Music for Chameleons

Music for Chameleons

by Truman Capote

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.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Short Stories
  • Rating: 4.07
  • Pages: 262
  • Publish Date: 2001 by Penguin
  • Isbn10: 0141184612
  • Isbn13: 9780141184616

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Chiaramente è lui, Truman, il camaleonte del titolo - molto più lui che i veri animaletti affascinati dalla musica che compaiono nel primo splendido racconto. Capote è una voce altra, che conduce in altre stanze, apre porte. È un compendio della sua arte, della sua grandezza: il fascino magico dei racconti autobiografici accanto a un nuovo romanzo-verità che finisce troppo presto, locchio penetrante dellosservatore mondano e una serie stupenda di ritratti dialogati in cui spicca il più tenero e intenso omaggio di sempre allindimenticabile bellissima bambina Norma Jeane. Il più famoso ritratto fotografico di Truman Capote è questo di Henri Cartier-Bresson scattato a New Orleans nel 1947.

the biggest attraction to this collection is "Handcarved Coffins", an excellent account of serial killing in a small town. the identity of the killer does not appear to be in question; what arises over the course of the piece is a dual portrait of a haunted agent and an arrogant, infuriatingly entitled potential serial killer.

The transcript of the day Capote spent with Marilyn Monroe is absolutely fantastic.

Composed of 14 short stories, Capote made himself a character in each. 3 STARS The narrator is a guest in a lovely house in Martinique. 4 STARS I liked the ending. I like it when Capote shows his quirkiness, i.e., his fun side. 3 STARS Seems like this one is a true-to-life experience of Capote while growing up during the Depression. 4 STARS Very funny childhood story of a gay boy Capote. This is a breakthrough story because in here, Capote made known to the world that when he was young, (view spoiler)he wanted to be a girl.

Music for Chameleons: New Writing by Truman Capote Including Handcarved Coffins Although Random House plugs Music for Chameleons as new writings by Truman Capote, when it was published in 1980, all of the pieces had appeared in the two preceding years in Capote's usual venues, "Esquire," "Interview," "McCall's," "New York Magazine," and "The New Yorker." Within four years, Capote would be dead. In the final segment of the book, "Nocturnal Turnings," Capote interviews himself, looking back at his life--his fears, his faith, his faults. All but one of the fourteen segments of the book are claimed to be non-fiction, or perhaps as Capote invented the form, non-fiction fiction, in these examples, short vignettes, portraits of people he knew and met, killers he interviewed in addition to Perry Smith and Dick Hickock. Capote ranges from the mysterious, where chameleons dance to piano music played by an old woman on Martinique. When Beausoleil was granted a new trial, Capote was served with a subpoena. But it is in "Handcarved Coffins" that Capote reveals his mastery in the depiction of true crime. Capote is referred to investigator Jake Pepper to render his opinion of the killings and the evidence that is too scant to make an arrest. Capote stretches out the tension at a nerve wracking pace, plummeting the reader to despair with each successful killing. Pepper and Capote put the pieces together, discovering the killer has a darkroom and prefers German cameras. Once more I think of "Nocturnal Turnings." Capote knew he was slowing down. Let's say our old prayer. TC and TC: Zzzzzzzzzzzz." For a final look at Truman Capote's last burst of creativity, this is the book to read, fiction or non-fiction.

This is late-period Capote, mostly a mishmash of personal essays, anecdotes, and a novella-length true crime story. First of all, the preface makes Capote seem like a self-involved jackass (which he by most accounts was - remember the postscript to the movie saying he never recovered from writing In Cold Blood?), but it also reveals his dislike for his own work, including In Cold Blood; he even says he went back and rewrote much of the novel, Unanswered Prayers, that ironically was never finished. Instead of consciously leaving himself out of his writing, "I set myself center stage, and reconstructed, in a severe, minimal manner, commonplace conversations with everyday people: the superintendent of my building, a masseur at the gym, an old school friend, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Beausoleil, the two sides of himself - you know, everyday people" So the book is divided into 3 parts, the first and third being mostly brief snapshots and anecdotes that seem kind of retrogressive to me, harking back to his early days writing about Brooklyn Heights, only now he's moved to the Upper East Side. It probably reveals more about his own (late-life) personality than any of his other work and has flashes of good stuff, but is almost laughably self-referential and self-congratulatory, especially the last piece, a silly dialogue between Capote (TC) and himself (also TC).

Truman Capote was an American writer whose non-fiction, stories, novels and plays are recognised literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) and In Cold Blood (1965), which he labeled a "non-fiction novel." At least 20 films and TV dramas have been produced from Capote novels, stories and screenplays. During this time, he also began his career as a writer, publishing many short stories which introduced him into a circle of literary critics.