The Grass Harp including A Tree of Night and Other Stories

The Grass Harp including A Tree of Night and Other Stories



10 thoughts on “The Grass Harp including A Tree of Night and Other Stories

  1. Lawyer Lawyer says:

    The Grass Harp Truman Capote on the Sunny Side of the StreetGonna take a Sentimental JourneyGonna set my heart at ease Gonna make a Sentimental Journeyto renew old memoriesNever thought my heart could be so yearny Why did I decide to roam? Gotta take that Sentimental Journey Sentimental Journey home Sentimental Journey Random House New York New YorkScene One The office of Bob LinscottEditor for Truman Capote Carson McCullers among others Random House New York NYLinscott Truman you're a wonderful writerCapote Oh that's so true There's only one TC Truman takes a languorous puff from his cigarette and stares dreamily at the ceiling then looks at Bob giving him a sultry lookLinscott Don't pull that pouty baby face look on me It won't workCapote Why Bob I don't know what you mean In a whining toneLinscott Look Bennett's getting nervous It's been two years since Other Voices Other Rooms came out That jacket photo just about made us all laughing stocksCapote Now that was perfectly innocent Bob And Foxy you had final approval on that picture Now didn't you?Linscott You caught me at a weak momentCapote Waving his cigarette delicately Well there you have it BobbyLinscott We've kept you in front of the public Truman We published your short fiction inA Tree of Night And Other Stories But you've been promisingCapote And it was a ROUSING success You were at the reading down at the Poetry Center I was practically BLASTED off that high stool Malcolm had me sit on by the applause How many times have you heard Bravo and Encore shouted outside of an opera house? Hmmmm???Linscott And you hopped off that stool and were bowing and blowing kisses with both hands Have you absolutely no shame Truman?Capote What's that Bob? Shame? gigglingLinscott Truman you SKIPPED off the damned stage like a school boy HUZZAHCapote Well Foxy I FELT like a school boy Why I DIDLinscott And don't tell me you're still working on Summer CrossingCapote But Bob I am I really really am It's just that the progress is slowLinscott Really Truman What do you not understand? A rich New York girl falls in love with a cab stand attendant?Capote Love comes in many places Wherever you find it is naturalLinscott I'm sure you would know Truman But it's THIN Truman THIN Any author could write it It doesn't have your uniue artistic stamp Capote Well actually Jack doesn't like it either Truman and Jack Dunphy long time companionsLinscott You're not helping that gad about with his novel are you Truman?Capote NO Bob I wouldn't do that Why would I lie? eyes dart left and rightLinscott For any of the same reasons you always do Truman So what am I going to tell Bennett?Capote Alright I tore it up I didn't like it eitherLinscott You tore it up TrumanCapote Well you said you didn't like it I tore it up It's finished Gone Never to see the light of day Happy? I'm working on something else Something from back in Alabama About growing up with Callie Sook and AnnieLinscott Is this true? I want to see the first two chaptersCapote Oh Bob You won't believe it It's about the lovely years I spent with my cousins I know how dark and gloomy Other Voices Other Rooms was But this is the HAPPY TC It's very real to me real than anything I've ever written probably ever willLinscott That's what you've said about EVERYTHING you've ever writtenCapote sulking I cry I have no control over myself or what I'm doing Memories are always breaking my heart Bob You know it's not easy writing a beautiful bookSCENE TWO Truman on the terrace of the Fontana Vecchia in Taormina on the phone Linscott in his office at Random House also on phoneLinscott Truman Truman Truman This is absolutely wonderful So Dolly that'd be Sook right? She's got a patent medicine for Dropsy that VerenaCapote Ye e e s that would be Cousin Callie She could be so mean Linscott And Verena is going to steal Dolly's recipe to make the money off it Capote Yawning Jack is rubbing his shoulders That's right Callie always was the richest meanest woman in townLinscott So they run off from home and find a treehouse between two China Berry trees and live there and Verena sends the law to bring them back and there's this retired Judge Capote Charlie Cool who falls in love with Dolly and Catherine Creek Dolly's helper and Riley an older boy I looked up to all living up in this tree And Judge Cool stands between Verena the law and the townspeople who are trying to get Dolly to go back home and live with VerenaLinscott My boy my boy This is simply marvelous stuff How are you going to get them down out of the tree? ARE you going to get them out of the tree?Capote Bob you'll just have to wait and see I'm mailing out the last sections June 4Linscott I hope you mean June 4 1951 and not 52 or 53Capote Really Bob You need to loosen up a little First you drink then you have sex and then you smoke You should try it sometimeLinscott HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Wonderful stuff Simply marvelous Now this is the TC I know and love that we ALL know and love here at Random HouseCapote Give my regards to Bennett Foxy hanging up A little lower Jack honeySCENE THREE Scenes of train travelling through the Italian countryside A map flashes Florence Rome and finally Venice Truman is on the phone looking out his hotel room overlooking the CanalCAPOTE Uhm Bob TrumanLinscott How could I ever mistake that voice my boyCapote Oh Bob I do hope you are pleased with the bookLinscott Uhm how can I say this Truman I didn't like the ending Nobody hear at Random House liked the ending And if Bennett Cerf isn't happy ain't nobody happy at Random HouseCapote But Bob WHY? I just don't understand plaintively turning into a pouty faceLinscott Well Truman the first half was absolutely divine I was expecting a continuing miracle I don't think we got that Not at all Capote But but butLinscott Not you understand that it isn't a good as a story and as superb as a piece of righting There's no specific criticism to be made; just that we all had a slight feeling of letdown tapering off a little with the ending coming to soon It's so short we don't think people will buy it as a novelCapote I cannot endure it stamping feet that all of you think my book a failure I am simply striken by such overpowering opinionLinscott We'll pray that the critics won't have the same feeling of vague letdown in the last half that effected usSCENE FOUR Review pages swirl coming to rest on headlines as a back drop to Truman Capote sitting in a comfortable chair Capote holds an Atlantic Magazine Newspapers and magazines are scattered around his chair First Edition The Grass HarpNEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE THE GRASS HARP SHOWS THE MATURING AND MELLOWING OF ONE OF AMERICA'S BEST YOUNG WRITERSNEW YORK TIMES A VAST IMPROVEMENT OVER OTHER VOICES OTHER ROOMSTHE COMMONWEAL WITHIN THE SLIM COMPASS OF THIS WORK TRUMAN CAPOTE HAS ACHIEVED A MASTERPIECE OF PASSIONATE SIMPLICITYLights begin to fadeCapote reading aloud The Atlantic Monthly commented that 'The Grass Harp charms you into sharing the author's feeling that there is a special poetry a spontaneity and wonder and delight in lives untarnished by conformity and common sense'Capote reading reviews with satisfied smile All books are far too long MY theory is that a book should be like a seed you plant and that the reader should make his own flower Now Bob Honey Bennett What was it you were saying? Actually I'm thinking about an extraordinary young woman that loves to shop at Tiffany'sStage lights fade to blackFINIS


  2. Sara Sara says:

    The Grass Harp 4 stars After a failed attempt to listen to The Grass Harp on audio I purchased this book and began again I am uite glad that I did since the beauty of the language minus the fake Southern accent is remarkable I loved the Truman Capote I heard in my own head with the softness of the accents of my own Aunts Pearl and Maybelle echoing in the words of Miss DollyThe audaciousness of the concept of a boy and two old women living in a tree is lost in the genuine delight of the image Capote paints the defiance of those who are the weaklings in the eyes of everyone else in this town Dolly is a marvelous character but Catherine made me smile almost every time she spoke I could see her hands on hips calling Verena “That One”Capote achieves a lot in a short time With less than 100 pages in which to tell a fairly complicated story he says exactly what needs to be said and wastes not a word uite an accomplishment He also manages to incorporate a real humor and a poignant sense of loneliness into this brief moment in a bunch of fractured and perhaps wasted livesI intend to read the other stories in this collection but not right now Hoping to come back soon and complete the review Meanwhile I have rated this book with only The Grass Harp in mind


  3. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    This book includes the novella The Grass Harp and eight stories They are listed below with a short description and some uotes from each At the end I speak of the book as a whole and the audiobook performance The Grass Harp—about an orphan and two elderly women friends one White and the other a mixed Indian and Black They flee to a house hidden in a china tree Set in a small southern townuote “Love is a chain of love because if you love one thing you can love another”Master Misery—about a girl and a clown and a man who buys dreams Set in NYC uote “Happiness winged around her like a bird lamed but flying around her”Children on Their Birthdays about an obnoxious little girl Miss Bobbitt in her pretty yellow frock She moves into town with her mother meets some kids and gets run over by the 6 o’clock bus This about the bus we are told at the start Set again in a small southern townuote “Friends like ivy on the wall must fall”Shut a Final Door about making your way among the chic and the advertising world of NYC This is well done but not a pleasant reading experienceuotes “What is the use of having friends if you couldn’t discuss them objectively”and On the way out he paid for a cup of coffee he had forgotten to have”Jug of Silver In a small southern town there is a drugstore with its soda fountain counter Into town moves a competitor How are the clientele to be won back? This story set at Christmas I did enjoyuote “You oughtn’t to be telling our personal private family business that a’way Appleseed”Miriam about two Miriams a little girl and a widow They meet at a movie theater in wintry NYC This story grabbed my interest from the start and held it to the end THIS story is very gooduotes “The line seemed to be taking its own time and looking around for some distraction she suddenly became conscious of a little girl standing under the edge of the maruis Her hair was”andThat's an “imitation Aren’t imitations sad?”The Headless Hawk about a girl in green and a guy working in an art studio He buys her painting but he buys it for himself Look at the title and the last uote and then stop and think This story attracted me at the start but the end threw me Another story set in NYCuotes “Her eyes rolled in her sockets like loose marblesshe looked like a sad rag dolland he wondered why it was that eccentricity always excited in him such a curious admiration It was the feeling he’d had toward carnival freaks”and“Candles are magic Light one and the world becomes a storybook”and“He was he said a poet who had never written poetry a painter who had never painted a lover who had never loved absolutely Someone in short without direction and uite headless”My Side of the Matter about Miss Olivia Ann Eunice Blue Bell Marge and Baby Doll The last is a man if I have understood correctly Set in the South it is a disjointed telling of a confrontation a fracas a meleeuotes “No wife of mine is ever gonna be disrespectful of me”and“That was my funeral money and I want it back”A Tree of Night is set in a train in Alabama headed toward Atlanta It is about a nineteen year old girl traveling from her uncle’s funeral back to college and the creepy couple she meets in the train coach You could call them a traveling circus show of two uotes “He think I’m drunk and the funny part is I am You gotta do something”and“Didn’t your mamma ever tell you it is sinful to lie?”The prose is filled with abstract metaphors and fanciful impressions They seem to me to be saying than I understand The writing feels somehow psychedelic Few of the stories engaged me and none of the characters pulled me in The reading experience left me detached On the other hand Truman Capote is adept at capturing the feel of a time and place be it NYC the world of advertising or a small town in the South His prose intrigues me which explains why I have given uotesThe audiobook sold at Audible is entitled The Grass Harp but the stories are also included Cody Roberts narrates the audiobook He uses a thick southern dialect when he reads the novella When he is using a southern accent he tends to almost sing the lines Pauses are often misplaced He stops both before and after the word “and” Why he does this is beyond me I did not like his narration of the novella but he reads the stories better so I have given the narration three stars The novella the next two stories and the last two did little for me Only one story Miriam did I like a lot three stories were good or pretty good so I guess the book was OKIn Cold Blood 4 starsBreakfast at Tiffany's 4 starsThe Grass Harp Including A Tree of Night and Other Stories 2 starsOther Voices Other Rooms TBR


  4. Corinne Wasilewski Corinne Wasilewski says:

    I love the way Truman Capote writes I love his vivid language flamboyant characters rhythmic sentences and bold fantastic scenesReading Truman Capote is like eating cheesecake every sentence is rich and glorious Here's a beautiful excerpt from The Grass Harp Wind surprised pealed the leaves parted night clouds; showers of starlight were let loose our candle as though intimidated by the incandescence of the the opening star stabbed sky toppled and we could see unwrapped above us a late wayaway wintery moon it was like a slice of snow near and far creatures called to it hunched moon eyed frogs a claw voiced wildcat At its core The Grass Harp is about love The Judge says of love A leaf a handful of seed begin with these learn a little of what it is to love First a leaf a fall of rain then someone to receive what a leaf has taught you what a fall of rain has ripened No easy process understand it could take a lifetime it has mine and still I've never mastered it I only know how true it is that love is a chain of love as nature is a chain of life Dolly elaborates on this thought in the final pages of the book in a conversation with Collin Charlie said that love is a chain of love I hope you listened and understood him Because when you can love one thing you can love another and that is owning that is something to live with You can forgive everything The treehouse scenes create the turning point of the book There we have a collection of fools each trying to find out who heshe truly is It is after the Judge leaves the treehouse that he has the courage to leave his sons and set off on his own Similarly with Riley Henderson it is after he leaves the tree house that he falls in love with Maude Riordan gets engaged and finds purpose as he begins to clear land with a plan to build houses Verena unfortunately never has a treehouse epiphany although Dolly forces her into the tree presumably with the hope of redeeming her sister or herself maybe both The reader realizes that Verena has allowed the longstanding unacknowledged or perhaps unreciprocated love she held for Maudie Laura Murphy to destroy her life In other words she permitted the chain of love to be broken Dolly on the other hand has kept the chain of love intact and although she leaves the treehouse to return to her sister one gets the impression she is triumphant and not a coward A beautiful book


  5. Connor Connor says:

    35 StarsMy Video Review


  6. Sharon Barrow Wilfong Sharon Barrow Wilfong says:

    I had not read any Truman Capote because in the seventies when I became aware of him he had already deteriorated into a Hollywood celebrity writer which made me automatically assume that he wrote pabulum for the masses Hence I took him as an author about as seriously as a writer for tabloidsSuch an arrogant thing to think I know but I'm being honest So how did I come around to finally reading Capote and further really liking and admiring his work?It was through his good friend Harper Lee I was reading about her life and came to know that she and Capote grew up in Monroeville Alabama They were close childhood friends and later as adults encouraged and influenced each others' writing Some have darkly whispered that Capote largely edited Lee's work To Kill a Mockingbird which would explain why the original manuscript Go Tell a Watchman that was published a couple of years ago is not of the same ualityOthers argue that Capote was way too narcissistic to keep that sort of thing a secret especially since the book won the Pulitzer PrizeWhat is easier to conclude is that Lee helped Capote write Cold Blood well not the writing which is all his own but she did the ground work for him meticulously researching the background of the murder befriending and interviewing the families involved etc Capote gave her no credit for collecting all the information that he used to write Not that he didn't do a lot himself and ultimately wrote the book but based on what I read he couldn't have done it without Harper LeeSo granted Truman Capote was a self centered little he stood at 5 foot 3 donkey's behind He was still a wonderful writer and I thoroughly enjoyed this bookFirst of all I have lived several years in the South and I appreciate the local color that Capote so deftly writes into his stories The culture the dialect it's all so rich And his story lines are fun yet also poignantThis collection of short stories alternate between people living in small southern towns and people living in New York City Even in New York at least one of the characters is a Southern transplant which allows the contrast between the two cultures to rub against each other and shine clearly Since I have also spent several years in the Northeast I'm not real old just middle aged I appreciate his stories in that environment as wellCapote has a fun sense of humor which keeps the reader from taking some events too seriously events that would otherwise perplex usYet there is also an overriding loneliness in his stories His characters are often disenfranchised isolated and alone Truman Capote lost his father when very young and abandoned by his mother to a couple of elderly aunts One of the aunts must have been a little slow because these two aunts one domineering and the other autistic or mentally challenged crop up in many of the stories in this collectionThese stories were written when Capote was a young man and published in 1945 They offer a uniue view of a time period especially in the South that preserves a culture its beauty and its ugliness for those of use who came afterI look forward to reading of his works and see how he matured as a writer


  7. Tom Mathews Tom Mathews says:

    Have you ever done anything on a lark and then had someone tell you that you couldn't do it? A minute ago you couldn't have cared less about the activity but as soon as someone dares to tell you you can't do it you can't help but dig in your heels and insist on doing it This is what happens in The Grass Harp when an unlikely trio decides to have a picnic in a tree house It's an odd little tale but what can one expect from Truman Capote? Told in the first person I can easily imagine sitting with Capote at a cocktail party listening to him relate this unusual story from his childhood


  8. Jill Jill says:

    Capote creates some of the most beautiful sentences I've ever read His characters are created with so much care and I love them all whether they're good or bad This novella is perhaps the best example of Capote's skill Anyone who loves to read gorgeous descriptions of eccentric characters and create a relationship with the story they're reading should pick up this book It is the epitome of heart warming


  9. Peter Peter says:

    The first time I read a Truman Capote story I could have sworn I had read it before Not trite or derivative like he drew these stories in fine silvery threads from my heart


  10. Peter Peter says:

    It was a reading group that directed me to this book and I am very thankful for this advice The title story “A Grass Harp” is “poetry in form of prose” as one group member put it Capote is a master of painting with words visible in expressions like “the snowflake of Dolly’s face” “eyes luminously green as mint jelly” or “the kitchen was warm as a cow’s tongue” The story is deeply engulfed in humanity The main characters the narrator boy Colling Aunt Dolly her coloured friend and help Catherine and Judge Cool defy the indifference and callousness of the people of a Southern town and retreat to a tree house The regular society of the town cannot allow for such an unheard thing and forces them to give up A young man gets shot in the shoulder but the event has no other major conseuences Still the people involved come out of it changedThe story reminded me in many ways of “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee It plays in a remote rural town central characters are a child and a judge and they display the same fierce attitude towards injustice and racismAmong the other stories of the book I liked most “Children on their Birthdays” and “A Jug of Silver” both again displaying Capote’s mastery picture strong exceptional children their struggles and view of the world The 4 star rating is only to be contributed to those other stories that were less my taste


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The Grass Harp including A Tree of Night and Other Stories ❮Download❯ ✤ The Grass Harp including A Tree of Night and Other Stories ➻ Author Truman Capote – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Set on the outskirts of a small Southern town The Grass Harp tells the story of three endearing misfits an orphaned boy and two whimsical old ladies who one day take up residence in a tree house AS th Set on the outskirts Harp including Epub Û of a small Southern town The Grass Harp tells the story of three endearing misfits an orphaned boy and two whimsical old ladies who one day take up residence in a tree house AS they pass sweet yet hazardous hours in a china tree The Grass Harp The Grass eBook ↠ manages to convey all the pleasures and responsibilities of freedom But most of all it teaches us about the sacredness of love that love is a chain of love as nature is a chain of lifeThis volume also includes Capote's A Tree of Night and Other Stories which the Washington Post called Grass Harp including PDF/EPUB é unobstrusively beautifula superlative book.

10 thoughts on “The Grass Harp including A Tree of Night and Other Stories

  1. Lawyer Lawyer says:

    The Grass Harp Truman Capote on the Sunny Side of the StreetGonna take a Sentimental JourneyGonna set my heart at ease Gonna make a Sentimental Journeyto renew old memoriesNever thought my heart could be so yearny Why did I decide to roam? Gotta take that Sentimental Journey Sentimental Journey home Sentimental Journey Random House New York New YorkScene One The office of Bob LinscottEditor for Truman Capote Carson McCullers among others Random House New York NYLinscott Truman you're a wonderful writerCapote Oh that's so true There's only one TC Truman takes a languorous puff from his cigarette and stares dreamily at the ceiling then looks at Bob giving him a sultry lookLinscott Don't pull that pouty baby face look on me It won't workCapote Why Bob I don't know what you mean In a whining toneLinscott Look Bennett's getting nervous It's been two years since Other Voices Other Rooms came out That jacket photo just about made us all laughing stocksCapote Now that was perfectly innocent Bob And Foxy you had final approval on that picture Now didn't you?Linscott You caught me at a weak momentCapote Waving his cigarette delicately Well there you have it BobbyLinscott We've kept you in front of the public Truman We published your short fiction inA Tree of Night And Other Stories But you've been promisingCapote And it was a ROUSING success You were at the reading down at the Poetry Center I was practically BLASTED off that high stool Malcolm had me sit on by the applause How many times have you heard Bravo and Encore shouted outside of an opera house? Hmmmm???Linscott And you hopped off that stool and were bowing and blowing kisses with both hands Have you absolutely no shame Truman?Capote What's that Bob? Shame? gigglingLinscott Truman you SKIPPED off the damned stage like a school boy HUZZAHCapote Well Foxy I FELT like a school boy Why I DIDLinscott And don't tell me you're still working on Summer CrossingCapote But Bob I am I really really am It's just that the progress is slowLinscott Really Truman What do you not understand? A rich New York girl falls in love with a cab stand attendant?Capote Love comes in many places Wherever you find it is naturalLinscott I'm sure you would know Truman But it's THIN Truman THIN Any author could write it It doesn't have your uniue artistic stamp Capote Well actually Jack doesn't like it either Truman and Jack Dunphy long time companionsLinscott You're not helping that gad about with his novel are you Truman?Capote NO Bob I wouldn't do that Why would I lie? eyes dart left and rightLinscott For any of the same reasons you always do Truman So what am I going to tell Bennett?Capote Alright I tore it up I didn't like it eitherLinscott You tore it up TrumanCapote Well you said you didn't like it I tore it up It's finished Gone Never to see the light of day Happy? I'm working on something else Something from back in Alabama About growing up with Callie Sook and AnnieLinscott Is this true? I want to see the first two chaptersCapote Oh Bob You won't believe it It's about the lovely years I spent with my cousins I know how dark and gloomy Other Voices Other Rooms was But this is the HAPPY TC It's very real to me real than anything I've ever written probably ever willLinscott That's what you've said about EVERYTHING you've ever writtenCapote sulking I cry I have no control over myself or what I'm doing Memories are always breaking my heart Bob You know it's not easy writing a beautiful bookSCENE TWO Truman on the terrace of the Fontana Vecchia in Taormina on the phone Linscott in his office at Random House also on phoneLinscott Truman Truman Truman This is absolutely wonderful So Dolly that'd be Sook right? She's got a patent medicine for Dropsy that VerenaCapote Ye e e s that would be Cousin Callie She could be so mean Linscott And Verena is going to steal Dolly's recipe to make the money off it Capote Yawning Jack is rubbing his shoulders That's right Callie always was the richest meanest woman in townLinscott So they run off from home and find a treehouse between two China Berry trees and live there and Verena sends the law to bring them back and there's this retired Judge Capote Charlie Cool who falls in love with Dolly and Catherine Creek Dolly's helper and Riley an older boy I looked up to all living up in this tree And Judge Cool stands between Verena the law and the townspeople who are trying to get Dolly to go back home and live with VerenaLinscott My boy my boy This is simply marvelous stuff How are you going to get them down out of the tree? ARE you going to get them out of the tree?Capote Bob you'll just have to wait and see I'm mailing out the last sections June 4Linscott I hope you mean June 4 1951 and not 52 or 53Capote Really Bob You need to loosen up a little First you drink then you have sex and then you smoke You should try it sometimeLinscott HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Wonderful stuff Simply marvelous Now this is the TC I know and love that we ALL know and love here at Random HouseCapote Give my regards to Bennett Foxy hanging up A little lower Jack honeySCENE THREE Scenes of train travelling through the Italian countryside A map flashes Florence Rome and finally Venice Truman is on the phone looking out his hotel room overlooking the CanalCAPOTE Uhm Bob TrumanLinscott How could I ever mistake that voice my boyCapote Oh Bob I do hope you are pleased with the bookLinscott Uhm how can I say this Truman I didn't like the ending Nobody hear at Random House liked the ending And if Bennett Cerf isn't happy ain't nobody happy at Random HouseCapote But Bob WHY? I just don't understand plaintively turning into a pouty faceLinscott Well Truman the first half was absolutely divine I was expecting a continuing miracle I don't think we got that Not at all Capote But but butLinscott Not you understand that it isn't a good as a story and as superb as a piece of righting There's no specific criticism to be made; just that we all had a slight feeling of letdown tapering off a little with the ending coming to soon It's so short we don't think people will buy it as a novelCapote I cannot endure it stamping feet that all of you think my book a failure I am simply striken by such overpowering opinionLinscott We'll pray that the critics won't have the same feeling of vague letdown in the last half that effected usSCENE FOUR Review pages swirl coming to rest on headlines as a back drop to Truman Capote sitting in a comfortable chair Capote holds an Atlantic Magazine Newspapers and magazines are scattered around his chair First Edition The Grass HarpNEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE THE GRASS HARP SHOWS THE MATURING AND MELLOWING OF ONE OF AMERICA'S BEST YOUNG WRITERSNEW YORK TIMES A VAST IMPROVEMENT OVER OTHER VOICES OTHER ROOMSTHE COMMONWEAL WITHIN THE SLIM COMPASS OF THIS WORK TRUMAN CAPOTE HAS ACHIEVED A MASTERPIECE OF PASSIONATE SIMPLICITYLights begin to fadeCapote reading aloud The Atlantic Monthly commented that 'The Grass Harp charms you into sharing the author's feeling that there is a special poetry a spontaneity and wonder and delight in lives untarnished by conformity and common sense'Capote reading reviews with satisfied smile All books are far too long MY theory is that a book should be like a seed you plant and that the reader should make his own flower Now Bob Honey Bennett What was it you were saying? Actually I'm thinking about an extraordinary young woman that loves to shop at Tiffany'sStage lights fade to blackFINIS

  2. Sara Sara says:

    The Grass Harp 4 stars After a failed attempt to listen to The Grass Harp on audio I purchased this book and began again I am uite glad that I did since the beauty of the language minus the fake Southern accent is remarkable I loved the Truman Capote I heard in my own head with the softness of the accents of my own Aunts Pearl and Maybelle echoing in the words of Miss DollyThe audaciousness of the concept of a boy and two old women living in a tree is lost in the genuine delight of the image Capote paints the defiance of those who are the weaklings in the eyes of everyone else in this town Dolly is a marvelous character but Catherine made me smile almost every time she spoke I could see her hands on hips calling Verena “That One”Capote achieves a lot in a short time With less than 100 pages in which to tell a fairly complicated story he says exactly what needs to be said and wastes not a word uite an accomplishment He also manages to incorporate a real humor and a poignant sense of loneliness into this brief moment in a bunch of fractured and perhaps wasted livesI intend to read the other stories in this collection but not right now Hoping to come back soon and complete the review Meanwhile I have rated this book with only The Grass Harp in mind

  3. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    This book includes the novella The Grass Harp and eight stories They are listed below with a short description and some uotes from each At the end I speak of the book as a whole and the audiobook performance The Grass Harp—about an orphan and two elderly women friends one White and the other a mixed Indian and Black They flee to a house hidden in a china tree Set in a small southern townuote “Love is a chain of love because if you love one thing you can love another”Master Misery—about a girl and a clown and a man who buys dreams Set in NYC uote “Happiness winged around her like a bird lamed but flying around her”Children on Their Birthdays about an obnoxious little girl Miss Bobbitt in her pretty yellow frock She moves into town with her mother meets some kids and gets run over by the 6 o’clock bus This about the bus we are told at the start Set again in a small southern townuote “Friends like ivy on the wall must fall”Shut a Final Door about making your way among the chic and the advertising world of NYC This is well done but not a pleasant reading experienceuotes “What is the use of having friends if you couldn’t discuss them objectively”and On the way out he paid for a cup of coffee he had forgotten to have”Jug of Silver In a small southern town there is a drugstore with its soda fountain counter Into town moves a competitor How are the clientele to be won back? This story set at Christmas I did enjoyuote “You oughtn’t to be telling our personal private family business that a’way Appleseed”Miriam about two Miriams a little girl and a widow They meet at a movie theater in wintry NYC This story grabbed my interest from the start and held it to the end THIS story is very gooduotes “The line seemed to be taking its own time and looking around for some distraction she suddenly became conscious of a little girl standing under the edge of the maruis Her hair was”andThat's an “imitation Aren’t imitations sad?”The Headless Hawk about a girl in green and a guy working in an art studio He buys her painting but he buys it for himself Look at the title and the last uote and then stop and think This story attracted me at the start but the end threw me Another story set in NYCuotes “Her eyes rolled in her sockets like loose marblesshe looked like a sad rag dolland he wondered why it was that eccentricity always excited in him such a curious admiration It was the feeling he’d had toward carnival freaks”and“Candles are magic Light one and the world becomes a storybook”and“He was he said a poet who had never written poetry a painter who had never painted a lover who had never loved absolutely Someone in short without direction and uite headless”My Side of the Matter about Miss Olivia Ann Eunice Blue Bell Marge and Baby Doll The last is a man if I have understood correctly Set in the South it is a disjointed telling of a confrontation a fracas a meleeuotes “No wife of mine is ever gonna be disrespectful of me”and“That was my funeral money and I want it back”A Tree of Night is set in a train in Alabama headed toward Atlanta It is about a nineteen year old girl traveling from her uncle’s funeral back to college and the creepy couple she meets in the train coach You could call them a traveling circus show of two uotes “He think I’m drunk and the funny part is I am You gotta do something”and“Didn’t your mamma ever tell you it is sinful to lie?”The prose is filled with abstract metaphors and fanciful impressions They seem to me to be saying than I understand The writing feels somehow psychedelic Few of the stories engaged me and none of the characters pulled me in The reading experience left me detached On the other hand Truman Capote is adept at capturing the feel of a time and place be it NYC the world of advertising or a small town in the South His prose intrigues me which explains why I have given uotesThe audiobook sold at Audible is entitled The Grass Harp but the stories are also included Cody Roberts narrates the audiobook He uses a thick southern dialect when he reads the novella When he is using a southern accent he tends to almost sing the lines Pauses are often misplaced He stops both before and after the word “and” Why he does this is beyond me I did not like his narration of the novella but he reads the stories better so I have given the narration three stars The novella the next two stories and the last two did little for me Only one story Miriam did I like a lot three stories were good or pretty good so I guess the book was OKIn Cold Blood 4 starsBreakfast at Tiffany's 4 starsThe Grass Harp Including A Tree of Night and Other Stories 2 starsOther Voices Other Rooms TBR

  4. Corinne Wasilewski Corinne Wasilewski says:

    I love the way Truman Capote writes I love his vivid language flamboyant characters rhythmic sentences and bold fantastic scenesReading Truman Capote is like eating cheesecake every sentence is rich and glorious Here's a beautiful excerpt from The Grass Harp Wind surprised pealed the leaves parted night clouds; showers of starlight were let loose our candle as though intimidated by the incandescence of the the opening star stabbed sky toppled and we could see unwrapped above us a late wayaway wintery moon it was like a slice of snow near and far creatures called to it hunched moon eyed frogs a claw voiced wildcat At its core The Grass Harp is about love The Judge says of love A leaf a handful of seed begin with these learn a little of what it is to love First a leaf a fall of rain then someone to receive what a leaf has taught you what a fall of rain has ripened No easy process understand it could take a lifetime it has mine and still I've never mastered it I only know how true it is that love is a chain of love as nature is a chain of life Dolly elaborates on this thought in the final pages of the book in a conversation with Collin Charlie said that love is a chain of love I hope you listened and understood him Because when you can love one thing you can love another and that is owning that is something to live with You can forgive everything The treehouse scenes create the turning point of the book There we have a collection of fools each trying to find out who heshe truly is It is after the Judge leaves the treehouse that he has the courage to leave his sons and set off on his own Similarly with Riley Henderson it is after he leaves the tree house that he falls in love with Maude Riordan gets engaged and finds purpose as he begins to clear land with a plan to build houses Verena unfortunately never has a treehouse epiphany although Dolly forces her into the tree presumably with the hope of redeeming her sister or herself maybe both The reader realizes that Verena has allowed the longstanding unacknowledged or perhaps unreciprocated love she held for Maudie Laura Murphy to destroy her life In other words she permitted the chain of love to be broken Dolly on the other hand has kept the chain of love intact and although she leaves the treehouse to return to her sister one gets the impression she is triumphant and not a coward A beautiful book

  5. Connor Connor says:

    35 StarsMy Video Review

  6. Sharon Barrow Wilfong Sharon Barrow Wilfong says:

    I had not read any Truman Capote because in the seventies when I became aware of him he had already deteriorated into a Hollywood celebrity writer which made me automatically assume that he wrote pabulum for the masses Hence I took him as an author about as seriously as a writer for tabloidsSuch an arrogant thing to think I know but I'm being honest So how did I come around to finally reading Capote and further really liking and admiring his work?It was through his good friend Harper Lee I was reading about her life and came to know that she and Capote grew up in Monroeville Alabama They were close childhood friends and later as adults encouraged and influenced each others' writing Some have darkly whispered that Capote largely edited Lee's work To Kill a Mockingbird which would explain why the original manuscript Go Tell a Watchman that was published a couple of years ago is not of the same ualityOthers argue that Capote was way too narcissistic to keep that sort of thing a secret especially since the book won the Pulitzer PrizeWhat is easier to conclude is that Lee helped Capote write Cold Blood well not the writing which is all his own but she did the ground work for him meticulously researching the background of the murder befriending and interviewing the families involved etc Capote gave her no credit for collecting all the information that he used to write Not that he didn't do a lot himself and ultimately wrote the book but based on what I read he couldn't have done it without Harper LeeSo granted Truman Capote was a self centered little he stood at 5 foot 3 donkey's behind He was still a wonderful writer and I thoroughly enjoyed this bookFirst of all I have lived several years in the South and I appreciate the local color that Capote so deftly writes into his stories The culture the dialect it's all so rich And his story lines are fun yet also poignantThis collection of short stories alternate between people living in small southern towns and people living in New York City Even in New York at least one of the characters is a Southern transplant which allows the contrast between the two cultures to rub against each other and shine clearly Since I have also spent several years in the Northeast I'm not real old just middle aged I appreciate his stories in that environment as wellCapote has a fun sense of humor which keeps the reader from taking some events too seriously events that would otherwise perplex usYet there is also an overriding loneliness in his stories His characters are often disenfranchised isolated and alone Truman Capote lost his father when very young and abandoned by his mother to a couple of elderly aunts One of the aunts must have been a little slow because these two aunts one domineering and the other autistic or mentally challenged crop up in many of the stories in this collectionThese stories were written when Capote was a young man and published in 1945 They offer a uniue view of a time period especially in the South that preserves a culture its beauty and its ugliness for those of use who came afterI look forward to reading of his works and see how he matured as a writer

  7. Tom Mathews Tom Mathews says:

    Have you ever done anything on a lark and then had someone tell you that you couldn't do it? A minute ago you couldn't have cared less about the activity but as soon as someone dares to tell you you can't do it you can't help but dig in your heels and insist on doing it This is what happens in The Grass Harp when an unlikely trio decides to have a picnic in a tree house It's an odd little tale but what can one expect from Truman Capote? Told in the first person I can easily imagine sitting with Capote at a cocktail party listening to him relate this unusual story from his childhood

  8. Jill Jill says:

    Capote creates some of the most beautiful sentences I've ever read His characters are created with so much care and I love them all whether they're good or bad This novella is perhaps the best example of Capote's skill Anyone who loves to read gorgeous descriptions of eccentric characters and create a relationship with the story they're reading should pick up this book It is the epitome of heart warming

  9. Peter Peter says:

    The first time I read a Truman Capote story I could have sworn I had read it before Not trite or derivative like he drew these stories in fine silvery threads from my heart

  10. Peter Peter says:

    It was a reading group that directed me to this book and I am very thankful for this advice The title story “A Grass Harp” is “poetry in form of prose” as one group member put it Capote is a master of painting with words visible in expressions like “the snowflake of Dolly’s face” “eyes luminously green as mint jelly” or “the kitchen was warm as a cow’s tongue” The story is deeply engulfed in humanity The main characters the narrator boy Colling Aunt Dolly her coloured friend and help Catherine and Judge Cool defy the indifference and callousness of the people of a Southern town and retreat to a tree house The regular society of the town cannot allow for such an unheard thing and forces them to give up A young man gets shot in the shoulder but the event has no other major conseuences Still the people involved come out of it changedThe story reminded me in many ways of “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee It plays in a remote rural town central characters are a child and a judge and they display the same fierce attitude towards injustice and racismAmong the other stories of the book I liked most “Children on their Birthdays” and “A Jug of Silver” both again displaying Capote’s mastery picture strong exceptional children their struggles and view of the world The 4 star rating is only to be contributed to those other stories that were less my taste

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