30 review for Capote: A Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Terri Floccare

    I have always been fascinated with Truman Capote. As a teenager, I remember him when he was in his decline and on the nightly talk shows. I read In Cold Blood when in my twenties and thus began my infatuation with true crime books. Most recently I read the Swans of Fifth Avenue and watched the two Capote themed feature films. My fascination is now in full bloom. This book has been hailed as the definitive Capote biography - and definitive (and long) it is! It goes into great detail and one needs I have always been fascinated with Truman Capote. As a teenager, I remember him when he was in his decline and on the nightly talk shows. I read In Cold Blood when in my twenties and thus began my infatuation with true crime books. Most recently I read the Swans of Fifth Avenue and watched the two Capote themed feature films. My fascination is now in full bloom. This book has been hailed as the definitive Capote biography - and definitive (and long) it is! It goes into great detail and one needs a scorecard to keep track of all the characters - there is a lot of name dropping, but Truman was also a name dropper so he'd have certainly approved. My biggest takeaway from this book is how remarkable and brave Capote was. His childhood was abysmal, he was a frequent target for bullies yet he could also be quite a bully, he'd set his sights on a goal and would achieve it at all costs, and he engaged in destructive relationships over and over again. Amidst all of this, he was a social observer with a sharp eye and able to produce beautiful prose. I wish this book had photographs. The author gives us descriptions of Truman and his people, but I'd have loved to see some of the what he describes without having to stop to look them up on the internet - specifically - the photo on the jacket of his first book, the portrait that hung above his couch in NYC, selections from the Black and White Ball. I read this book electronically - maybe the print copy was able to include photos?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Brown

    Enough as in too much, of this Calling for an editor!!! Editing isn't just about spelling and punctuation, but, perhaps even more importan,t it is supposed to Enough as in too much, of this Calling for an editor!!! Editing isn't just about spelling and punctuation, but, perhaps even more importan,t it is supposed to

  3. 5 out of 5

    V. Briceland

    I confess I'm no Truman Capote expert. While I've had a lifelong love for his novella The Grass Harp, and although I think I once picked up and read In Cold Blood as a teen, mistaking it for one of my mom's paperback murder mysteries, I'm utterly unfamiliar with everything else he's written. (I haven't even seen the movie of Breakfast at Tiffany's.) However, I didn't feel underprepared for Gerald Clarke's thorough, thrillingly-written biography of the author. Clarke manages to narrate in a winnin I confess I'm no Truman Capote expert. While I've had a lifelong love for his novella The Grass Harp, and although I think I once picked up and read In Cold Blood as a teen, mistaking it for one of my mom's paperback murder mysteries, I'm utterly unfamiliar with everything else he's written. (I haven't even seen the movie of Breakfast at Tiffany's.) However, I didn't feel underprepared for Gerald Clarke's thorough, thrillingly-written biography of the author. Clarke manages to narrate in a winning style all the phases of Capote's life, from the messy dynamics of his family's early history to his stubbornly underachieving school years, his stint as a copy boy at The New Yorker and his early successes in short fiction. As one might expect—this is the volume on which the film Capote was based, after all—there's an extended examination of the labor that went into the writing of In Cold Blood and its subsequent mental toll. Whether Clarke is chronicling the arrangements for Capote's infamous Black and White Ball, or outlining the author's late-life excesses and messy retaliations against perceived slights, the book is a fascinating read. For a biography that's thirty-odd years old, it's refreshingly frank about Capote's chaotic sex life as well. Most of all, the biography made me both anxious to read more of Capote's work, even as it made me regret the mid- and late-life squandering of his copious talents.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy F. Murphy

    I thoroughly enjoyed this well written biography about Capote. What a life!

  5. 4 out of 5

    pam conley

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carole Weis

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn J. Gans

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mary Boyarski

  9. 4 out of 5

    Susan Goulet

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Roenfanz

  11. 5 out of 5

    allison schaeffer

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Holbrook

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jody Binhack

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gpndc17

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jeannette

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dennis Slater

  17. 5 out of 5

    karina kay

  18. 4 out of 5

    Inky

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lorrie

  20. 4 out of 5

    gloria b. miller

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  22. 4 out of 5

    carol vogel

  23. 5 out of 5

    CONNIE PHIPPEN

  24. 5 out of 5

    fran karam

  25. 4 out of 5

    Karen Scott

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kurt Kuppinger

  27. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

  28. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Herceg-Brown

  29. 5 out of 5

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  30. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

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