Summer Crossing

Summer Crossing

by Truman Capote

Left to her own devices, Grady turns up the heat on the secret affair she's been having with a Brooklyn-born Jewish war veteran who works as a parking lot attendant.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 3.44
  • Pages: 142
  • Publish Date: September 28th 2006 by Modern Library
  • Isbn10: 0812975936
  • Isbn13: 9780812975932

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Why did not young Truman publish this initiatory tale written in his youth?

In fact, the manuscript was among papers left in an apartment in the care of a house sitter. Capote instructed the house sitter to put all papers on the street to be picked up as garbage. The anonymous house sitter recognized the value of what Capote considered trash, holding on to the caches of papers, including this novel for more than fifty years until his death. A relative of the house sitter who also recognized the value of the lost Truman papers swiftly carted them off to Sotheby's. Through Capote's Literary Trust and some negotiation with Sotheby's, the Trust successfully protected the publication rights to all papers. Today the papers are in their proper place with other known Capote papers at the New York Public Library. "Summer Crossing" was published in 2004 by Random House. The big question is why didn't Capote want "Summer Crossing" published. The second crossing is Grady's from adolescent to woman. Why, oh why, couldn't Grady be more like her older sister Apple, married, with child, nice house, go getter husband? Apple, which happened to be the only thing Lucy could eat during her pregnancy, leaves her supposedly older and wiser daughter to look after Grady. Clyde invites Grady to meet his family to attend his nephew's bar mitzvah. Hmmm, this might be considered the first Truman Capote Summer Beach Read! In a way it is fitting that "Summer Crossing," a novel Capote did not want published, and Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel serve as odd bookends to a remarkable literary life.

Fin. The most lively scenes feature the best friend, and I would have probably been more generous about this if Capote had developed his character further, since Grady is such an insufferable bore. Maybe the movie will be beautiful, but I'm having trouble imagining it being engaging considering the book is, though in no way stylistically weak (hence, three stars), pretty clearly something Capote neither finished, nor intended to finish. I anticipate long shots of pretty people staring out windows and pensively smoking, and maybe a few scenes of naked parts in sheer pink things.

Like Harper Lee, her friend Truman Capote had a book that he drafted and then abandoned, never meaning for it to be published.

Se la giovane è mossa dallinquietudine, dalla bramosia, dalla fame di vivere, i due ragazzi, Peter e Clyde, sono gli opposti della sua esistenza, individui che prendono forma e sostanza soltanto quando presenti nel suo cono di luce, nonché sintesi delle contraddizioni che la medesima incarna e rappresenta.

Oh darling no..." is probably what Capote said from his grave about Summer Crossing, a posthumously published early work.

It may not be as polished as many of his later works, and some of the characters not half as developed, but it's a nice little novella to read on a warm, sunny afternoon, and there are some moments within it that are simply magical, written so beautifully that the hairs on the back of my neck stood up.

It is either there really is a manuscript but it is unfinished, e.g., Suite Française (1 star) or maybe the author did not really want his book to be published. Capote did not want this to be published because he thought that this was "thin, clever, unfelt" (Source: Wiki). I am his fan and I'd like to be his completist, i.e., a reader who has read all of the author's main/published works. However, Capote is Capote and he is better, in my opinion, than Francoise Sagan and Capote proved it by giving the final punch towards the end of the novel. The ending decides the winner.

I adored this book.

Romanzo giovanile, dunque, anche per tematiche, che racconta l'incontro d'estate ,in una New York afosa e affascinante, tra Grady e Clyde.Grady è una ragazza viziata, ribelle, con la smania di crescere e di fare nuove esperienze di una impulsiva diciassettenne,Clyde è più grande, ha 23 anni,è un veterano di guerra, uno che sbarca il lunario come posteggiatore , con l'aria da duro , più esperto, ma in fondo... Altro protagonista della storia Peter, l'amico d'infanzia di Grady (a me è piaciuta molto la descrizione della loro complicità :) ) Lasciarono che nella stanza calasse l'oscurità:la superficie morbida e flessibile delle loro voci si muoveva e sospirava attorno a loro, e anche se dicevano cose del tutto prive d'importanza era già tanto che potessero usare le stesse parole, applicare gli stessi valori.Grady disse :" Da quanto tempo mi conosci,Peter?" E Peter : "Da quella volta che mi facesti piangere: eravamo a una festa di compleanno e tu mi rovesciasti un sacco di gelato e di torta sul vestitino alla marinara.Oh eri una bambina molto cattiva." "Sono diversa adesso?

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.