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For example, a major point about Hickock—his sexual predilection for little girls—is not even mentioned until page Again, there is no comment on the odd relationship between the two criminals. Nothing homosexual occurs overtly, but Hickock constantly calls the other man "honey," there were strange feminine jealousies between them, and Smith was sometimes in the same room while Hickock had intercourse with a girl.

No Freudian sage is needed to reveal the girl as a surrogate. Capote leaves unexplored this whole area of latent homosexuality. By that I don't mean a historical or documentary novel—those are popular and interesting but impure genres, with neither the persuasiveness of fact nor the poetic altitude of fiction. What I've done is much harder than a conventional novel. You have to get away from your own particular vision of the novel.

In itself the statement is ludicrous.

Presumably their "own particular vision" is what hamstrung Flaubert, Proust, and Joyce. What it all amounts to is the puffery of an artistically unsuccessful writer of fiction pursuing his love of the Gothic which he established in his first novel and his short stories into life. Why poetize about mules hanging by their necks from balcony railings as in Other Voices, Other Rooms , which is only manufactured grotesquerie, when you can write fancily about real events leading up to and including two real hangings of men? I do not suggest that crime should not be chronicled.

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His page book is superior to Capote's in almost every way, makes some attempt to answer the question in its title, and is devoid of any suspicion of conscious self-gratifying aggrandizement into Literature. But what lies under Capote's statement and the rest of the interview is the question currently much debated—the present pertinence of fiction; whether the writing of factual books is not more appropriate than fiction to talented writers today, whether the functions of the novel have been historically concluded, whether the context for fiction—social structure, community ideals, accepted cosmology—is lacking.

It is my view that, in both old and new modes of fiction, much interesting work is being done today; but the question is valid, and anyone who predicted that the status and health of the novel will be no worse a century from now would be, to say the least, sanguine. In Capote's book, however, there is no kind of answer to the question. There is little fusion of the insights of art with the powers of fact—not as much use of the novelist's eye as there was, for instance, in The Muses Are Heard.

We have seen in non-fiction, from Lytton Strachey to Barbara Tuchman, how subjective literary values can enrich the retailing of fact. However, there is little in Capote's book to help clear that avenue. He says:. What could be more cut and dried, really, than two ex-convicts who set out to rob a family and end up killing them?

The important thing is the depth you can plunge to and height you can reach. The depth in this book is no deeper than its mine-shaft of factual detail; its height is rarely higher than that of good journalism and often falls below it. The Life article settles one other point. While I was reading the book, I wondered at the absence of photographs.

Life includes a number of photographs of the victims, the killers, some of the other principal persons and places, and indirectly explains why Capote was wise to leave them out.


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Any one of the pictures is worth several thousand of his words. In the Life interview about this book Capote says: "My theory, you see, is that you can take any subject and make it into a nonfiction novel. He says: "I don't think that crime is all that interesting a subject. Sign Up. The author takes liberties and fiction is mixed with fact and he presumes what Capote may have felt emotionally.

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An interesting aspect is the use of magical realism to portray one of the victims, Nancy Culler, as Capote's confidant during his time in Holcomb, Kansas, thus minimizing Harper Lee's true role. I'm fairly certain that my knowledge, limited though it was, of this case enhanced my enjoyment of the book. You don't have to have read Capote's book, but I would recommend knowledge of it and the case before reading this GN though, as it is assumed going in you know what is happening. Great art and I think colour would not have been as effective.

Good read for true crime fans but the "ghost" element may not be appreciated by all. Interesting graphic novel protrayal of Capote's struggle to write In Cold Blood. The story is told mostly with pictures and minimal text. Very well done. This book would be an excellent introduction to the graphic novel format for anyone who has never read a graphic novel. Pictures and text compliment each other and both are necessary to move the story forward.

Wonderful use of the format and an excellent example of a graphic novel to be enjoyed by an adult audience. Good, but slight. Makes me want to go watch the film "Capote" to get more into the story.

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I liked the use of the Clutter family ghosts. Came into this with high expectations, but was sorely disappointed. The quality of the storytelling is rather low, and I found the author's interpretation of Capote lacking in insight. Here at Walmart. Your email address will never be sold or distributed to a third party for any reason.

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If you want NextDay, we can save the other items for later. Yes—Save my other items for later. No—I want to keep shopping. Order by , and we can deliver your NextDay items by. Capote calls his work a "non fiction novel," but what's new about that? He makes a book he calls non fiction about actual events but to cover critiques of his making stuff up he calls it also a novel.

There are remarkable things about all these works, they are all excellent in their own ways, one could make a study of all them, together, call it the Capote project, but they are in my opinion not excellent because they are entirely factually "true. This graphic novel is good, but it pales in comparison to all the above. It is slight, in comparison, and doesn't bring us much new, as either factional or artistic reflections on either In Cold Blood or Capote, though it does work from the perspective that Capote consorts with the ghost of the murdered teenaged Nancy in the project of empathizing with the victims.

This is something he needed, as he comes to Kansas with the idea of writing his Next Great Novel versus coming to understood these traumatized folks. He even says to them, "I don't care who the killers are or whether they get caught. I just want to see what the effects of the murders are on the community," when he shows up… so this book, pretty well crafted, better drawn than written, shows his process of empathizing… and though he does finally create a sympathetic portrait of the murdered Clutter family, even possibly stretching sympathy for the authoritarian Herb, the Dad, for possibly fictional purposes, to create more pathos, it is actually Perry, one of the killers, he comes to sympathize with most.

And after seeing Capote, seeing the anguished author connected with the killers and also needing them to die, this graphic novel portrait seems almost shallow in comparison, creating too much empathy for Capote himself. So, finally, I think this is a good project, and the more the merrier, we can see that this story and series of stories continues to capture the public and literary imaginations. View 1 comment. Oct 25, Cyndi rated it really liked it. Original take on a well known tale. Foreknowledge of Mr Capote and his circle makes this quite plausible and very insightful.

Nice piece snd a good read. Dec 14, Jack rated it it was amazing. What is the cost of great art?


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That is the theme of this graphic novel, both according to the notes at the end of the book and Ande Parks himself in a couple of talks I've seen. It's a theme that is very important to me, considering that I have spent my entire life chasing one art or another.