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Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,310 Ratings  ·  165 Reviews
P.B. Jones is the amoral, bisexual protagonist of this unfinished novel. He discovers that bed-hopping rather than literary ability is the way to get published. He discovers along the way that prayers that are answered cause more pain than those that remain ignored.
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published August 12th 1987 by Random House Inc (T) (first published 1986)
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K.D. Absolutely
Too bad that this is an unfinished novel. I could have given this at least 4 stars.

According to Wiki, Capote was not able to finish this novel because he got busy with the stardom In Cold Blood (4 stars) gave him. In 1966, he signed a contract with Random House to write this book with January 1st 1968 as the delivery date. He missed the date and the contract was renegotiated in 1969 with 1973 as the new delivery date. He missed again so it was moved further to 1974. Missed again so on to 1977. M
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Filipe Miguel
Truman (in)acabado

Obra inacabada, fruto de constantes atrasos e renegociações com editoras. Sucessivamente ultrapassada por outros livros como ”In Cold Blood” – A Sangue Frio, tornou-se um ícone do voyeurismo social bissexual tornado narrativa.

Envolto em espectativa e polémica desde a sua génese, gerou tanto alarido quanto a cativante Holly Golightly (”Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, A Boneca de Luxo), sem nunca atingir a sua genialidade ou glamour.

”Answered Prayers” - Suplicas Atendidas é uma sucessão
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Lawyer
.Answered Prayers: Truman Capote's unfinished novel of life among the low and high side of life

More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.--St. Teresa of Avila

Capote's Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel began as a series of notes in 1958. It was a project Capote kept under close wraps. It was not until January 5, 1966, Capote approached Random House signing a contract with an advance of $25,000 with a delivery date of January 1, 1968.

Capote described the novel as a Proust
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Celeste Corrêa
Truman Capote classificou “Súplicas Atendidas” como “um equivalente contemporâneo da obra-prima de Marcel Proust Em Busca do Tempo Perdido”.

Na página 68, numa conversa sobre o escritor John Cheever, podemos ler:

“Porque quando qualquer coisa é verdadeira não significa que seja convincente, quer na vida real ou em arte. Pensa no Proust. Em Busca do Tempo Perdido teria o impacto que tem se fosse historicamente literal, se Proust não tivesse transposto sexos e alterado acontecimentos e identidades?
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Sketchbook
Nov 13, 2014 Sketchbook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why do people see shrinks? To tell someone their most secret woes and stories. They don't expect (or get) answers. They just wanna Let Go. Famous People, it seems, revealed all to Capote and were not happy when he put their "tales" in a book. He was blacklisted by Society after some chapters appeared in Esquire, and never finished what would have been a sensationally good novel. Capote was mortal. He cared what people thought.
orsodimondo
NON SO COSA MI ASPETTO. SO CHE COSA MI PIACEREBBE. ESSERE UNA PERSONA ADULTA.
Il romanzo che avrebbe dovuto essere il suo capolavoro, la sua ricerca del tempo perduto, per sua esplicita intenzione e dichiarazione all’altezza di quell'illustre precedente.
E invece fu l’opera che lo rovinò, portandolo alla morte, gli amici di un tempo gli si rivoltarono contro e Truman respinto e ostracizzato, trasformato in reietto alcolizzato e tossico (vodka e cocaina essenzialmente).
L’opera che non fu mai com
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Maureen
Jul 24, 2008 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: novel
Whatever possessed Capote to turn on his lifelong friends, like Jackie O. and her sister, Lee Raziwill, William and Babe Paley, and the rest of the New York social set is beyond me. The fact that this novel was contracted for in 1966 and remained unpublished until after his death, says much about his ambivalence towards the project. At the same time, Capote spent many years being the lapdog to moneyed New Yorkers, wined and dined at the finest restaurants before going back to his room at the YMC ...more
Reese
May 22, 2016 Reese rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There's a game that has various names; the one I learned during childhood is "Gossip" -- whispered words transmitted from one mouth to the nearest ear until the last participant reveals what (s)he heard. The game may be instructive or entertaining or both or neither. In any case, unlike real gossip, the game is generally harmless; but game or gossip -- the product of the process is distortion. Answered Prayers is not "what it is" nor what it was supposed to be. For starters, it's a part, not the ...more
Krista
Mar 02, 2016 Krista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, 2016
As truth is nonexistent, it can never be anything but illusion – but illusion, the by-product of revealing artifice, can reach the summits nearer the unobtainable peak of Perfect Truth. For example, female impersonators. The impersonator is in fact a man (truth), until he recreates himself as a woman (illusion) – and of the two, the illusion is the truer.

I learned of Answered Prayers while reading The Swans of Fifth Avenue, and although it's an “unfinished novel”, the history behind this book
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karen
Apr 08, 2009 karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite Capote book even over Other Voices, Other Rooms. Perhaps because it IS unfinished and shrouded in such mystery, despair, potential, and ultimately dissolution. I reread it every couple years. Was Capote blacklisted because he was telling tales outside of school, or because he revealed the glitterati for what they were, hypocrites and debauches? A novel that raises more questions as it moves to conclusion. Answered Prayers indeed!
David Corvine
Sep 07, 2015 David Corvine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed reading it but it really was too little, too late. Camp, malicious, gossipy, meandering, this work only hints at the opus that it might have been.
Tosh
Jan 14, 2014 Tosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-bought
Why I picked up what some consider to be Truman Capote's worst work is to this day a mystery to me. I was at Alias East Bookstore on Brand, and I had $7 more credit. Due that I didn't want to hold on to a credit in my pocket for the next week or so, decided on this as a mood purchase. Also I recently got back from New York City, and I wanted to read something 'classic' from Manhattan aesthetic. My understanding is that "Answered Prayers" was a novel that Capote never finished, but talked about c ...more
KenazNYC
"Would you care to hear a truly vile story? Really vomitous?"

Not going to lie: that's exactly what I came for. But I leave it feeling uncomfortably complicit in Capote's bitter spite. His incisive descriptions are wielded here less like a scalpel and more like a melee weapon, inflicting as much gleeful cruelty as possible, and it became the grotesquerie that kept me reading rather than the prose itself: this is Capote past his prime and he knew it. OF COURSE it was entertaining...it was also Ca
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André Benjamim
Sep 15, 2013 André Benjamim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


«Mais lágrimas são choradas por súplicas atendidas do que por aquelas que não o são». Súplicas Atendidas, de Truman Capote, traz como aviso estes versos de Santa Teresa. Esta foi a obra derradeira de Truman Capote, a obra megalómana tantas vezes anunciada, ansiada por uns, temida por outros, e nunca concluída. Truman Capote tinha uma visão aguçada que transformava em palavras afiadas, contundentes flechas que iam certeiras ao cerne do alvo, que feriam e aliviavam. Este foi o romance que foi «con
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Faith
Dec 20, 2015 Faith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overdrive
I wasn't expecting too much from this book since I knew it was an unfinished work, but even so I was a little disappointed. It probably should not have been published. I also couldn't see how the final piece in the book, "La Cote Basque" could have caused such a scandal when first published. It caused Capote to be ostracized by all of his society friends, but it seemed awfully tame in this "spill your secrets at all times" age.
Lobstergirl
Aug 19, 2012 Lobstergirl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: St. Teresa of Avila
Shelves: own, fiction
Capote's unfinished roman à clef has its moments, when the snark is enjoyable and the cattiness chuckleworthy. But the impression I was left with is more one of subdued disgust; how much of the doings of a bisexual hustler can you absorb before you need to imbibe some Willa Cather, or Cotton Mather, as a palate cleanser?

Key:
P.B. Jones = Truman Capote
Alice Lee Langman = Katherine Ann Porter
Kate McCloud = an amalgam of women, including Mona Bismarck (Mrs. Harrison Williams), Ann Woodward, Pamela
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Selene
Apr 26, 2014 Selene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me gustaron mucho las primeras dos historias (mounstruos perfectos y Kate McCloud, de esta última me hubiese gustado que fuera un poco más larga,para saber como es que este gigolo término a su lado. No desapruebo la historia de la côte basque, es buena pero no, siento que le faltó ese algo.
Por otra parte es el segundo libro de Capote que leo, me sonreí porque recordé que me quedé con la misma sensación cuando leí breakfast at Tiffany's, libro en el cual tiene 3 historias,dos de ellas me fascinar
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Llew
Mar 06, 2013 Llew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's an unfinished novel, so I can't be too harsh, but I'm not sure I understood what it was even about or what the controversy that surrounded it was about either. The whole thing is meant to scandalize the reader with details of gay prostitutes and people publicly urinating on others, or celebrities talking about who slashes their wrists, but there's no point. Just meant to shock without purpose. And not written well. After seeing Capote, it made me wonder if the author was just a deeply troub ...more
Stacy LeVine
Mar 31, 2012 Stacy LeVine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious! Rife with only-sometimes-veiled gossip about real-life NYC luminaries so salacious it makes the mouth water, this is uniquely inspired prose from a true American master (whose career and life were summarily destroyed by the precious text, hence "unfinished"). Not sure how it reads to someone who doesn't know their history, because I know mine. And, to me, this is a very special historical relic. If you know your NYC literary/cinematic/socialite history and/or love Capote, DO NOT MISS ...more
Kirby
Jan 21, 2016 Kirby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This sort of thing is not really my favorite genre--ie. juicy gossip about rich people behaving badly--but I actually enjoyed Answered Prayers, mostly because Truman Capote was just so fantastic at characterization. The writing was lovely and lyrical, and the characters--even though they were all essentially half-complete because this is an unfinished book-- were so clear in their personalities and motivations. He did a great job of throwing in little comments and behaviors that made each charac ...more
Al Riske
Apr 06, 2011 Al Riske rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Crude, self-indulgent, and - worse - boring.
Kathleen
Jun 26, 2014 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This shit is bananas! Loved. it..
Becky
May 24, 2016 Becky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reading this gave me more context to help understand a previous read, The Swans of Fifth Avenue, which explored the relationship Truman Capote had with New York socialites like Babe Paley. But other than that I thought it was pretty awful. I can see why Capote never finished it. Its full of crass sexual references and character assassinations of some of Truman's supposed friends. Its also rambling and nonsensical. I can see why it caused such an uproar and ended so many of his relationships.
Psychopu
Capote could write. Oh if he could. Not that my opinion counts anything, but I would never let anybody else get away with a tedious book like this one without feeling at least slightly homicidal. Tedious is a compliment, actually. But let's not be so harsh. It's always sad to come to the realization a great talent is gone. Or rather, a great mind behind that talent.
Answered Prayers is an unfinished posthumously published novel by Truman Capote. It's no secret Capote expended the greatest part of
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Martin
Jan 04, 2013 Martin rated it it was ok
Shelves: literary, fiction
Every novel is a form of catharsis in one way or another. It's the deal we make when we buy a book: if the author packages their woes, hopes and gripes well and in an entertaining way, then we will patiently listen and even enjoy ourselves. With all the reader oriented writing Truman did in his career, in the final analysis it's clear that he ultimately did not understand for whom he was writing. In Answered Prayers we see the world through Truman's eyes as he must have experienced life on earth ...more
Tamelyn Feinstein
Jan 05, 2016 Tamelyn Feinstein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Set among the chic high-society set of the 1950s - 1960s, Capote's unfinished novel is a drunken, sex-haunted feverdream of louche living and mean-spirited gossip, but so well-paced and sad and beautifully written that I couldn't put it down.

Even sadder when you realize the novel's excepts published in Esquire were not Capote's imagined Renaissance, but rather, his downfall. I wonder what ever became of the other chapters he spoke of having written, or if indeed they ever existed.
Cathy
Dec 30, 2012 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently read an article about Truman Capote and decided to read this unfinished manuscript. The title is a quote from St Teresa "More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones". This is the first three chapters that were published in magazines causing his estrangement from New York Society and his many benefactors. CNN's Anderson Cooper has said his Mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, was very hurt by the thinly veiled portrayal of her in the third chapter "La Cote Basque" she never fo ...more
Claudia
Sep 04, 2015 Claudia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dieses Buch ist eines Truman Capotes nicht würdig. Er hat sich bereits zu Lebzeiten keinen Gefallen getan, als er Vorabdrucke im "Esquire" drucken ließ. Dabei hätte man es belassen sollen und nicht noch nach seinem Tod diesen "Müll" veröffentlichen.

Das ist nicht nur Klatsch und Tratsch, das geht ins Pornographische und auch Capote selbst stellt sich gewissermaßen als "Unsympath" dar.

Ich finde das Buch schlichtweg widerlich, mehr ist dazu nicht zu sagen.

Felisa Rosa
The story of a mendacious hustler who rises through the layers of dissolute high society. In a way, an unfinished novel mimics life with an adeptness that the great books can not attain: an unfinished novel offers set-ups that go nowhere, potential unrealized, and unresolved mysteries. Luckily, Capote wrote his chapters out of order, so Answered Prayers has a sort of conclusion. In keeping with my metaphor, reading Capote's last work is a bit like running into a friend every ten years: each ch ...more
Doug
Feb 11, 2016 Doug rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wanted to read this since it figures prominently in the last book I read, 'The Swans of Fifth Avenue'. Being unfinished, it suffers from being a bit disjointed, but still has enough to warrant the quick read.
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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.

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“More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.” 323 likes
“That's the question: is truth an illusion, or is illusion truth, or are they essentially the same? Myself, I don't care what anybody says about me as long as it isn't true.” 13 likes
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