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Miriam

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  328 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Do your students enjoy a good laugh? Do they like to be scared? Or do they just like a book with a happy ending? No matter what their taste, our Creative Short Stories series has the answer.

We've taken some of the world's best stories from dark, musty anthologies and brought them into the light, giving them the individual attention they deserve. Each book in the series has

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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 28th 1981 by Creative Education (first published September 1981)
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Miriam is a 61-year-old widow who lives alone in an apartment with her pet bird. Then she meets a young girl, around 8 years old, likewise named Miriam.

Sounds like the beginning of a feel-good story. Indeed, a movie would go towards this predictable direction: the lonely widow, despairing of old age, learns something new from the innocent child.

But not this one. If it hadn't ended sooner, I really felt the girl will turn out to be something like Chucky, the evil doll. But I wasn't really sure. T
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Franco  Santos
Feb 06, 2015 Franco Santos rated it liked it
Primer trabajo que leo de Truman Capote y tengo que decir que me dejó una muy buena experiencia.

Excelente historia para pasar un rato agradable. Es sumamente perturbadora.

-Hola -dijo Miriam.
Katie
Mar 13, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it
So creepy...and yet it was impossible to put it down...The story is perfectly written, holds your interest till the last word...and makes you wonder long after you've read it...
Colours are important here:lots of blue and white...White shows Miriam was good + the girl's white hair suggests her being an angel. Blue, probably, stands for sadness: Miriam had to die.
The most striking is the last sentence:
"Hello," said Miriam.
And we don't know which Miriam...
arianna
Feb 03, 2009 arianna rated it it was amazing
Charmingly creepy, makes your imaginiation soar with what it could mean...
Radwa
May 26, 2016 Radwa rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
I love Capote's writing style and I love the way his writing flows.

This is a creepy story about a 61-years-old woman coming across a little girl, with the same name as her, Miriam, and the consequences that follow. What I love about this story are the different interpretations you could come up with, the little girl could be death, mere hallucinations, an actual ghost, or a symbol of the old women's past and younger self!

I loved how creepy and eerie it was and how it could be a different story
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Brennan Wieland
May 17, 2011 Brennan Wieland rated it really liked it
This story had the same kind of hazy feel the "The Tooth" by Shirley Jackson had. The entire story seems cloudy, and once again, a lot is left up for interpretation.

In "Miriam", a woman is living a lonely life after her husband died, and she intends on keeping it that way. One day when she is at the movies, a young girl comes up to her and asks her for a favor. The woman is intrigued to hear that the little girl has the same name as her, "Miriam". They then part ways after that event.
Several wee
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Angelica Castillo
Jun 16, 2014 Angelica Castillo rated it liked it
Mrs. Miriam Miller has been living alone in her apartment since her husband died. She has no other interest or hobby and the farthest place she has gone is the grocery. But one night when she was done with her errands, she decided to watch a theater play. That's when she met a young girl named Miriam.

When I finished reading this I thought it was very funny. Young Miriam is always showing up and antagonizes Mrs. Miller in some way or another. But when I read other reviews, other people said it w
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Gary
Jul 13, 2014 Gary rated it really liked it
An excellent short story by Truman Capote.
Different from previous books I have read by Capote. This book is creepy and could easily be turned into a film if it hasn't already been done.
Alvaro Acevedo Barrios
Mar 21, 2015 Alvaro Acevedo Barrios rated it really liked it
¡Qué buen minirelato! Recomendable para pasar el rato
Jordan
Oct 01, 2011 Jordan rated it liked it
Like the last book I reviewed, this wasn't bad, but I didn't gain much from it, either.

I did love the descriptions of Miriam: How she walked, spoke, and smiled. I think Mrs. Miller could have been done better, and while the story had a wonderful atmosphere, it didn't hint at enough for it to be truly creepy, or involving in an emotional sense. It just was.

For English, I had to write my own ending after Miriam says, "Hello". I just thought, heck with this, and had Mrs. Miller be dead. Miriam also
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Gabriela
Mar 20, 2016 Gabriela rated it it was amazing
Me encantó este relato corto de Truman Capote...la verdad es bastante perturbador, la narración es excelente y te adentra perfectamente en la historia...
Slavik Fokin
Dec 02, 2015 Slavik Fokin rated it liked it
The story itself didn't impress me a lot. But it made me ask questions. And when I tried to find answers to these questions, the story impressed me much more.
Behnam
Mar 21, 2015 Behnam rated it really liked it
Well, this sure as hell was weird... The story gave me a mixed feeling of creepiness and sometimes funniness....
That last sentence though...
Staci Blatchford
Aug 19, 2015 Staci Blatchford rated it really liked it
A quick read. Very creepy and thought provoking. Felt like a "Twilight Zone" episode. Capote is amazing..... must read more of his work.
Nickhyl Dawoor
Jul 28, 2014 Nickhyl Dawoor rated it liked it
Upsetting but worth a read; not so much for the writing as for the ending, that upon close study, gives new dimensions to the story.
Claire Peebler
Mar 25, 2016 Claire Peebler rated it really liked it
Read this book for my English III class, picked it because I love Capote's work.
Maksims Trivaškevičs
Nothing special. Generic story about a small mental problem.
Spencer
Nov 12, 2015 Spencer rated it really liked it
Eerie.
Courtney Schafer
Nov 14, 2014 Courtney Schafer rated it it was amazing
I really like the way Truman Capote writes his stories. "Mariam" is a great, slow building read. Is madness building? I may need to read more of his stories.
Christina Anthony
May 16, 2015 Christina Anthony rated it really liked it
This book is oddly terrifying, and I could feel an unusual chill creeping up my back at the beginning, although nothing had happened yet. It was amazing, but it is a cliffhanger story, so I would really like to know the TRUE meaning of the ending. Otherwise, incredible.
Karen L.
Mar 11, 2008 Karen L. rated it it was amazing
This story had feeling like the old television show, called "the Twilight Zone." Mrs H.T.Miller a 61 year old widow meets a strange other worldly looking young girl named Miriam. Author Capote pulls you in immediately with his compelling characters and strange plot.This is from the Norton Anthology of Short Stories.
Kaitlyn
I read this in 2009, before I had a Goodreads. By the time I got an account, I had forgotten the title. Today I found a paper with the title and author, and here I am adding it to my read shelf. Sometimes it helps to be a bit of a pack rat.
Lori
Feb 07, 2013 Lori rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
I’m not sure if this short story has ever been made into a short-film, but it should. It reads like a Twilight Zone episode, and the ending has one of the best cliff hangers I’ve come across in a while.
Stephanie
Sep 17, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Read this a few months ago. It is a creepy story & the memory of it lingers long after its read. Reminiscent of what one might expect watching Twilight Zone.
Wida
Jan 01, 2015 Wida rated it really liked it
This totally creeps me out. BIG TIME.


It is also interesting how the ending is open to any interpretation.
My guess is it's Mrs. Miller.
LucidVerity
Jan 13, 2016 LucidVerity rated it really liked it
I think Truman Capote was quoted with calling this written piece a "stunt" - and he was truly right. A worthy stunt indeed!
Torben Carlsen
Jul 25, 2011 Torben Carlsen rated it really liked it
En uhyggelig fortælling med det uundgåelige spørgsmål: Hvem er Miriam?
Sieran
May 14, 2012 Sieran rated it liked it
*spoilers*

This was so freaky, man! Uck. Cliffhanger ending. ><
Dita Guste
Aug 18, 2013 Dita Guste rated it it was amazing
It should be included in compulsary reading list.
Everley Sharp, the Clankinist
This was just weird.
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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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