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Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote
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Apr 10, 11

Read from April 08 to 09, 2011

I'd never read Capote, and I can't say that this book enabled me to form an opinion either way. It's an odd piece of work, though an enjoyable one -- there's a kind of dense, humid mystique that clouds the pages and makes the simple prose feel complicated. The cast of characters is also somewhat predictable: a middle-aged, faded-debutante, Miss-Havisham-inspired eccentric; a closeted Southern dandy with a taste for baroque furnishings; a spiteful, redheaded tomboy with an adoring hound dog and a prissy twin; a couple of crazy-like-foxes black servants who have lived through private hells and now share the benefit of their hard-earned wisdom with the young, white, male protagonist. I enjoyed the writing, but I didn't feel like the plot evolved in a particularly effective way, and the unresolved ending left me frustrated rather than titillated. That being said, I turned the pages pretty quickly.
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Tony Great review. I agree heartily with your assessment. I just finished this a few moments ago and found myself extremely frustrated and disappointed with this novel. I think it started out strongly and fell apart badly.

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