Speaking of Capote…

May 9th, 2011 Posted in Award-Winning, Kim, Non-Fiction

…and narrative nonfiction:

Okay, so last time I posted about narrative nonfiction it was in reference to The Other Wes Moore. A great book and one I think a lot of people would enjoy. However, the narrative voice he used seemed pretty jarring in comparison to his expository writing so I was trying to think of an example of successful narrative nonfiction and boom: In Cold Blood.

To do a review on Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood is almost a little redundant. It’s an American Classic, it’s incredibly well known, and pretty much everyone I know who has read it, loved it. It’s one of his most highly acclaimed books and simply put, it’s just fabulous. It is also a great example of narrative nonfiction done correctly. It tells a story in a way that comes across as fiction, but provides a true account of events. It’s the result of endless interviews, tireless research, and fantastic writing. Kelly pointed out to me that Harper Lee helped Capote a great deal with the research and the two were close childhood friends. (A fun little tid bit for the post.)

If you haven’t read In Cold Blood, I suggest you do. It’s the haunting story of how the Clutter family was murdered in their Kansas home. The book essentially starts with the death of the Clutters, and follows the investigation into the minds of the killers, and eventually, leads to their capture. It’s flawlessly done and very entertaining.

Title: In Cold Blood
Author: Truman Capote
Source: Powell’s Books
Read: May 2011

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