In Cold Blood by Truman Capote – a literary mixtape

It’s ludicrous that I haven’t read In Cold Blood by Truman Capote until now. I thought I was the only person who hadn’t read it (although Bonnie fessed up that she hasn’t either).

There’s nothing left to say about this book – it’s genre-defining; it’s clearly a touchstone for many books since (I’m looking at you We Were the Mulvaneys); it’s absolutely gripping; and it’s beautifully written.

So instead of a review, I’m going to retell the story in songs. Of course, you’ll understand my sequence of choices because you’ve read the book. Note: the Flashdance inclusion is relevant for the song title only!

Small Town / John Mellencamp

God Told Me To / Paul Kelly

Band on the Run / Wings

Blue Bayou / Linda Ronstadt

Manhunt / Karen Kamon

Back on the Chain Gang / Pretenders

Framed / Ritchie Valens

25 Minutes to Go / Johnny Cash

4/5 Gripping.

As part of the 20 Books of Summer reading challenge, I’m comparing the Belfast summer and Melbourne winter. The results for the day I finished this book (June 18): Belfast 11°-18° and Melbourne 6°-13°.

15 responses

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  2. So now that I’m the only one left on Earth that hasn’t read this, I should probably make it a priority. 😊

  3. Great choices! This is a very common required high school read in most of the country, and that’s when I read it. I would probably appreciate it more now if I read it by choice, rather than by assignment. Still, it was much better than when I was forced to read Wuthering Heights.

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