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Book Title: The Thanksgiving Visitor|
The author of the book: Truman Capote
ISBN 13: 9780679838982
Format files: PDF
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Edition: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: September 17th 1996
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A heart warming Thanksgiving memoir. Capote's happiest childhood moments were during his time spent in this "eccentric Alabama household" with four of his much older cousins. This story is set in the Great Depression era yet Capote's cousins can afford as many turkeys as needed for Thanksgiving dinner so the friends and family come from miles around to celebrate with them. The stand out cousin in this group is the 60ish-year-old Nanny Rumbley Faulk(Miss Sook) for she has become Capote's (Buddy) very first friend. Within this story Capote emphasizes the importance of family and friends as Miss Sook helps 8-year-old Buddy in his dealings with a local bully. A classic tale fit for people of all ages.
Soon after the first publishing of this story in 1967 it was made into a television movie. Filming took place in Alabama with Capote and members of his family present.
Geraldine Page won an Emmy for her portrayal as Miss Sook. What I liked most of all in this film is that Truman Capote narrates at times with readings from his book.
Truman Capote/Buddy narrates
"Talk about mean! Odd Henderson was the meanest human creature in my experience."
"And I'm speaking of a twelve-year-old boy, ..."
"The house belonged to distant relatives, elderly cousins, and these cousins, three maiden ladies and their bachelor brother, had taken me under their roof ... this somewhat eccentric Alabama household. Not that I was unhappy there: indeed, moments of those few years turned out to be the happiest part of an otherwise difficult childhood, mainly because the youngest of the cousins, a woman in her sixties, became my first friend."
"Except for the hours I spent at school, the three of us, me and old Queenie, our feisty little rat terrier, and Miss Sook, as everyone called my friend, were almost always together."
Miss Sook to Buddy
"It made me feel ashamed, Buddy. It hurts me all the way down to see somebody struggling like Molly. Never able to see a clear day. I don't say people should have everything they want. Though, come to think of it, I don't see what's wrong with that, either. We really all of us ought to have everything we want. I'll bet you a dime that's what the Lord intends. And when all around us we see people who can't satisfy the plainest needs, I feel ashamed. The shame I feel is for all of us who have anything extra when other people have nothing."
"However, everybody arrived earlier than we intended ....
Most of these people lived year-round in lonesome places hard to get away from: isolated farms, whistle-stops and crossroads, empty river hamlets or lumber-camp communities deep in the pine forests; so of course it was eagerness that caused them to be early, primed for an affectionate and memorable gathering."
"By noon, not another soul could be accommodated in the parlor, a hive humming with women's tattle ...
The odor of tobacco fanned out across the porch, where most of the men had clustered, despite the wavering weather ...
Tobacco was a substance alien to the setting; true, Miss Sook now and again secretly dipped snuff, a taste acquired under unknown tutelage and one she refused to discuss ... "
"Reading back, I see that I haven't thoroughly described Odd Henderson's ears -- a major omission, for they were a pair of eye-catchers ...
Now, because of Annabel's flattering receptivity to my friend's request, his ears became so beet-bright it made your eyes smart."
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Read information about the authorTruman Capote was an American writer whose non-fiction, stories, novels and plays are recognised literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) and In Cold Blood (1965), which he labeled a "non-fiction novel." At least 20 films and TV dramas have been produced from Capote novels, stories and screenplays.
He was born as Truman Streckfus Persons to a salesman Archulus Persons and young Lillie Mae. His parents divorced when he was four and he went to live with his mother's relatives in Monroeville, Alabama. He was a lonely child who learned to read and write by himself before entering school. In 1933, he moved to New York City to live with his mother and her new husband, Joseph Capote, a Cuban-born businessman. Mr. Capote adopted Truman, legally changing his last name to Capote and enrolling him in private school. After graduating from high school in 1942, Truman Capote began his regular job as a copy boy at The New Yorker. During this time, he also began his career as a writer, publishing many short stories which introduced him into a circle of literary critics. His first novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms, published in 1948, stayed on The New York Times bestseller list for nine weeks and became controversial because of the photograph of Capote used to promote the novel, posing seductively and gazing into the camera.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Capote remained prolific producing both fiction and non-fiction. His masterpiece, In Cold Blood, a story about the murder of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas, was published in 1966 in book form by Random House, became a worldwide success and brought Capote much praise from the literary community. After this success he published rarely and suffered from alcohol addiction. He died in 1984 at age 59.
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