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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (30 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141188081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141188089
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An abundance of riches. . . . It is not hard at all to open to any page . . . and be amused, moved, intrigued.” –"Newsday" “To best experience Capote the stylist, one must go back to his short fiction. . . . One experiences as strongly as ever his gift for concrete abstraction and his spectacular observancy.” –"The New Yorker" “It is a stunning experience to reread this fiction . . . and to realize how very golden this golden boy was. . . . We are in the presence of a tremendous talent, and a fully mature technique as well. Norman Mailer’s judgment that Capote was the most perfect writer of their generation–‘he writes the best sentences word for word, rhythm upon rhythm’–seems true and just.” –"The New Criterion" “Capote does some things perfectly that many writers can’t do at all. . . . [He] summons the sensory world in its bewildering, inexhaustible richness.” –"Lo

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Reynolds Price is James B. Duke Professor of English at Duke University and the disinguished author of more than twenty-five books of fiction, poetry, drama and essays. He lives in North Carolina.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Fairuza Foch on 20 Dec. 2007
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Capote writes as if he invented the short story and knows all the secret ingredients to making one successful. Short stories are a notoriously difficult style to master, and yet the stories in this collection are written with the ease and grace of a genius. If you, like me, are easily distracted when it comes to reading and prefer things to be concise and to the point then look no furthur than this beautiful collection of short stories. Everything you want in a good story is there: humour, sadness, lucidity and melancholy, indeed, the very stuff of life itself. Beautifully written, sharply observed and original, this collection of short stories takes some beating. As an avid fan of short stories I have definately read my fair share and would go as far as to say that this is the best penned collection there is. I was hooked from start to finish. My particular favourites are 'House of Flowers' for its lush, lingering descriptions of the tropical scenery of Haiti and for its sweet (but not syrupy) depiction of first love. Others include 'Jug of Silver' for its affectionate small town wit and 'A Christmas Memory' for its depth of feeling and Capote's masterful delivery of prose, which characterises the rest of his writing. Definately worth a buy.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Al on 2 Aug. 2008
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I bought this book on a whim whilst looking for something to read on holiday. My only exposure to Mr Capote prior to this was the film 'Breakfast At Tiffanys' which I am not a particular fan of. I bought the book anyway and I am glad I did. This is short story writing of the highest calibre. Forthright, sometimes bordering on the corny (in a pleasing Americana way) and occasionally downright creepy (A Tree of night). The stories are presented in order of date from the 40's right up to the 70's and as such you are able to see the development of the author. Right from the start it is clear that here we have a rare talent. I really liked this and heartily recommend anyone to read it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bluecashmere. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Aug. 2012
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This is a quite exceptional collection of stories covering the greater part of Capote's literary career, the last coming only two years before his death. While no doubt he will always be better known and more valued for "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "In Cold Blood". These stories deserve a wide audience. It's tempting to say that the stories grow in depth and complexity as their author ages, but even the earliest ones have a haunting resonance that seems to reach out beyond the local circumstances and particularities. There is a natural ease and lucidity in the writing, a sharp eye for detail and a sure ear for dialogue. It would be good to name favourites and mine is probably "Children on their Birthdays", but as soon as I am drawn to the features of one I'm pulled to the distinctive qualities of others. At the heart of all are human relationships and none fails to illuminate this major theme.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JPP on 4 May 2011
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After seeing the film Capote (the second of its kind - finding the performances and general humour attractive) I thought I'd read some of Capote's short stories. I generally like American 20th C writers and found his material equally engaging: in particular the visual details. However, Salinger is still 'up there' for me - which says more about me than Capote as a writer. Easy to read and touching in the poetic sense.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By messageinthemoon on 10 Jun. 2010
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I first read a Truman Capote story a few months ago when I picked up a copy of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' for a few pence at a sale. For some reason which I cannot really understand, I was not expecting to enjoy it, perhaps because I had some confused childhood recollections of the film, I don't know. However, within a paragraph or two I was captivated by Capote's writing; it appears simple and precise, yet at the same time beautiful and poetic. I was held spellbound by this little tale with its odd characters and unpredictable storyline. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and for a while I thought that was it, just another very enjoyable book, but no, the story, and Capote's writing just would not leave me alone, I had to read more.
I next bought 'The Complete Stories', and once again became absorbed in the unique creations of this wonderful writer. His stories can be sweet and sentimental, full of gentle warmth, as he describes memories of growing up, or cold and laced with melancholy at the sadness of life, but always there is a beauty and a mystery to his writing, a sense that nothing is quite what it seems, that leaves you held, dreamlike, long after you have finished the book. Before I knew it I was of course hooked, hooked on the legend, the genius and the enigma that is Truman Capote.
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