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Truman Capote Stories

Over the weekend in Russian River, in addition to A Clockwork Orange, I finished the volume of short stories to which Breakfast at Tiffany belongs.

The House of Flowers concerns a girl named Ottilie, a prostitute from Port-au-Prince. A simple story with a moral about staying with the person you love and not being swayed by friends or family who might feel they know best. A sweet short story, but not amazing (especially published in the same volume as Breakfast at Tiffany) and I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend it. A Diamond Guitar is set in a prison in a rural area near Mobile, Alabama where convicts perform road work and farm turpentine from nearby pine forests. It’s a story of friendship within a prison in the wilderness. The two convicts form a fast bond that is simultaneously intimate and platonic. One betrays the other during their attempted escape. I like this story for the originality and it has a light Shawshank feel. I have never heard of A Christmas Memory until I secured this volume. The largely autobiographical story, which takes place in the 1930s, describes a period in the lives of the seven-year-old narrator and an elderly woman who is his distant cousin and best friend. The evocative narrative focuses on country life, friendship, and the joy of giving during the Christmas season, and it also gently yet poignantly touches on loneliness and loss. This is the saddest and most tragic story, but I come to love it the best.

I was in love with Truman Capote and his writing, and I was shaken to the core. I’d never been exposed to writing this naked before.

One Response

  1. I’ve only ever read In Cold Blood by Capote and I know this gives me very little sense of what sort of author he really is. I need to read some of his other stories.

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