Sunday, October 7, 2012
Re-reading In Cold Blood
Truman Capote is one of my top ten favorite writers of all time. I remember reading In Cold Blood for the first time several years ago. It was haunting, beautifully written, impossible to put down. A "non-fiction novel," In Cold Blood tells the true story of the 1959 murders of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Texas. Capote spent six years researching the book, which included extensive interviews with the townspeople and the murderers. The result was a great masterpiece, riveting in its intimate view of a close-knit small town community as well as of the histories of Perry Smith and Richard Hickock. While a very depressing story, I think this is a must-read in the canon of American literature.