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Music for Chameleons: New Writing (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 25 Jan 2001
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"An incomparable stylist and entertainer...clean and cool...Ýwith a superb, near-perfect pitch with dialogue." --"The New York Times Book Review" "Everything is displayed in this book: insights and recollections of the famous and the obscure; old jokes and fresh wit...These stories and vingettes will endure." --"New Republic"
At the centre of "Music for Chameleons" is Handcarved Coffins, a 'nonfiction novel' based on the brutal crimes of a real-life murderer. Taking place in a small Midwestern town in America, it offers chilling insights into the mind of a killer and the obsession of the man bringing him to justice. Also in this volume are six short stories and seven 'conversational portraits' including a touching one of Marilyn Monroe, the 'beautiful child' and a hilarious one of a dope-smoking cleaning lady doing her rounds in New York.See all Product description
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The writing throughout is great and the content is (with the exception of some of the short stories) of great interest. Capote also seems to understand human nature - interesting reflections on how women who might not look wonderfully attractive can nonetheless not lack for romantic interest in their lives (both in the non-fiction novel and in the final short story).
I would very strongly recommend this.
Most of the stories are non-fiction, so you get the chance to know true details of Marilyn Monroe’s life or to be witness to high-flown criminal cases. The book is a great anthology of short stories, easy to follow.
Rarely I was given the chance to read such a master of storytelling. Truman Capote reveals himself as a fan of Agatha Christie’s work. In his way of writing, I could discover a style that is very similar to Agatha’s one. His stories of criminal cases are just another proof of his talent and ability to play with words. I loved to read him, basically because I also love Agatha Christie.
If you are a seeker of mysteries or serial killers, you will definitely feed your appetite with this book.
In my humble opinion, Truman Capote is one of the greatest writers and also an author little underestimated in his era.
His original style is easy to be noticed in these 14 short stories, in which Capote made himself a character in each one.