Sunday, June 12, 2005

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Originally uploaded by Danno1.
I finished In Cold Blood last night, and I have to say, this book is one that will stick with me for some time. This ground breaking non-fiction book is masterfully written as a novel, with incredible character studies, particularly that of Perry Smith, later portrayed by Robert Blake in the 1967 movie of the same title. I haven't watched the movie yet, but I'm on the hunt for it right now, I will report after I watch it.
In Holcomb, Kansas on November 15, 1959 the Clutter family was murdered in their home for "fifty dollars, a radio, and a pair of binoculars", by two men armed with a shotgun and a knife. In Cold Blood tells the story of all involved, starting with introducing the ill-fated Clutter family.
This is a book that I did not put down until the last page was turned. Truly chilling, particularly Perry Smith's confession.

Here is a link that I found, with photos of some of the people involved in the story. I can't imagine how someone could possibly live in that home, but they do. Talk about bad vibes!


Blogger cookie jill said...

What? No cookbooks? ;-)

8:56 PM  
Blogger Culinary Fool said...

I can't believe you've started a THIRD blog! Must be all that good cookin' gives you lots of energy... or something! :-)

~ B

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Blogger Laurie said...

I saw the movie years ago. It will stick with you also. I'll have to read the book now.

4:55 PM  
Blogger The Gangster of Love said...

I am in the process of reading this book, I have about 100 pages left and you are is chilling. Quite an accomplishment by Mr. Capote.

4:51 PM  
Blogger Jk said...

Are your talking about the movie Capote with Phillip Seymore Hoffman? I saw it and it was fantastic - a big 10!


7:08 AM  
Blogger Dua said...

I have just finished the book. Right now. I am studying journalism in my country and I had to make a review about a book made by a journalist, and I chose this one. I am impressed by Capote's writing style (so clear and objective). But I was curious to see who were the authors of the crimes. Just because Capote defines constantly Hickock's eyes and Perry's appearance. I am really impressed, thank you for posting the pics.

Sorry for my mistakes (im Spanish & I cant write English very well).

10:07 AM  
Blogger Virge said...

I've just finished the book, and you're right---it sticks with you long after you've read it. What's hard to comprehend about the event is the senseless brutality, and that bad things can happen to good people too...

8:01 PM  
Blogger drinkthestars said...


i'm a portuguese girl and yesterday i saw the movie Truman Capote, and now i saw your blog... i will read the book as soon as possible.


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Blogger j.leon said...

I read this book in 6th grade and again my freshman year of hignschool. Both times I was wondering the library looking for something interesting. Both times the librarian suggested this book. I'll never forget this book or the way I could see everything Capote described.

6:54 AM  
Blogger ecah said...

in cold blood is a book which tell the real story of life,how cruel people can really be and how death is meaningless to some people.kudos to Truman Capote for his remarkable work and his interpretation of the gruesome murder...the movie???
well it doesnt really captured me the same as reading the book,but than again...its Hollywood rite,they make movies for money!!!

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