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At the centre of Music for Chameleons is Handcarved Coffins, a ‘nonfiction novel’ based on the brutal crimes of a real-life murderer.Taking place in a small Midwestern town in America, it offers chilling insights into the mind of a killer and the obsession of the man bringing him to justice. Also in this volume are six short stories and seven ‘conversational portraits’ inc ...more
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Published 2001 by Penguin (first published 1980)
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Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana

Truman Capote balla con Norma Jeane Mortenson Baker Monroe (Los Angeles, 1º giugno 1926 – Los Angeles, 5 agosto 1962) meglio nota come Marilyn Monroe.

E probabilmente avrebbe voluto essere anche anche Jacko, avrebbe voluto essere 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,
Jan 28, 2017 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

Maria Clara
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sencillamente magnífico!
mark monday
Aug 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: he-said-she-said
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
Sep 25, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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.
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

من اول اصلاح کنم که این دقیقاً داستانکوتاه نیست. خاطرات خود ترومن کاپوتیه. بعضاً جذابن، بعضاً حوصلهسربر. توی بعضیاشون چیزهای ناب و درخور تأملی هست و خیلی داستانیه. ولی بعضیای دیگهشون بیشتر برای کسایی که به خود ترومن کاپوتی علاقه دارن، جذابه.
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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.

Mar 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Mohammad Hanifeh
این کتاب رو چند ماه پیش همراه تابوتهای دستساز خریدم. اونیکی رو همون موقع خوندم و دوستش داشتم؛ اما نه زیاد! موقعِ خرید، نمیدونستم «موسیقی برای آفتابپرستها« مجموعه داستانه؛ وگرنه احتمالاً نمیخریدمش. اما وقتی کتاب رو خوندم، خیلی خوشحال شدم از خوندنش. شاید چون این کتاب با فرضی که از داستان کوتاه داشتم، کمی فرق داره. یه جورایی توصیف یکسری اتفاقاتیه که برای خودِ نویسنده افتاده یا قصۀ ملاقاتش با بعضی آدماس. یعنی خیلی شخصیه و منم عموماً از نوشتههای اینطور شخصی خوشم میاد.
این کتاب رو به مراتب از «تابوتهای
Mahshid D
Apr 18, 2017 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
Farnoosh Noroozi
Feb 25, 2017 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
A m i r
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
همون مقدمهی طولانی اول کتاب کاپوتی راجع نویسندگیش منو گرفت. بعد یه داستانهایی بود که یه چیز مرموزی داشت انگار. بخش دوم کتاب اما با اسم «چهرهنگاریها؛ چند معاشرت» حسابیتر چسبید. به خاطر حضور خود کاپوتی. فک کن خود کاپوتی پریده توی داستان، مثلن یه روز با کسی که خونهش رو تمیز میکنه میره خونه بقیه، یکی از دوستهای نچسبش میاد یه چیزی تعریف میکنه، میشینه با یه زندانی توی سلولش حرف میزنه، یا اون مراسمه با مونرو، یا که اصلنتر بخش آخر که میشینه با خودش حرف میزنه.
کتاب تمیز و دقیق و پر تصویره. همینگویطور.
کتاب، تشکیل شده از یک سری روایت اول شخص بدون داستان پرفراز و نشیب. خود کاپوتی فکر میکرد این سبکِ تازهاش چکیدهتر است و بهتر، اما بنظر من این داستانهای کوتاه (اگر حتا بشود چنین خطابشان کرد) بیسر و ته هستند؛ ولی ارزشمند. از این جهت که دقت کردن و محتوا بیرون کشیدن از صحبتهای روزمره را یادت میدهند.
به گفتهی مقدمهی مترجم، کاپوتی زندگی پرماجرایی داشته و همین خمیرمایهی آثارش شده. ولی برای همهی انسانها اتفاقات زیادی میافتد، این ماییم که با نوع نگاهمان آنها را «حادثه» تلقی میکنیم یا نمیکنیم. کاپوتی چنین نگ
Rick Burin
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
این کتاب از آخرین نوشته های کاپوتیه که توش سبک جدیدی رو پیش گرفته و خودش رو وارد صحنه ی داستان هاش کرده. موسیقی برای آفتاب پرست ها در واقع یه مجموعه داستان کوتاهه از خاطرات و یا مکالماتی که کاپوتی با دیگران و حتی خودش(!) داشته.
کاپوتی با این کتاب بهمون نشون میده زندگی عادی هرکدوم از ما هم پر از داستان های جالب میتونه باشه.
اگر دوست دارید بیشتر با کاپوتی آشنا شین (چه با قلمش چه با زندگیش) این کتاب خوبیه خیلی!
هرچند صبحانه در تیفانیش همچنان برام یه چیز دیگه ست.
Jun 02, 2015 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
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
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
اولش که شروع میکنی به خوندن، ممکنه با خودت بگی خب چی داشت؟ اما هرچی جلوتر میری با لحن صمیمی و ساده نویسنده بیشتر هماهنگ میشی و از ماجراهاش لذت بیشتری میبری. داستانهاش پیچیده نیستن اما جذابن و نمیتونی بفهمی که مستند بوده یا فقط ایدههای اولیه از ماجراهای واقعی اومده و نویسنده توش تغییراتی داده تا جذابتر بشن. ...more
Elnaz Bhb
Mar 29, 2017 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.
Dec 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 Rowland
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I just discovered my new favorite book.
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No tenía ningunas esperanzas puestas en este libro. Salió elegido en el club del libro de mi ciudad y, bueno, debo decir que no me arrepiento nada de haberlo leído.
Truman Capote cuenta con una prosa que engancha: cuidada, ligeramente despiadada y muy adictiva. Un cóctel que contribuye a que cada relato tenga un halo de misterio que, la verdad, me ha flipado. Si bien es cierto que la primera parte del libro es puramente ficticia, los otros dos tercios me tienen confundida. Quiero decir, ¿qué ha
Mar 08, 2017 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
Roozbeh Estifaee
Feb 03, 2010 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
Halley Sutton
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 01, 2007 rated it liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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
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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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