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Summer Crossing, by Truman Capote.

I just finished reading this. I only recently discovered Capote, when I was thoroughly absorbed (and freaked out) by In Cold Blood.

According to the afterword (which I wish I'd read first) Summer Crossing was found in a box of stuff, sometime after his death. It seems he never thought it fit for publication, the trustee of his estate decided it was worth publishing as more of an exercise in literary history than anything else.

I'm inclined to agree, and now don't feel so sad about the fact that I didn't like it much.

It was the ending I did not like. It seemed to happen in a hurry and it just didn't seem to make sense. It was a bit too melodramatic for my tastes, which I guess means he didn't say enough in the earlier stages of the story for me to empathise with the later drama.

But having said that, I did love the start and the middle. For the characters more than for any developing storyline. It seems, after two books, that I do like the way Capote writes about people.

Unfortunately, he apparently got too cynical and cutting for most of his friends, and possibly for himself, as his life unfolded and fell apart. A great pity.

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dragonsally
Feb. 10th, 2014 05:39 am (UTC)
I haven't read any of his books. Which do you recommend?
splodgenoodles
Feb. 10th, 2014 07:01 am (UTC)
The only other one I have read is In Cold Blood. Excellent, but be warned it is about a multiple murder.

It's journalistic non-fiction and is considered to be the beginning of that genre.
dragonsally
Feb. 10th, 2014 07:03 am (UTC)
Bummer, I don't do well with non-fiction.
davesmusictank
Feb. 10th, 2014 08:52 am (UTC)
I totally recommend Breakfast At Tiffanies
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