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Този сборник с репортажи, наречени от критиката „литературни бижута”, е внушителният предшественик на „Хладнокръвно”, където повествователният талант на големия Труман Капоти се разгръща до несрещана преди това степен и го превръща в родоначалник на ново литературно течение – художествената документалистика. „Музика за хамелеони” ни среща с безупречно соанирана креолска ар ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published October 29th 2007 by Колибри (first published 1980)
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KamRun
Jan 28, 2017 KamRun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
دوست دارم تناسخ بعد از مرگم یه پرنده باشه، ترجیحا کرکس! کرکس مجبور نیست بابت ظاهرش یا تواناییش تو دلبری و جلب رضایت بقیه خودش رو ناراحت کنه. به هرحال که کسی قرار نیست دوستش داشته باشه، زشته، زیادیه، هیچ جا نمی خوانش. در مورد آزادیای که این موقعیت پیش میآره کلی میشه حرف زد. از طرف دیگه مخالفتی با لاکپشت دریایی شدن هم ندارم. میتونن رو زمین ول بچرخن و از رمز و راز اعماق اقیانوس هم با خبرن. عمرشون هم زیاده و چشمهای خمارشون کلی حکمت و معرف جمع میکنه. - برداشت آزاد از غَلتهای شبانه، مصاحبه با خود

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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
Lawyer
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.

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John
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
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Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Truman Capote had a way of making you feel as if he were whispering to you in a crowded room; "here is something I know and now I will tell you" as the rest of the crowd mulled about. It is this intimacy that makes his 'crime' stories so memorable.
orsodimondo
Mar 16, 2016 orsodimondo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana
L’UOMO CHE VOLLE ESSERE FRED ASTAIRE
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,
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Mahshid D
Apr 18, 2017 Mahshid D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب فوقالعاده جذابی بود. ترجمهی نسبتا خوبی داشت که از شخصی مثل بهرنگ رجبی -اگر اشتباه نکنم قاتل نیمی از کارهای مارتین مک دنا در ایران- بعید به نظرم میرسید، اما خب نشون داد که غیر ممکن نیست. موقع خوندنش دائم احساس آشنایی شبیه به خوندن یک وبلاگ با نوشتههای استاندارد داشتم. همان جنس از ثبت روزمرهگیهای بلاگری بود. مشتاق شدم که صبحانه در تیفانی رو زودتر تمومش کنم. ...more
Vanita
Jun 02, 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
Farnoosh Noroozi
Feb 25, 2017 Farnoosh Noroozi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
تصمیمگیری برای امتیاز دادن به این کتاب برام خیلی سخته. نمیدونم شاید به خاطر فرم و ساختار داستان کوتاهه که راضی به 5 دادن نمیشم. اما خب تا زمانی که گودریدز "نیم" رو به سیستم امتیازدهیش اضافه نکرده به همین 5 ستاره رضایت میدم. چرا که تا به حال به این اندازه کتابی رو دوست نداشتم و از خوندش لذت نبردم. خب چرا بردم ولی این یکی عجیب بهم چسبید. از یادداشت نویسنده بگیر که چطور از پشتکار روزافزونش برای تمرین نویسندگی گفته بود تا خود داستانها و چهرهنگاریها. یادداشت کاپوتی سند ای بود بر این حرف که چطور بعضی ...more
Galina
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
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Jaksen
Aug 13, 2016 Jaksen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent anthology of short stories, essays and one short nonfiction piece. These stories show the full range of Capote's talent, ability with words and description as well as give insight to some of the famous people - via conversations - who Capote consorted with, entertained, interacted with and had as intimates and friends. Though all of these 'events' happened thirty years ago or more, they feel fresh and new. Sometimes I am surprised that 'we' used 'that expression' back in the 70's? Or 6 ...more
Anastasia
Jan 14, 2013 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
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Alan Chen
Apr 11, 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
Íris
Mar 08, 2017 Íris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Música Para Camaleões foi o primeiro livro que li de Truman Capote. Definitivamente não é a melhor escolha para débutant de um autor, mas fica-se sabendo se é o estilo de narrativa e escrita que nós apreciamos.

Num sentido de humor único, por vezes sarcástico, por vezes um pouco cruel e sagaz, Capote conta vários episódios da sua vida atribulada de escritor e viajante.

O prefácio é, provavelmente, o que mais gosto no livro. Explica o fervor que Capote sempre sentiu pelas palavras e como a escrita
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Jessica
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
Ryal Woods
Jul 02, 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
Rick Rowland
Mar 27, 2015 Rick Rowland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I just discovered my new favorite book.
Halley Sutton
Jun 28, 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
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Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
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
Maureen
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
Sue
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.
Rick Burin
Apr 04, 2017 Rick Burin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book of extraordinary grace, incisiveness and honesty which further bolsters my impression that Capote remains one of the most important, original and underestimated writers of his era. Fuck his artificial image as a catty, trivial, morbid starfucker, and study the work: dark, devastating, morally decent work shot through with his actual character, the shadows of an encroaching darkness creeping across the sun-dappled idyll of his New Orleans childhood. Even fans tend to lean on a popular narr ...more
Amir
Mar 27, 2017 Amir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Elnaz Behbahani
Mar 29, 2017 Elnaz Behbahani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ترومن کاپوتی بی نظیر است. اینقدر بی نظیر که حتی داستانک های روزمره زندگیش هم به اندازه داستان هایی که از خودش می سازد گیرا و جذاب است. فضاسازی هایش همه به قاعده و دوست داشتنی و حتی-به لزوم- ترسناک!
دوست داشتنی ترین داستانش به نظر من «بچه جذاب» است حاصل یک بعدازظهر با مریلین مونرو.
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,
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Roozbeh Estifaee
Feb 03, 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
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James
Feb 16, 2017 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With the exception of the autobiographical short story One Christmas, Music for Chameleons is the last book published by Capote before is death in 1984. It is an extremely readable collection of very entertaining short fiction, and wide-eyed autobiographical sketches. I would recommend it to anyone who's not yet read anything by this American treasure. I am glad I have now read something of Capote's besides In Cold Blood.
Frank O'Neill
Jul 08, 2016 Frank O'Neill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently reread Truman Capote’s Music for Chameleons for the third time, and each time it feels like I’m reading it for the first time. Capote’s style is simple and unadorned, but his stories are full of marvelous and unexpected characters. One of Capote’s greatest gifts was his ability to win the confidences and friendship of people ranging from his cleaning lady to criminals to the elite of American society.

Music for Chameleons is a collection of six short stories, a ‘nonfiction novel’ and s
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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.

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