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"Dear Genius...": A Memoir of My Life with Truman Capote

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  21 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Evidently a fiction book. I'll get back to this description once I've read it...
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published December 1st 1987 by McGraw-Hill Companies (first published June 1987)
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I discovered Jack Dunphy, Truman Capote’s companion for over 30 years, after seeing the movie “Capote.” The guy intrigued me as I wanted to learn more about the man who put up with Capote for so many years. And then I discovered he was a good writer too, after reading his first novel, “John Fury.” This is Dunphy’s “memoir” of his time with Capote. Initially titled “My Tribute to Truman Capote,” his publisher, McGraw-Hill, decided to cash in on Capote’s death and change the title. So what’s reall ...more
I first read this book in 1990...and it still draws me in with the multi layered struggles of the personal complexities of spiritual love, physical desires, solace, friendship, devotion, sacrifice, salvation, and pain. The fictionalized background story never bothered or confused me....with Father Synge, Robert Devereaux, the "passion" for the church was explored thru Synge, and more specifically in the brilliant counterpoint of Annie as Sister Secret, and the unresolved relationship between her ...more
Mar 21, 2012 Jane rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ardent Capote fans
I had a difficult time getting into the book at first. Part of what contributed to that was the character of the priest who is really Jack Dunphy, but Jack Dunphy is also a separate character. This created confusion, which I feel was totally unnecessary, and rather annoying. But the book left me with a real appreciation of the love that Dunphy had for Capote. Dunphy should have focused more on that aspect and less on the fictional sub-plots he felt he needed to add. He did provide some interesti ...more
Just a bad book. The fictional part about the priest was horrible- I thought. Hard to follow- ridiculous dialog- absurd scenes- boring. The chapters where he talked about Truman were interesting though. It's the only thing that kept me going. Maybe one or two insightful messages or descriptive passages that I found memorable. Otherwise- a waste of time.
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