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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  1,884 ratings  ·  113 reviews
Truman Capotes gnadenlose Abrechnung mit der Welt der Reichen und Schönen

Truman Capote zeichnet in diesem Romanfragment ein schonungsloses Bild der amerikanischen High Society. Er schildert das Leben von P.B. Jones, einem Schoßhündchen der Reichen und Schönen, und blickt dabei hinter die Kulissen von deren Welt. Als erste Kapitel dieses Schlüsselromans Mitte der Siebzigerj
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 19th 2010 by Wilhelm Goldmann Verlag (first published January 1st 1986)
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K.D. Absolutely
Too bad that this is an unfinished novel. I could have given this at least 4 stars.

According to Wiki, Capote was not able to finish this novel because he got busy with the stardom In Cold Blood (4 stars) gave him. In 1966, he signed a contract with Random House to write this book with January 1st 1968 as the delivery date. He missed the date and the contract was renegotiated in 1969 with 1973 as the new delivery date. He missed again so it was moved further to 1974. Missed again so on to 1977. M
.Answered Prayers: Truman Capote's unfinished novel of life among the low and high side of life

More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.--St. Teresa of Avila

Capote's Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel began as a series of notes in 1958. It was a project Capote kept under close wraps. It was not until January 5, 1966, Capote approached Random House signing a contract with an advance of $25,000 with a delivery date of January 1, 1968.

Capote described the novel as a Proust
Why do people see shrinks? To tell someone their most secret woes and stories. They don't expect (or get) answers. They just wanna Let Go. Famous People, it seems, revealed all to Capote and were not happy when he put their "tales" in a book. He was blacklisted by Society after some chapters appeared in Esquire, and never finished what would have been a sensationally good novel. Capote was mortal. He cared what people thought.
Jul 24, 2008 Maureen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: novel
Whatever possessed Capote to turn on his lifelong friends, like Jackie O. and her sister, Lee Raziwill, William and Babe Paley, and the rest of the New York social set is beyond me. The fact that this novel was contracted for in 1966 and remained unpublished until after his death, says much about his ambivalence towards the project. At the same time, Capote spent many years being the lapdog to moneyed New Yorkers, wined and dined at the finest restaurants before going back to his room at the YMC ...more
This is my favorite Capote book even over Other Voices, Other Rooms. Perhaps because it IS unfinished and shrouded in such mystery, despair, potential, and ultimately dissolution. I reread it every couple years. Was Capote blacklisted because he was telling tales outside of school, or because he revealed the glitterati for what they were, hypocrites and debauches? A novel that raises more questions as it moves to conclusion. Answered Prayers indeed!
Why I picked up what some consider to be Truman Capote's worst work is to this day a mystery to me. I was at Alias East Bookstore on Brand, and I had $7 more credit. Due that I didn't want to hold on to a credit in my pocket for the next week or so, decided on this as a mood purchase. Also I recently got back from New York City, and I wanted to read something 'classic' from Manhattan aesthetic. My understanding is that "Answered Prayers" was a novel that Capote never finished, but talked about c ...more
André Benjamim

«Mais lágrimas são choradas por súplicas atendidas do que por aquelas que não o são». Súplicas Atendidas, de Truman Capote, traz como aviso estes versos de Santa Teresa. Esta foi a obra derradeira de Truman Capote, a obra megalómana tantas vezes anunciada, ansiada por uns, temida por outros, e nunca concluída. Truman Capote tinha uma visão aguçada que transformava em palavras afiadas, contundentes flechas que iam certeiras ao cerne do alvo, que feriam e aliviavam. Este foi o romance que foi «con
I recently read an article about Truman Capote and decided to read this unfinished manuscript. The title is a quote from St Teresa "More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones". This is the first three chapters that were published in magazines causing his estrangement from New York Society and his many benefactors. CNN's Anderson Cooper has said his Mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, was very hurt by the thinly veiled portrayal of her in the third chapter "La Cote Basque" she never fo ...more
Felisa Rosa
The story of a mendacious hustler who rises through the layers of dissolute high society. In a way, an unfinished novel mimics life with an adeptness that the great books can not attain: an unfinished novel offers set-ups that go nowhere, potential unrealized, and unresolved mysteries. Luckily, Capote wrote his chapters out of order, so Answered Prayers has a sort of conclusion. In keeping with my metaphor, reading Capote's last work is a bit like running into a friend every ten years: each ch ...more
Aug 19, 2012 Lobstergirl rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: St. Teresa of Avila
Shelves: own, fiction
Capote's unfinished roman à clef has its moments, when the snark is enjoyable and the cattiness chuckleworthy. But the impression I was left with is more one of subdued disgust; how much of the doings of a bisexual hustler can you absorb before you need to imbibe some Willa Cather, or Cotton Mather, as a palate cleanser?

P.B. Jones = Truman Capote
Alice Lee Langman = Katherine Ann Porter
Kate McCloud = an amalgam of women, including Mona Bismarck (Mrs. Harrison Williams), Ann Woodward, Pamela
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Truman Capote’s life this book is significant on so many levels. First, this book destroyed the majority of Truman’s friendships since he literally was writing about his friends. Truman spent the remainder of his days exiled from those who he had fought to get so close to.

The three chapters of this book represent a great deal of potential in what might have been a truly magnificent novel. The first two chapters flow together so beautifully, it is evident
Me gustaron mucho las primeras dos historias (mounstruos perfectos y Kate McCloud, de esta última me hubiese gustado que fuera un poco más larga,para saber como es que este gigolo término a su lado. No desapruebo la historia de la côte basque, es buena pero no, siento que le faltó ese algo.
Por otra parte es el segundo libro de Capote que leo, me sonreí porque recordé que me quedé con la misma sensación cuando leí breakfast at Tiffany's, libro en el cual tiene 3 historias,dos de ellas me fascinar
It's an unfinished novel, so I can't be too harsh, but I'm not sure I understood what it was even about or what the controversy that surrounded it was about either. The whole thing is meant to scandalize the reader with details of gay prostitutes and people publicly urinating on others, or celebrities talking about who slashes their wrists, but there's no point. Just meant to shock without purpose. And not written well. After seeing Capote, it made me wonder if the author was just a deeply troub ...more
Stacy LeVine
Hilarious! Rife with only-sometimes-veiled gossip about real-life NYC luminaries so salacious it makes the mouth water, this is uniquely inspired prose from a true American master (whose career and life were summarily destroyed by the precious text, hence "unfinished"). Not sure how it reads to someone who doesn't know their history, because I know mine. And, to me, this is a very special historical relic. If you know your NYC literary/cinematic/socialite history and/or love Capote, DO NOT MISS ...more
Mel Bossa
I think I've read all of Capote's novels and short stories, save for two, and I can venture to say he was right to be a little vain, because he was a genius. To me, a genius is someone who is not only hypersensitive, brilliant in his or her field, and extremely original, but also someone who is avant gardiste, if there is such a word in English. Someone who is tuned to a radio station we can't hear just yet. And this last novel found after Capote's death proves he was already writing what is now ...more
This shit is bananas! Loved. it..
Sep 03, 2007 Bookworm rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those want to read everything Capote wrote
I don't know what I was expecting when I picked Answered Prayers up at the library. It's a cross between something you'd read in Playboy and Vanity Fair magazines. Not a classy story. If it hadn't been written by Capote, I probably wouldn't have even bothered picking it up.
Aaron Gallardo
Capote nunca pudo igualar lo que hizo en Otras voces, otros ámbitos. Esta pequeña novela no es más que un roman à clef lleno de tribulaciones sexuales. No es lo mejor de Capote, ni de lejos, a pesar de que los dos primeros capítulos resultan interesantes; el último he de admitir que lo leí a medias: detesto que se introduzcan personajes pocas páginas antes de acabar la novela -pasó con Pastoral Americana, pasa con Plegarias Atendidas. Las primeras páginas son buenas, sin embargo. Si alguien quie ...more
Pooja Pillai
My only regret is that this book is unfinished. I was tearing through the book, devouring sentence after witty sentence and was taking such pleasure in Capote's malice and sarcasm, when the book came to an end. And it had just got to the crux of its plot!
Anyway, I really enjoyed the descriptions of the high society and bohemia in the USA and Europe, and the complicated and intrigue-filled lives they live. This is the first book of Capote's in which I have encountered such frank depictions of sex
Al Riske
Crude, self-indulgent, and - worse - boring.
Mmmm...not my favorite Truman Copote book.
Capote could write. Oh if he could. Not that my opinion counts anything, but I would never let anybody else get away with a tedious book like this one without feeling at least slightly homicidal. Tedious is a compliment, actually. But let's not be so harsh. It's always sad to come to the realization a great talent is gone. Or rather, a great mind behind that talent.
Answered Prayers is an unfinished posthumously published novel by Truman Capote. It's no secret Capote expended the greatest part of
Oh, Capote, with your genre-defying cattiness. I haven't struggled this long over which shelves to put something on in a long time. For instance: this is a fictionalization, and obviously some stuff is made up, and, yes, it's a novel, but I couldn't help but put it on my Not Fiction shelf because c'mon. Also Paris figured into it glancingly, but if ever a book was about booze and sexuality (the other two criteria for that shelf) it's this one.
And, Truman, you gave me hell with the star rating sy
this is yet another book where i've come to realize that as an author / writer, one is merely an observer but not quite a participant. unless you're writing your life and adventures, or interesting details about others, otherwise, where's the fun in that?

here, capote dishes the dirt on those he knows. interestingly, it's only his closest friends, which i didn't even find interesting. there were mentions of Jackie O, her sister, and a few other famous figures, but those were mentioned only in pas
Ah, what I wouldn't give for this to be a finished product.

There are two things that make this a four-star book instead of a five-star.

1. It's not finished. It's an unfinished novel, and that means that a lot of the plot-lines were left unresolved, we didn't get to know what all the build-up was for, and we didn't find out how he ends up in the situation that he is in in "present-time", which I'm sure we would've gotten to know in a finished product.

2. The last thirty pages. I though I was gonn
Every novel is a form of catharsis in one way or another. It's the deal we make when we buy a book: if the author packages their woes, hopes and gripes well and in an entertaining way, then we will patiently listen and even enjoy ourselves. With all the reader oriented writing Truman did in his career, in the final analysis it's clear that he ultimately did not understand for whom he was writing. In Answered Prayers we see the world through Truman's eyes as he must have experienced life on earth ...more
I was reading about Harold Brodkey's novel The Runaway Soul when, for reasons I can't recall, I thought "Hey, didn't Truman Capote also have an unfinished novel?" So I looked him up, and there it was, and for some reason I decided to read it instead. Oops. From what I understand, The Runaway Soul is a complete story, though possibly part of a larger, unfinished sequence, whereas all that exists of Answered Prayers, Capote's attempt to become the American Proust, is just three chapters long. The ...more
до цього тексту у трумена капоте було багато друзів (чи, припустімо, не друзів, а хороших знайомих). після – практично не лишилося. що, в принципі, цілковито зрозуміло: навіть якщо він ще не встиг написати про вас, хто зна, чи не зробить він цього в наступному розділі, тож краще не підкидати йому свіжого матеріалу.
роман незавершений, але й не шкода, бо, незважаючи на скандальні одкровення, не так уже й цікаво, що могло б бути в інших розділах. мабуть, трошки більше скандальних одкровень, які, вт
John Goodell
This probably would have been a better book had Capote finished it before he died (or, as stated in the editor's introduction, Capote's other chapters were discovered). It certainly feels a little empty at parts and repetitive at others, but Capote does a great job with the characters and the story. I found parts entertaining, but really the stories and lives of the gentry, their vicissitudes, can stay entertaining for so long.
Al terminar de leerlo, me dejó perpleja. Incluso antes de terminarlo, estaba perpleja. No entendía cómo iba a terminar, cuál era el punto de la historia (Al parecer, la novela no está terminada, y con eso me explico un poco mi desorientación). No sé, me costó disfrutarlo... pero a pesar de todo, sí hubo partes que me gustaron mucho, sobre todo la primera.
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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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