Complete: Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote
Ever since I wrote my junior research paper on Capote’s In Cold Blood (Which I got a 97 on, the highest in the class. It was the best paper I ever wrote, especially being it was the most important paper I had to write in my high school career.) I became enamored with the tragic life of Capote.
His debut Other Voices, Other Rooms displays the promise and talent of one of the the greatest American writers of the 20th century. The parallels to Capote’s life are crystal clear, with protagonist Joel Knox moving from New Orleans to live with his mysterious father (Mimicking not only the author’s physical appearance, but his childhood of being placed in the care of others), tomboy Idabel (Clearly representing Capote’s close friend author Harper Lee, who also represented Truman through the character of Dill in her novel To Kill a Mockingbird), and the gay undertones surrounding cousin Randolph.
What makes Capote’s debut novel a breath of fresh air to read are his beautiful descriptions, metaphors, and similes. While most authors of the 20th century took to a more minimalistic approach, cutting down on illustrative language to get to the bare story, Capote decorates his story with paragraphs and paragraphs of language that allow readers to dive deeper into the characters.
While at some points confusing transitionally, particularly at the novel’s end, this vagueness adds onto the novel’s theme of the coming of age.
Other Voices, Other Rooms floats like not many novels (Especially debuts) can.
Next up: Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
On deck: Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote