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Musica per camaleonti

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,973 Ratings  ·  308 Reviews
Truman Capote è uno dei maggiori scrittori americani del Novecento e al tempo stesso un insuperabile maestro del reportage. Nella sua opera il confine tra la letteratura e il giornalismo è spesso sfumato, indefinibile: Musica per camaleonti, pubblicato per la prima volta nel 1980, riesce a essere insieme grande letteratura e grande giornalismo. Al centro del libro è Bare i ...more
Paperback, Gli elefanti, 262 pages
Published 2000 by Garzanti (first published 1980)
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mark monday
the biggest attraction to this collection is "Handcarved Coffins", an excellent account of serial killing in a small town. by turns mysterious, frustrating, tense, and bizarre, the accounting details Capote's relationship with the FBI agent assigned to the case, who has in turn romantically assigned himself to one of the potential victims. the modus operandi of the killer is original and very upsetting. the identity of the killer does not appear to be in question; what arises over the course of ...more
Barry Pierce
In this collection of fiction and non-fiction from late in Capote's life, he shows us that while his fiction may be depleting, his non-fiction is as sharp as ever. The stories at the beginning of the book didn't do anything for me. They were all very middling and detracted from this work in my opinion. "Handcarved Coffins" is a work in the style In Cold Blood but the recent discovery that most of it was probably made up does make it hard to suspend disbelief. However, the real jewel in this coll ...more
K.D. Absolutely
If you want to know more about Truman Capote, this is a better entertaining option for you. Composed of 14 short stories, Capote made himself a character in each. In the last one, in fact, he appeared as 2 characters conversing with each other. I had a nice time reading most of them because he seemed like a very versatile writer who was not afraid to experiment. I understand that these small masterpieces appeared in various magazines (New Yorker, Esquire, etc) during his time. So, probably that' ...more
Review to follow. On a book buying trip. Whooopeeeee!

And after some nice finds, it's back to business.

Music for Chameleons: New Writing by Truman Capote Including Handcarved Coffins

Although Random House plugs Music for Chameleons as new writings by Truman Capote, when it was published in 1980, all of the pieces had appeared in the two preceding years in Capote's usual venues, "Esquire," "Interview," "McCall's," "New York Magazine," and "The New Yorker." Within four years, Capote would be dead.

Mar 06, 2008 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story, essay, memoir
I'd been teaching In Cold Blood for two semesters and used the preface to this to introduce In Cold Blood, so I figured I might as well read the rest of the book. This is late-period Capote, mostly a mishmash of personal essays, anecdotes, and a novella-length true crime story.

First of all, the preface makes Capote seem like a self-involved jackass (which he by most accounts was - remember the postscript to the movie saying he never recovered from writing In Cold Blood?), but it also reveals his
Sep 29, 2015 Vanita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apaixonei-me por esta edição de "Música para Camaleões" desde que lhe pus a vista em cima. As cores da capa, improváveis, fortes, quentes, a agarrar a vista para não mais largar. Sim, primeiro foi a capa. Seguiu-se o conselho de origem pouco plausível para o ler. Depois a prenda que me caiu no regaço no momento certo. Não sou a maior fã de livros de contos ou histórias curtas. Note-se a diferença: é das compilações de contos ou histórias curtas em livros que não gosto. Mas, ainda assim, foi-me i ...more
Правя важното уточнение, че имам сборното издание, излязло през далечната 1984 година. Цензурирано и преминало през ситото на онова време, то е орязано и не в пълния вид, на който "Колибри" залага и който, надявам се, аз също ще си купя в близкото бъдеще.
Безспорно, "Ковчежета ръчноделки" е онази история, която заковава вниманието. Поставил себе си сред вихрушката от събития, превърнал се във важен герой, притежаващ ключова роля за повествованието, Капоти бавно, майсторски, в подробности проучва
Sep 14, 2014 Anastasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0-2013
Semi-ritratto di Truman Capote

(ovvero, cosa si deduce sulla sua persona dalla letture di Musica per camaleonti, ci saranno riprese letterali di fatti ben chiariti da lui stesso e mie deduzioni, tutto insieme a mo' di calderone)

Di sicuro quest'uomo ha un amor proprio decisamente maggiore del mio.

Lo stesso Capote recita a proposito del suo libro "E' un distillato su tutto quello che so sulla scrittura: scrittura di racconti, di sceneggiatura cinematografica, giornalismo..tutto." Non è esattamente
I liked the first two thirds of this book quite a lot. Capote was just an amazingly skilled writer, and his clean, thoughtful prose really worked for me. However, I found the last third (Conversational Portraits) pretty irritating. In the first part of the book, even though Capote is a character in all stories, and is a strong narrative presence, it didn't overwhelm the work. The third part, though, is Capote in full-blown egomaniac, name-dropping mode. I could've done without the nearly minute- ...more
Rick Rowland
Apr 02, 2015 Rick Rowland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I just discovered my new favorite book.
Jul 24, 2008 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: non-fiction
I think it is safe to say that Capote was haunted by his early success with Other Voices, Other Rooms, the popularity of Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the burden of writing what Ernest Hemingway called, "the Classic American Novel," In Cold Blood. By the time that he wrote Music for Chameleons, Capote was drinking heavily and deeply depressed. This book is an pastiche of bit and pieces of Capote's writing. His interview with Bobby Beausoleil from the Manson family is one of the more interesting pi ...more
Ryal Woods
Jul 03, 2012 Ryal Woods rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book that sparked my appreciation of metaphor. "She sounds the way bananas taste" "a lemony slice of new moon" - floridly simple, but it impressed the hell out of me as a kid. Capote is telling stories even as he relates his true encounters with famous and infamous people, and memories of his Southern childhood. This collection contains Handcarved Coffins, written in similar style to In Cold Blood. You can never tell when Capote is telling truths or lies - I suspect he didn't know th ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Faith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overdrive
I believe that the pieces comprising this book were written after Capote abandoned the novel that was ultimately published, in unfinished form, as "Answered Prayers". Even though he struggled with his novel, he still showed his gifts for observation and characterization in the short stories that form the first part of this book. They are not individually titled, but all fall under the heading Music for Chameleons. There are some wonderful stories here, starting with the chameleons transfixed by ...more
Halley Sutton
Jul 07, 2014 Halley Sutton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hmm. Hmm. Lots of thoughts here.

1. I'd read a grocery list if Truman Capote wrote it, so I am not unbiased in my review.
2. That said. Jesus, what a preface! I sure love to read him, but I can't imagine he was any picnic to know, particularly in later years. (Although who wouldn't have loved to split a bottle of champagne with him and Marilyn Monroe, seriously.) Particularly of interest was the line about discovering what is true and what is REALLY true. Where in Capote's psyche did "Handcarved
Dec 01, 2008 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good book of short true stories by Capote. If you have never read anything of his, this would be a good place to try on his style.
Roozbeh Estifaee
Aug 30, 2010 Roozbeh Estifaee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had heared of Truman Capote as a creator of what is called "non-fiction novel". Though not sure about what it meant, I was absorbed by the idea this expression suggested. So I read Music for Chameleons and boy! That was something!
The book is conducted in three parts: Music for Chameleons, Handcarved Coffins, and Conversational Portraits. The first is a set of six "non-fiction" short stories, which are, to say, perfect stories from which the "tale" is taken. The second part is a short novel, wr
Misha Crews
Dec 22, 2008 Misha Crews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Truman Capote. The man was a prose-bound poet. His talent has always seemed to be an effortless, inborn genius: the seemingly-unlabored perfection of his words, the offhand brilliance of his dialogue, the razor-sharp vividness of his descriptions. Although all the stories in this book are gems, the shining jewel in the crown is the novella HANDCARVED COFFINS. It's a fascinating account of a small-town serial killer who sends his victims minature coffins with their pictures inside. I found ...more
Agustín Fest
Este es un buen libro para iniciarse con la lectura de Truman Capote y familiarizarse con él.

Cuentos, relatos de gente que conocía, una supuesta crónica real de unos asesinatos (qué, según la omnipotente Wikipedia, parece ser que son otro invento... pero no se condena. Cuando se toma un libro: ¿Qué importa si es real o no? Al final lo que importa es lo que sucedió con el lector, como salió/transmutó/sobrevivió después de leer la obra).

Es un buen libro para conocer a Truman Capote, o más bien,
George Huxley
Oct 30, 2015 George Huxley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: criers
Absolute Genius. It's the best collection of short stories I've read in my entire life. Jebus, I think I might even cry a tiny bit. It's emotional, consistently intriguing and genuine. I haven't felt this way about many books, its up there with Chbosky's Perks of Being a Wallflower. If you haven't read it you really should. It's like if arugula wasn't a disgusting, despicable fart. I love Truman Capote. Why does everyone cool have to be dead?!
Luis Sandoval
Oct 01, 2013 Luis Sandoval rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La semblanza a M. Monroe es el éxito, llegas a sentir empatía por su vida, su soledad, y hasta la fragilidad. Ataúdes tallados a mano, el horror en breve detalles. Música para camaleones es un cuento más acerca del estilo de vida excéntrico que vivió Capote y los personajes que conoció, de las conversaciones y retratos el mejor es la señora Mary y sus "cigarros de felicidad", le siguen jardines ocultos, Y luego ocurrió todo- juicios sobre lo bueno y lo malo- todo está bien. El libro finaliza con ...more
Feb 06, 2011 misa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
have only read two novels from capoto, but this one has to be my favorite -- sometimes don't really get the hype of capote -- his stories, like his persona, are highly meticulous, yet flamboyant; lucid, yet dubious. doe-eyed, i believed the implication of the title of the main novella, but after having delighted in the story, googled, and found it was most probably untrue. boo, but still a good tale. of the other clips, both fiction and nonfiction, my picks would be: hello, stranger; music for c ...more
Jul 31, 2014 Nargiz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Портрет в разговорном стиле”

«[...]глаза у него как две разбитые вдребезги призмы. Я первый раз видел, что боль и страдания въелись так прочно[...]»

В 1980 году Трумен Капоте выпустил последнюю книгу «Музыка для Хамелеонов», цикл новелл включающий ”Здравствуйте, незнакомец”. В новелле зарисовка встречи автора с казалось бы давно, ещё со школы знакомым, Джорджем, который за последнее время из обеспеченного отца семейства превратился в пьяницу. Столь хорошо ли знаком Джордж? Является ли он новым Гу
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Christian McKay
Sep 15, 2013 Christian McKay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't you just want to punch Capote sometimes? For being so smug and so full of himself and so damned . . . good. There's not a page in this work that doesn't feel naked or worried or throbbing. Sometimes all three. Yes, yes, even the made up bits. Handcarved Coffins may take some background research (including the reading of In Cold Blood and the watching of Capote) to truly appreciate, but I'll be damned if these short essays won't change you.
Jan 10, 2015 Matias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cómo me gusta Capote. Siendo este libro una compilación (seis relatos, un relato largo y seis retratos) es natural que el nivel sea heterogéneo, pero en cualquier caso nunca por debajo del "bueno".

Dicho esto, este libro contiene algunos textos absolutamente deliciosos. "Mr Jones", "Hola, desconocido", "Una adorable criatura", "Intrepidez", así de memoria, son una exhibición de lo que se puede escribir si al talento puro le sumas una vida lo suficientemente interesante. Sensacionales.

Por otro lad
Andrés Borja
Capote en su etapa de mayor madurez artística. Una prosa muy bien cuidada nos conduce con suavidad por todos estos relatos y textos autobiográficos que a veces resultan bastante íntimos. Este es otro Capote, muy distinto al que conocí en 'A sangre fría'. Todos los textos incluidos son de alta calidad y se disfrutan, pero el central, 'Ataúdes tallados a mano", es particularmente entretenido. Lo recomiendo.
Dec 09, 2014 Betül rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"To wake up one morning and feel that i was a last a grown-up person, emptied of resentment, vengeful thoughts and other wasteful childish emotions. To find myself, in other words, an adult". Like Capote, i long to feel like that. But, what if i never wanna lose my childish side? I can say, based on this book, Capote wanted it so and succeed to die with a child inside.
Michael McGough
Feb 05, 2016 Michael McGough rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Throughout Music for Chameleons, Capote uses expertly crafted prose to cover up the underlying dullness of the stories. He shamelessly paints himself as the main character in inappropriate scenarios shown in a few of the nonfiction short stories. For example, in the short story "Hello, Stranger," he reunites with a former schoolmate over lunch. The "stranger" tells Capote the tragic tale of how becoming penpals with a teenage girl may have ruined his marriage. Instead of just retelling the frien ...more
The best: conversational portraits - especially those of Marylin Monroe, pot-smoking housekeeper, alleged child molester and one of the killers in Manson crew, and the true crime story "Handcarved Coffins."

The whole first part, the collection of short stories "Music for Chameleons" is just so-so. Not even one of those left an impression on me.
Sahil Raghavan
Aug 22, 2015 Sahil Raghavan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very satisfying collection of short stories, character portraits and self-discovery.

Most of these stories feature Truman himself quite heavily. The cornerstone of this collection is the novelette length 'Handcarved Coffins.' It is excellent and rides along with a terrible uneasiness.

Capote is extremely adept at building suspense, serving it in measured amounts, calculated in a sense, before springing the cat out of the bag. This stylistic convention permeates through all his stories here and
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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.

He was born as Truman Streckfus Persons to a salesman Archulus Persons
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