From my bookshlef – the brilliant Mr Capote

“Never love a wild thing, Mr Bell,” Holly advised him. “That was Doc’s mistake. He was always lugging home wild things…But you can’t give your heart to a wild thing: the more you do, the stronger they get. Until they’re strong enough to run into the woods. Or fly into a tree. Then a taller tree. Then the sky. That’s how you’ll end up Mr Bell. If you let yourself love a wild thing. You’ll end up looking at the sky.”

This is my favourite passage from Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s (to those who didn’t know it was a book before a movie, shame on you). Mr Capote came to my attention a few years ago when a movie about him came out, starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman. I was hooked immediately – I went out and bought the biography (by Gerald Clarke) on which part of the movie is based and spent years searching for a copy of In Cold Blood, which I eventually found in vintage form at Collector’s Treasury.

Capote’s life reads like the most bizarre fiction; you really have to remind yourself that you a reading a biography. Sometimes it is hard not to dislike him – he was often manipulative and difficult, but always brilliant.

It has been a few years since I read the biography, and I really hope I have an opportunity soon to read it again. To those of you who love reading biographies, this one is a must. To those who are unsure, it is perfect too, because you hardly ever feel like you’re reading a biography anyway.

“…it’s better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague. Just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear.” – Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

5 thoughts on “From my bookshlef – the brilliant Mr Capote”

    1. It was certainly worth the wait – Exclusive Books never had it when I first wanted it and I could never find it at second-hand stores either. The copy I bought at Collector’s was really expensive (it is a second edition or something) but really worth it.

      1. It’s a good movie, but like all book/movie, it’s different. I do love Audrey Hepburn so it’s a great movie if you are a fan and like the fashion too and I think Henry Mancini’s score of Moonriver….so lovely. Have fun watching and I have to cue it up for myself now that you mentioned it because it would be such a treat to watch it again.

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