The Grass Harp, Including A Tree of Night and Other Stories

The Grass Harp, Including A Tree of Night and Other



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  1. Lawyer Lawyer says:

    The Grass Harp Truman Capote on the Sunny Side of the Street Gonna take a Sentimental Journey,Gonna set my heart at ease Gonna make a Sentimental Journey,to 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 Linscott,Editor for Truman Capote, Carson McCullers, among others Random House, New York, NYLinscott The Grass Harp Truman Capote on the Sunny Side of the Street Gonna take a Sentimental Journey,Gonna set my heart at ease Gonna make a Sentimental Journey,to 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 Linscott,Editor 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 look Linscott Don t pull that pouty baby face look on me It won t work.Capote Why, Bob, I don t know what you mean In a whining tone Linscott 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 stocks.Capote 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 moment.Capote Waving his cigarette delicately Well, there you have it, Bobby.Linscott 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 giggling Linscott Truman, you SKIPPED off the damned stage like a school boy HUZZAH Capote Well, Foxy, I FELT like a school boy Why, I DID Linscott And don t tell me you re still working on Summer Crossing.Capote But, Bob, I am I really, really am It s just that the progress is slow.Linscott 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 natural.Linscott I m sure you would know, Truman But it s THIN, Truman, THIN Any author could write it It doesn t have your unique 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 right Linscott 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 either.Linscott You tore it up Truman Capote 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 Annie.Linscott Is this true I want to see the first two chapters.Capote 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 will.Linscott That s what you ve said about EVERYTHING you ve ever written.Capote 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 book.SCENE TWO Truman on the terrace of the Fontana Vecchia in Taormina, on the phone Linscott in his office at Random House, also on phone.Linscott 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 town.Linscott 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 Verena.Linscott 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 4.Linscott I hope you mean June 4, 1951, and not 52 or 53.Capote Really Bob You need to loosen up a little First you drink, then you have sex, and then you smoke You should try it sometime.Linscott HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Wonderful stuff Simply marvelous Now this is the TC I know and love that we ALL know and love here at Random House.Capote Give my regards to Bennett, Foxy hanging up A little lower Jack, honey.SCENE 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 Canal.CAPOTE Uhm, Bob, TrumanLinscott How could I ever mistake that voice, my boy.Capote Oh, Bob I do hope you are pleased with the book.Linscott 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 face Linscott 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 novel.Capote I cannot endure it stamping feet that all of you think my book a failure I am simply striken by such overpowering opinion Linscott We ll pray that the critics won t have the same feeling of vague letdown in the last half that effected us.SCENE 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 SIMPLICITY Lights begin to fade Capote 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 s.Stage lights fade to black.FINIS


  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 quite 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 Dolly.The audaciousness of the concept of a boy and two old women living in a tree is lost in the genuine delight of the i 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 quite 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 Dolly.The 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 Quite 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, lives.I 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 quotes 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 town.Quote Love is a chain of love, because if you love one thing you can love another Master Misery abo This book includes the novella The Grass Harp and eight stories They are listed below with a short description and some quotes 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 town.Quote 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 Quote 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 town.Quote 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 experience Quotes 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 enjoy.Quote 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 good Quotes 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 marquis Her hair was and That 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 quote and then stop and think This story attracted me at the start, but the end threw me Another story set in NYC.Quotes Her eyes rolled in her sockets like loose marbles she looked like a sad rag doll..and 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 quite 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 melee.Quotes 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 Quotes 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 sayingthan 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 quotes.The 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 OK In 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 scenes.Reading 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 u I love the way Truman Capote writes I love his vivid language, flamboyant characters, rhythmic sentences and bold, fantastic scenes.Reading 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 he she 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:

    3.5 Stars My Video Review 3.5 Stars My 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 tabloids.Such 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, Harp 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 tabloids.Such 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 quality.Others argue that Capote was way too narcissistic to keep that sort of thing a secret, especially since the book won the Pulitzer Prize.What 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 Lee.So 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 book.First 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 poignant.This 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 shineclearly 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 well.Capote has a fun sense of humor which keeps the reader from taking some events too seriously, events that would otherwise perplex us.Yet, 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 collection.These stories were written when Capote was a young man, and published in 1945 They offer a unique view of a time period, especially in the South, that preserves a culture, its beauty and its ugliness, for those of use who came after.I look forward to readingof 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 w 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 C 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 consequences Still the people involved come out of it changed.The 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 racism.Among 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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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 Street Gonna take a Sentimental Journey,Gonna set my heart at ease Gonna make a Sentimental Journey,to 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 Linscott,Editor for Truman Capote, Carson McCullers, among others Random House, New York, NYLinscott The Grass Harp Truman Capote on the Sunny Side of the Street Gonna take a Sentimental Journey,Gonna set my heart at ease Gonna make a Sentimental Journey,to 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 Linscott,Editor 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 look Linscott Don t pull that pouty baby face look on me It won t work.Capote Why, Bob, I don t know what you mean In a whining tone Linscott 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 stocks.Capote 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 moment.Capote Waving his cigarette delicately Well, there you have it, Bobby.Linscott 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 giggling Linscott Truman, you SKIPPED off the damned stage like a school boy HUZZAH Capote Well, Foxy, I FELT like a school boy Why, I DID Linscott And don t tell me you re still working on Summer Crossing.Capote But, Bob, I am I really, really am It s just that the progress is slow.Linscott 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 natural.Linscott I m sure you would know, Truman But it s THIN, Truman, THIN Any author could write it It doesn t have your unique 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 right Linscott 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 either.Linscott You tore it up Truman Capote 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 Annie.Linscott Is this true I want to see the first two chapters.Capote 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 will.Linscott That s what you ve said about EVERYTHING you ve ever written.Capote 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 book.SCENE TWO Truman on the terrace of the Fontana Vecchia in Taormina, on the phone Linscott in his office at Random House, also on phone.Linscott 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 town.Linscott 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 Verena.Linscott 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 4.Linscott I hope you mean June 4, 1951, and not 52 or 53.Capote Really Bob You need to loosen up a little First you drink, then you have sex, and then you smoke You should try it sometime.Linscott HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Wonderful stuff Simply marvelous Now this is the TC I know and love that we ALL know and love here at Random House.Capote Give my regards to Bennett, Foxy hanging up A little lower Jack, honey.SCENE 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 Canal.CAPOTE Uhm, Bob, TrumanLinscott How could I ever mistake that voice, my boy.Capote Oh, Bob I do hope you are pleased with the book.Linscott 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 face Linscott 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 novel.Capote I cannot endure it stamping feet that all of you think my book a failure I am simply striken by such overpowering opinion Linscott We ll pray that the critics won t have the same feeling of vague letdown in the last half that effected us.SCENE 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 SIMPLICITY Lights begin to fade Capote 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 s.Stage lights fade to black.FINIS


  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 quite 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 Dolly.The audaciousness of the concept of a boy and two old women living in a tree is lost in the genuine delight of the i 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 quite 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 Dolly.The 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 Quite 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, lives.I 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 quotes 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 town.Quote Love is a chain of love, because if you love one thing you can love another Master Misery abo This book includes the novella The Grass Harp and eight stories They are listed below with a short description and some quotes 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 town.Quote 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 Quote 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 town.Quote 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 experience Quotes 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 enjoy.Quote 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 good Quotes 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 marquis Her hair was and That 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 quote and then stop and think This story attracted me at the start, but the end threw me Another story set in NYC.Quotes Her eyes rolled in her sockets like loose marbles she looked like a sad rag doll..and 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 quite 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 melee.Quotes 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 Quotes 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 sayingthan 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 quotes.The 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 OK In 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 scenes.Reading 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 u I love the way Truman Capote writes I love his vivid language, flamboyant characters, rhythmic sentences and bold, fantastic scenes.Reading 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 he she 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:

    3.5 Stars My Video Review 3.5 Stars My 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 tabloids.Such 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, Harp 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 tabloids.Such 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 quality.Others argue that Capote was way too narcissistic to keep that sort of thing a secret, especially since the book won the Pulitzer Prize.What 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 Lee.So 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 book.First 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 poignant.This 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 shineclearly 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 well.Capote has a fun sense of humor which keeps the reader from taking some events too seriously, events that would otherwise perplex us.Yet, 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 collection.These stories were written when Capote was a young man, and published in 1945 They offer a unique view of a time period, especially in the South, that preserves a culture, its beauty and its ugliness, for those of use who came after.I look forward to readingof 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 w 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 C 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 consequences Still the people involved come out of it changed.The 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 racism.Among 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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