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Swan Song summary Swan Song , series Swan Song , book Swan Song , pdf Swan Song , Swan Song 5f84054d9c A Dazzling Debut About Gossip, Slander And The Public Humiliation Of New York Socialites In The S Based On Real Events, Swan Song Is The Tragic Story Of The Beautiful, Wealthy, Vulnerable Women Whom Truman Capote Called His Swans, And Who Deserted Him After He Betrayed Them On Exclusive Yachts And Private Jets, They Shared Their Deepest Secrets And Greatest Fears With The Famous Writer Then In , Capote Committed An Act Of Professional And Social Suicide When He Turned His Words Against The Most Influential Women In Manhattan And Silenced His Muses After Two Decades Of Cultivating Intimate Friendships And A High End Lifestyle, Capote Detonated A Literary Grenade, Forever Rupturing The Elite Circle He D Worked So Hard To Infiltrate


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  1. says:

    The author writes a historical piece of fiction based on the life of Truman Capote, writer of Breakfast at Tiffany s and In Cold Blood It is a blend of fact and fiction, and echoes the style and concept of In Cold Blood Capote had a difficult childhood that he deeply resented, only to leave it far behind as he comes to gain entry to the circles of the powerful, wealthy and famous, admitted to their close inner circles, privy to their deepest secrets The author drops a litany of famous names and families from the era, outlining their glamorous lives in numerous global locations Capote collected a bevy of privileged women who adore him, indulging in the latest gossip, whilst deploying a cutting wit They are his Swans, indulged and indulgent, relationships built up over decades, sources of artistic inspiration and influence So why would he throw it all away by betraying them in the planned Answered Prayers, a literary gossip read, covered in Esquire magazine, exposing their secrets for all to gawp over and feed on Greenberg Jephcott provides us with Capote s personal history, possible motivations and insights into the Swans The repercussions of his revelations are devastating, little effort is made to hide identities, there is rage, hurt and deadly consequences They cannot believe his betrayal, but a study of his character and past history suggests this is not an incident that arose out of the blue, he has form for it Capote appears to not understand why they all fall away from him, leaving him isolated, triggering his inevitable decline until his death, shut out of the elite circles he craved so desperately Capote is insecure, has an over inflated sense of self and influence, and is emotionally damaged He is not without his charm, a charismatic raconteur, a man blinded by his own fame The Swans do not come out well, living their vacuous lives of privilege, amoral, whilst picking apart the lives of others It is hard to feel much sympathy for these women.This is an amusing and entertaining reconstruction of an era, and a man unable to forsee the consequences of his actions, despite being intelligent As he steers his life into a car crash, committing professional suicide, he is never to recover his former cachet and literary talent Nowadays, the celebrity circles are unlikely to be able to hold on to as many secrets as they could in Capote s time, he is the precursor to all the celebrity exposes of today I found this a compelling story but I found the prose over the top flowery, trying too hard to sound literary, a hindrance to the telling of the tale Other than that, I recommend this novel Many thanks to Random House Cornerstone for an ARC.


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    Expos Oh Truheart You little motherfucker What have you done That s before she reads the worst of it When she gets to the bloodstained sheets, she fumbles for the phone Babe answers on the first ring Well I feel like I just got punched in the gut Yes, but what did you think Pure garbage Bitchy, catty trash, Slim says unequivocally She tries to sound dismissive, but they know that it is bigger than that It s a declaration of war Truman Capote after 20 years of infusing himself into the fabric of the rich, powerful and famous families, exposes their devastating inner secrets In 2 issues of Esquire magazine s serialisation of his new book Answered Prayers , he drops the biggest social bomb on his and their lives As the author of classics such as Breakfast at Tiffany s and In Cold Blood he was a literary genius, eccentric, yet fashionably popular during the 1960s Even though his literary career was fading he still managed a lifestyle that his childhood could never have imagined.Truman considered himself to have had an unloved and harsh childhood which he used as a trade to entice others into revealing their hidden secrets Mixed with his engaging and alluring language he bewitched many people, particularly the wives, whom he called his Swans, into believing he was their confidante With wine and words, he seduced them into divulging all.While the subject matter of Swan Song is very intriguing and captivating, Kelleigh Greenberg Jephcott delivers a tremendous story depicting the background of a literary icon and an account of his thinking around the sensation that was to cost him so much Having watched a few post event chatshow videos of Truman, he does seem quite disturbed and irrational, and claims they were always aware of the potential to appear in his books While fictitious names are used in Capote s book, the readers were left in no doubt who the real characters were For some, it resulted in suicide, for which he would never be forgiven.I didn t expect to like this book as much as I did, but the fact that it is based on real events made it all the fascinating I was entertained the whole way through and mesmerised by the lifestyle, the secrets and gobsmacked by the professional and social suicide committed by Truman Capote What really drove him to do it He seduced us them all with his words and Truman knows full well the power of words They re both armour and weapon, the one thing he s sure of They alone have never failed him, their lyricism hinting at the beauty trapped within his stunted body, not to mention his conflicted soul Many thanks to Random House UK, Cornerstone Publishing and NetGalley, for an ARC version of the book in return for an honest review.


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    Nominated for the Women s Prize for Fiction 2019This novel is based on a fascinating real life story, but I was bored out of my mind reading it After spending years with the rich and the famous, writer Truman Capote published a text called La C te Basque 1965 in an issue of Esquire magazine in 1975, which was intended to be part of his new novel Answered Prayers the unfinished book was then published posthumously in 1986 In it, Capote spills the secrets of some of his high society friends, their thinly veiled identities easy to decipher for contemporary readers As a consequence, Capote lost many of his closest female friends, socialites who felt like he sold them out for personal gain, while he argued that, well, he s a writer, so he writes This could make for a drama of epic proportions, and Greenberg Jephcott does a decent job trying to demonstrate how a neglected boy from Alabama grows up to become a famous writer who seeks validation in the highest circles, and then goes too far by exposing women who are themselves caught in a web of strict societal norms But just like the lifestyle shown in the book, everything is over the top and completely empty at the same time The book is too chatty and too long, while there is also not enough content insert torturous vignettes about so and so who wore the wrong clothes on so and so s yacht, and people drinking cocktails while talking about nothing yawn , the language is too manufactured, but does not convey much, and the people are often simply caricatures The narrative idea was apparently to write a revenge tale, where the socialites the swans tell their side of the story, and the author introduces a we narration with shifting points of view, which doesn t always work, but is quite interesting But make no mistake, this is not about empowerment or feminism The swans sound like absolutely terrible, shallow people who used to hang out with Capote because he was kind of exotic and amusing They are not glamorous, they are completely void Capote is turned into a caricature, regularly referred to as the boy when he is already a grown up man you could argue it s to maintain some connection to the narrative thread about his childhood, but it s derogatory , he is the elfin with the girlish voice , he is a twisted little cherub , he says sentences like Weeeelllll, you seeeeeee, Gore was drunk as a skunk, quelle surprise I m sorry, but women who talk about a homosexual man like that are not beautiful, wealthy, vulnerable women the blurb , they are mainly idiots Granted, Capote himself was known for his vicious comments and he betrayed their trust, but the whole set up of the story suffers from the fact that everyone is just terrible, and I don t feel like this was an intentional narrative decision I can t generally judge how well researched the book is and maybe all of those interconnected stories about all the socialites Capote disappointed and their pretty uninteresting trials and tribulations are true but there is one lengthy part that talks about the five stages of grief as described by Swiss born psychiatrist Elisabeth K bler Ross, and it s easy to find the correct German terminology via Google, Wikipedia, you name it If an author decides to insert the German terms of a scientific model and the K bler Ross model was developed in the US and in English, so the German version serves no purpose whatsoever in the context of this book , it s embarassing if some of the terms she employs are not only wrong, but completely absurd No, the German word for depression is certainly not Gedr ckt sigh I think I m getting eine Depression .So all in all, I was promised the glamour and the excitement of the haute vol e, but instead, it was ennui and tristesse royale I think the author had some interesting ideas to heighten the complexity of this tale, but unfortunately, the book fails to deliver This is chick lit and I believe that it is much amusing for people who are interested in the escapdes of the haute vol e than it was for me.


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    I am in two minds about this book while I thought there were moments of brilliance, overall I found it indulgent, tedious, and way too long Kelleigh Greenberg Jephcotts sets out to retell Truman Capote s final years from the perspectives of his Swans , high society ladies he first befriended and then betrayed.The strength of this book for me was hands down the narrative choice to tell the story from a we perspective, reminiscent of Greek choruses As such she creates a cacophony of voices and competing narrative strands that I enjoyed Listening to the audiobook worked really well for this facet of the story I found some of these stories, especially Slim s and Babe s compelling and interesting to follow but there were some women I just could not tell apart they blended together in a picture of overwhelming privilege I think Greenberg Jephcott set out to make these women sympathetic victims of Capote s scheming but for this to work they have to be just that sympathetic But it is difficult to feel for people whose whole lives seem to revolve around gossip who wore the wrong dress to whose party on a yacht is also not particularly interesting gossip.The book would have been altogether a lot better had it been a lot shorter as I said, I really enjoyed the narration and for the first two hours I found the glib narrative voice charming and interesting But once it got old, it got really old and then I had to spent hours upon hours listening to what read for vast stretches like a gossip column Had the book been 200 pages shorter and focused on the compelling Swans yes, Babe and Slim but also CZ and Gloria , I could have really loved this book.By biggest problem, however, was Capote s characterization Come to think about it, cutting his parts nearly completely would have made for a much interesting reading experience While I know next to nothing about the man and he might very well have been awful, I found the gleeful hatefulness in which he is described both uncomfortable and uninteresting He is referred to throughout the book as the boy , we are constantly hit on the head about his height or rather, lack of height to in a way that just felt unnecessary and steeped in deeply disturbing ideas about masculinity, and calling him repeatedly the fag or the kobold or variations thereof is offensive and pointless.You can find this review and other thoughts on books especially the other Women s Prize longlisted books on my blog.


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    I ve heard so much about Truman Capote s In Cold Blood, a book about the murder of a Kansas family, but I ve yet to track down a copy It s his version of a true life event and by all accounts it s a masterpiece Similarly, I ve seen the film Breakfast at Tiffany s who hasn t yet I ve so far neglected to seek out a copy of Capote s novella, on which it s based But when I was granted the opportunity to read this book, telling of the life of the man himself, I jumped at the opportunity to learn about him The book is based on known facts about the life of this rather strange but also hugely interesting man but much of the detail conversations and some other elements are the imaginings of the author These may or may not reflect what actually transpired but either way it makes the account gripping, and often hilarious What is known about Capote is that he was born in Louisiana, in 1924, but moved to Monroeville, Alabama at age 4 His mother was desperate to lift her station in life and Truman s experience was one of constantly being left by her Physically he was short and possessed an unusually high pitched voice His sexual preferences were for males of the species He was always a story teller and won a competition with an early composition In due course he made his way to New York and, in time, befriended a group of women who were amongst the most stylish of their age Babe Paley, Slim Keith, C.Z Guest, Lee Radziwill sister of Jackie Kennedy and others seemed to attend an endless round of parties and lunches and to regularly take trips to exotic spots often with Truman in tow What is also known is that in 1975, Esquire magazine published a chapter of a book Truman had allegedly be writing for some considerable time Entitled La C te Basque 1965 , the piece was effectively a character assassination of some of these friends who are thinly disguised throughout.The fictional element in this book fills in the gaps via a fly on the wall act on some key events in Truman s childhood and later life But the real fun the meat of the thing is the reaction we witness to the Esquire publication Those directly impacted respond violently one even being rumoured to have committed suicide whilst others fear that they too will be maligned should the book ever be published in full or if further extracts are to appear In effect, the writer was immediately ostracised from the group and found his access to New York high society permanently barred His closest friend, Babe, never spoke to him again, it seems We listen to conversations that take place between members of the group and eavesdrop as Truman talks to his remaining contacts These conversations are often bitchy, and usually very funny As an unrepentant Capote continues to stoke the fire he also desperately tries to weasel his way back into the lives of his former friends We also witness how his life stars to spiral downwards amid his increasing dependency on drugs and booze This ain t gonna end well It s a remarkable tale and told, for the most part, in a hugely entertaining way My only reservation surrounds the fact that it does all rattle on a little too long for my personal tastes and I think the author was a somewhat over indulgent in her description of the final stage of Truman s life That s said, it s certainly a book that made me laugh and also had me regularly searching out background information on the large cast of players, so it clearly did grab me My thanks to Random House UK, Cornerstone and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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    Much like Swan Song s subject, Truman Capote, Kelleigh Greenberg Jephcott s novel is at times charming, at times vicious, and at times insufferable Despite the fact that it took me over a month to get through this and I was complaining about it for a lot of that time, Swan Song actually does have a lot to recommend it Its first person plural narration is particularly well done as Greenberg Jephcott attempts to reclaim the voices of the women whose social lives Truman Capote effectively destroyed with the publication of his salacious story La Cote Basque 1965 the first chapter of Answered Prayers, which was eventually published unfinished, posthumously In stealing the real life stories of his close circle of friends for his planned novel, Capote faced extensive backlash and was unable to repair his lost friendships, which ultimately haunted him until he died It could have been a gripping tale of betrayal and a searing commentary on the kind of symbiotic relationship with high society that both made and destroyed Capote s career, but while it had its moments, it sadly falls short My first issue with Swan Song is how ungodly long it is, which naturally leads to all of my other criticisms, being that this book overstays its welcome in every conceivable way All of Greenberg Jephcott s party tricks wear thin after not very long, the worst offense probably being Capote s characterization he s constantly infantilized and reduced to a caricature in a way that starts to feel spiteful than constructive after not very long He s referred to as the boy even as a grown man, his height and voice are incessantly referenced, he s described as elfin or even derogatory synonyms on just about every page, and after a while it s like what s the point of any of this The bottom line is established early Truman Capote was capable of extreme kindness and extreme cruelty This book just revels in the latter in a way that never convincingly dovetails with the voices that are purportedly being reclaimed with this retelling.Because that s the other issue at the heart of this I love the concept of reframing a traditionally male dominated narrative by using women s voices it s a concept that s carried through many of my favorite Greek mythology retellings quite soundly but here it falls flat, because Greenberg Jephcott never makes a convincing case for why this is a story that need reclaiming A bunch of high society women have affairs and sail around on yachts and they re betrayed by their close friend but so what This books feels like an elaborate revenge fantasy that s so mired in gossip and cattiness that it loses its thematic heft.But, like I said, it s not all bad Greenberg Jephcott s writing is lively and charming, the style is inventive elements of poetry and screenwriting are incorporated , the research is admirable, and maybe it ll appeal to a different kind of reader, but I m afraid I just struggled to care.


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    The Autobiography of Truman Capote famous for being an American writer who wrote Breakfast At Tiffany s and Cold Blood Truman has a difficult childhood that he manages to leave behind when he becomes famous and surrounds himself with beautiful women who he calls his swans Everybody loves Truman who loves to gossip about people and is always making them laugh They feel comfortable around him sharing their own secrets over copious amounts of alcohol.When Truman hosts a black and white ball his inner circle worry that they will be crossed off his list and will do anything to stay in his favour Now a man of means can no longer be bribed Descriped as the party that no one could ever equal When he writes his next book Answered Prayers his friends can not wait to hear what it is going to be about Truman says It s called Answered Prayers and if it all goes well, it ll answer mine I m constructing this book like a gun, there s the trigger, the barrel and finally the bullet.And when it s fired it s gonna come out with a speed and power you ve never seen WHAM Imagine their horror when they realise, that although their names have been changed, this story is all about them and is revealing their deepest secrets.I was fascinated by this book Surely Truman should have known what would happen when he broke his friends trust writing this book He thought he was so loved by his friends that eventually he would be forgiven, but this was the start of a slippery slope for Truman sadly drinking and taking drugs to fill the empty void that losing his friends had created Loved the casual celebrity name dropping Jackie Kennedy, Sophia Lauren, and many I would have loved to be around in such a glamorous time This book had me wanting to know about Truman and I found myself Googling him and watching interviews he did on chat shows For me that is a sign of a good book as you got under my skin and I wanted to know Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.


  8. says:

    Dnf 20% Too coquettish for me and the writing is trying too hard Might pick it back up if it makes the shortlist surely hope it doesn t but right now, just not in the mood.Too many other good books I would rather be reading


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    A boy pampered and indulged well into middle age, courtesy of his unquestioned genius The iconic American author, Truman Capote is remembered best for penning such literary classics as Breakfast at Tiffany s and In Cold Blood the latter often held to be a watershed in popular culture He had a flair for self publicity and, throughout the 1960s, was often photographed hobnobbing with the rich and famous in fashionable nightspots Even as his writing career declined in the following decade, he maintained his celebrity by impishly declaring his brilliance on TV chat shows.Nobody ever doubted Capote was a gifted and original writer, but he was many other things besides, such as a charming raconteur with a knack for befriending wealthy couples The glamorous wives in particular, whom he liked to call his Swans, often confided in him, revealing their most intimate secrets Less easily discernible was the other side to his nature the bitter, insecure child from Monroeville, Alabama, who believed his mother never loved him He concealed this skilfully behind an exuberant gush of risqu anecdotes and witty conversation, rising from errand boy at The New Yorker in 1943 to internationally acclaimed novelist, short story writer and dramatist by the late 1950s.Truman could best be epitomized by the four Cs those who knew him most intimately would likely add a fifth camp, catty, course and clever Though his cleverness notoriously deserted him when he imprudently and very publicly besmirched the reputations of those he had come to rely on so completely as sources of inspiration, influence and adoration His greatest mistake was betraying their trust by publishing in Esquire two episodes from his uncompleted novel, Answered Prayers, in which many old friends were revealed in all their grotesque prodigality, barely disguised with fictitious names Swan Song is a deft, dazzling, diligently researched creation, in which the lives of various members of elite, powerful, old moneyed families, such as the Roosevelts, Kennedys, Bouviers and Churchills, are verbally dissected over Martini drenched lunches Kelleigh Greenberg Jephcott spent ten years researching this novel, which was named winner of the 2015 Bridport Prize Peggy Chapman Andrews Award for a First Novel, in addition to being shortlisted for the 2015 Myriad Editions First Drafts Competition and the 2015 16 Historical Novel Society New Novel Award I hope we won t have to wait so long for her next book.Many, I am sure, will be captivated by Greenberg Jephcott s brilliantly told story, but sadly I struggled to finish her book because I simply couldn t connect with the self obsessed characters on any level I found it all but impossible to summon compassion for such a malicious circle of pampered airheads, whose every preposterous, greedy whim was assuaged without scruple, however amusingly or vulnerably presented They were the Manhattan elite, in their element muckraking over friend s intimate relationships Truman was in many ways a monster, but he was encouraged in his monstrousness by those who eventually turned on him for publicly exposing their sordid, shallow lives.Capote died of acute liver failure following a drug overdose at the age of 59 in 1984 He was never forgiven How dare the little beast Many thanks to Cornerstone for providing an advance review copy of this title.


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    You ll say we ve got nothing in common, No common ground to start from And I said, What about Breakfast at Tiffany s She said, I think I remember the filmAnd I said, Well, that s the one thing we ve got With thanks to Deep Blue Something I read this book and persisted with it when I might otherwise long since have abandoned it due to its longlisting for the 2019 Women s Prize The book is a fictionalised biography of Truman Capote As my opening quote implies that immediately gave me no common ground to start from, until I realised I I had one thing I knew the famous poster of a film for which it turns out Capote wrote the originating novella However ignorance of a book s real life subject, when such subject is from the last Century or so, is, in the days of Google, Wikipedia and YouTube, not a barrier to literary enjoyment My even greater ignorance of for example Pauline Boty, Tacita Dean, Lord Kitchener, Lucia Joyce and Louise Bourgeois hardly prevented my love for Ali Smith s seasonal quartet or appreciation for this year s Republic of Consciousness longlist As well as Capote the real focus of this book and sometime first party plural narrators are his Swans an inner circle of six privileged, glamorous women for whom he served as firstly one of their trophies, adding literary genius to their collections of art, jewellery and famous friends as an empathetic and alway flattering confidant to whom they confided both their juiciest gossip and their innermost secrets And it is this later point that lead to the incident which is the central focus of the book a set out here ,the publication in Esquire of La C te Basque 1965 , the beginning of the novel Answered Prayers , an undertaking which is seen by Capote in this novel as doing for 1960 1970s American society what Proust did for earlier 20th Century France but by the swans as a gross betrayal their ire perhaps being greater due to their sudden horror at their own naivety in trusting a writer who invented the genre of nonfiction novel There is lots to admire in this heavily researched novel From what I can see on You Tube it captures well The flamboyance of the celebrity attracting Capote It also cleverly acts on a metafictional level as a compilation of Capote s different literary output The narrative form matching his early short story focus and the content a mix of his novels the early year autobiographical aspects of Other Voices, Other Rooms the socialite world of Breakfast In Tiffany s the nonfiction novel aspects of In Cold Blood , as well as, of course, the content and style of Answered Prayers It eschews a linear, conventional third party narrative or a single voice for a mix of free indirect third party and collective first party voices which moves back and forth in time over Capote s childhood, his career, his relations with the swans who at different times take the free indirect lead, or collectively the first person narration , the events of the Esquire article and its aftermath And at times this leads to clever foreshadowings and juxtapositions We see the young Truman holding a party at school and managing, despite his relative unpopularity, to make everyone anxious for an invite acting as a foreshadowing of the famous party of the century Black and White Ball On another occasion we are told Babe, one of the swans, as a consummate hostess, hand selects books for each of her guests bedrooms And this is juxtaposed with a Capote telling a story of his past an early win In a writing competition where his story was pulled due to its indiscretions and as a result he lost his animal prize but carefully selecting different versions tailored to appeal to each of his swans The collective voice of the swans also worked for me, particularly towards the book s close as the swans pull together to exclude Capote and their voice starts to appear in his haunted sub conscious But another reason for my preference for the collective voice was my inability to distinguish the swans, and my unwillingness to spend time or mental effort trying to identify and keep track of them And by extension I had next to no interest in following the names or researching the lives of those with which they interact and the occasional names that I did recognise for example Kennedy, Angelli, Sinatra etc held no interest for me The lack of appeal matches how I feel about modern day celebrity gossip magazines this heavily researched novel reads like a retrospective series of Hello issues And this is the fundamental issue that I had with the book the milieu that it describes This is a world of celebrity, of rich and privileged people who live superficial, meaningless, empty and sad lives And it is not a world that I enjoyed spending any time in It also seems to describe a very old story Vanity of vanities, all is vanity I denied myself nothing my eyes desired I refused my heart no pleasure Yet when I surveyed it all everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind Ecclesiastes KJV NIV


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