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Free read ✓ Swan Song Æ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Read & download å PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Þ Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott Him after he betrayed them On exclusive yachts and private jets they shared their deepest secrets and greatest fears with the famous writer Then in 1975 Capote committed an act of professional and social suicide when he turned his words against. I ve heard so much about Truman Capote s In Cold Blood a book about the murder of a Kansas family but I ve yet to track down a copy It s his version of a true life event and by all accounts it s a masterpiece Similarly I ve seen the film Breakfast at Tiffany s who hasn t yet I ve so far neglected to seek out a copy of Capote s novella on which it s based But when I was granted the opportunity to read this book telling of the life of the man himself I jumped at the opportunity to learn about him The book is based on known facts about the life of this rather strange but also hugely interesting man but much of the detail conversations and some other elements are the imaginings of the author These may or may not reflect what actually transpired but either way it makes the account gripping and often hilarious What is known about Capote is that he was born in Louisiana in 1924 but moved to Monroeville Alabama at age 4 His mother was desperate to lift her station in life and Truman s experience was one of constantly being left by her Physically he was short and possessed an unusually high pitched voice His sexual preferences were for males of the species He was always a story teller and won a competition with an early composition In due course he made his way to New York and in time befriended a group of women who were amongst the most stylish of their age Babe Paley Slim Keith CZ Guest Lee Radziwill sister of Jackie Kennedy and others seemed to attend an endless round of parties and lunches and to regularly take trips to exotic spots often with Truman in tow What is also known is that in 1975 Esuire magazine published a chapter of a book Truman had allegedly be writing for some considerable time Entitled La C te Basue 1965 the piece was effectively a character assassination of some of these friends who are thinly disguised throughoutThe fictional element in this book fills in the gaps via a fly on the wall act on some key events in Truman s childhood and later life But the real fun the meat of the thing is the reaction we witness to the Esuire publication Those directly impacted respond violently one even being rumoured to have committed suicide whilst others fear that they too will be maligned should the book ever be published in full or if further extracts are to appear In effect the writer was immediately ostracised from the group and found his access to New York high society permanently barred His closest friend Babe never spoke to him again it seems We listen to conversations that take place between members of the group and eavesdrop as Truman talks to his remaining contacts These conversations are often bitchy and usually very funny As an unrepentant Capote continues to stoke the fire he also desperately tries to weasel his way back into the lives of his former friends We also witness how his life stars to spiral downwards amid his increasing dependency on drugs and booze This ain t gonna end wellIt s a remarkable tale and told for the most part in a hugely entertaining way My only reservation surrounds the fact that it does all rattle on a little too long for my personal tastes and I think the author was a somewhat over indulgent in her description of the final stage of Truman s life That s said it s certainly a book that made me laugh and also had me regularly searching out background information on the large cast of players so it clearly did grab me My thanks to Random House UK Cornerstone and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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Free read ✓ Swan Song Æ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Read & download å PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Þ Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott The most influential women in Manhattan and silenced his muses After two decades of cultivating intimate friendships and a high end lifestyle Capote detonated a literary grenade forever rupturing the elite circle he’d worked so hard to infiltra. Much like Swan Song s subject Truman Capote Kelleigh Greenberg Jephcott s novel is at times charming at times vicious and at times insufferable Despite the fact that it took me over a month to get through this and I was complaining about it for a lot of that time Swan Song actually does have a lot to recommend it Its first person plural narration is particularly well done as Greenberg Jephcott attempts to reclaim the voices of the women whose social lives Truman Capote effectively destroyed with the publication of his salacious story La Cote Basue 1965 the first chapter of Answered Prayers which was eventually published unfinished posthumously In stealing the real life stories of his close circle of friends for his planned novel Capote faced extensive backlash and was unable to repair his lost friendships which ultimately haunted him until he died It could have been a gripping tale of betrayal and a searing commentary on the kind of symbiotic relationship with high society that both made and destroyed Capote s career but while it had its moments it sadly falls short My first issue with Swan Song is how ungodly long it is which naturally leads to all of my other criticisms being that this book overstays its welcome in every conceivable way All of Greenberg Jephcott s party tricks wear thin after not very long the worst offense probably being Capote s characterization he s constantly infantilized and reduced to a caricature in a way that starts to feel spiteful than constructive after not very long He s referred to as the boy even as a grown man his height and voice are incessantly referenced he s described as elfin or even derogatory synonyms on just about every page and after a while it s like what s the point of any of this The bottom line is established early Truman Capote was capable of extreme kindness and extreme cruelty This book just revels in the latter in a way that never convincingly dovetails with the voices that are purportedly being reclaimed with this retellingBecause that s the other issue at the heart of this I love the concept of reframing a traditionally male dominated narrative by using women s voices it s a concept that s carried through many of my favorite Greek mythology retellings uite soundly but here it falls flat because Greenberg Jephcott never makes a convincing case for why this is a story that need reclaiming A bunch of high society women have affairs and sail around on yachts and they re betrayed by their close friend but so what This books feels like an elaborate revenge fantasy that s so mired in gossip and cattiness that it loses its thematic heftBut like I said it s not all bad Greenberg Jephcott s writing is lively and charming the style is inventive elements of poetry and screenwriting are incorporated the research is admirable and maybe it ll appeal to a different kind of reader but I m afraid I just struggled to care

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Free read ✓ Swan Song Æ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Read & download å PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Þ Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott A dazzling debut about gossip slander and the public humiliation of New York socialites in the 1970s Based on real events Swan Song is the tragic story of the beautiful wealthy vulnerable women whom Truman Capote called his Swans and who deserted. I am in two minds about this book while I thought there were moments of brilliance overall I found it indulgent tedious and way too long Kelleigh Greenberg Jephcotts sets out to retell Truman Capote s final years from the perspectives of his Swans high society ladies he first befriended and then betrayedThe strength of this book for me was hands down the narrative choice to tell the story from a we perspective reminiscent of Greek choruses As such she creates a cacophony of voices and competing narrative strands that I enjoyed Listening to the audiobook worked really well for this facet of the story I found some of these stories especially Slim s and Babe s compelling and interesting to follow but there were some women I just could not tell apart they blended together in a picture of overwhelming privilege I think Greenberg Jephcott set out to make these women sympathetic victims of Capote s scheming but for this to work they have to be just that sympathetic But it is difficult to feel for people whose whole lives seem to revolve around gossip who wore the wrong dress to whose party on a yacht is also not particularly interesting gossipThe book would have been altogether a lot better had it been a lot shorter as I said I really enjoyed the narration and for the first two hours I found the glib narrative voice charming and interesting But once it got old it got really old and then I had to spent hours upon hours listening to what read for vast stretches like a gossip column Had the book been 200 pages shorter and focused on the compelling Swans yes Babe and Slim but also CZ and Gloria I could have really loved this bookMy biggest problem however was Capote s characterization Come to think about it cutting his parts nearly completely would have made for a much interesting reading experience While I know next to nothing about the man and he might very well have been awful I found the gleeful hatefulness in which he is described both uncomfortable and uninteresting He is referred to throughout the book as the boy we are constantly hit on the head about his height or rather lack of height to in a way that just felt unnecessary and steeped in deeply disturbing ideas about masculinity and calling him repeatedly the fag or the kobold or variations thereof is offensive and pointlessYou can find this review and other thoughts on books especially the other Women s Prize longlisted books on my blog Kiss of Flame The Dragons Virgin Tribute #1 called his Swans and who deserted. I am in two minds about this book while I thought there were moments of brilliance overall I found it indulgent tedious and way too long Kelleigh Greenberg Jephcotts sets out to retell Truman Capote s final years from the perspectives of his Swans high society ladies he first befriended and then betrayedThe strength of this book for me was hands down the narrative Tyrant choice to tell the story from a we perspective reminiscent of Greek Split Second Thinking; Mastering the Art of Impromptu Speaking choruses As such she Taking Shots Assassins #1 creates a Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association® cacophony of voices and Tycoons Tender Touch Second Sisters # 3 compelling and interesting to follow but there were some women I just After We Collided could not tell apart they blended together in a picture of overwhelming privilege I think Greenberg Jephcott set out to make these women sympathetic victims of Capote s scheming but for this to work they have to be just that sympathetic But it is difficult to feel for people whose whole lives seem to revolve around gossip who wore the wrong dress to whose party on a yacht is also not particularly interesting gossipThe book would have been altogether a lot better had it been a lot shorter as I said I really enjoyed the narration and for the first two hours I found the glib narrative voice Hold Tight The Embrace Series #2 column Had the book been 200 pages shorter and focused on the Basic Documents in Medieval History compelling Swans yes Babe and Slim but also CZ and Gloria I UnBonded Ruth Gron #3 could have really loved this bookMy biggest problem however was Capote s Bead and Weave Primer characterization Come to think about it TheMoving Pictures Generation cutting his parts nearly In the Hall with the Knife completely would have made for a much interesting reading experience While I know next to nothing about the man and he might very well have been awful I found the gleeful hatefulness in which he is described both uncomfortable and uninteresting He is referred to throughout the book as the boy we are The Collar constantly hit on the head about his height or rather lack of height to in a way that just felt unnecessary and steeped in deeply disturbing ideas about masculinity and Live and Let Fly calling him repeatedly the fag or the kobold or variations thereof is offensive and pointlessYou Live and Let Fly can find this review and other thoughts on books especially the other Women s Prize longlisted books on my blog