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In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
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In Cold Blood (original 1965; edition 1994)

by Truman Capote

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Member:ericaheinz
Title:In Cold Blood
Authors:Truman Capote
Info:Vintage (1994), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 343 pages
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In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (1965)

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Really really great writing. The descriptions were spot on, the development of the characters of both victims and villains was superb. ( )
  VLarkinAnderson | Sep 22, 2018 |
Grandiosa y espeluznante obra.

Lee mi reseña completa aquí. ( )
  LuisBermer | Sep 2, 2018 |
More fiction than non.

The prose is elegant and evocative, but the weakness and bias of the journalism really detracted from the reading (or in this case listening) experience. ( )
  Bodagirl | Aug 30, 2018 |
I got about a quarter through with this book and then didn't make the push to finish. I will most likely have to start from the beginning again with this one and read it through in few sittings to get to the end. I have a hard time reading nonfiction on paper and seem to do better with audio, though I have this copy and should read it. The bits that I did read were really good, and I'm a sucker for a true crime fiction novel, so I intend to finish it and hopefully give it a rating it deserves!
  justagirlwithabook | Aug 1, 2018 |
Para quem leu a sinopse e procura mais informação sobre este livro posso dizer que além de ter gostado muito de ler uma história verídica como se se tratasse de um romance (ou um romance que é uma história verídica) há todo um outro conjunto de particularidades que tornam este livro uma leitura diferente.

Primeiro que tudo, o autor. Li há pouco tempo o [b:To Kill a Mockingbird|2657|To Kill a Mockingbird|Harper Lee|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1361975680s/2657.jpg|3275794] da [a:Harper Lee|1825|Harper Lee|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1188820730p2/1825.jpg] que foi, na infância, melhor amiga de Capote. Ambos dirigiram-se a Holcomb e recolheram os depoimentos na cidade. Para quem leu o "Não matem a Cotovia" e sabe um pouco do historial destes dois amigos de infância, facilmente reconhece em ambos Scout (a protagonista) e Dill (o estranho rapaz que se torna seu amigo). Nesse livro as crianças são particularmente curiosas e observadoras. Apesar de Capote nunca se mencionar a si próprio durante toda a narrativa de [b:A Sangue Frio|2827724|A Sangue Frio|Truman Capote|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1203189887s/2827724.jpg|1940709], não conseguia deixar de imaginar Dill e Scout em formato adulto a observar todo o horror daquele crime e recolhendo depoimentos.

Segundo, a forma como está construído. Apesar de ser fácil saber o que aconteceu, quem morreu e quem matou, a construção da narrativa deixa-nos agarrados ao livro para compreender o como e porquê. Dinheiro? Vingança? Ódio? A resposta é bem mais complexa, dando-nos uma visão mais humana dos assassinos. A narrativa vai intercalando entre a investigação em Holcomb e a fuga de Perry e Dick e, por isso, temos tempo para conhecer bem os dois lados afectados por este trágico crime.

Terceiro, a reflexão sobre a sociedade e a psicologia. Penso que as conclusões sobre o quanto a vida familiar, os azares da vida podem afectar psicologicamente dois indivíduos que tudo tinham para serem normais ficam ao critério de cada um dos leitores. Capote disponibiliza análises psicológicas e os relatos dos criminosos para melhor compreender o que é que correu mal. Faz-nos questionar o que é "normal" e "seguro". Também mostra que a há uma sociedade pacata e uma violenta a viver lado a lado e esperar que não entrem em rota de colisão é ser inocente.

A verdade é que, se Truman Capote não tivesse escrito sobre este caso, este teria sido esquecido, como tantos outros semelhantes. Mas porque foi, e porque este livro captura tão bem todas as facetas da tragédia, "A Sangue Frio" pode ser a melhor explicação que teremos, ainda hoje, sobre a frieza com que se mata outro ser humano. Foi também para mim a descoberta de um autor que é tão fabuloso e inteligente como a sua amiga de infância, embora fosse tão diferente.

Interessa ver/ler:

[Vídeo] Entrevista com pessoas de Holcomb
[Trailer] Filme: Infamous
[Trailer] Filme: Capote
[Entrevista] The Story Behind a Nonfiction Novel

Editado: Dei apenas 4 estrelas porque o ritmo a minha edição é miserável, letra pequenina e cheia de erros ortográficos. Também porque o ritmo inicial é extremamente lento tornando as primeiras páginas pouco interessantes. ( )
  Telma_tx | Jul 30, 2018 |
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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.
added by Shortride | editTime (Jan 21, 1966)
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Capote, Trumanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Borràs, Maria LluïsaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Breckan, Eldor MartinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Colacello, BobIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cornips, ThérèseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fujita, S. NeilCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Larsstuvold, RuneForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ricci Dèttore, MariapaolaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
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.
Dedication
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)
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.
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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