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February 19, 2009


I saw the movie when I was young and it scared me because it was based on a true story. When I read the book, I was impressed on how easy he captured my total attention page by page. When I saw the movie "Capote", I realized how much his own life was influenced whether he realized it or not.

I agree totally with your review of "In Cold Blood" and it is the style in his writing that you mention that allows the readers to understand the characters and captivate the readers.

I kind of wished I'd seen the movie "Capote" AFTER I read In Cold Blood. Both are amazing, but I found myself reading the book trying to look for the interpretation the movie had already put in my head.

I haven't read (yet) or seen the movie (mm, probably never going to) but I just finished Mockingbird by Charles Shields, a biography of Harper Lee, in which is detailed her (largely uncredited) role in his research for the book. You should read it - let me know what you think!

Thank you for the suggestion ... I'd LOVE to know more about Harper Lee.

I am 16 and I just read In Cold Blood. It was incredible how he turned a true story into a capturing story that seems almost too well put together. The novel had tons of factual information put together so as to keep the reader from being bored with tons of facts. I picked it off a list of books for English class, and boy am i glad i did!

Paul, I'm so glad you enjoyed the book! Sounds like a pretty good book list you had. Have you seen the movie, "Capote"? It's a really interesting take on how Truman Capote wrote In Cold Blood.

And if you like really amazing books that tell true stories in an exciting way, you might also like Maus, as well as Stitches (by David Small). If you've got any book recommendations of your own, I'd love to hear them!

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