Music for Chameleons

By Truman Capote

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At the centre of Music for Chameleons is Handcarved Coffins, a ‘nonfiction novel’ based on the brutal crimes of a real-life murderer. Taking place in a small Midwestern town in America, it offers chilling insights into the mind of a killer and the obsession of the man bringing him to justice. Also in this volume are six short stories and seven ‘conversational portraits’ in At the centre of Music for Chameleons is...

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2001 by Penguin

(first published 1980)

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Quotes From "Music for Chameleons"

"But I'm not a saint yet. I'm an alcoholic. I'm a drug addict. I'm homosexual. I'm a genius."
"We all, sometimes, leave each other there under the skies, and we never understand why."
"Strange where our passions carry us, floggingly pursue us, forcing upon us unwanted dreams, unwelcome destinies."
"Some cities, like wrapped boxes under Christmas trees, conceal unexpected gifts, secret delights. Some cities will always remain wrapped boxes, containers of riddles never to be solved, nor even to be seen by vacationing visitors, or, for that matter, the most inquisitive, persistent travelers."
"Empecé a escribir cuando tenia ocho años,entonces no sabia que me había encadenado de por vida a un noble pero implacable amo... Cuando Dios le entrega a uno un don, también le da a uno un látigo. Y el látigo es únicamente para autoflagelarse”."
"I'm praying for you, Mary. I want you to live forever."
"I will say only that all a writer has to work with is the material he has gathered as the result of his own endeavor and observations, and he cannot be denied the right to use it. Condemn, but not deny."
"Al principio fue muy divertido. Dejó de serlo cuando averigüé la diferencia entre escribir bien y mal; y luego hice otro descubrimiento mas alarmante todavía: la diferencia entre escribir bien y el arte verdadero; es sutil, pero brutal. ¡Y, después de aquello, cayó el látigo!"

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