Monday, June 20, 2011
Review: Music for Chameleons
I've been on a hiatus from reading, for lack of stumbling upon any real gems as of late. I know they are out there, I just haven't had good luck recently! So I did what needed to be done - delved into another wonderful book by the esteemed Mr. Capote. Music for Chameleons is my favorite Capote book that I have read to date, because it shows off Capote's versatility as a master of the short story, a writer of witty dialogue, and a person intrigued with the darker side of the human soul. The book is divided into three sections, the first being a few short stories, pitch-perfect of course. Second, Capote included a factual account of a real crime (entitled "Handcarved Coffins") which is, on a smaller scale, similar to the type of writing he became famous for in In Cold Blood, and ends with what Capote called "Conversational Portraits" in which he captures with equal effortlessness the spirit of New Orleans, a day in the life of a house-cleaner in New York City, and an encounter with Marilyn Monroe, all focused on the dialogue between two or three main characters. This book shows Capote off as a true craftsman of readable, edgy, varied, and brilliant literary creations. Truly a gem!