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Other Voices, Other Rooms

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Truman Capote’s first novel is a story of almost supernatural intensity and inventiveness, an audacious foray into the mind of a sensitive boy as he seeks out the grown-up enigmas of love and death in the ghostly landscape of the deep South.
At the age of twelve, Joel Knox is summoned to meet the father who abandoned him at birth. But when Joel arrives at the decaying mansi
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Published December 18th 2007 by Vintage (first published 1948)
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K.D. Absolutely
In 1935, at an early age of 11, Capote began writing. The first novel that he attempted to write was Summer Crossing but one day, while he and a fellow southerner and writer Carlson McCullers, the author of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940), were walking in the woods, he got inspired to write something about the rural life in the South. So, he set Summer Crossing aside and wrote this book. This then became his first published book (1948) when Capote was 24 years old. The style is Southern Goth ...more
lori mitchell
Mar 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: myfavorites
my favorite quotes:

"...all his prayers of the past had been simple concrete requests: God, give me a bicycle, a knife with seven blades, a box of oil paints. Only how, how, could you say something so indefinite, so meaningless as this: God, let me be loved."

" few of us learn that love is tenderness, and tenderness is not, as a fair proportion suspect, pity; and still fewer know that happiness in love is not the absolute focusing of all emotion in another: one has always to love a good many
Jan 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Lawyer by: O.B. Emerson, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of English, University of Alabama
Other Voices, Other Rooms: Capote's Swamp Baroque Concerto in Three Movements

Other Voices, Other Rooms was an attempt to exorcise demons, an unconscious, altogether intuitive attempt, for I was not aware, except for a few incidents and descriptions, of its being in any serious degree autobiographical. Rereading it now, I find such self-deception unpardonable.--Truman Capote, The Dogs Bark, New York, Random House, 1973


First Edition

Having just re-read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, I retur
Jonathan Ashleigh
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recent
Truman Capote is currently my favorite writer. The poetic fashion in which he brings a novel to life is extraordinary and I hope he can continue to impress me. He introduces his characters in a perfect order, and they are people you want to know more about. The only drawback to this book, his first novel, is that he assumed I understood where he was going at every turn, and I didn’t. I wanted a big ending that made we want to start the book over from the beginning. I didn’t get it.
Nov 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: You're such a Truuuuuuuu-man
Recommended to Mariel by: Oh capote-y! I love the books that you wrote-y
Truman Capote's Other Voices, Other Rooms is more of a raising yourself through experiences and colored glasses- green, red, rose, purple, the whole over the rainbow spectrum- world views than coming of age. The painful growth into what you think you are, and who you really are. I'm more and more irritated with "coming of age" tag these days, since I can't accept that there's this point where one comes to this point, and then you're done. It's more like stops and starts, backwards and forwards, ...more
Jul 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Other Voices, Other Rooms”
by Truman Capote

Book Review by Jay Gilbertson

This is maybe the eighth, could be the ninth time I’ve read this amazing little novel and I know for certain I’ll read it again one day. Billed as Capote’s first, and in my opinion his best work, Other Voices, Other Rooms is truly an amazing piece of literature and still haunts me today.
The author took a classic coming-of-age theme and carefully, subtly and with fascinatingly flawed characters—ripped it to smithereens! Th
Doug H
Jul 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Southern Gothic on steroids and/or mushrooms.

During a recent re-read of To Kill a Mockingbird I learned that Harper Lee and Truman Capote were childhood friends and that each of them had based a character in their novels on each other.

In To Kill a Mockingbird, Ms. Lee based Dill Harris on Mr. Capote and in Other Voices, Other Rooms Mr. Capote based Idabel Thompkins on Ms. Lee. They both describe these quirky characters so affectionately that the affection became contagious for me. Maybe it isn
"Si sentiva escluso, privo di identità, un ragazzo di pietra su un piedistallo di legno fradicio"


Chi deve recarsi a Noon City non può che servirsi di un mezzo di fortuna, poiché non vi sono né treni né corriere che vadano in quella direzione; c'è solo un camion della Chuberry Turpentine Company che sei giorni la settimana preleva merci e posta a Paradise Chapel, la città più vicina; e qualche volta chi è diretto a Neon City può ottenere un passaggio dal conducente del camion, Sam Radc
Mar 19, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't until after seeing "Capote" (excellent film, by the by) that I got the itch to read something by the film's namesake. Thus far my first choice, "In Cold Blood," has been checked out every time I've gone to the library, so I settled instead for his first novel, "Other Voices, Other Rooms."

I was not surprised to see the young protagonist, Joel, as a reflection of Capote himself. What did interest me, however, was that in the twenty-fifth anniversary edition I was reading, Capote wrote a
Why is it that when I find a book worthy of five stars I'm at a loss for words, and can't write anything sensible about it? Well, let's just say that I fell head over heels with Capote after this one. One hundred percent more skill than his friend Harper Lee. The way Capote uses words is simple yet it creates a strong sense of place. The lack of plot doesn't really matter for me personally, because there's everything I could ever need from a Southern Gothic novel. Eccentric characters, ambiguous ...more
Andrei Tamaş
Pot afirma cu stupoare (peiorativ), că Truman Capote nu este unul din autorii moderni care impresionează. Cel puţin nu prin acest volum. Din punctul meu de vedere, nu-şi merită faima. Comparând opera lui cu cea a lui William Styron ori -mergând un strop înapoi- cu cea a lui Hemingway, Capote nu este o figura proeminentă a literaturii americane. Repet: nu prin acest roman.
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bellissimo romanzo di formazione, disseminato di riferimenti autobiografici, che l’autore riveste di una fitta rete di simboli di innegabile fascino.
Il viaggio del tredicenne Joel Harrison Knox verso un luogo sperduto nella campagna del profondo Sud degli Stati Uniti, per incontrare il padre che non conosce, è innanzi tutto la toccante vicenda di un adolescente assetato di affetti; insieme, però, è anche una rappresentazione paradigmatica del processo di crescita, ovvero dell’abbandono definiti
May 07, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know Truman Capote's famous quote about how he felt that he and Perry Smith grew up in the same house, and then one day he got up and walked out through the front door, while Perry left out the back? Also, you know the unnecessary speculation that Capote actually wrote his friend Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird? I really enjoyed this book with its odd, closely observed detail and gothic, Southern, open claustrophobia. Still, it kind of feels like this book and To Kill a Mockingbird incuba ...more
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rezi folgt

Un filo d’ambiguità serpeggia tra fantasmi da combattere e vincere, amore da trovare e vivere. A Skully's Landing, sospeso in un limbo, tra sogno e realtà, il giovane Joel inizia la sua ricerca, il suo percorso di crescita e rinascita. Pagine belle e intense. Intime e profonde. Però… Ho qualche perplessità sulla traduzione. Mi rendo conto che il romanzo uscito in America nel 1948 fu tradotto e pubblicato l’anno successivo in Italia. Probabilmente il traduttore lavorò sotto pressione e con tempi
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt-book-club
Other Voices, Other Rooms is a coming-of-age novel but I felt there was no real plot or point; I struggled to understand what was happening for half the novel. I’d finally feel I got to grips with it and understood what was happening, only to turn the page and feel lost all over again. I feel like this novel was meant to be a profound piece of literature but it felt a bit like Capote tried too hard, tried to be too poetic and mysterious and totally lost me, as a reader, along the way.

My favourit
Kate Tolokolnikova
Моя осінь почалася з цієї книжки Трумена Капоте. І це був чудовий початок улюбленої пори. "Інші голоси, інші кімнати" - четверта прочитана мною книжка автора. І найкраща. Мене вона вразила і зачепила навіть більше за легендарну "З холодним серцем" - розслідування, з якого бере початок сучасна нон-фікшн література як така. "Сніданок у Тіффані" та "Літній круїз" сподобались лиш стилем. А тут... Тут так само талановитий стиль, сповнений метафор та поезії. Але й значно більше. Сильний і тонкий психо ...more
Vit Babenco
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The windows of the house are cracked and shattered, hollow as eyeless sockets; a rotted balcony leans perilously forward, and yellow sunflower birds hide their nests in its secret places; the scaling outer walls are ragged with torn, weather-faded posters that flutter when there is a wind. Among the town kids it is a sign of great valor to enter these black rooms after dark and signal with a match-flame from a window on the topmost floor.”
Although Other Voices, Other Rooms doesn’t feature anyth
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Πέρυσι τον Αύγουστο ήταν που διάβασα για πρώτη φορά βιβλίο του Τρούμαν Καπότε: Το κλασικό "Εν ψυχρώ", που τόσο πολύ μου άρεσε. Εδώ έχουμε να κάνουμε με κάτι εντελώς διαφορετικό, όμως: Όχι με ένα μυθιστορηματικό χρονικό μιας αληθινής υπόθεσης, αλλά με μια γλυκόπικρη ιστορία ενηλικίωσης, που διαδραματίζεται στον μαγευτικό και συνάμα εφιαλτικό αμερικάνικο Νότο.

Πρωταγωνιστής της ιστορίας είναι ο δωδεκάχρονος Τζόελ Νοξ, που μετά τον θάνατο της μητέρας του, ταξιδεύει από την Νέα Ορλεάνη όπου γεννήθηκ
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nach dem Tod seiner Mutter reist der sensible und ein wenig feminine dreizehnjährige Joel von New Orleans ins Kaff Noon City, um dort bei seinem Vater zu leben, den er seit seinem ersten Lebensjahr nicht gesehen hat.
Der Familiensitz Skullys Landing ist eine Mischung aus dem verzauberten Garten und dem Haus Usher. Das ehemals prächtige Anwesen verfällt in pittoresker Schönheit und auch seine Bewohner sind nur Schatten einer fernen Vergangenheit. Da ist Joels Stiefmutter Amy, nervös und theatrali
Wayne Barrett


Once again, Capotes writing is masterful. Unfortunately, the quality of writing wasn't enough to merit a high rating.

This story of a young man going home to meet his father among a group of eclectic characters had a lot of potential, but ultimately, the story went nowhere. I had the sense that Truman was leaning too hard on an artsy-fartsy style and the result was a book that failed to entertain me.
Jan 08, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2009
Possibly the spookiest aspect of this unsettling novel is the knowledge you bring to it: Capote was only 23-24 when he wrote it, and yet he exists in two of its autobiographical characters -- Joel, the young teenager, and his uncle Randolph, the theatrical, narcissistic, unstable alcoholic that prefigures the role Capote would play in his own life. Or so it struck me.

Gerald Clarke wrote that one of the novel's themes was "the loneliness that afflicts all but the stupid or insensitive," and that
Aric Cushing
Before the drinking, the fame, the chaos, and the loss, Capote wrote this amazing novel about a boy's journey into manhood. This work ranks as one of the best with some amazing peripheral images. A strange classic not designed for the fandom crowd.
Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
People under the impression the discussion of gender and sexuality is a new thing are so wrong. And this book wasn’t some underground gem that’s simmered on the back burner, like so much LGBTQ fiction. It makes you wonder if we’ve gone backward, because this was a huge hit when it was published in 1948, vaulting Truman Capote into the stratosphere. I have loved Truman Capote since the 90’s, when I finally read In Cold Blood and The Grass Harp, but I didn’t re-read this (which I read in high scho ...more
мини тяло
(На снимката е Труман Капоти. Това е ултра провокативната (уж) фотография, красяща корицата на първото издание на книгата – снимка, която разбунва духовете, но – според мен – не заради сексуалността си, както намеквали критиците тогава, а заради младостта на автора; постоянно трябваше да си припомням колко е бил млад Капоти, когато е писал "Други гласове, други стаи".)


Прочетох "Други гласове, други стаи" във време, в което съзнанието е меко и податливо на влияния (не че нещо ми гарантира, че тов
Прекрасният описателен език на Труман Капоти за съзряването на едно момче (което може би е той самият). Думи, които наистина оживяват и се преживяват. Не може да не се пренесеш там и да не чувстваш това, което чувстват и героите. Иначе, няма кой знае какви случки, но е красиво и доста тъжно, меланхолично и носталгично.

... любовта е нежност, а нежността не е съжаление, както немалко хора смятат; още по-малко са тези, които разбират, че щастието в любовта не е в абсолютното фокусиране на всички е
Kerri Thomas
Dec 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truman Capote's novel is so beautifully written that I found it hard to believe it was his first. There is a lyrical, dancing quality to his writing, like sunlight dancing on waves, that carries you along, e.g., 'He lay there on a bed of cold pebbles, the cool water washing, rippling over him; he wished he were a leaf, like the current-carried leaves riding past; leaf-boy, he would float lightly away, float and fade into a river, an ocean, the world's greatest flood.' His descriptions of his cha ...more
Kyle Shroufe
This is my first Truman Capote book read. Although it was almost 2 years ago I remember the book like it was yesterday. The fact that this was his first (actually second 'Summer Crossing') book shocks me because of the maturity and clarvoyence that comes through his writing, his words are a seperate art form that feels as though it's only meant for a select few. Luckily I feel like one of those few because I was automatically drawn to his style of prose and his effectivness in word usage. He can ...more
Jan 23, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt, fiction, own
I really didn't understand this. I wanted to like it. The characters were well-drawn and interesting, but I couldn't really figure out what was going on. I was especially puzzled about happened to Joel at the end (Part 3).
His writing is so intense, descriptive, his own- that I wanted to like this more. But overall it left me increasingly sad.
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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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