Thursday, February 15, 2007


I started listening to "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote today. The writing is extraordinary. I saw the movie Capote last weekend and it made me want to listen to the book. The story is about two ex-cons that murder a farm family in the early 50's. The level of detail is unbelievable. Capote spent four years writing the book. He spent countless hours in western Kansas interviewing the family and friends of the Clutter family. The narrative weaves a story that is compelling and it paints a picture so masterfully that it's like you were right there and heard the gun shots in 1954.
The novel, which was Capote's last book (he did have a book of short stories that were published posthumously) and it was the first book of its kind....a non-fiction novel.
I'm guessing that by the time I finish the book, I will no longer go to bed with my doors unlocked.
I know I will enjoy reading this one.
More later.


  1. I've read the book twice and agree that it's the best crime story I've ever read. Unfortunately, it's a true story. Capote did a great job.

  2. This is on my list of books to read, it was reviewed in a paper here some time back. I find fact often far more interesting than fiction.

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