e daily A to Z Challenge prompt is “C”.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Capote’s poetic writing style immediately draws the reader into the brutal murder of the Cutter family. The story is written in an intense and nonlinear style. At moments, I became so immersed that I almost forgot it was a real crime story. Capote was the first author to write a nonfiction book in a novelistic style which paved the way for the “true crime” genre. He explores the vast spectrum of emotions throughout the horrific events of November 15th, 1959 and the turbulent years afterwards. Capote represents Smith and Hickock with humanistic qualities when he portrays them as “troubled, confused young men”, compared to public”s view as cold-hearted killers. His compassionate writing about the killers fascinated and terrified me simultaneously. This sad, gruesome story captivated me from the beginning to the end, and will stay with me for a very long time.