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Answered Prayers Paperback – March 29, 1994
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Although Truman Capote's last novel was unfinished at the time of his death, its surviving portions offer a devastating group portrait of the high and low society of his time.
As it follows the career of a writer of uncertain parentage and omnivorous erotic tastes, Answered Prayers careens from a louche bar in Tangiers to a banquette at La Cote Basque, from literary salons to high-priced whorehouses. It takes in calculating beauties and sadistic husbands along with such real-life supporting characters as Colette, the Duchess of Windsor, Montgomery Clift, and Tallulah Bankhead. Above all, this malevolently funny book displays Capote at his most relentlessly observant and murderously witty.
"Prose that makes the heart sing and the narrative fly... inspired." -- The New York Times Book Review
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Forced to support himself financially, P.B. Jones must temporarily resort to hustling and other slightly more socially acceptable activities. Jones learns about a low-life, but physically attractive, young woman who marries, then allegedly murders, a naive son of a millionaire, only to get away with the crime because his parents do not want to blacken their name. Jones, himself, is requested to get involved in kidnapping and homicide by a woman who had married into a monied family. One woman, who fancies herself an animal lover, gains some noteriety by shooting a man who kills a white leopard.
Mr. Capote supposedly lost the friendships of a number of prominent people whom he so casually reveals conversations that were never meant to be displayed on the printed page. While some may deplore Mr. Capote's disloyalty to these individuals, it makes for some dishy fun reading about their ex-husbands, their scandalous love affairs, and other such dirty laundry, including badly defiled bed sheets. Such is the down side of fame.
_Answered Prayers_ is oftentimes very funny (the portion starring Dorothy Parker and Tallulah Bankhead is a scream) and sometimes very, very naughty. This book occasionally borders on the pornographic. I doubt very much that if Mr. Capote had completed his supposed magnum opus that the critics would have considered it great art. There is nothing in these pages that suggests any such potential. But as fly on the wall eaves dropping and "fictonalized" reportage (as what one might read in The Star or in Cindy Adams's columns) it is never boring.
The Editor's Note is the most intriguing part of the book, as it describes how Capote managed to promise to produce these stories for years without delivering and obtained millions from the publishers, enabling him to live with a high level of social activity. He was a celebrity as well as an author and a clever, if not conniving man. The biggest tragedy is that so many stories will never be read due to his early alcoholic induced death. Still, these three stories are inspired gems.
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I love Truman but since I don't know the players it's a little boring.Published 3 days ago by HELLO KITTY
This unfinished novel has three subjects and two styles. The first chapter (the longest, “Unspoiled Monsters”) is mostly chronological and has brilliant, captivating passages and... Read morePublished 8 days ago by michael ulin edwards
Truman Capote was and is the best writer in the world and Answered Prayers proves it. It might be fractured, but his descriptive words come at you like no other author, it's a... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Donna
Such a fun read. So many juicy stories-no wonder Capote became persona non grata in the elite circles. Loved it!Published 1 month ago by Anthony J. Triano
There are better books by Truman Capote, but this one is quite interesting. However, if someone is looking for something similar to In Cold Blood or Tiffany's Breakfast, don't even... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Albert Gonzalez Farran
I started to read this after reading "The Swans of Fifth Avenue". After hearing so much about it, I just wanted to see for myself and honestly I don't know what he was... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer