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In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

In Cold Blood (1965)

by Truman Capote

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In Cold Blood is a very good book that leaves you kind of on edge at some points i don't think i was ever bored with the book.
The book is about the murder of the Clutter family consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Clutter and their two teenage children Kenyon and Nancy. The Clutter's did have two older Daughters who had moved out. The family lived in Holcomb, Kansas in 1959 by Dick Hickock and Perry Smith for no apparent reason, they had been tied up and shot to death. Oddly nothing had been taken from the home but small items. Then someone named Capote starts investigating in Kansas with his friend Harper Lee who eventually writes "to kill a mocking bird". Perry and Dick almost get away with the murder leaving only small dead end clues, but Capote continues to investigate the murder and we find out that Perry's motive was his hate of the world and his parents for a bad childhood. Dick just did it because he is a true outlaw and throughout the book his motive remains a mystery. The murder of the Clutters deeply affects other townspeople mostly Nancy's best friend Sue and her boyfriend Bobby. People became weary of everyone around them not knowing that the murderers were strangers. Al Dewy the lead detective in the investigation becomes absolutely obsessed with the Clutter's and the murderers and goes a little crazy. Perry and Dick go all the way to Mexico and go back to their lives and just when they think they are in the clear a witness who can tie the two men to the Clutters with the foot prints some binoculars and a radio the two men are found out and after many years on the death row both men are hanged.
  JuliannS.B2 | Jan 16, 2018 |
It's the quintessential true-crime / non-fiction-novel. The subject matter isn't really enjoyable, but it's well done. Certainly a standard fare classic novel for literature classes. ( )
  dbhart42 | Dec 21, 2017 |
Chilling and intense. This non-fiction account of the murders of the Clutter family and the aftermath is incredibly detailed and reads almost like fiction. You can appreciate the detail and research that Truman Capote must have done in order to write this book. While I'm sure there were was some artistic license, you can't help but feel for the family and the horror of their experience. Fantastic read and a good reminder that terrible things can happen. ( )
  trile1000 | Nov 17, 2017 |
Amazing for its thoroughness and depth. Capote all but pens a window into the minds and souls of the killers, without judgment or sympathy and without resorting to sensationalism or gruesome detail. I've wanted to read this for a long time but thought it would be too intense. That was not the case at all. The style, I guess it's called narrative nonfiction, literary journalism, or maybe something else?, made me think of Erik Larson's In the Garden of Beasts and John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. ( )
  wandaly | Oct 25, 2017 |
Fantastic! Captured the small-town, rural-America feeling that To Kill A Mockingbird had. A classic novel, even more exceptional due to the fact that it's a non-fiction story. Capote's writing brings life to the story, instead of just a clinical case analysis. I would recommend to everyone. ( )
  writertomg | Sep 6, 2017 |
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If nothing else, In Cold Blood justifies another Capote conviction: that when reportage commands the highest literary skills, it can approach the level of art.
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Capote, Trumanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Borràs, Maria LluïsaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Breckan, Eldor MartinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cornips, ThérèseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Een waar verslag van een viervoudige moord en zijn gevolgen.
Freres humains qui apres nour vivez

N'ayez les cuers contre nous endurcis,

Car, se pitie de nous povres avez,

Dieu en aura plus tost de vous mercis

Francois Villon (Ballade des pendus)
Brothers, men who live after us,
Let not your hearts be hardened against us,
Because, if you have pity for us poor men,
God will have more mercy toward you.
For Jack Dunphy and Harper Lee with my love and gratitude
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The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call 'out there'.
Mensenbroeders, gij die na ons leeft, wil niet verbitterd aan ons denken, want wie erbarmen met ons armen heeft, zal God veel eerder zijn genade schenken. (François Villon - Ballade der gehangenen)
In over three months I practically never left the Broadway area. For one thing, I didn't have the right clothes. Just Western clothes - jeans and boots. But there on Forty-second Street nobody cares, it all rides - anything. My whole life, I never met so many freaks.
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Two cons kill family.
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"Until one morning in mid-November of 1959, few Americans--in fact, few Kansans--had ever heard of Holcomb. Like the waters of the river, like the motorists on the highway, and like the yellow trains streaking down the Santa Fe tracks, drama, in the shape of exceptional happenings, had never stopped there." If all Truman Capote did was invent a new genre--journalism written with the language and structure of literature--this "nonfiction novel" about the brutal slaying of the Clutter family by two would-be robbers would be remembered as a trail-blazing experiment that has influenced countless writers. But Capote achieved more than that. He wrote a true masterpiece of creative nonfiction. The images of this tale continue to resonate in our minds: 16-year-old Nancy Clutter teaching a friend how to bake a cherry pie, Dick Hickock's black '49 Chevrolet sedan, Perry Smith's Gibson guitar and his dreams of gold in a tropical paradise--the blood on the walls and the final "thud-snap" of the rope-broken necks.

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