In these gems of reportage Truman Capote takes true stories and real people and renders then with the stylistic brio we expect from great fiction. Here we encounter an exquisitely preserved Creole aristocrat sipping absinthe in her Martinique salon; an enigmatic killer who sends his victims announcements of their forthcoming demise; and a proper Connecticut householder with a ruinous obsession for a twelve-year-old girl he has never met. And we meet Capote himself, who, whether he is smoking with his cleaning lady or trading sexual gossip with Marilyn Monroe, remainds one of the most elegant, malicious, yet compassionate writers to train his eye on the social fauna of our time.
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About the Author
Mr. Capote twice won the O.Henry Memorial Short Story Prize and was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He died in August 1984, shortly before his sixtieth birthday.
Date of Birth:September 30, 1924
Date of Death:August 25, 1984
Place of Birth:New Orleans, Louisiana
Place of Death:Los Angeles, California
Education:Trinity School and St. John's Academy in New York City and Greenwich High School in Connecticut
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Music for Chameleons and Hand Carved Coffins is a diverse collection of short stories written by Truman Capote.
Music sets the mood in Fort de France on the island of Martinique as a silver haired aristocrat plays a Mozart sonata on a piano to the delight of the skittering chameleons.
Then there¿s Mr. Jones the blind wheelchair bound Brooklyn rooming house resident that turns out, in the end, to be nothing short of a human chameleon.
On a cold winter¿s night TC was fortunate to seek shelter and a phone in the house with the `Lamp in the Window¿ and a homeowner that was nocturnal, lonely and trusting.
`Hand Carved Coffins¿ is billed as a nonfiction account of an American crime set in an unsophisticated farm and ranch community. However, the string of murders apparently perpetrated by one person was anything but unsophisticated.
Truman Capote is as comfortable walking down Second Avenue with Mary Sanchez, the cleaning lady in `A Day¿s Work¿ as he was with friends at a posh reception in Turtle Bay.
The preface to the book gives an insight to the writing discipline TC exacted upon himself.
Keep a copy of `Music¿ as reference to a writing style you¿re not likely to see again.
Tom Barnes author of `The Goring Collection.¿
Capote, before Phillip Seymour Hoffman bore witness to the author's resurrection, was no stranger to notoriety. His famous intimations with Marily Monroe coupled with the adaption of 'Breakfast At Tiffany's' left Capote a celebrity he was only thrilled to accept. While this was a legacy he was indelibly glad to leave behind, it is the young, distinctly southern stories found in 'Music For Chameleons' that first enchanted readers. With a coy and collected style riddled with shrewd wit and black humor, Capote hypnotizes his readers with gothic tales of a world seemingly next door, a dark and penetrating glance behind the surface. Cool and poetic, the machinations operate smoothly despite any reservations due to the author's incredibly young age.
I really like the variety in Mr.Capote's book. Yet, I am sorry that he had to used such large amounts of vulgar language. I did love the part where he visited the lady with the cat's in her freezer.