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Този том с есетата на Капоти, за пръв път събрани на едно място, отдавна е трябвало да види бял свят. Голяма част от тях не са печатани повторно след първоначалната си поява в списания и различни сборници, затова почитателите на съвременния американски класик получават истински безценен подарък. Труман Капоти е бил известен с необикновената си наблюдателност, остър език и ...more
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Published 2011 by Колибри (first published 1995)
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Cheryl
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Essay lovers
Portraits and Observations, what a fitting title for this collection of poetic oddities and fluid cognizance. Capote's work is what you label belletrist, because be it fiction or nonfiction, the magnetism of his artful prose is the transfixing element. I was enthralled by “Master Misery,” and since then, I’ve bought Portraits and the nonfiction piece that helped transform journalism: In Cold Blood (which he discusses in this collection).

“I believe a story can be wrecked by a faulty rhythm,” Cap
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ALLEN
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Norman Mailer, not one to praise his fellow writers gratuitously, once called Truman Capote (1924-1984) "the most perfect writer of my generation." Mailer was on to something, and this anthology shows this versatile and engaging writer at his pre-IN COLD BLOOD best. Mostly from the Fifties, Capote's "observations" (some essay-length, at least one a full-length book) and "portraits" (biographical sketches of celebrities) show very well Capote's amazing gifts as a stylist and hard-nosed reporter o ...more
ALLEN
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Norman Mailer, not one to praise his fellow writers gratuitously, once called Truman Capote (1924-1984) "the most perfect writer of my generation." Mailer was on to something, and this anthology shows this versatile and engaging writer at his pre-IN COLD BLOOD best. Mostly from the Fifties, Capote's "observations" (some essay-length, at least one a full-length book) and "portraits" (biographical sketches of celebrities) show very well Capote's amazing gifts as a stylist and hard-nosed reporter o ...more
Bryan Schwartz
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pleasure-reading
I was introduced to Capote’s oeuvre, as is so often the case, when my high school psychology teacher instructed me to read In Cold Blood for a personal assignment. I had bonded with Mr. Christopher over a number of things including our mutual love of American literature and my passing interest in military history. During one of our many discussions, he produced a yellowed and shelf-worn copy of In Cold Blood and told me to read it carefully.

Considering that it took me just a few days to return i
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Kaeli Wood
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fantastic. This made me want to read everything he’s ever written.
Maureen
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ooohh, such lovely writing that the topic is irrelevant. This is a collection of over 500 pages of Truman Capote essays from 1946 to 1984. It covers time spent in various American cities, plus vignettes from many other parts of the world. The longest is a diary written during the tour of an American troupe performing Porgy and Bess in Russia in 1956, at the height of the Cold War. The name dropping of his friends and acquaintances is legendary so we have intimate portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Eli ...more
Katie
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having never read any Capote before, I feel this book was the perfect introduction. I wanted some thematically-appropriate reading while on vacation in New Orleans, as well as something substantive yet easy to pick up and put down. Capote's vignettes of people and places were lyrical, acerbic, vulnerable, all too revealing of the foibles of their subjects (and their author, who would sometimes retell the same allegedly-real anecdote in different pieces with significant details changed). Reading ...more
Jenifer
a little bonkers, perhaps, but man could he write...
Rebecca Taylor
This is the end of an era!
I bought this book in 2010 in the famed Powell's bookstore in Portland, where I was attending a conference (during the Vancouver - the city I lived in at the time - Olympics, no less). At the time I also bought Breakfast at Tiffany's which I read shortly thereafter.
According to the 'date started' I entered here, I didn't start reading Portraits and Observations for 5 years, although I suspect I started it in 2010, didn't get far, and then started again in 2015.

This sus
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Tim Julian
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not entirely sure why I downloaded this - essays aren't usually my thing and anything smacking of "travel writing" (with the exception of early Bill Bryson) even less so, and after a couple of pages I was wondering whether I'd let myself in for a dull few days. Then the unique charm of Capote's prose began to work its magic and I was hooked. Pieces I particularly enjoyed were "Lola", an account of his pet raven, "Ghosts in Sunlight" on the filming of In Cold Blood, and his piece on Elizabeth ...more
Raimo Wirkkala
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite alot of the material in this book was included in a previously-published collection, "The Dogs Bark", but this volume adds such essential pieces as, "Music for Chameleons" (as well as the preface to that book); the self-revealing, "Dazzle"; "Then It All Came Down (an interview with Robert Beausoleil); a piece about Marilyn Monroe entitled, "A Beautiful Child"; "A Lamp in a Window"; and the 2 concluding essays, remembrances of Tennessee Williams and Willa Cather.
One can come to a greater a
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Erin Lesica
Hooked at the beginning and then unfortunately lost track
Lorena
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: truman-capote
Very few people can make old gossip new and fascinating again. Truman Capote elevated gossip to an art form, and it was his downfall in the end.
Patrick
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was growing up, I knew Capote only as a celebrity on talk shows; he'd probably have shown up on the Match Game and the Love Boat if he hadn't been such a snob. So who knew that he was actually an incredibly gifted stylist? In a sentence, he can beautifully describe a person or a scene so that you see them exactly. This collection of non-fiction work (in some instances, like Handcarved Coffins, take that "non-fiction" status with a heavy grain of salt) is what the title says it is, Portrai ...more
Julia
Feb 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ignoring Capote's obsession with celebrity life for a moment, this book does a great job of artfully describing real events, real people, real places. Some of my favorites: Lola, about a bird that he adopts that thinks it's a dog, The Muses are Heard, about the cast of Porgy and Bess and their journeys into the Soviet Union, and Ghost in Sunlight, where he writes about the filming of In Cold Blood. Throughout the book he interviews murderers, ordinary people, and Marlon Brando. And yes, he is a ...more
Annabelle
It was a rainy day in September when I went into Fully Booked Cebu swearing not to buy any more books, as I was just there to drag Suyen away from yet another recipe book purchase. A glance at just one shelf, the one immediately in front of the entrance, was comforting--it was a bunch of boring essays. Suyen took an eternity of five minutes to come down, and in three I managed to end up with 7 books on the cashier counter--all from that single shelf! No regrets. This one is already the best of t ...more
Tory
Wow. I read Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood in high school, but didn't have any real memory of them, which I guess would indicate that they didn't have much of an impact on me. Portraits and Observations, however, was lyrical, beautiful, and excellent. I want to buy a physical copy and flip through it, reading essays at random. Handcarved Coffins was chilling; The Muses are Heard was fascinating; the various portraits of famous people were eye-opening. Who knew that Marilyn Monroe curse ...more
Louis Profeta Profeta
My writing was inspired by Mr. Capote, poetry of mine has taught me to gather two things, details, details and metaphor give depth to writing and Truman is great at both. Even the way he goes on tangents interests me, adding some humor. He carries many thoughts in a paragraph and it gets my interest plus his travels are extensive. A perfect teacher and a kind man of taste.Breakfast at Tiffanys, what can one say?
Bethany
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was incredible. I'm too tired to do a full review of it, maybe I'll do one later.

But I can say that it was incredible to read his impressions of such famous people, and incredible to read his growth and change of style as a writer over the years. I loved the novellas. I found that towards the end, the conversation-themed essay/script things got tiresome, but they were enjoyable nonetheless.
Sara
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a pleasure to find some new stories I haven't read! My favorite was about the bird Lola. If I was an English teacher, I would make every kid read it. This book also makes me wish there was a contemporary writer of pop culture that was even 1/2 as insightful and observant as he was. He clearly cared about his craft and I don't know of anyone today who could write a story like In Cold Blood or Porgy and Bess. Truly a joy to read!
Jordanaboet
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So one month ago I bought Breakfast at Tiffany's just because I was curious to see the differences between the movie and the book. The thing is that I did not just felt in love with the book but with his way of writing too. The other day without knowing anything about it I bought this book (portraits and observations) and I just can't say anything except wow. I have loved it and enjoyed it so much and now I can't wait to read more of his books. It is amazing.
Seán
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having visited Hotel Olaffson in Port-au-Prince in 2000, the Haiti chapter was exceptional travel writing. The Self Portrait chapter gave me some insight on how to write this type of work with students. These essays more than any other book illustrate Capote's strengths as an individual were as profound as his weaknesses were glaring.
David
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had not been familiar with his writing beyond what I had seen in movies and cultural folklore before I read this book - afterward, I realized he was a BRILLIANT social commentator! Stories are quite a snapshot of various decades throughout the 20th century.
Garnet Duke
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating, absorbing, deeply satisfying essays.
A hefty book full of his incomparable witticism and wordplay, he draws you in so completely and with such life that often, at times, you feel he's sitting at your table, telling you essays stories himself.
Mattie
Jan 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written of course. Self-absorbed, of course. Well worth reading.
David Traeger
May 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of essays that have appeared in other of Capote's books. I wish that he had written more instead of wasting all that talent on rich people. Worth re-reading.
Debra Harrison
Jun 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is full of examples of the wonderful ways Capote had of creating art with words. His genius really shines here.
Paige
Aug 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Capote lover...a dark side of Capote that i have newver seen before...worth taking the time to get through it...
Lindsey
I love Capote but he makes me sad, so I'm going to wait a while before I try to finish this book.
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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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