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Summer Crossing: A Novel

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In late 2004, a trove of Truman Capote's abandoned papers went up for auction at Sotheby's. Included in the lot was the handwritten manuscript of Summer Crossing, a novel Capote began writing in 1943, and continued to tinker with on and off for a decade. Since the time of his death in 1984, Capote scholars and biographers had long believed this manuscript lost, never to be ...more
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Published October 25th 2005 by Random House, Inc., New York (first published 2005)
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Summer Crossing: Truman Capote's True First Novel

Summer Crossing appears to be Capote's true first novel which he abandoned. In fact, the manuscript was among papers left in an apartment in the care of a house sitter. Capote instructed the house sitter to put all papers on the street to be picked up as garbage. The anonymous house sitter recognized the value of what Capote considered trash, holding on to the caches of papers, including this novel for more than fifty years until his death.

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Feb 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Like Harper Lee, her friend Truman Capote had a book that he drafted and then abandoned, never meaning for it to be published.  As with Ms. Lee, someone decided to publish Capote's unfinished business anyway.  It's  short  and quickly  over, so little time to fret over it.

I greatly enjoyed it.  There isn't much plot or character development, but that man knew how to put a beautiful sentence together.  The ending is one I didn't see coming and left me wondering what will happen next, until I re
Paquita Maria Sanchez
Somehow, I guess Scarlett Johansson intends to make a movie out of this tiny novel about rich people sitting around thinking about rich people things, and the poor people who sit around thinking about those rich people sitting around thinking about rich people things. Seriously, the amount of "stuff happening" here makes Lost in Translation look like a Michael Bay production in comparison. It has plenty of hints of the greatness found in Other Voices, Other Rooms, the novel Capote rightly abando ...more
Jason Koivu
"You published that mess?! Oh darling no..." is probably what Capote said from his grave about Summer Crossing, a posthumously published early work. This sketch about a confused young girl's misguided love, needs polish, a whole lotta polish. There are lines within a generally beautifully written Summer Crossing that stick out for their clunky dullness. Thus it reads like the first draft that it is, a first draft written by a master wordsmith, mind you! But as Hemingway said, "The first draft of ...more
Amy McG
Oct 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book. It may not be as polished as many of his later works, and some of the characters not half as developed, but it's a nice little novella to read on a warm, sunny afternoon, and there are some moments within it that are simply magical, written so beautifully that the hairs on the back of my neck stood up.

Although some may argue that there are not nearly enough of these moments to make reading the book worthwhile, I would argue that its rough and ready nature is what makes it so
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Whilst Truman Capote’s Summer Crossing was the first novel which the author penned, it was discovered posthumously, and was first published in 2005. The executors of his will were in two minds about whether it should be made readily available to the public, and I for one am so glad that it was. I feel privileged to be able to read Capote’s work in all of its forms, but there is something about Summer Crossing almost being hidden from public eyes which makes me all the more thankful to have been ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Shocking ending for seemingly like a romantic comedy. This has more verve and is more direct than his Breakfast at Tiffany's (4 stars). The slow build worked for me. While reading, I was taking this book lightly because I almost always doubt this manuscript-of-a-dead-famous-writer-found-in-the-cellar/attic-of-his-house thing. It is either there really is a manuscript but it is unfinished, e.g., Suite Française (1 star) or maybe the author did not really want his book to be published. In either c ...more
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Truman Capote's first novel (discarded and later found and published well after his death in 1984) shows glimpses of what he had to come. This book is very much written in the same style as Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Told like Capote was sitting in a Brooklyn cafe watching events unfold the story follows one summer in the life of Grady McNeil. Grady comes from privileged society and is left on her own for the summer when her parents go overseas. She is somewhat of a care free spirit, not one for the
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book.
Beautifully written.
Sparkling, poetic, lyrical prose.
Grady is a witty heroine who I loved.
Wonderful setting of 1920's New York.
Although there was an underlying sense of dread as the book reached it's climax!
A little gem of a book which will become a favourite of mine!
So glad it was published.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summer Crossing

Summer Crossing è il primo romanzo di Truman Capote
Un romanzo che iniziò a scrivere a soli 19 anni, a cui continuò a lavorare per un decennio, ma che non volle mai pubblicare.
E poi?
E poi ,per caso, è stato ritrovato nella sua vecchia casa di Brooklyn, tra lettere e scartoffie, scritto a mano su dei quaderni ...
e quindi pubblicato ,solo pochi anni fa !
Romanzo giovanile, dunque, anche per tematiche,
che racconta l'incontro d'estate ,in una New York afosa e affascinante, tra Grady
antónio alves
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A escrita de T. Capote é como um licor gourmet: doce, inebriante e de altíssima qualidade!

de realçar a minúcia e a delicadeza do olhar do autor nas análises psicológicas das personagens

de realçar a prosa poética, sobretudo nas descrições, carregada de recursos expressivos cheios de significações inusitadas, mas riquíssimas em termos literários

adoro a escrita de T. Capote!
Nov 28, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can easily say this is definitely the best book I've ever read that was rescued from a trash can (Confederacy of Dunces was under his bed, right?). This was a novel Truman abandoned in 1943 to write his debut Other Voices, Other Rooms. After his success with In Cold Blood he moved out of his Brooklyn apartment for Manhattan instructing the remaining contents of his apartment be put out on the curb for collection. The Super salvaged a box full of papers that included this manuscript. Nobody kne ...more
Jul 08, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people of Capote's age, Capote-Fans
Mr. Truman will probably throw a fit in his grave if I tell him that his first novel wasn't nearly as entertaining as Ms. Novik's. So he is a great writer, I don't doubt that. And for a first novel, Summer Crossing is probably better than most.

Doesn't mean I have to like it, and I didn't. It didn't make sense to me, which is probably more a question of age than of writing. But the book did nothing to me: I wasn't particularly interested in what was happening, I didn't seem to like the characters
Jim Fonseca
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exactly how much trouble can a filthy rich, spoiled Manhattan teenaged girl get into when her parents leave via ocean liner for summer in Europe? Our young lady with impeccable WASP credentials hooks up with a Jewish parking lot attendant from Brooklyn. Chaos ensues. This sounds like a grade-B movie from the 1950's but the clash of class, the violence, alcohol and drugs are modern and it reads like 2010. This was the first novel Capote worked on, starting in 1943, but he never felt it was finish ...more
MJ Nicholls
Sep 07, 2012 marked it as half-read  ·  review of another edition
Capote’s buried first novel. I couldn’t make it into the second half since there doesn’t appear to be a story here, an interesting character, or any particular reason to keep reading another long comma-infested, mid-clause-POV-shifting sentence of upper-class Manhattanite banality. Authors suppress books for a reason. When will publishers learn?
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
What a beautifully imperfect book. This is Capote's first novel written sometime in the 1940s and not published until 2004. Why the big gap? He left his apartment and told his landlord to throw it away.

Thankfully the landlord kept it. Eventually it landed in the hands of Sotheby's for auction. They notified the lawyer in charge of Capote's Trust. He gave the transcript to the New York Public Library, and he also had the book published.

Summer Crossing tells the story of Grady McNeil, a debutante
Dane Cobain
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is interesting because while it was Capote’s first ever novel, it wasn’t actually published until after his death when the manuscript was discovered and sent to auction. It’s described as “the lost novel that inspired Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and that’s a pretty accurate description. There are a lot of similarities between the main character here and Holly Golightly, but Grady McNeil also stands herself as a great invention.

The plot here isn’t really important, because it’s more of a ch
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
O lectura usurica, rapida, perfecta pentru o dupa-amiaza de vara. De ce doar 2 stele? Pentru ca, spre sfarsit, nu se leaga mai multe lucruri si te opresti din lectura pentru a te intreba de ce si cand s-a intamplat lucrul x. Recitesti fragmente, dar nu gasesti elementul/elementele care sa lege cat de cat actiunea. Nu m-a impresionat, insa am sa citesc in continuare carti care l-au consacrat pe Truman Capote.
"Non si lasciano le persone, si lascia solo se stessi"

Grady McNeil, diciassettenne, è la bella figlia di un facoltoso newyorkese. Clyde è un ventitreenne un po’ frivolo di famiglia modesta, veterano di guerra senza un soldo che lavora in un parcheggio. I due si incontrano, si scoprono e quasi per gioco si innamorano. E quando Grady riesce a rimanere a New York da sola tutta l'estate i due si godono, senza più i limiti imposti dai genitori perbenisti, la loro storia d’amore. Mentre Clyde si ritro
Роман служит прекрасной иллюстрацией к тому, что, раз автор не хотел публиковаться, значит, у него были причины.

Текст очень и очень слабый, вот прямо видно, что это черновик. Местами попадаются очень хорошие, ограненные абзацы, а за ними - опять мелодрама и скелет из клише. Герои не прописаны, а просто вбухнуты в текст кусками. Их поступки текстом романа не мотивированы никак. Симпатичная девочка из богатой семьи, которой мама предположительно везет из Парижа невиданной красоты платье дебютантки
Wiebke (1book1review)
This is a quick and lovely read about a young rebellious woman who wants to spend the summer in New York with the man she loves.
Throughout the novel she has to face the challenges of their age, social and other differences.
Additionally to the wonderful presentation of the characters and their situation Capote also paints a very realistic and beautiful picture of New York in the summer.
I can recommend this to anyone who likes Capote's writing or who is interested to give him a try.
Gün İlke Yıldırım
Bay Capote ile yıldızımız bir türlü barışmıyor. Birçok kişinin ayılıp bayıldığı Tiffany'de Kahvaltı'yı da ben çok sevmemiştim. Kadın karakterlerinin yüzeysel olmasından şikayetçiyim açıkçası. Kitapların kısalığına veremiyorum bu yüzeyselliği, ne ince kitaplar okuduk karakterleri gayet sağlam oluşturulmuş. Bu kitapta da ana karakter kadın olmasına rağmen, erkek karakterlerin duygu dünyaları daha derin irdelenmişti. İlk defa tatilini ailesinden ayrı geçirecek olan güzel Grady, otoparkta çalışan ya ...more
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Arriva sempre un momento in cui ci si domanda, cosa ho fatto?,e per lei era arrivato quel mattino a colazione, quando Apple leggendo ad alta voce la lettera di Lucy, era giunta al punto in cui si parlava dell' abito; dimentica di non averlo voluto affatto, conscia che ormai non l' avrebbe più indossato, aveva scelto le scale di un nuovo e misterioso dolore: cos' ho mai fatto? Il mare le poneva la stessa domanda, e i gabbiani facevano eco al mare. La maggior parte della vita è talmente noiosa ch ...more
Jul 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sara by: Greg Draheim
After checking out this apparent prototype to the rest of Capote's work, I definitely wanted to move on into some Breakfast territory.

Grady, like Clyde, offers only the leanest peripheral insight into her inner life, causing the reader to view her uncomfortably atop a pedestal. Irony abounds in Grady's childlike insistence for acceptance from those she places beneath her. (To me, she is the complete embodiment of "svelte" :) ) More than a coming-of-age, class-conflict, or sultry beach read, Summ
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There something about Truman Capote's voice that's just captivating. Atmosphere. And in Summer Crossing, 1940s New York comes to life with an easy eloquence. You can feel what the characters feel, whether you understand them or not.This short novel takes place one summer in the sweltering heat of New York City. Seventee-year-old socialite Grady McNeil's parents have gone to Europe, leaving her home alone. And alone, she can carry on her affair with war veteran parking lot attendant Clyde Manzer. ...more
This is one of those books where the back-story itself is almost good enough. Years after he originally wrote this novella (at age 19) in 4 Composition Notebooks (remember those black and white ones that you did all your Important Writing in in middle school?), Capote hastily moved out of his brownstone and asked his Super to throw away anything that he'd left behind in the rush. The detritus included a box containing this manuscript. A neighbor found the box and decided that such a thing should ...more
Apr 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: literary, c20th
You likely know already the story behind Summer Crossing's rediscovery and posthumous publication, so I'll skip it, but this novella does show off the talent Capote possessed from a very young age.

I haven't read Breakfast at Tiffany's yet, but this is a very different style than the calm of In Cold Blood and the rich gothic Other Voices Other Rooms.

Summer Crossing begins with Grady O'Neill, a disconnected and privileged Manhattan teenager, on the verge of spending a summer by herself in the cit
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This first effort by a 19-year-old Capote is admirable; he reaches to address class distinction and sexual issues thereof. The first half is flat and flawed: rich girl Grady plays with her boy-toy Clyde. But Capote pulls the rug out from under us when he suddenly switches to Clyde's POV half-way through. Clyde is a war veteran, his family has suffered true heartaches. Things get messy, to say the least. Capote improves his writing skills with "Other Voices, Other Rooms", written and published se ...more
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
''Veći dio života tako je dosadan da nije vrijedan spomena, i dosadan je u svakoj dobi. Kada promijenimo marku cigareta, preselimo se u drugu četvrt, pretplatimo na druge novine, zaljubimo i odljubimo, tada se bunimo protiv dosade svakog života koja se neda rastjerati. Nažalost, jedno zrcalo jednako je varljivo kao i drugo, i u jednom trenutku, u svakoj avanturi odražava isto prazno i nezadovoljno lice.''

''Ne bježi se od ljudi, bježi se od samog sebe''

''Gledati ljubljenu osobu kako spava jedno j
Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
There is no other writer like Truman Capote. Simple, poetic phrases and characters that are hard to forget. 'Summer Crossing' is very unique among other Capote's works - it is his first and at the same time last novel, published years after his death, nearly ten years ago. It's different, fresh and mesmerizing. It will grab your heart and won't let go hours after the book is finished. Capote's story at its essence.
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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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