Book Review : In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

168642Title : In Cold Blood

Author : Truman Capote

Publisher : Vintage Books

Release date : February 1st, 1994

Rating : 4.5/5

Synopsis (from Goodreads) :

On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.

Review :

A surprisingly good read for a true crime novice!

I don’t usually read non-fiction so it’s pretty normal that it didn’t appeal to me enough for me to give it 5 stars.

However, it was really well-written, and very storytelling-like, and at times it was so captivating that I had to remind myself that it was a true story. Needless to say, I was very pleasantly surprised! As it is expected, Capote’s writing is very good. There were some parts that went slow, of course, and I had to refrain myself from skipping them, but in general, it was so beautifully written. One of the particularities in this novel is that there is some kind of sympathy towards the murderers. They aren’t depicted as evil and downright psychopathic. They were (WOW) charismatic at times and likable, even, and it added to the richness of the story. Capote didn’t try to excuse their actions, though, no no no, I think he just knew that, even in real-life murders, there is no black and white. His book even managed to make me like (woops) one of the criminals (not proud to say it). Their execution (it’s not a spoiler, read the news!) didn’t make me feel as satisfied as I thought it would… Anyway.

All the characters were formidably introduced, so much that I had no trouble keeping track of them all (the cops, the family, the neighborhood, etc.). It wasn’t boring or laborious to read about their way of life because of the way the author depicted it. There isn’t much action, and even the crime wasn’t described with the usual suspense that we find in crime novels, but it makes for an interesting read for people who seek to be introduced to the genre.

Soooo, in conclusion, it was a kinda slow read (for me, because I’m not used to it), but it was well-handled. Also, read it if you want to seem cultured, because it’s considered by many to be one of the best true crime stories. ;))

 

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