Other Voices, Other Rooms

Other Voices, Other Rooms

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Random House, Inc.
Published when Truman Capote was only twenty-three years old, Other Voices, Other Rooms is a literary touchstone of the mid-twentieth century. In this semiautobiographical coming-of-age novel, thirteen-year-old Joel Knox, after losing his mother, is sent from New Orleans to live with the father who abandoned him at birth. But when Joel arrives at Skully’s Landing, the decaying mansion in rural Alabama, his father is nowhere to be found. Instead, Joel meets his morose stepmother, Amy, eccentric cousin Randolph, and a defiant little girl named Idabel, who soon offers Joel the love and approval he seeks.

Fueled by a world-weariness that belied Capote’s tender age, this novel tempers its themes of waylaid hopes and lost innocence with an appreciation for small pleasures and the colorful language of its time and place.

This new edition, featuring an enlightening Introduction by John Berendt, offers readers a fresh look at Capote’s emerging brilliance as a writer of protean power and effortless grace.

Baker & Taylor
A boy matures from childhood to adulthood amidst the odd characters who live in Skully's Landing, as he deals with his yearning for an absent father, the fear of abandonment, loneliness, and his desire to be loved, in a new edition of the author's classic first novel. 10,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Published when Truman Capote was only twenty-three years old, Other Voices, Other Rooms is a literary touchstone of the mid-twentieth century. In this semiautobiographical coming-of-age novel, thirteen-year-old Joel Knox, after losing his mother, is sent from New Orleans to live with the father who abandoned him at birth. But when Joel arrives at Skully's Landing, the decaying mansion in rural Alabama, his father is nowhere to be found. Instead, Joel meets his morose stepmother, Amy, eccentric Cousin Randolph, and a defiant little girl named Idabel, who soon offers Joel the love and approval he seeks.

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& Taylor

A boy matures from childhood to adulthood amidst the odd characters who live in Skully's Landing, as he deals with his yearning for an absent father, the fear of abandonment, loneliness, and his desire to be loved.

Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2004
Edition: Modern Library ed
ISBN: 9780679643227
0679643222
Branch Call Number: FICTION CAPOTE
Characteristics: xix, 194 p. ; 20 cm

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PrimaGigi Jul 19, 2015

At the age of twelve, Joel Knox is summoned to meet the father who abandoned him at birth. When Joel arrives at a decrepit mansion on Skuly's Landing, his father is nowhere to be seen. What Joel does found is a sullen stepmother who's main hobby is killing birds: an uncle with the face -and heart- of a debauched child: and a willful young girl named Idabel who may be the chance for Joel to finally feel loved.

The book is mostly formulaic. It's Truman's first published work, even thou it's very paint-by-numbers (this character said this and now is doing that) Truman's wit and verb slowly come together, he's learning and growing: trying to find his voice. Joel is that voice, Joel is Truman. Idabel Thompkins is Harper Lee, she reminds me a little bit of Scout Finch. It's said there is a bit of yourself in each character you make, but I imagine this is what Truman was like as a boy. Truman's world was, colorful, vivid, and beautiful, a vague depiction of what his life was like in the South and his friendship with Harper Lee. The use of color is this novel is pervasive, it seems Truman wishes to have you read the story, the way an artist sees the world. Through a plethora of colors. The Story is unfinished and passages are confusing after the first part. Clarke's thought are scattered. The last two parts make no sense to the story and I was left wondering why, who and where was the meaning behind the entire tale.

Spricebook Oct 15, 2013

quite good - capote was an amazing writer

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