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Summer Crossing by Truman Capote
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Summer Crossing is one of those books that aspiring writers bang out, then, when they re-read it, realise it's tosh and cast it aside. All great writers have these novels - Stephen King has a few, even J. K. Rowling progressed two novels before abandoning them. Unfortunately for Truman Capote, several years after his death this was found. There is good argument for its release - Capote is an American icon, associated with guys and dolls and rich kids swigging martinis. But there is an even greater reason for it not to be - he didn't want it published. Yep, there are moments where his creativity and brilliance come through, but the novel is thin - a kind of warm up for Breakfast at Tiffany's - it's heavily over-written and he clearly hadn't heard the phrase "show don't tell". An interesting read for historical reasons, but, given it's shortness, it's telling that I still skimmed towards the end.
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