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Música para camaleones

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'Everything is displayed in this book: insights and recollections of the famous and the obscure; old jokes and fresh wit... These stories and vignettes will endure.' - New Republic.In these gems of reportage Truman Capote takes true stories and real people and renders them with the stylistic brio we expect from great fiction.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published 2007 by Debolsillo (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
Apr 16, 2016 orsodimondo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana
E probabilmente anche Jacko, i due ballerini più leggeri di sempre.
Sin da bambino, Capote sognava di diventare un ballerino di tip tap, da sempre attratto dalla leggerezza (non posso non pensare alla prima lezione americana di Calvino).

Chiaramente è lui, Truman, il camaleonte del titolo - molto più lui che i veri animaletti affascinati dalla musica che compaiono nel primo splendido racconto.

È lui il camaleonte capace di essere scrittore di racconti e romanzi,
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
Alan Chen
May 04, 2016 Alan Chen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Capote can write. This is one of his later volumes, and per his intro, he's trying some new things. He has pared down his writing to its essential and is creating the new journalism that he gets known for. The volume begins with a few of his short stories which are beautiful and touches upon his roots in New Orleans/the South. They are short and beautiful but I'm not completely sure I get the point but I do think there is a point. The largest portion is reportage that spans multiple years where ...more
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
Erin the Avid Reader ★Wiccan Girl, Too★
God dang Truman Capote is the gayest, funniest, most flamboyant author I know of. I read this book of short stories in just a little over an hour and laughed my butt off at some of them. Even though Truman Capote comes off as a bit of a bastard to most people (sometimes for good reasons), he is genuinely a very interesting and intelligent intellectual who, I swear to God, must be the biggest socialite in American History. Heck, one of the short stories is simply about a conversation between him ...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
Juan Escobar
Apr 24, 2016 Juan Escobar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cuando estaba el estilo más claro, maduro y genial, cuando las anécdotas, fiestas y conversaciones fundamentales de la vida habían sucedido, Truman Capote escribe Música para camaleones. Por eso es su mejor libro de relatos. Son cuentos perfectos, en ritmo, en trama, en finales.

Cuando dios le entrega a uno un don, también le da un látigo; y el látigo es unicamente para autoflagelarse.

El libro se divide en tres partes:

Los primeros cinco relatos, son hermosos porque parecen ficción, pues son hi
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.
Victor Morosoff
Feb 10, 2016 Victor Morosoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oricât de „americană” ar fi scriitura lui Capote, îmbibată în alcool, femei-enigmă (ale căror portrete, à-propos, sunt diamantine, fie că vorbim de Marilyn Monroe, Holly Golitghtly ori Pearl Bailey), crimă, amor, închisori de tot felul și destine dezabuzate, ideea creației „nonficționale” și a paginii fără brizbriz are un farmec aparte. Iar acest lucru chiar prinde. Și aș zice că, dacă mă concentrez, percep în pornirile lui Capote, ca într-un arc peste timp, siajul stilistic al lui Murakami, fap ...more
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
Feb 07, 2016 Andi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Initially attracted by the title, now a fan of Capote.
This book was divided into 3 sections: first short stories, which were really short--they didn't feel like whole narratives to me. Then a longer "true crime" story written in the style of In Cold Blood, but far less satisfying; still the character studies in that story where great. My favorite was the third part, the "conversational portraits", character studies of real people, revealed in conversation with Mr. Capote. People from Marilyn Monroe to a Manson Family member to Capote's own housekee ...more
Feb 25, 2016 Kharen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Si "A sangre fria" representa la tercera etapa como creador de Truman, en la que abandona la ficción e intenta un novela periodistica, con "Música para camaleones" inicia el cuarto y último ciclo de su vida como escritor, este ya no sería la novela real a gran escala, más bien se compone de relatos cortos en un intento de comunicarse sencilla y claramente y hacer sentir al lector un testigo directo de la experiencia contada.

"Sencillas observaciones que anotaba en mi diario. Extensas narraciones
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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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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