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In Cold Blood (1965)

by Truman Capote

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On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.… (more)
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This is the book that seems to set the standard for the true crime genre, so perhaps my expectation was too high. The book’s construction is like many novels, with frequent shifts of scene to follow different characters and their narrative journey. Capote tells the story of the murder of four members of a Kansas family by alternately following the family’s last day, the journey of the murderers toward their crime, their travels following the murders, the investigation, the trial, and the time on death row awaiting the execution date. Capote seems particularly sympathetic toward one of the murderers, Perry Smith, to the point that it ought to raise questions about his objectivity. There are no footnotes or endnotes for readers to verify the facts of the case. ( )
  cbl_tn | Mar 17, 2024 |
Quite scary. Capote has succeeded picturing one of the most brutal murderer ever happened in history. ( )
  awwarma | Jan 24, 2024 |
Holcomb é uma pequena comunidade agrícola localizada a oeste de Garden City no Kansas, Estados Unidos da América.
Uma pacífica comunidade, onde todos se conhecem e vivem quase de portas abertas.

Numa quinta isolada vivem, Sr. Clutter, o pilar da sua comunidade. A Sra. Clutter, que finalmente sentiu que poderia estar a ultrapassar a sua luta vitalícia com a saúde mental. Seus filhos, Nancy, a doce e amável adolescente que se superlotou porque não quer dizer não a ninguém. Kenyon, o mais novo, inteligente; simpático e entusiasmado com o futuro.
Até certo dia.

"ᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴛɪᴍᴇ ɴᴏᴛ ᴀ ꜱᴏᴜʟ ɪɴ ꜱʟᴇᴇᴘɪɴɢ ʜᴏʟᴄᴏᴍʙ ʜᴇᴀʀᴅ ᴛʜᴇᴍ - ꜰᴏᴜʀ ꜱʜᴏᴛɢᴜɴ ʙʟᴀꜱᴛꜱ ᴛʜᴀᴛ, ᴀʟʟ ᴛᴏʟᴅ, ᴇɴᴅᴇᴅ ꜱɪx ʜᴜᴍᴀɴ ʟɪᴠᴇꜱ."

Os homicídios a sangue frio, numa quinta desta pequena comunidade em 1956, são descritos por um narrador frio e distante.
As descrições de todos os protagonistas desta tragédia são exploradas de todos os ângulos.
Truman Capote analisa a forma como as pessoas da cidade reagem a isto. Muitos, receosos de que um dos seus fosse o responsável, tornam-se reservados. Como é que as pessoas lamentam o sucedido? Capote olha para a sequência de investigação que acaba por levar à captura dos suspeitos, concentrando-se num dos principais investigadores. Olha em profundidade para os criminosos. O que é que os faz sofrer? Como é que alguém consegue fazer algo tão horrível?
Através das palavras de Capote, és transportado para esta pequena cidade, recebemos relatos alternados da família; dos criminosos e de outros indivíduos próximos do crime.

A descrição da noite dos homicídios ocorridos é de arrepiar e pode perturbar o sono.

“ɪ ᴛʜᴏᴜɢʜᴛ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴍʀ. ᴄʟᴜᴛᴛᴇʀ ᴡᴀꜱ ᴀ ᴠᴇʀʏ ɴɪᴄᴇ ɢᴇɴᴛʟᴇᴍᴀɴ. ɪ ᴛʜᴏᴜɢʜᴛ ꜱᴏ ʀɪɢʜᴛ ᴜᴘ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴏᴍᴇɴᴛ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ɪ ᴄᴜᴛ ʜɪꜱ ᴛʜʀᴏᴀᴛ.”

Este livro é uma verdadeira obra-prima do romance de não-ficção e a sua narração é estupenda no desenvolvimento do carácter e mantém uma enorme quantidade de suspense do princípio ao fim.
É ainda mais espantoso porque na realidade já se sabe quem cometeu o crime.

Capote viveu realmente nesta cidade, juntamente com Harper Lee (amiga próxima e escritora de 'Mataram a Cotovia'), onde entrevistaram cuidadosamente centenas de pessoas associadas aos eventos.

Qualquer um que aprecie o True Crime, Criminologia, Psicologia e mesmo Sociologia, achará este livro absolutamente cativante.

Não havia cofre. Não havia pilha de dinheiro. Não havia absolutamente nenhuma razão para quatro pessoas perderem as suas vidas.

“ʜᴏᴡ ᴍᴜᴄʜ ᴍᴏɴᴇʏ ᴅɪᴅ ʏᴏᴜ ɢᴇᴛ ꜰʀᴏᴍ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄʟᴜᴛᴛᴇʀꜱ?’
‘ʙᴇᴛᴡᴇᴇɴ ꜰᴏʀᴛʏ ᴀɴᴅ ꜰɪꜰᴛʏ ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀꜱ.”

É uma dura recordação do mal que existe no mundo. ( )
  craly | Jan 24, 2024 |
To the best of my knowledge, this was the first True Crime novel to hit the US market. In general, I don't read True Crime because I don't need to be any more scared of strangers than I already am, but I thought this book was excellent.

One thing I learned from watching several of the movie versions out there (the 1967 version is particularly good, I think) is that Capote himself was actually heavily involved in the trials of Smith and Hickock. You would never guess that from reading the book, which is kind of creepy. I mean, in the interest of representing the truth, Capote should be a character in the novel, but he makes himself inivisible. ( )
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
enjoyable read - you can tell why this book became so big, as it does a good job of humanizing these people who did a pretty gruesome and senseless crime. it is lame how the author probably made up or embellished some details for the narrative, but it works as a reader
  rottweilersmile | Dec 24, 2023 |
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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
Truman Capoteprimary authorall editionscalculated
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
Rollo, AlbertoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thomson, RupertIntroductionsecondary 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
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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)
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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On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.

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