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A Plain Fancy Christmas fThis novel is based on aascinating real life story but I was bored out of my mind reading it After spending years with the rich and the amous writer Truman Capote published a text called La C te Basue 1965 in an issue of Esuire magazine in 1975 which was intended to be part of his new novel Answered Prayers the unfinished book was then published posthumously in 1986 In it Capote spills the secrets of some of his high society riends their thinly veiled identities easy to decipher As Luck Would Have It as Luck Would Have It as Luck Would Have It for contemporary readers As a conseuence Capote lost many of his closestemale riends socialites who elt like he sold them out The Music Shop for personal gain while he argued that well he s a writer so he wr Much like Swan Song s subject Truman Capote Kelleigh Greenberg Jephcott s novel is at times charming at times vicious and at times insufferable Despite theact that it took me over a month to get through this and I was complaining about it The Black Sphere for a lot of that time Swan Song actually does have a lot to recommend it Itsirst person plural narration is particularly well done as Greenberg Jephcott attempts to reclaim the voices of the women whose social lives Truman Capote effectively destroyed with the publication of his salacious story La Cote Basue 1965 the Московские фиалки first chapter of Answered Prayers which was eventually published unfinished posthumously In stealing the real life stories of his close circle ofriends or his planned novel Capote aced extensive backlash and was unable to repair his lost Scoundrel friendships which ultimately haunted him until he died It could have been a gripping tale of betrayal and a searing commentary on the kind of symbiotic relationship with high society that both made and destroyed Capote s career but while it had its moments it sadlyalls short My irst issue with Swan Song is how ungodly long it is which naturally leads to all of my other criticisms being that this book overstays its welcome in every conceivable way All of Greenberg Jephcott s party tricks wear thin after not very long the worst offense probably being Capote s characterization he s constantly infantilized and reduced to a caricature in a way that starts to eel spiteful than constructive after not very long He s referred to as the boy even as a grown man his height and voice are incessantly referenced he s described as elfin or even derogatory synonyms on just about every page and after a while it s like what s the point of any of this The bottom line is established early Truman Capote was capable of extreme kindness and extreme cruelty This book just revels in the latter in a way that never convincingly dovetails with the voices that are purportedly being reclaimed with this retellingBecause that s the other issue at the heart of this I love the concept of reframing a traditionally male dominated narrative by using women s voices it s a concept that s carried through many of my avorite Greek mythology retellings uite soundly but here it alls Seven Roads to Hell: A Screaming Eagle at Bastogne flat because Greenberg Jephcott never makes a convincing caseor why this is a story that need reclaiming A bunch of high society women have affairs and sail around on yachts and they re betrayed by their close riend but so what This books eels like an elaborate revenge antasy that s so mired in gossip and cattiness that it loses its thematic heftBut like I said it s not all bad Greenberg Jephcott s writing is lively and charming the style "is inventive elements of poetry and screenwriting are incorporated the research is admirable and maybe "inventive elements of poetry and screenwriting are incorporated the research is admirable and maybe ll appeal to a different kind of reader but I m afraid I just struggled to care A boy pampered and indulged well into middle age courtesy of his unuestioned genius The iconic American author Truman Capote is remembered best or penning such literary classics as Breakfast at Tiffany s and In Cold Blood the latter often held to be a watershed Cold Blood the latter often held to be a watershed popular culture He had a lair or self publicity and throughout the #1960S WAS OFTEN PHOTOGRAPHED HOBNOBBING WITH #was often photographed hobnobbing with rich and Sly the Sleuth and the Pet Mysteries famous inashionable nightspots Even as his writing career declined in the Local Girls following decade he maintained his celebrity by impishly declaring his brilliance on TV chat showsNobody ever doubted Capote was a gifted and original writer but he was many other things besides such as a charming raconteur with a knackor befriending wealthy couples The glamorous wives in particular whom he liked to call his Swans often confided in him revealing their most intimate secrets Less easily discernible was the other side to his nature the bitter insecure child A Is for Awful from Monroeville Alabama who believed his mother never loved him He concealed this skilfully behind an exuberant gush of risu anecdotes and witty conversation risingrom errand boy at The New Yorker in 1943 to internationally acclaimed novelist short story writer and dramatist by the late 1950sTruman could best be epitomized by the our Cs those who knew him most intimately would likely add a ifth camp catty course and clever Though his cleverness notoriously deserted him when he imprudently and very publicly besmirched the reputations of those he had come to rely on so completely as sources of inspiration influence and adoration His greatest mistake was betraying their trust by publishing in Esuire two episodes My Little Half-Moon from his uncompleted novel Answered Prayers in which many oldriends were revealed in all their grotesue prodigality barely disguised with Hello, Good-bye fictitious names Swan Song is a deft dazzling diligently researched creation in which the lives of various members of elite powerful old moneyedamilies such as the Roosevelts Kennedys Bouviers and Churchills are verbally dissected over Martini drenched lunches Kelleigh Greenberg Jephcott spent ten years researching this novel which was named winner of the 2015 Bridport Prize Peggy Chapman Andrews Award A Succubus for Freedom and other tales of Obscene Orgies for a First Novel in addition to being shortlistedor the 2015 Myriad Editions First Drafts Competition and the 201516 Historical Novel Society New Novel Award I hope we won t have to wait so long From Z to A-Lister: How To Build Your Personal Brand for her next bookMany I am sure will be captivated by Greenberg Jephcott s brilliantly told story but sadly I struggled toinish her book because I simply couldn t connect with the self obsessed characters on any level I خلقیات ما ایرانیان found it all but impossible to summon compassionor such a malicious circle of pampered airheads whose every preposterous greedy whim was assuaged without scruple however amusingly or vulnerably presented They were the Manhattan elite in their element muckraking over The Avril LaVigne Handbook - Everything You Need to Know about Avril LaVigne friend s intimate relationships Truman was in many ways a monster but he was encouraged in his monstrousness by those who eventually turned on himor publicly exposing their sordid shallow livesCapote died of acute liver A Fatal Debt: A Novel failureollowing a drug overdose at the age of 59 in 1984 He was never The White Ballets forgiven How dare the little beast Many thanks to Cornerstoneor providing an advance review copy of this titl. The most influential women in Manhattan and silenced his muses After two decades of cultivating intimate riendships and a high end lifestyle Capote detonated a literary grenade orever rupturing the elite circle he’d worked so hard to infiltra. From a we perspective reminiscent of Greek choruses As such she creates a cacophony of voices and competing narrative strands that I enjoyed Listening to the audiobook worked really well or this acet of the story I The Portable Guidance Counselor: Answers to the 284 Most Important Questions About Getting Into College found some of these stories especially Slim s and Babe s compelling and interesting toollow but there were some women I just could not tell apart they blended together in a picture of overwhelming privilege I think Greenberg Jephcott set out to make these women sympathetic victims of Capote s scheming but Living with a Dead Language: My Romance with Latin for this to work they have to be just that sympathetic But it is difficult toeel or people whose whole lives seem to revolve around gossip who wore the wrong dress to whose party on a yacht is also not particularly interesting gossipThe book would have been altogether a lot better had it been a lot shorter as I said I really enjoyed the narration and or the Bongology: n. The Art of Creating 35 of the World's Most Bongtastic Marijuana Ingestion Devices first two hours Iound the glib narrative voice charming and interesting But once it got old it got really old and then I had to spent hours upon hours listening to what read Design the Life You Love: A Guide to Thinking About Your Life Playfully and with Optimism for vast stretches like a gossip column Had the book been 200 pages shorter andocused on the compelling Swans yes Babe and Slim but also CZ and Gloria I could have really loved this bookMy biggest problem however was Capote s characterization Come to think about it cutting his parts nearly completely would have made Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas for a much interesting reading experience While I know next to nothing about the man and he might very well have been awful Iound the gleeful hatefulness in which he is described both uncomfortable and uninteresting He is referred to throughout the book as the boy we are constantly hit on the head about his height or rather lack of height to in a way that just After You Drop Them Off: A Parent's Guide to Student Ministry felt unnecessary and steeped in deeply disturbing ideas about masculinity and calling him repeatedly theag or the kobold or variations thereof is offensive and pointlessYou can Share, Retweet, Repeat: Get Your Message Read and Spread find this review and other thoughts on books especially the other Women s Prize longlisted books on my blog The Story of Truman Capoteamous Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes for being an American writer who wrote Breakfast At Tiffany s and Cold Blood Truman has a difficult childhood that he manages to leave behind when he becomesamous and surrounds himself with beautiful women who he calls his swans Everybody loves Truman who loves to gossip about people and is always making them laugh They eel comfortable around him sharing their own secrets over copious amounts of alcoholWhen Truman hosts a black and white ball his inner circle worry that they will be crossed off his list and will do anything to stay in his avour Now a man of means can no longer be bribed Descriped as the party that no one could ever eual When he writes his next book Answered Prayers his riends can not wait to hear what it is going to be about Truman says It s called Answered Prayers and if it all goes well it ll answer mine I m constructing this book like a gun there s the trigger the barrel and inally the bulletAnd when it s ired it s gonna come out with a speed and power you ve never seen WHAM Imagine their horror when they realise that although their names have been changed this story is all about them and is revealing their deepest secretsI was ascinated by this book Surely Truman should have known what would happen when he broke his riends trust writing this book He thought he was so loved by his riends that eventually he would be Seven Days, Seven Dinners forgiven but this was the start of a slippery slopeor Truman sadly drinking and taking drugs to A Northern Light fill the empty void that losing hisriends had created Loved the casual celebrity name dropping Jackie Kennedy Sophia Lauren and many I would have loved to be around in such a glamorous time This book had me wanting to know about Truman and I ound "myself Googling him and watching interviews he did on chat shows For me that is a sign of "Googling him and watching interviews he did on chat shows For me that is a sign of good book as you got under my skin and I wanted to know Thank you to Netgalley or my copy in exchange or a review Dnf 20% Too couettish or me and the writing is trying too hard Might pick it back up if it makes the shortlist surely hope it doesn t but right now just not in the hope it doesn t but right now just not in the many other good books I would rather be reading The author writes a historical piece of Anne Perrys Christmas Crimes (Christmas Stories, fiction based on the life of Truman Capote writer of Breakfast at Tiffany s and In Cold Blood It is a blend ofact and iction and echoes the style and concept of In Cold Blood Capote had a difficult childhood that he deeply resented only to leave it ar behind as he comes to gain entry to the circles of the powerful wealthy and White Water famous admitted to their close inner circles privy to their deepest secrets The author drops a litany ofamous names and The Slave Dancer familiesrom the era outlining their glamorous lives in numerous global locations Capote collected a bevy of privileged women who adore him indulging in the latest gossip whilst deploying a cutting wit They are his Swans indulged and indulgent relationships built up over decades sources of artistic inspiration and influence So why would he throw it all away by betraying them in the planned Answered Prayers a literary gossip read covered in Esuire magazine exposing their secrets Special Agent for all to gawp over andeed on Greenberg Jephcott provides us with Capote s personal history possible motivations and insights into the Swans The repercussions of his revelations are devastating little effort is made to hide identities there is rage hurt and deadly conseuences They cannot believe his betrayal but a study of his character and past history suggests this is not an incident that arose out of the blue he has Sleep with the Fishes formor it Capote appears to not understand why they all The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started theLongest War in American History fall awayrom him leaving him isolated triggering his inevitable decline until his death shut out of the elite circles he craved so desperately Capote is insecure has an over inflated sense of circles he craved so desperately Capote is insecure has an over inflated sense of and influence and is emotionally damaged He is not without his charm a charismatic raconteur a man blinded by his own ame The Swans do not come out well living their vacuous lives of privilege amoral whilst picking apart the lives of others It is hard to eel much sympathy A World on Fire for these womenThis is an amusing and entertaining reconstruction of an era and a man unable toorsee the conseuences of his actions despite being intelligent As he steers his life into a car crash committing professional suicide he is never to recover his Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life former cachet and literary talent Nowadays the celebrity circles are unlikely to be able to hold on to as many secrets as they could in Capote s time he is the precursor to all the celebrity exposes of today Iound this a compelling story but I ound the prose over the top lowery trying too hard to sound literary a hindrance to the telling of the tale Other than that I recommend this novel Many thanks to Random House Cornerstone 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Expos Oh Truheart You little motherfucker What have you done That s before she reads the worst of it When she gets to the bloodstained sheets she umbles The New Job Security for the phone Babe answers on theirst ring Well I The Day Fidel Died: Cuba in the Age of Raúl, Obama, and the Rolling Stones (A Vintage Short) feel like I just got punched in the gut Yes but what did you think Pure garbage Bitchy catty trash Slim says uneuivocally She tries to sound dismissive but they know that it is bigger than that It s a declaration of war Truman Capote after 20 years of infusing himself into theabric of the rich powerful and The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis famousamilies exposes their devastating inner secrets In 2 issues of Esuire magazine s serialisation of his new book Answered Prayers he drops the biggest social bomb on his and their lives As the author of classics such as Breakfast at Tiffany s and In Cold Blood he was a literary genius eccentric yet The Jumbee fashionably popular during the 1960s Even though his literary career wasading he still managed a lifestyle that his childhood could never have imaginedTruman considered himself to have had an unloved and harsh childhood which he used as a trade to entice others into revealing their hidden secrets Mixed with his engaging and alluring language he bewitched many people particularly the wives whom he called his Swans into believing he was their confidante With wine and words he seduced them into divulging allWhile the subject matter of Swan Song is very intriguing and captivating Kelleigh Greenberg Jephcott delivers a tremendous story depicting the background of a literary icon and an account of his thinking around the sensation that was to cost him so much Having watched a To Helvetica and Back few post event chatshow videos of Truman he does seem uite disturbed and irrational and claims they were always aware of the potential to appear in his books Whileictitious names are used in Capote s book the readers were left in no doubt who the real characters were For some it resulted in suicide Simple Art of Greatness for which he would never beorgivenI didn t expect to like this book as much as I did but the Where the Heart Waits fact that it is based on real events made it all theascinating I was entertained the whole way through and mesmerised by the lifestyle the secrets and gobsmacked by the professional and social suicide committed by Truman Capote What really drove him to do it He seduced us them all with his words and Truman knows ull well the power of words They re both armour and weapon the one thing he s sure of They alone have never ailed him their lyricism hinting at the beauty trapped within his stunted body not to mention his conflicted soul Many thanks to Random House UK Cornerstone Publishing and NetGalley A Burglar's Guide to the City for an ARC version of the book in returnor an honest review I ve heard so much about Truman Capote s In Cold Blood a book about the murder of a Kansas The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth family but I ve yet to track down a copy It s his version of a true life event and by all accounts it s a masterpiece Similarly I ve seen theilm Breakfast at Tiffany s who hasn t yet I ve so American Apocalypse: The Great Fire and the Myth of Chicago far neglected to seek out a copy of Capote s novella on which it s based But when I was granted the opportunity to read this book telling of the life of the man himself I jumped at the opportunity to learn about him The book is based on knownacts about the life of this rather strange but also hugely interesting man but much of the detail conversations and some other elements are the imaginings of the author These may or may not reflect what actually transpired but either way it makes the account gripping and often hilarious What is known about Capote is that he was born in Louisiana in 1924 but moved to Monroeville Alabama at age 4 His mother was desperate to lift her station in life and Truman s experience was one of constantly being left by her Physically he was short and possessed an unusually high pitched voice His sexual preferences were or males of the species He was always a story teller and won a competition with an early composition In due course he made his way to New York and in time befriended a group of women who were amongst the most stylish of their age Babe Paley Slim Keith CZ Guest Lee Radziwill sister of Jackie Kennedy and others seemed to attend an endless round of parties and lunches and to regularly take trips to exotic spots often with Truman in tow What is also known is that in 1975 Esuire magazine published a chapter of a book Truman had allegedly be writing or some considerable time Entitled La C te Basue 1965 the piece was effectively a character assassination of some of these Stories for a Romantic Heart: Over One Hundred Treasures to Touch Your Soul friends who are thinly disguised throughoutTheictional element in this book Spain in Mind fills in the gaps via aly on the wall act on some key events in Truman s childhood and later life But the real The Inheritance: Part 1 fun the meat of the thing is the reaction we witness to the Esuire publication Those directly impacted respond violently one even being rumoured to have committed suicide whilst othersear that they too will be maligned should the book ever be published in The Curious World Of Christmas full or ifurther extracts are to appear In effect the writer was immediately ostracised rom the group and ound his access to New York high society permanently barred His closest The Best Canadian Animal Stories friend Babe never spoke to him again it seems We listen to conversations that take place between members of the group and eavesdrop as Truman talks to his remaining contacts These conversations are often bitchy and usually veryunny As an unrepentant Capote continues to stoke the ire he also desperately tries to weasel his way back into the lives of his ormer riends We also witness how his life stars to spiral downwards amid his increasing dependency on drugs and booze This ain t gonna #End WellIt S A Remarkable Tale And Told For The #wellIt s a remarkable tale and told or the part in a hugely entertaining way My only reservation surrounds the The Commemerative fact that it does all rattle on a little too longor my personal tastes and I think the author was a somewhat over indulgent in her description of the The Magnesium Factor final stage of Truman s life That s said it s certainly a book that made me laugh and also had me regularly searching out background information on the large cast of players so it clearly did grab me My thanks to Random House UK Cornerstone and NetGalleyor providing a copy of this book in exchange or an honest review You ll say we ve got nothing in common No common ground to start rom And I said What about Breakfast at Tiffany sShe said I think I remember the ilmAnd I said Well that s the one thing we ve got With thanks to Deep Blue Something Well that s the one "thing we ve got With thanks to Deep Blue Something read this "we ve got With thanks to Deep Blue Something read this and persisted with it when I might otherwise long sin I am in two minds about this book while I thought there were moments of brilliance overall I ound it indulgent tedious and way too long Kelleigh Greenberg Jephcotts sets out to retell Truman Capote s The Summer House final yearsrom the perspectives of his Swans high society ladies he Before My Heart Stops: A Memoir first befriended and then betrayedThe strength of this bookor me was hands down the narrative choice to tell the story. A dazzling debut about gossip slander and the public humiliation of New York socialites in the 1970s Based on real events Swan Song is the tragic story of the beautiful wealthy vulnerable women whom Truman Capote called his Swans and who deserted. Swan Song