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Preview — A Christmas Memory including One Christmas and A Thanksgiving Memory by Truman Capote
A Christmas Memory including One Christmas and A Thanksgiving Memory (Modern Library)
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This heartfelt story of an eccentric old woman, Miss Sook, with the shorn white hair, calico dress and tennis shoes, her young best friend and cousin she calls Buddy, and the little orange and white rat terrier Queenie is one of my favorite Christmas stories. Such a memorable ending......two lost pair of kites flying in the sky hurrying toward heaven.....
Young Buddy is forced to visit his estranged father in New Orleans at Christmas time and finds out the answer t...more
I believe I will eventually need to obtain a copy of this book for myself or just continue liberating the library copy at Christm ...more
One Christmas relates how the young Truman is summoned to New Orleans to spend the holiday with his father – a man who is as foreign as any stranger, and equally as frightening to the impressionable boy. The child doesn’t really want to make the trip; he’d rather stay with his old-maid cousins in the familiar, rural Alabama setting where he feels loved and protected. Still New ...more
These aren't the happy holiday stories of excess that we see today; Truman grew up during the Depression with unusual family ties. Kids today should see that it is possible to be happy with the love of your auntie (or cousin), a dog, and a few books.
During this time of life, Capote's neighbor w ...more
He tells of them earning money in any way possible to buy ingredients to make 40 fruitcakes each year to give as gifts to friends and family. He tells of cutting down the tree and draggi ...more
In this remembrance of his youth we meet Buddy, Miss Sook, and Queenie, and a host of other characters. For such a small book, it speaks volumes. Emotional, sharp, sad yet comforting, you can't help but read the words with Capote's signature speaking voice in your head. Th ...more
These stories all are intertwined in that they involve Capote's memories of his childhood holidays. At first I wondered if they were truly fiction, even though the spine label on my library copy said that they were fiction. After reading some commentary, I realized that they were indeed fiction. Since these stories are b ...more
It's an odd mixture, in which the subject matter is unsophisticated and childish and the writing is anything but. Capote writes about being so poor that the only present he can give his bes ...more
This short story is my absolute favorite because it combines my memories of my Aunt Irene's Christmas fruitcake with Truman's own remembrances. The truly great fruitcake of the old South is rapidly disappearing from our culture. It is a labor of love as this story will a test to.
I started making them after I got out of the US Navy in 1981. Have made them nearly every year since then.
Of the three short stories, "The Thanksgiving Visitor" is the most poignant. In his reflections, Capote was able to recognize his own character flaws when re-telling this ...more
In particular, A Christmas Memory is so wonderful. When I think of one author I would like to emulate (aside from F. Scott Fitzgerald) it would be Capote...and all because of this story. He really knows how to capture childhood without sounding like a reminiscent adult. His prose is gorgeous an ...more
He was born as Truman Streckfus Persons to a salesman Archulus Persons ...more