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In Cold Blood (original 1966; edition 1994)

by Truman Capote

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Title:In Cold Blood
Authors:Truman Capote
Info:Vintage (1994), Edition: Reprint, Paperback
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Tags:murder, history, non-fiction

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In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (1966)

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Loved this book- one of the best I've ever had the privilege to read! ( )
  sippju01 | Jun 9, 2016 |
Thought it was time to read one of the great masterpieces. Chilling story written from the killers side and the victims side. ( )
  joannemonck | Jun 9, 2016 |
moving ... surprising focus on the murderers rather than the victims, but well-written and unforgettable ( )
  GeetuM | Jun 3, 2016 |
Yep, every bit as good as you've heard. ( )
  reganrule | Jun 3, 2016 |
A compelling read.
Capote recounts the senseless murder of the Clutter family and its devastating effect on their small community. The tale is told with incredible empathy for the victims and a startling understanding of the perpetrators who invoke both sympathy and revulsion simultaneously.
A truly brilliant piece of writing. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Jun 1, 2016 |
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Authentic, harrowing reconstruction of the unmotivated murder of a family of four in small-town America, and the capture and conviction of their two young killers.
added by KayCliff | editNational Housewives Register Newsletter, Hazel K. Bell (Sep 1, 1976)
 
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.
added by Shortride | editTime (Jan 21, 1966)
 

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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
Dettore, MariapaolaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Larsstuvold, RuneForewordsecondary 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.
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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'.
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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)
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Two cons kill family.
Reporter relates the tale
In fiction format.

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0679745580, Paperback)

"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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:03:29 -0400)

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An account of the senseless murder of a Kansas farm family and the search for the killers.

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