A toZ Challenge Book Review: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

e daily A to Z Challenge prompt is “C”.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

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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.

The Cutter family
The Cutter family

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6 thoughts on “A toZ Challenge Book Review: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

  1. I remember reading this book for the first time when I was in high school and being scared to death. Such powerful writing!
    Have you seen the movie “Capote” with Philip Seymour Hoffman about the research and writing of this book? It adds a whole different dimension to the book.

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  2. This book was riveting. I can only compare it to one other. Helter Skelter which was more gross and scarier. I still never understand the mental attitude of these people. To end life for no reason. It is beyond me.

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