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In Cold Blood (original 1965; edition 2002)

by Truman Capote

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Title:In Cold Blood
Authors:Truman Capote
Info:Random House (2002), Hardcover, 343 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:nonfiction, crime, true crime, nonfiction novel

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In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (1965)

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    Anonymous user: Dark Places was undoubtedly influenced by In Cold Blood, but brings an interesting form of storytelling to superficially similar plot lines.
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    Voracious_Reader: Not a true crime story. It is part of the New Journalism body of work.
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This was a very well-written book! That probably wouldn't have surprised most people but it sure as heck surprised me. Although the beginning was a little slow, the buildup was perfectly orchestrated and there were even a couple of surprising twists. The author did such a great job at giving us the background of the killers (especially Perry) that I felt actual sympathy; forgetting what heinous acts they would later commit. ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
"The suffering. The horror. They were dead. A whole family. Gentle, kindly people, people I knew - murdered.",, April 18, 2015

This review is from: In Cold Blood (Vintage International) (Kindle Edition)
"The suffering. The horror. They were dead. A whole family. Gentle, kindly people, people I knew - murdered.", 18 April 2015

This review is from: In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
An absolutely brilliant reconstruction of the 1959 mass murder of a whole family in a remote Kansas town, by two drifters for no very logical reason. Capote sets the scene brilliantly in the first chapter, as he jumps from the family living their ordinary day to the two murderers, chatting, driving. The reader knows an awful event is about to happen; as little events happen, such as the neighbour's child coming over to visit, you wonder whether she is going to be harmed or will she get away in time...
In the 3 succeeding chapters, the police are looking for these 'persons unknown' until the answer presents itself. And throughout we learn more of the killers, though not enough to comprehend their motivation.
Shocking and highly readable. ( )
  starbox | Apr 18, 2015 |
"I think there must be something wrong with us, to go and do something like that."--Perry Smith

The progenitor of the true crime genre, Truman Capote's 1966 sensation In Cold Blood is a survey of the cultural and psychological landscape that provided the setting for one of the most senseless mass murders in U.S. history. Capote's mesmerizing account makes it almost possible to understand how two men could murder a family of four they had never met for less than fifty dollars.

The Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas was a paragon of the American dream, and their brutal murders by gunshot in the small hours of November 15, 1959 bred a terror in the farming community that continued to haunt it long after the murderers Richard "Dick" Hickock and Perry Smith were captured and eventually executed. Capote became intrigued with the story in 1959 before the murders had been solved, and along with his close friend Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960), spent the next six years compiling hundreds of hours of recorded interviews, thousands of pages of notes, and eventually a story of such far-reaching psychological insight, that the three motion pictures made about Capote's story are still overshadowed by the genius of the original work.

In fluid journalistic prose, Capote invites the reader to share in the deepest motivations of the people of Holcomb as he illustrates through their candid conversations Holcomb's Republican, Christian, and agricultural values, its starkly beautiful landscape, its down-to-earth and kindly people. He interweaves this moving pastiche with an equally detailed history of two men who subverted the social and legal systems over the span of their short lives until they found themselves at a cross-roads manufactured by fate, their violent tendencies, and the complex effect of their relationship on each other's capabilities. Capote's knockout achievement, through the murderers' conversations with each other, their letters to family members, their autobiographical statements, their interviews with journalists, is to provoke a deeper sympathy in the reader for actual killer Perry Smith and his possible insanity than for his dead-eyed partner in crime, sociopath Dick Hickock. I've never read an account that plumbs the depths of anti-social crime with such chilling profundity. ( )
  Sarah_Beaudette | Apr 13, 2015 |
"I think there must be something wrong with us, to go and do something like that."--Perry Smith

The progenitor of the true crime genre, Truman Capote's 1966 sensation In Cold Blood is a survey of the cultural and psychological landscape that provided the setting for one of the most senseless mass murders in U.S. history. Capote's mesmerizing account makes it almost possible to understand how two men could murder a family of four they had never met for less than fifty dollars.

The Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas was a paragon of the American dream, and their brutal murders by gunshot in the small hours of November 15, 1959 bred a terror in the farming community that continued to haunt it long after the murderers Richard "Dick" Hickock and Perry Smith were captured and eventually executed. Capote became intrigued with the story in 1959 before the murders had been solved, and along with his close friend Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960), spent the next six years compiling hundreds of hours of recorded interviews, thousands of pages of notes, and eventually a story of such far-reaching psychological insight, that the three motion pictures made about Capote's story are still overshadowed by the genius of the original work.

In fluid journalistic prose, Capote invites the reader to share in the deepest motivations of the people of Holcomb as he illustrates through their candid conversations Holcomb's Republican, Christian, and agricultural values, its starkly beautiful landscape, its down-to-earth and kindly people. He interweaves this moving pastiche with an equally detailed history of two men who subverted the social and legal systems over the span of their short lives until they found themselves at a cross-roads manufactured by fate, their violent tendencies, and the complex effect of their relationship on each other's capabilities. Capote's knockout achievement, through the murderers' conversations with each other, their letters to family members, their autobiographical statements, their interviews with journalists, is to provoke a deeper sympathy in the reader for actual killer Perry Smith and his possible insanity than for his dead-eyed partner in crime, sociopath Dick Hickock. I've never read an account that plumbs the depths of anti-social crime with such chilling profundity. ( )
  Sarah_Beaudette | Apr 13, 2015 |
"I think there must be something wrong with us, to go and do something like that."--Perry Smith

The progenitor of the true crime genre, Truman Capote's 1966 sensation In Cold Blood is a survey of the cultural and psychological landscape that provided the setting for one of the most senseless mass murders in U.S. history. Capote's mesmerizing account makes it almost possible to understand how two men could murder a family of four they had never met for less than fifty dollars.

The Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas was a paragon of the American dream, and their brutal murders by gunshot in the small hours of November 15, 1959 bred a terror in the farming community that continued to haunt it long after the murderers Richard "Dick" Hickock and Perry Smith were captured and eventually executed. Capote became intrigued with the story in 1959 before the murders had been solved, and along with his close friend Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960), spent the next six years compiling hundreds of hours of recorded interviews, thousands of pages of notes, and eventually a story of such far-reaching psychological insight, that the three motion pictures made about Capote's story are still overshadowed by the genius of the original work.

In fluid journalistic prose, Capote invites the reader to share in the deepest motivations of the people of Holcomb as he illustrates through their candid conversations Holcomb's Republican, Christian, and agricultural values, its starkly beautiful landscape, its down-to-earth and kindly people. He interweaves this moving pastiche with an equally detailed history of two men who subverted the social and legal systems over the span of their short lives until they found themselves at a cross-roads manufactured by fate, their violent tendencies, and the complex effect of their relationship on each other's capabilities. Capote's knockout achievement, through the murderers' conversations with each other, their letters to family members, their autobiographical statements, their interviews with journalists, is to provoke a deeper sympathy in the reader for actual killer Perry Smith and his possible insanity than for his dead-eyed partner in crime, sociopath Dick Hickock. I've never read an account that plumbs the depths of anti-social crime with such chilling profundity. ( )
  Sarah_Beaudette | Apr 13, 2015 |
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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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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.
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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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