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The Complete Stories of Truman Capote

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A landmark collection that brings together Truman Capote’s life’s work in the form he called his “great love,” The Complete Stories confirms Capote’s status as a master of the short story.
Ranging from the gothic South to the chic East Coast, from rural children to aging urban sophisticates, all the unforgettable places and people of Capote’s oeuvre are here, in stories as
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 13th 2005 by Vintage (first published 2004)
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Diane Barnes
Sep 05, 2015 Diane Barnes rated it really liked it
I've read a lot of Truman Capote, and have always liked his writing, and even his strange personality and flamboyant lifestyle, but I never realized what a genius he was til I read these early stories of his. The first one in this collection was written when he was 19. 19!!! The early ones are very gothic and eerie; the later stories are more professional and polished; but all of them were enjoyable little gems.
Christopher Conlon
Jul 31, 2012 Christopher Conlon rated it really liked it
What is it about Truman Capote? Despite the fact that he was unquestionably a minor writer, with an uncommonly thin portfolio of published work considering his forty-year career, he remains a figure of fascination. There have been books about him, movies, a Broadway play—and most of his own writing is still in print, still celebrated nearly thirty years after his death. And, even if I’m not always sure quite why, I’ve loved his work above that of virtually any other American writer for more than ...more
Tom Mathews
Sep 28, 2015 Tom Mathews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who read to the beat of a different drummer.
I figured I had better hurry up and read my copy of The Complete Stories of Truman Capote while it’s still what it claims to be. In less than a month Random House will be releasing The Early Stories of Truman Capote, a collection of 14 previously unpublished stories written during Truman’s teens and twenties. I’m looking forward to seeing how they compare to the collection I jut finished.

This was a great collection of stories, one of the best by a single author that I have read. Even the least i
Sep 18, 2015 Jeanette rated it really liked it
Some of the stories were 3 star for me, like "Miriam"- which is too Poe-like gimmicky. But overall, and I am an impossible audience for short stories on the whole, I did like these. There is, for me with Capote- an often felt mood that belies some of the jolly words or situations of mirth. Rather partially that of an "outsider looking in" or nervous energy angst toward eventual rejection to the norms? Or a sense of bizarre meanness that's too easily understood? It parses out in the end to connot ...more
Sep 26, 2015 Camie rated it really liked it
I was not a fan of In Cold Blood which I felt glorified murder and also am not a short story fan. Capote was a pretty eclectic guy and this collection is proof of that. Didn't like them all, no surprise there, the surprise was that I really enjoyed some of them : Jug of Silver, The Thanksgiving Visitor, A Christmas Memory, and One Christmas. After reading the intro I believe these stories were certainly influenced by many of his own adventures as a young boy being raised in Alabama by extended f ...more
Paul Bryant
Contains two of PB's All Time Greats :

"Miriam" (1945)

TC can write about kids really well, and as we know, he is suspected of having more than a hand in the writing of "To Kill a Mockingbird" which is all about kids. In "Miriam" we have an original character, a violent ghost girl. I have a list of people right here who I'd love to get Miriam to visit.

"Children on their Birthdays" (1948)

He gives away the punchline in the first sentence, then in the lyrical delirium of the prose which follows he m
Kirk Smith
Sep 26, 2015 Kirk Smith rated it it was amazing
I just liked it you see. I especially like all the stories with Southern settings. Not so much for the urban settings. Knowing this is my preference, I plan to read The Grass Harp.
Мартин Касабов
Събрани разкази:

Вижте, аз съм един от малкото хора, които не харесват особено "Хладнокръвно" (поне сред моите приятели, простете за превземката), но за сметка на това намирам "Закуска в Тифани" за великолепна, така че исках повече от Капоти, но по възможност в кратката форма. Наскоро излезлият сборник на издателство "Колибри", със събраните разкази на автора (абе, само на мен ли ми прави впечатление, че тази корица е стъпка в правилната посока), предостав
Jackson Burnett
Dec 23, 2012 Jackson Burnett rated it really liked it
Truman Capote was one of the great American writers of the 20th Century. It's a shame he didn't better utilize his talent.

This is a fine collection of Capote's short stories. Most have a glossy magazine feel to them, but they are well-crafted and interesting to read. The holiday stories are masterpieces.
Feb 09, 2008 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: elizabeth, malena, maura
Truman Capote's writing is perfect. Not the least bit pretentious. He brings out the disappointments people and situations can bring, but he does so with such a quick and clever wit that you don't feel awful after reading. I would have been one of his fag hags.
Josh Black
Aug 26, 2007 Josh Black rated it it was amazing
Monroeville, AL has this mural with a big mockingbird on it that says, "The Home of Harper Lee". Where's the mural for Truman Capote?
Jan 12, 2015 Celia rated it really liked it
In Cold Blood was the first Capote work I read, and this the second. I remain struck by how skillfully he builds a scene and atmosphere and just sucks you in. It happened 100 times faster in these short stories than it did in the book--no small feat considering that I read these stories while commuting on public transportation. The real world just disappeared and I found myself in Capote's characters' worlds, watching and feeling as the stories unfolded.

I'm not necessarily from any of the char
Apr 20, 2010 Laia rated it liked it
Shelves: bookclub-read
I don't know whether to give this more stars for the quality of writing, but it brings into focus such unpleasant things, it is hard to say I "really LIKED it." Which of course is part of the brilliance of his writing.
Really fun as a book club pick...lots of short stories, each one of them giving you something to talk about. Wasn't particularly taken with the first half of the book, but fell in love with some of the later stories, and found all of the stories a nice complement to each other whe
Infada Spain
May 15, 2015 Infada Spain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Αγαπημένα και αλησμόνητα: Ένα Δέντρο από νύχτα και Ένα Σπίτι από Λουλούδια...
Nov 01, 2013 Catherine rated it really liked it
Terse, gothic, flamboyant, and surprising, with some beautiful passages: "In the country, spring is a time of small happenings happening quietly, hyacinth shoots thrusting in a garden...and midnight rain opening lilac." It seems from these stories that The South never leaves southerners, no matter how many identities they take on, even in New York.
Camille McCarthy
Jan 15, 2015 Camille McCarthy rated it it was amazing
Capote's short stories are well worth the read. I had already read "In Cold Blood" but never any of his fictional work, but he is excellent at both. They are not as ambiguous as J.D. Salinger's short stories and that is why I preferred them - they have a beginning, middle and an end, and they are just as well-written. He conveys the feel of New York through many of his stories, which is why they remind me of Salinger sometimes, but he also has many stories which take place in the south and thos ...more
Momina Masood
I can safely say that the trilogy--comprising of A Christmas Memory, The Thanksgiving Visitor and One Christmas--is one of the best things about this book. These three stories are essentially what I would like to remember about Capote: the warm, loving gentleness of character and thought, and the light, pleasant prose. Preacher's Legend has also its share of empathy and kindness, and is a sad, beautiful story. Capote draws a great narrative that pulls you in completely, and his scenes and landsc ...more
Dec 16, 2015 Carol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-star-rated
The man is a genius! This is extremely high praise coming from someone who does not like, never has liked and does not see a future in liking short stories. However, Capote's writing is like prose poems; never a cliché; wonderful insight; delightful reading -- right up until the last "no ending" sentence of each story. I have read IN COLD BLOOD but never anything else by Capote prior to this. I'm on to anything else I can find - it was pure pleasure.....
Apr 11, 2015 Behnam rated it liked it
Reading this book, I found myself skipping through pages on most of the stories, they really weren't that good, most of the stories either had a boring start, boring characters, or 40 pages of reading for an unsatisfying end.

The stories I really liked were:
Jug of Silver
A Diamond Guitar
A Christmas Memory
The Thanksgiving Visitor
One Christmas

And I didn't very much care for the other stories, so I'm not gonna even make comments on them.

The stories were in sequence, from 40s to 80s, and Capote progress in writing was noticeable. However nothing and no one can dampened someone's mood as Capote with his grim, dark, sad, and depressive narratives.
Nov 26, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
haunting. many of these stories are whimsical, with a sense of foreboding that makes them incredibly beautiful and sad at the same time. the characters are often interesting in a creepy way: one of his favourite types seems to be young girls aged beyond their physical years, sometimes indecently knowing. other than this, of the works of Truman Capote i've only ever read Breakfast At Tiffany's, which is beautiful.
Amit Tiwary
Apr 11, 2016 Amit Tiwary rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-of-2016
Didn' t work for me. I tried and tried and tried and then lost the zeal to finish this one.
The first one of the year which has to be 'Abandoned'! Feeling sorry.
Nov 15, 2014 Julio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cuentos
Es sorprendente que el autor de la objetiva, periodística, casi despiadada reconstrucción de un asesinato múltiple (A Sangre Fría) haya creado una colección de cuentos donde lo mas notable es su sensibilidad e intimidad. Cada cuento, que refleja pequeños momentos, memorias, encuentros, todos casi furtivos, algo etéreos, se cuenta con la delicadeza de un alma, quizá dolida, quizá hasta torturada, pero gentil y delicada. Uno tiene la impresión de ser un testigo involuntario, hasta indeseado, de pe ...more
Elena Benvenuti
Mar 23, 2014 Elena Benvenuti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un vaso di geranio cadde e le ragazze raccolsero i fiori e se li infilarono dietro l'orecchio. Sullo xilofono del marciapiede tintinnarono lo scalpiccio confuso di piedi in corsa, le gocce di pioggia: le porte sbattevano, le finestre si chiudevano, poi solo il silenzio, e pioggia. Allora, a passi leggeri, lei si avvicinò al lampione e si mise accanto a lui, e fu come se il cielo fosse uno specchio schiantato dal tuono, perché la pioggia cadeva tra loro come una cortina di vetri infranti.

Truman C
Cormac Zoso
Nov 22, 2012 Cormac Zoso rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great-ones
Truman Capote is one of the three true masters of the American short story, along with F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, and this complete collection of his short stories would be a well-loved gift to any fan of great literature. Capote, like his fellow masters, makes the small scenes of the short story so life-like you might mix them up with your own memories at times. They feel that genuine and lived in.

Where literary style is concerned, Capote is far closer to F. Scott than Hemingway
Jul 10, 2010 Benjamin rated it really liked it
Shelves: shortstories
*I skipped three of the stories - the holiday pieces - until winter when I'm in the mood*

For some reason I thought all of the stories would be about glitterati and their fancy things. Some are, but there was also a very satisying offering of Southern Gothic magic. 'Children On Their Birthdays' and 'A Diamond Guitar' were especially moving.

One rant: In the first two paragraphs of 'The Bargain', I was convinced that I was rereading 'A Mink of One's Own'. Was the idea of two hoity toity ladies meet
Terri Jacobson
Jun 01, 2015 Terri Jacobson rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
The stories in this collection were written between 1943 and 1982, with most being written in the 1940s. I enjoyed the stories very much; I was surprised at the lyricism of the writing. Most of the stories are about women (invariably women of style) undergoing various struggles. The roots of Capote's writing are very much in the American South. These stories provided a quite enjoyable and thoughtful reading experience.
Nicholas Trandahl
Apr 07, 2015 Nicholas Trandahl rated it it was amazing
I can see quite easily why Truman Capote referred to his collected short stories as his "Great Love". He was a rare master of words, possessed of a talent for prose that I've seen myself only in F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the scant body of work that he left behind before his passing (the same month and year that I was born; we were alive on the earth together for only days) is enough to keep me full until my last breath. Each of his tales sparkle with flawlessness and the emotion inherent in them ...more
Asli Cansiz
Sep 02, 2015 Asli Cansiz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sade ve içten diliyle Capote, öykülerini bir solukta okuyabileceğiniz bir yazar. Hayatını az çok okuduysanız, her öyküsüne kendi çocukluğundan bir şeyler kattığını farkedebilirsiniz... İhtiyar kuzenleriyle taşrada büyümüş bu oğlan çocuğu, sizi öykülerindeki kasabalara götürüp karakterlerle tanıştırırken hiçbirine yabancılık çekmemenizi sağlayan samimi dili kuşkusuz bu sürükleyiciliğin temelini oluşturuyor. Kitabı okurken 1930'ların, 50'lerin caz standartlarından bir müzik listesi size eşlik etsi ...more
Tamelyn Feinstein
Feb 14, 2016 Tamelyn Feinstein rated it really liked it
Most of these stories I had read previously, in other collected works. Still, there were several new ones, especially several early ones, that I hadn't yet read. Soon, I will have read everything written by Truman Capote. Then I will be sad that I have nothing else to read by Truman Capote. Any suggestions?
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  • Collected Stories
  • Collected Stories
  • The Early Stories
  • Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintences and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career
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  • Eudora Welty
  • The Stories of Paul Bowles
  • Flags in the Dust
  • Collected Stories
  • The Collected Stories
  • The Collected Stories
  • Call If You Need Me: The Uncollected Fiction and Other Prose
  • Stories in an Almost Classical Mode
  • Thirteen Stories
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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