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A Christmas Memory: One Christmas, and The Thanksgiving Visitor (Modern Library) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, November 12, 1996
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All three are perfectly formed short stories. The first two are sad, or at least nostalgic; the third, the longest of them, is surprisingly upbeat. Capote was witty, precise and talented, and these three stories are a wonderful showcase for his talents. Recommended.
The three short stories all take place in holiday seasons during the depression and feature the same setting and characters, so they form a nice group for a single volume.
"A Christmas Memory" is my favorite short story ever. I've read it every Christmas for six or seven years now and I have the same powerful, emotional reaction every time. I smile, laugh, cry, and daydream about my own memories every time I read it. No other story affects me like this one, and I think everyone will see a little of themselves or their childhood somehwhere in these pages.
The other two stories are very well done. I'd probably rave about them much more if I could value each on its own merits, but they do get lost in the glare of "A Christmas Memory."
Excellent literary work, but I really value the beauty, simplicity, and truth in these stories. Highly recommended for a holiday evening with hot chocolate, a lit tree, and Xmas carols playing.
The other Christmas story in this collection, entitled "One Christmas," is probably my favorite short story of all time; the ending always makes me cry as few writings can. The story is a perfect, crystalline window into Truman Capote's soul as shaped by his sad childhood. Utterly heartbreaking. If you are looking for a gift for someone who celebrates Christmas and does not have the good fortune to have read these beautiful stories, this is the perfect little gift.
Do not be tempted to read these stories any other time of year. Keep these stories sacred to the season.
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Like 'Breakfast at Tiffiany's' this is one of Truman Capote's most beloved stories. This is a memoir, which makes it all the more nuanced; I have read it every November since my... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cali Flower
Capote's Christmas Memory will have you weeping with joy. We read it out loud every Christmas. An absolutely masterful bit of writing, lucid and deeply moving.Published 4 months ago by Matthew Lawrence
WONDERFUL story of a Christmas and Thanksgiving memory - great short read, extrordinarily entertainingPublished 6 months ago by A. Stevens
I bought this short story after reading To Kill a Mocking bird and Go Find a Watchman-wanting a similar small town southern story. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Preschool teacher