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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  7,317 ratings  ·  447 reviews
Published when Truman Capote was only twenty-three years old, "Other Voices, Other Rooms" is a literary touchstone of the mid-twentieth century. In this semiautobiographical coming-of-age novel, thirteen-year-old Joel Knox, after losing his mother, is sent from New Orleans to live with the father who abandoned him at birth. But when Joel arrives at Skully's Landing, the de ...more
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Published November 1st 1973 by Signet (first published 1948)
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K.D. Absolutely
In 1935, at an early age of 11, Capote began writing. The first novel that he attempted to write was Summer Crossing but one day, while he and a fellow southerner and writer Carlson McCullers, the author of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940), were walking in the woods, he got inspired to write something about the rural life in the South. So, he set Summer Crossing aside and wrote this book. This then became his first published book (1948) when Capote was 24 years old. The style is Southern Goth ...more
lori mitchell
my favorite quotes:

"...all his prayers of the past had been simple concrete requests: God, give me a bicycle, a knife with seven blades, a box of oil paints. Only how, how, could you say something so indefinite, so meaningless as this: God, let me be loved."

"...so few of us learn that love is tenderness, and tenderness is not, as a fair proportion suspect, pity; and still fewer know that happiness in love is not the absolute focusing of all emotion in another: one has always to love a good many
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Mike
Other Voices, Other Rooms: Capote's Swamp Baroque Concerto in Three Movements

Other Voices, Other Rooms was an attempt to exorcise demons, an unconscious, altogether intuitive attempt, for I was not aware, except for a few incidents and descriptions, of its being in any serious degree autobiographical. Rereading it now, I find such self-deception unpardonable.--Truman Capote, The Dogs Bark, New York, Random House, 1973

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Having just re-read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, I retur
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Mariel
Oct 18, 2010 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: You're such a Truuuuuuuu-man
Recommended to Mariel by: Oh capote-y! I love the books that you wrote-y
Truman Capote's Other Voices, Other Rooms is more of a raising yourself through experiences and colored glasses- green, red, rose, purple, the whole over the rainbow spectrum- world views than coming of age. The painful growth into what you think you are, and who you really are. I'm more and more irritated with "coming of age" tag these days, since I can't accept that there's this point where one comes to this point, and then you're done. It's more like stops and starts, backwards and forwards, ...more
Jay
“Other Voices, Other Rooms”
by Truman Capote

Book Review by Jay Gilbertson

This is maybe the eighth, could be the ninth time I’ve read this amazing little novel and I know for certain I’ll read it again one day. Billed as Capote’s first, and in my opinion his best work, Other Voices, Other Rooms is truly an amazing piece of literature and still haunts me today.
The author took a classic coming-of-age theme and carefully, subtly and with fascinatingly flawed characters—ripped it to smithereens! Th
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Rachel
It wasn't until after seeing "Capote" (excellent film, by the by) that I got the itch to read something by the film's namesake. Thus far my first choice, "In Cold Blood," has been checked out every time I've gone to the library, so I settled instead for his first novel, "Other Voices, Other Rooms."

I was not surprised to see the young protagonist, Joel, as a reflection of Capote himself. What did interest me, however, was that in the twenty-fifth anniversary edition I was reading, Capote wrote a
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Ginny_1807
Bellissimo romanzo di formazione, disseminato di riferimenti autobiografici, che l’autore riveste di una fitta rete di simboli di innegabile fascino.
Il viaggio del tredicenne Joel Harrison Knox verso un luogo sperduto nella campagna del profondo Sud degli Stati Uniti, per incontrare il padre che non conosce, è innanzi tutto la toccante vicenda di un adolescente assetato di affetti; insieme, però, è anche una rappresentazione paradigmatica del processo di crescita, ovvero dell’abbandono definiti
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Robbin
You know Truman Capote's famous quote about how he felt that he and Perry Smith grew up in the same house, and then one day he got up and walked out through the front door, while Perry left out the back? Also, you know the unnecessary speculation that Capote actually wrote his friend Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird? I really enjoyed this book with its odd, closely observed detail and gothic, Southern, open claustrophobia. Still, it kind of feels like this book and To Kill a Mockingbird incuba ...more
Kerri Thomas
Truman Capote's novel is so beautifully written that I found it hard to believe it was his first. There is a lyrical, dancing quality to his writing, like sunlight dancing on waves, that carries you along, e.g., 'He lay there on a bed of cold pebbles, the cool water washing, rippling over him; he wished he were a leaf, like the current-carried leaves riding past; leaf-boy, he would float lightly away, float and fade into a river, an ocean, the world's greatest flood.' His descriptions of his cha ...more
Suvi
Why is it that when I find a book worthy of five stars I'm at a loss for words, and can't write anything sensible about it? Well, let's just say that I fell head over heels with Capote after this one. One hundred percent more skill than his friend Harper Lee. The way Capote uses words is simple yet it creates a strong sense of place. The lack of plot doesn't really matter for me personally, because there's everything I could ever need from a Southern Gothic novel. Eccentric characters, ambiguous ...more
Aric Cushing
Before the drinking, the fame, the chaos, and the loss, Capote wrote this amazing novel about a boy's journey into manhood. This work ranks as one of the best with some amazing peripheral images. A strange classic not designed for the fandom crowd.
Evan
Capote's short debut novel chronicles the sometimes painful growing up of Joel, a 13-year-old delicate boy sent away from the charms of his aunt's New Orleans home after his mother dies to live in the Alabama backwoods with his long-unseen father, Edward. Joel sees the trip as an adventure but after he arrives nothing seems to happen as he had envisioned or wanted. This is some of the richest, most ornately woven writing in English -- highly alliterative, exactingly described, deeply felt. Capot ...more
Kyle Shroufe
This is my first Truman Capote book read. Although it was almost 2 years ago I remember the book like it was yesterday. The fact that this was his first (actually second 'Summer Crossing') book shocks me because of the maturity and clarvoyence that comes through his writing, his words are a seperate art form that feels as though it's only meant for a select few. Luckily I feel like one of those few because I was automatically drawn to his style of prose and his effectivness in word usage. He can ...more
João Roque
De Truman Capote li um livro excepcional,"A Sangue Frio" e depois disso ainda nada li que me entusiasmasse ao mesmo nível.
Este é o seu primeiro livro, tinha apenas 23 anos quando o escreveu e há algo de autobiográfico nele.
É um livro interessante, mas cheio de "malabarismos literários", um pouco à imagem que o autor veio depois a construir sobre a sua vida.
Eu chamar-lhe-ia um livro com muita coisa de barroco, pelo estilo demasiado evidente com que ele descreve imagens e situações e que nem sempr
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☺Trish
I've read Truman Capote's Other Voices, Other Rooms twice, once through very quickly and the second time at a much slower and thoughtful pace, but still am not quite certain how I feel about it. The first half of the novel simply flies by as the reader accompanies 13-year-old Joel Harrison Knox on his journey from New Orleans to rural Alabama to meet the father who had abandoned him at birth and to live at the decaying mansion, Skully's Landing. The quirky, sometimes blatantly bizarre, behavior ...more
Karima

Southern Gothic at its zenith.
Published in 1948 and Capote's second novel (but the first printed), this work hit the press when he was just 23 years old.
It tells the story of 13 year-old Joel Knox, who has traveled from his native New Orleans to a backwater town in Mississippi to live with his unknown father.
Joel finds himself in a decaying mansion inhabited by a crew of looney-toons. Could it be the southern heat and humidity has caused all their brains to wilt and addle; twist and contort from
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Ariel
Possibly the spookiest aspect of this unsettling novel is the knowledge you bring to it: Capote was only 23-24 when he wrote it, and yet he exists in two of its autobiographical characters -- Joel, the young teenager, and his uncle Randolph, the theatrical, narcissistic, unstable alcoholic that prefigures the role Capote would play in his own life. Or so it struck me.

Gerald Clarke wrote that one of the novel's themes was "the loneliness that afflicts all but the stupid or insensitive," and that
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James
I gave this book four stars because I haven't really been able to stop thinking about it since I put it down. That's a sign of a very good book. I have to say, though, I'm not a huge fan of the prose. But I understand it's part of the Southern Gothic genre, with which I'm entirely unfamiliar, and so I may be being quite unfair there. Admittedly, I'm not a poetry guy and my tolerance for long passages of very rich and colorful metaphors is low; I tend to lose track of what exactly is happening. I ...more
David
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Jamie
Eh. I've heard that this is considered his best writing ever. He apparently wrote it at Yalta, while Carson McCullers was staying there. It's the novel that put him on the map. See there I go again, caring more about his bio than his actual writing. The truth is, this might be his 'best' work ever, but it just didn't do it for me. I've read most of what he's written, and none of it has been as interesting as his actual life.
Aline Newman
You can't help but open your heart to the young boy searching for his father, in this first novel by Truman Capote. Written by Capote when he was only nineteen, the story is semi-autobiographical and seems to have poured out of him like molten lava. Rarely have I read anything so intense. The book is old, copyrighted in 1948, yet the emotions stirred are universal and timeless. The story takes place in the segregated south and revolves around a host of eccentric characters including: a brave, to ...more
Nina Rapsodia
Jun 21, 2014 Nina Rapsodia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo
Recommended to Nina by: Nadie
Shelves: 2014, no-propios
Soy una adoradora de Truman Capote. Eso ya se sabe y es uno de mis escritores de referencia. Y cuando andaba en la biblioteca y vi que la primera novela que publicó mi querido muchacho (tenia 23 años en 1948) estaba disponible me lancé rápidamente a leerlo.

Esta curiosa historia nos cuenta como un jovencito de 13 años Joel Knox, viaja desde su casa en New Orleans hasta un pueblito perdido en otro estado sureño a buscar a su padre: Mr. Sansom. Al perder a su madre, Joel no encuentra su lugar y cu
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Eric
an incredible little book, with a complexity & depth you wouldn't expect from its small size. what's that? Truman Capote was twenty-three when he wrote this? oh. well, there's not much to say to that. except maybe "holy *&^&%% you've gotta be kidding me!!!!" this book is so full of wisdom & experience & gorgeous language, full of longing, of dreams dashed, of plans destroyed, of innocence shattered, and so compelling, so beautiful, so overstuffed with so many different aspect ...more
Oskar Arnold
Probably my favourite novel(la). Beautifully written and filled with mystery and intrigue, sadness and poignancy, honesty and tenderness. Capote's bittersweet debut is a journey into the subconscious and what it is to be a lonely and different adolescent, it is a dreamlike yet comforting journey that can sometimes become sickly and nightmare-like. The characters are eclectic and unusual and his description of them and the landscape is breathtaking and mesmerising. Search & discovery are cent ...more
Camilla
This novella is by far my favourite of Capote's works. This, Faulkner and Toni Morrison (perhaps also Carson McCullers) merge in my mind to form a postcard of the American South: where everything is symbolic, people say both what they mean and what they don't mean, and ghosts run riot.

Other Voices, Other Rooms also merges in my mind with Turn of the Screw by Henry James. They are both essentially ghost stories with an underlying psychoanalytical moral (although James, brother of William James, a
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Aleyna
I've come to the conclusion that if you want to be a writer, the most important books for you to read are the more obscure novels by famous writers. Why didn't Capote's Other Voices, Other Rooms gain the critical acclaim that In Cold Blood received? Why isn't Salinger's insightful, albeit incomplete portrait of Seymour Glass in Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction as beloved as his brazen sketch of Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye? For every Jay Gatsby, the ...more
Кремена Михайлова
"...all his prayers of the past had been simple concrete requests: God, give me a bicycle, a knife with seven blades, a box of oil paints. Only how, how, could you say something so indefinite, so meaningless as this: God, let me be loved."

I can’t remember if I’ve read any other of Capote’s books but I had a(?wrong) perception of him as an arrogant and eccentric writer/person..?! Yet it turned out I could call this book “Longing for Love".

If I had encountered a typical moving story of a lonely c
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Michael Flick
I just finished reading Gerald Clarke's Capote biography and realized that I read "Other Voices, Other Rooms" when I was in high school, 50 years ago. All I could remember about it was the smoldering photograph of Capote on the dust jacket. So I bought a copy and read it again.

In a sense, this is the homosexual version of "Lolita," though it would be more accurate to characterize "Lolita" as the heterosexual version of "Other Voices, Other Rooms," as Capote's book was published in 1948 and Nabok
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Caitlin
Oh, Truman - what happened to you?

This book is beautifully written, tells a beautiful, bittersweet story, and is a painful read when you think of what its author became. I'm not sure how he made it from the young man that wrote this amazing and beautiful book to the caricatured flaming celebrity-worshiping queen of his later years. In this, his first book, the depth of his talent is enormous and apparent and I finished it thinking of how sad it all makes me.

Wonderful Southern gothic characters i
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Megan G.
This book is beautifully written, the prose dripping off the pages like kudzu vines, the southern gothic setting enveloping you with a sense of mystery. I admit that the reason I decided to read this book was because "To Kill a Mockingbird" is one of my favorite books and I am intrigued by the debate over whether Harper Lee wrote the book entirely by herself or had help from Truman Capote. Some people have even suggested that Capote wrote the entire book, but after reading this book, I don't bel ...more
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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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