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Thursday, June 22, 2006
In Cold Blood: An American classic...

In Cold Blood is a special book, for a lot of reasons. Not only is Truman Capote one of the most accomplished writer's in American history, but this book was also the first time that a 'true account' had been written up in a decidedly 'novel' format. Truman Capote was the first writer to effortlessly blend the intimacy of novel-writing with the objectiveness of journalism. He created a new genre through this portrayal of the murders that rocked a small Midwestern town in the autumn of 1959.

I am a huge fan of journalistic writing. As a die-hard fan of writers like Graham Hancock, Charles Pellegrino and Richard Rubenstein, it wasn't hard for me to immerse myself in a story like this one.

Journalism is often hard to translate into a book because journalism can be dry, most likely because it is meant to be objective. The writer is not meant to become intimately tied to whatever or whoever it is he/she is writing about. Truman Capote, through this work, provided the reader with the 'cold, hard facts' while retaining that oh-so-important human element that is often overlooked.

I found the book to be compelling, melancholy, credible and unbiased. Even though it was clear in the book that Capote had cultivated a 'personal' relationship with one of the killers (because he was obnviously obsessed with him), he, in no way, allowed that to interfere with the objectivity of the novel. At no point in this book do you feel Capote's presence, as in his personal feelings towards the case or outcome. I find that to be perhaps the most impressionable thing about this book.

Capote is a master with words. Every sentence, every word, every syllable is weighed to its core. There are no unnecessary dialogues, no premature conclusions. You can literally see, in your minds' eye, the wind blowing through the wheat fields of Kansas. You can feel what the inhabitants of that small, unsuspecting town must have felt. You can hear the gun shots, feel the fear and see the inevitable outcome. The book is weighed and measured flawlessly. No wonder its a classic and required reading in most American schools.

A must read.

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That good? I'll let you know if i concur next week.

very tempting review, i'll have to get that soon :P

even journalism isnt inherently unbiased, and i got first hand knowledge working with journalists in the run up to the war. i know the particular reporter i worked with was just crap and wrote for something similar to newsweek, so you do get their own personal take on things,...
but even this guys tactics were shocking,...
it was like he already had the story written, and the interviews and fact finding were intended to simply coroborate his text....regardless of what the subject said he always tried to get a soundbite to strengthen his own bias.

shocking thing is that the guy was actually a published writer, as in top selling non-fiction writer,.. what an ass :P

jan6a> enjoy! :)

Skunk> Oh, yeah, you're absolutely right! journalists were completely biased when it came to the war... what i meant was that journalism is meant to be unbiased reporting.. of course, it rarely is, but maybe back then it was, for the most part, unbiased...

i mean everything else has gone pretty much downhill, why not reporting!? :P

There is a movie based on Capote and his undertaking of this novel. I'd be curious to know if the movie measures up to the book. My impression was that the movie delved more into his life...but then again, I haven't seen it. It did get some acclaim, though...

i just got the DVD.. will watch it soon, but ur right.. the movie is meant to catalogue his experience writing the book rather than the book itself.. I will watch it and tell u what I think (since I seem to be overly opinionated these days!) :P
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