Wednesday, June 18, 2008

To Kill a Mockingbird + In Cold Blood = Capote in Kansas

This is such an interesting story with these three books that I have to blog about it so more people read Capote in Kansas. As we all know, Harper Lee wrote To Kill and Truman Capote wrote In Cold Blood. Lee and Capote were childhood friends and grew up together. Anyone who has seen the movie Capote or read the book, knows that Lee helped him with Blood. Well, Capote in Kansas is fiction/nonfiction. It begins with Lee getting a late night phone call from Capote telling her that the ghosts of the murdered family he wrote about are haunting him. She writes it off to his drunkenness but has a hard time putting it out of her mind. She starts getting the calls on a fairly regular basis, along with anonymous packages left on her doorstep that tell a story she alone has to try and figure out. Lee starts seeing and speaking with the spirits of the murdered family also. Throughout this, the author tells of how they went to Kansas, but Capote did none of the interviewing, none of the writing of Blood and in fact made up the entire ending because he thought it would sell better that way. Lee did all of the work. The family is now "visiting" Capote and Lee because they got their story wrong. It also goes into Capote's sexuality and how Lee found out, and a lot more that I don't want to spoil you with now but it does answer the one question that people have wondered about for quite some time: why did Harper Lee never write again after the success of To Kill a Mockingbird? Great great story, keeps it moving, I can't even put into words how wonderful this book is, and if you haven't read To Kill or ICB, I highly recommend those also. 10 stars out of 5!!!!!

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