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Answered Prayers - The Unfinished Novel

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  2,798 Ratings  ·  216 Reviews
Although Truman Capote's last novel was unfinished at the time of his death, its surviving portions offer a devastating group portrait of the high and low society of his time.
As it follows the career of a writer of uncertain parentage and omnivorous erotic tastes, Answered Prayers careens from a louche bar in Tangiers to a banquette at La Côte Basque, from literary salons
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Paperback, 150 pages
Published April 1994 by Vintage Books (first published 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
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Lawyer
.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
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orsodimondo
NON SO COSA MI ASPETTO. SO CHE COSA MI PIACEREBBE. ESSERE UNA PERSONA ADULTA.
Il romanzo che avrebbe dovuto essere il suo capolavoro, la sua ricerca del tempo perduto, per sua esplicita intenzione e dichiarazione all’altezza di quell'illustre precedente.
E invece fu l’opera che lo rovinò, portandolo alla morte, gli amici di un tempo gli si rivoltarono contro e Truman respinto e ostracizzato, trasformato in reietto alcolizzato e tossico (vodka e cocaina essenzialmente).
L’opera che non fu mai com
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Filipe Miguel
Truman (in)acabado

Obra inacabada, fruto de constantes atrasos e renegociações com editoras. Sucessivamente ultrapassada por outros livros como ”In Cold Blood” – A Sangue Frio, tornou-se um ícone do voyeurismo social bissexual tornado narrativa.

Envolto em espectativa e polémica desde a sua génese, gerou tanto alarido quanto a cativante Holly Golightly (”Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, A Boneca de Luxo), sem nunca atingir a sua genialidade ou glamour.

”Answered Prayers” - Suplicas Atendidas é uma sucessão
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Sketchbook
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Reese
Jan 21, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There's a game that has various names; the one I learned during childhood is "Gossip" -- whispered words transmitted from one mouth to the nearest ear until the last participant reveals what (s)he heard. The game may be instructive or entertaining or both or neither. In any case, unlike real gossip, the game is generally harmless; but game or gossip -- the product of the process is distortion. Answered Prayers is not "what it is" nor what it was supposed to be. For starters, it's a part, not the ...more
Maureen
Jul 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
KenazNYC
Mar 06, 2016 rated it liked it
"Would you care to hear a truly vile story? Really vomitous?"

Not going to lie: that's exactly what I came for. But I leave it feeling uncomfortably complicit in Capote's bitter spite. His incisive descriptions are wielded here less like a scalpel and more like a melee weapon, inflicting as much gleeful cruelty as possible, and it became the grotesquerie that kept me reading rather than the prose itself: this is Capote past his prime and he knew it. OF COURSE it was entertaining...it was also Ca
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Tosh
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-bought
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
karen
Apr 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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!
Όμικρον  Μι
Από την βιβλιοπαρουσίαση που έκανα για την Πάστα Φλώρα :

Το Όταν οι προσευχές εισακούονται είναι ένα βιβλίο λίγο παράξενο. Πρόκειται για ένα ημιτελές μυθιστόρημα, ή καλύτερα κάποια κεφάλαια από αυτό, στα οποία όμως ο Τρούμαν Καπότε βγάζει αυτό το κάτι που κάνει την γραφή του ξεχωριστή. Η υπόθεση του ημιτελούς αυτού μυθιστορήματος πραγματεύεται τη ζωή του νεαρού Π. Μπ. Τζόουνς, μέσα από τα βιώματα που ο ίδιος ο αντιήρωας αφηγείται.

Ο Τζόουνς έχει βρεθεί σε ένα καθολικό ορφανοτροφείο από το οποίο θα
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Krista
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, 2016
As truth is nonexistent, it can never be anything but illusion – but illusion, the by-product of revealing artifice, can reach the summits nearer the unobtainable peak of Perfect Truth. For example, female impersonators. The impersonator is in fact a man (truth), until he recreates himself as a woman (illusion) – and of the two, the illusion is the truer.

I learned of Answered Prayers while reading The Swans of Fifth Avenue, and although it's an “unfinished novel”, the history behind this book
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André Benjamim
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


«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
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Lobstergirl
Jan 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  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?

Key:
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
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Faith
Dec 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: overdrive
I wasn't expecting too much from this book since I knew it was an unfinished work, but even so I was a little disappointed. It probably should not have been published. I also couldn't see how the final piece in the book, "La Cote Basque" could have caused such a scandal when first published. It caused Capote to be ostracized by all of his society friends, but it seemed awfully tame in this "spill your secrets at all times" age.
David Corvine
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed reading it but it really was too little, too late. Camp, malicious, gossipy, meandering, this work only hints at the opus that it might have been.
Al Riske
Apr 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
Crude, self-indulgent, and - worse - boring.
Martin
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary, fiction
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
Mattia Pascal
Capote'nin ölmeden önce yazmaya başladığı, not defterlerinden derlenmiş, yarım kalan romanı.
Eşcinseller, biseksüeller, entellektüel çevreler, genelevler, sosyete partileri... tamamı Tanca'nın adı kötü anılan bi' barında Capote'nin alkolden ve uyuşturucudan pelteleşmiş hafızasında canlanır.

Capote, kendisinin de bi' dönem arasında bulunduğu cemiyet hayatının yüz kızartıcı gerçeklerini, tüm çıplaklığıyla ifşa ettiği bu notlarının ilk bölümlerini New York Times gazetesinde yayımlattıktan sonra maga
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Cathy
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Selene
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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Stacy LeVine
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Llew
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Doug
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wanted to read this since it figures prominently in the last book I read, 'The Swans of Fifth Avenue'. Being unfinished, it suffers from being a bit disjointed, but still has enough to warrant the quick read.
Kathleen
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This shit is bananas! Loved. it..
Laura
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Answered Prayers is one of the few works of Capote's I haven't read, this and Music for Chameleons, which is still on my list. If you have never read anything by Capote or have only read In Cold Blood, I'd advise you to steer clear of this one. Start with one of his short stories (may I suggest Children on Their Birthdays? Miriam is also good, very Southern Gothic, as is A Christmas Memory- that one made me ugly cry) or perhaps Breakfast at Tiffany's or Other Voices Other Rooms. This work is onl ...more
Steven
Apr 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Reading this book was like being a guest at a long and tedious dinner party in which people try to be interesting by telling a succession of stories about other people that they think others will find "fabulous, dahling".... but, unfortunately.. they're not. A few are modestly interesting, but most of them are dull or rely upon some supposedly shocking (or gross) twist. At one point I felt very much like the book's protagonist, who is unable to continue eating his dinner due to a particularly st ...more
Psychopu
Nov 25, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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Martin Michalek
Poor Truman.

The literary darling was so hellbent on exposing the alcoholics who fibbed their way through café society that he forgot the age-old adage: you are the company you keep. So far removed is this prose from “A Christmas Memory” that one immediately realises the author has (1) drastically improved his writing abilities and (2) nearly lost his voice entirely from—what else?—fame.

Answered Prayers is a filthy little book: Truman as pornographer. And not a very sexy one. It was Truman's rath
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Kirby
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
This sort of thing is not really my favorite genre--ie. juicy gossip about rich people behaving badly--but I actually enjoyed Answered Prayers, mostly because Truman Capote was just so fantastic at characterization. The writing was lovely and lyrical, and the characters--even though they were all essentially half-complete because this is an unfinished book-- were so clear in their personalities and motivations. He did a great job of throwing in little comments and behaviors that made each charac ...more
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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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“More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.” 355 likes
“And yes, to answer you seriously, I am beginning to be... well, not bored, but tempted; afraid, but tempted. When you've been in pain for a long time, when you wake up every morning with a rising sense of hysteria, then boredom is what you want, marathon sleeps, a silence in yourself.” 14 likes
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