in Kansas in 1956 is described by a cold, distant narrator via the interviews of the family, acquaintances, and community around the victims and the the hair raising stories of Perry and Bobby, the murderers It is a real page turner I couldn t put it down The descriptions of the youth of all the tragic protagonists is explored from every angle as under a magnifying glass In Cold Blood kept me thinking that most of the recent murder mystery shows and movies were indebted to this piece of literature that Capote probably deserved a Pulitzer for but was passed over, helas, in 1965 There is this strange homoerotism between the two murderers who call each other sugar and honey but who both spout homophobic words throughout Like the lawyers, I felt Richard was the coldest one and Perry the most twisted and tragic This book is a true masterpiece of the non fiction novel even if some of the fa...

  3. says:

    In Cold Blood is the new school classics selection in the group catching up on classics for November 2016 Having read Truman Capote s Breakfast at Tiffany s recently and enjoying his writing, I could not wait to read this nonfiction thriller in advance of the upcoming group read Writing in his relaxing southern style, Capote turns a horrid crime into a story to make the how s and whys accessible to the average American It is in this regard that I rate this thrilling classic five stars On November 15, 1959 Richard Dick Hickock and Perry Smith, on a tip from another inmate, brutally murdered four members of the Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas Having heard that the Clutters possessed either a safe or 10,000 cash in their home, Smith and Hickock desired this wealth for themselves so that they could live out their days in a Mexican beach resort To their surprise and chagrin, the Clutters did not have neither the safe nor the cash, but Hickock had said to leave no witnesses Crime committed, the pair escaped to a life of continued crimes and violence and believing that ...

  4. says:

    At the beginning, In Cold Blood reads like a classic southern gothic tale I ve read about Harper Lee hanging out with Capote while he put this thing together, and at times it feels like she greatly influenced how it was written You meet the Clutters who are just the nicest people in the world out working hard and going to school and being awesome people in the town And, I know there s all this controversy over how the book is written since it adds fictional conversations and thoughts that Capote obviously couldn t have known, but everything is rooted in the nonfiction account of what happened, and I think it adds a deeper layer of connection to the family I read Helter Skelter in high school, and I remember that book starting out right from the gate with all the details of the murders before diving into the Manson family and the trial In Cold Blood works in reverse and saves the details for later, and my God when I got there I didn t even want to read about what happened It was all so senseless and random I had a hard time finishing the book after that I just wanted it to be over Often beautifully and brilliantly written, sometimes tedious to get through, sometimes way too meticulous with details, sometimes spending a couple of pages discussing cats or a building or something, thi...

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    After I read it, I looked up pictures of the Clutter family, and just stared for about five minutes They endured what is probably everyone s worst fear.Having never heard anything of the Clutter murders prior to reading this book, the experience of reading it was intense, gripping, and suspenseful from beginning to end Capote, with his impartial writing style, relayed facts and details in such a way as to give a complete character illustration of everyone involved from each of the Clutters, to the investigators, lawyers, and even the murderers themselves He did not reveal his personal sentiments or biases, or even presume to know right from wrong In what he coined a non fiction novel, Capote brilliantly combined the elements of a fictional murder novel with factual journalism and psychological analysis to show the moral dilemmas surrounding the act of murder.In the section about the Clutter family life during their final days before the murders, Capote s description of their daily routines and habits made what was to come even troubling Nancy and Kenyon were going through the typical hardships of adolescence Nancy had a boyfriend...

  6. says:

    In Cold Blood by Truman Capote was described by its author as a non fiction novel The novel was first published in 1965 and at the time this style of writing, perhaps even the template for a new genre, was fresh and new and bold Almost 50 years later and the disturbing images are as fresh, vibrant and malevolent as when the ink was wet The style of writing has no doubt inspired generations of writers since, but their imitation has done little to diminish the power of Capote s work Whether it was wholly accurate or not is for journalists and scholars to debate, but for the reader, his vision was compelling and his perspective on the crime, and especially as a character study, almost a biography, on the criminals is hypnotic Critics may take umbrage with Capote s sympathetic depiction of the killer s plight, and perhaps such an argument has great merit, since the murderers showed no mercy to their victims, but Cap...

  7. says:

    This book is one of the first, if not the first, true crime novel According to Wikipedia, only Helter Skelter The True Story of the Manson Murders has sold copies in the True Crime category than In Cold Blood While true crime fans might read this today and think that it sounds like your basic true crime story, at the time it was groundbreaking to detail a crime in this much detail and in a format as big as a novel.One of the things it appears that this novel set the precedence for, and that I have seen in other true crime novels, is that the author is not only researching the story, he is getting in the mix and talking face to face with the criminals example Ann Rule Sometimes this leads to relationships and feelings that are reflected in the retelling After you finish reading this, it is interesting to look this up online and see some of the theories about how Capote approached this crime and the people involved.Speaking of Capote, I have never seen any of the movies about him, but it sounds like all of them focus on this part of his life and there are at least 3 of them I may need to check them out to see what I think Also, I need to check out the classic film that came out shortly after publication.One think I found very, very interesting view spoiler when speaking of what criminals could ...

  8. says:

    This is one of the great ones Capote blankets Holcomb, Kansas with his curiosity The root of this work is a ghastly crime Two recently released convicts, seeking a fortune that did not exist, invade the Clutter family home, tie up the four family members present and leave no witnesses It takes some time for the perpetrators to be identified, then tracked down Capote looks at how the townspeople react to this Many, fearful that one of their own was responsible, become withdrawn How do people mourn He looks at the sequence of investigation that leads ultimately to the capture of the suspects, focusing on one of the chief investigators He looks in depth at the criminals What makes them tick How could people do such awful things In reading this I was reminded of some of the great panoramic art works of a bygone age, works by Bosch, Breughel, in which entire towns were brought together into one wide screen image This is what Capote has done But even...

  9. says:

    An absolute masterpiece of true crime literature Gritty and intelligent This should be on everyone s books to read in a lifetime list As many of you may know, In Cold Blood is the true account of the heinous murders of the Clutter Family in 1959 Kansas In my opinion, the writing style of this account is absolutely flawless Through Capote s words, you are transported to this small town you get alternating accounts from the family, from the killers, from other residents close to the crime The account of the actual murders is bone chilling and can disturb sleep, believe me This is my second time reading this book and I found it just as impactful during my reread To me, it is interesting to think about Capote compiling his research for this He actually went and lived in this town, along with one of his closest friends, Harper Lee, and they painstakingly interviewed hundreds of people associated with the events Just the sheer amount of data compiled and how it was intricately woven into a cohesive narrative astounds me.Yes, I know that is what nonfiction novelists do but this was truly a ground breaking piece of journalistic writing at the time and should be appreciated as such.Another interesting aspect of this is how focused Capote was in the psychology behind the killers motivations and actions, as well as their complex relationship with one another both before and after the crimes Ahead of his...

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    A seminal work for the non fiction novel and the true crime genre, Truman Capote s In Cold Blood stands apart from most of its literary descendants Not only is it compelling and suspenseful even when you know like many crime dramatizations what s going to happen, it s also very well written In fact, its literary quality gives In Cold B...

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