A Christmas Memory By Truman Capote Review!

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A Christmas Memory (1956) by Truman Capote is a beautiful short story. The story was first published in Mademoiselle magazine.


The story, which takes place in the 1930s, is very autobiographical. It is told from the POV of a seven-year-old boy who is unnamed but is called Buddy by his cousin. Buddy is based on Capote when he was a young boy. His cousin Sook is based on his cousin Sook and is referred to as my friend. Sook was Capote’s cousin and best friend. The pair live with other relatives and the dog Queenie and are not very rich. However, they both love Christmas and save up to make the occasion amazing every year.

Fruitcakes are a big part of this story. Buddy and Sook made them every Christmas. They go and collect pecans for the fruitcakes and purchase other things they need like whiskey from bootlegger Haha Jones. These fruitcakes, which take four days to create, they send to acquaintances and famous people. They also go to get the Christmas tree and make decorations for it as well as gifts for everyone. They make each other a kite as a present and go fly them together. It is their last Christmas together as Buddy is sent off to Military school the following year and they never got to spend another Christmas together before Sook’s death.

This story is a beautiful story of family and friendship. Buddy and Sook really care for each other and love spending time together. It’s obvious the love and warmth that is there for each other. It is so moving to read. They just get each other and they have each other’s backs and it’s lovely. I think they are both fun and non-conformist and happy. I really like both characters and their relationship with each other. It makes you feel all warm and happy inside reading it.

The only thing I thought was a huge problem was how Sook allowed Buddy to drink the leftover whiskey and they both got drunk. I still like her but that was not responsible by any means!

The end of this book is heartbreaking. It is what happens in life. It’s based on truth so it would be. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t rip your heart (which has been filled with heart-warming feelings up to this point) out and make you feel so sad. Because prior to that you are reading about their beautiful relationship and then there is just the memories. It reminds you to cherish the moments you have with your own loved ones because nothing will last forever.

Oh, and I love Queenie too! 🙂

It’s a gorgeous story. It’s a must-read.


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In Cold Blood By Truman Capote Review!

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In Cold Blood (1966) by Truman Capote is a superbly written true crime book. It is the second best-selling true crime book of all time.


The book is about the real-life murders of four members of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas in 1959 which were committed by Perry Smith and Richard Hickock. They murdered Herbert “Herb”, Bonnie, Nancy and Kenyon Clutter. Capote went to Kansas to interview investigators and residents with his friend fellow writer Harper Lee. He spent six years writing and researching the book.


It is a brilliant book. The book is very well researched, there is clearly an awful lot of research put into this book. Everything is very detailed from the town to the people in it. I think it was a different sort of approach which Capote took to this book than a writer who always or more often writes true crime or non-fiction. He brought his style of conversational, down-to-earthness to the book which is more suited to fiction generally but it totally works. There is a warmth to the way Capote writes about the people in the town and about the victims. He also helps us really get to know both the stories of the victims and the murderers. And though he tells the stories of the killers’ backgrounds, you never feel he is giving them any kind of excuses, even the slightest excuse, which was very admirable of him and unfortunately not always what happens.

It is obviously a very heavy book given what the book is about. Capote does not sensationalist nor does he leave out facts. He gives the whole picture of everyone involved and I think the way that facts even outside of the case are in this book like the personalities of the people and the lives of the people really makes the book the masterpiece it is. It is sad, gripping and very accurate. The mundane mixed with the cruelty of the murders gives readers a real sense of the reality of it and that something like this could happen to any of us.

A must-read. A truly amazing, amazing book.


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Breakfast At Tiffany’s By Truman Capote Review!

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Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1958) by Truman Capote is an absolute classic novella.


Set in Manhattan in 1943, the book is told from the POV of an unnamed male narrator. One of his neighbours is socialite Holly Golightly. He becomes friends with her and they begin to hang out. There is also romantic feelings between them. She is hoping to snatch up for herself a rich man among the many rich men who lavish her in expensive gifts and bring her to swanky places.

I like the two main characters. They are both very different. Holly is more wild and more likely to speak her mind. The unnamed narrator is a bit more reserved and people pleasing. They are both very likeable. I find they have a lovely mutual respect for each other and how the other goes on. I think maybe in the hands of a lot of authors the narrator may have turned into one of those types of characters who find themself more sophisticated and mature for having their personality type. Smug really. But Capote doesn’t really do that here and subsequently makes his unnamed narrator likeable.

I love Cat too. The cat is not a major character but Cat, I always feel was given a personality in a way that not every pet in a book does. I kind of always felt that Cat had a mystery story to tell. Also Cat is just super adorable. There is also great symbolism of Holly’s life through Cat showing her fear of both belonging and of not belonging. I think loneliness and fitting in are huge themes in the book and I think both Holly and the unnamed narrator are lonely and trying to fit in somewhere in the world and with each other they do.

I won’t give away the ending but the ending is not quite the same as the movie. Which is better? Hard to say really, it just depends what kind of ending you are looking for but both endings work and that’s all I am saying before I give all away!

I love this book. I love the naturalness of Truman Capote’s writing.

A must read.


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A Diamond Guitar By Truman Capote Review!

A Diamond Guitar

A Diamond Guitar (1950) by Truman Capote is a stunning display of writing at the highest quality. I don’t think anything he wrote could possibly be bad. He was such an amazing writer.

At sixteen pages, A Diamond Guitar is a brilliant look at living for the moment and how life is so important. Set in a prison farm, there is a man called Mr Schaeffer who is serving a life sentence and becomes friends with a new prisoner called Tico Feo who has a jewelled guitar and plays it for the entertainment of his fellow prisoners. He is also plotting his escape with Mr Schaeffer.

With immediate and stunning writing throughout and a wonderful title, this story does feel like the original Shawshank Redemption at times but written in Capote’s own signature style. There was so much packed into the shortness of it. We got to know the characters quite well for the limited amount of pages. I love the way Capote writes. It’s very down-to-earth, very conversational. Loved it!


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