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A lost treasure only recently found, Truman Capote's Summer Crossing is a precocious, confident first novel from one of the twentieth century's greatest writers.Set in New York just after World War II, the story follows a young carefree socialite, Grady McNeil, whose parents leave her alone in their Fifth Avenue penthouse for the summer. Left to her own devices, Grady turnA lost treasure only recently found, Truman Capote's Summer Crossing is a precocious, confident first novel from one of the twentieth century's greatest writers.Set in New York just after World War II, the story follows a young carefree socialite, Grady McNeil, whose parents leave her alone in their Fifth Avenue penthouse for the summer. Left to her own devices, Grady turns up the heat on the secret affair she's been having with a Brooklyn-born Jewish war veteran who works as a parking lot attendant. As the season passes, the romance turns more serious and morally ambiguous, and Grady must eventually make a series of decisions that will forever affect her life and the lives of everyone around her....

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  • Lawyer
    2019-03-01 11:10

    Summer Crossing: Truman Capote's True First NovelSummer Crossing appears to be Capote's true first novel which he abandoned. In fact, the manuscript was among papers left in an apartment in the care of a house sitter. Capote instructed the house sitter to put all papers on the street to be picked up as garbage. The anonymous house sitter recognized the value of what Capote considered trash, holding on to the caches of papers, including this novel for more than fifty years until his death. A relative of the house sitter who also recognized the value of the lost Truman papers swiftly carted them off to Sotheby's. Through Capote's Literary Trust and some negotiation with Sotheby's, the Trust successfully protected the publication rights to all papers. The sale would be limited to physical possession of the documents, but the purchaser could do nothing by way of publication of any of the documents. Ironically, not one person bid on the Truman papers, thanks to the legal maneuvering of the Truman Literary Trust. Today the papers are in their proper place with other known Capote papers at the New York Public Library. "Summer Crossing" was published in 2004 by Random House.The big question is why didn't Capote want "Summer Crossing" published. Robert Linscott, Capote's editor at Random House told him it was too conventional, that it was good, but it did not reach the level of excellence Capote had achieved with his short fiction. In fact, Linscott told Capote that any writer could have written it.Perhaps the deciding factor was Capote's lover's opinion. Jack Dunphy told him that the novel was "thin," a word that sends a chill up the spine of any writer. Capote told Linscott he had torn the novel up. The further I read in Clarke's biography, Capote, the more I become convinced that truth was a very relative word to Capote. At times, Capote seems to have invented his life story as he went along."Summer Crossing" refers to two distinct crossings during a long hot summer in New York. Lucy and Lamont McNeil are making an Atlantic crossing to see what the Germans have left of their European holdings.Crossing on the Queen Mary Oh, yes. They're quite wealthy. They have a penthouse apartment on 5th Avenue. While away, Lucy intends on the finest fashion designers to make their daughter Grady's Debutante dress.The second crossing is Grady's from adolescent to woman. She is seventeen. Going to Paris is of no interest to her whatsoever. Mrs. McNeil thinks that young Peter Bell is the reason for Grady's reluctance to leave the city for the Summer. However, Grady only considers Peter her best friend.Why, oh why, couldn't Grady be more like her older sister Apple, married, with child, nice house, go getter husband? Apple, which happened to be the only thing Lucy could eat during her pregnancy, leaves her supposedly older and wiser daughter to look after Grady. So it goes.The Second World War is over. New York is an exciting place to be.A girl has lots of opportunities.Being the rebellious sort, Grady falls for Clyde Manzer, a parking lot attendant where she keeps her baby blue convertible Buick, a veteran who bulges with every muscle he built during the war, a full head of wavy black hair, and a way of showing his appreciation for a good looking girl. Taking a girl to the Central Park Zoo will do it every time.Clyde invites Grady to meet his family to attend his nephew's bar mitzvah. Oh? I didn't tell you he was Jewish? And you were wondering where the conflict was coming in. Let's call it cultural.Clyde's family can't figure out why he's bringing a shiksa blonde home with him. Conflict ensues when Clyde's sister Ida invites Clyde's nice Jewish fiancee, Rebecca, over to join the party. There, that should liven things up. Yes, it sure does.Clyde moves into Grady's parents penthouse apartment. Hormones and pheromones are erupting left and right. Bodily fluids are exchanged on a regular basis. In that maddening state of love, what's a star-crossed couple to do but go over to Jersey and get married at 2a.m.?Then, what should Grady discover but she is PREGNANT! Mother and Father are due back in less than a month!Apple suggests they call a doctor to fix things. However, Grady reminds her of a friend they lost who bled to death on a public toilet.What to do, what to do?Ladies Home Journal, January, 1946Yes! Never underestimate the power of a woman! But can this marriage be saved? I'm not going to tell you. You'll just have to read it yourself.Just know that Grady has many rivers to cross.The Queensborough BridgeYou may consider my review a bit flippant. I suppose it is. Grady's naivete can be grating. But this book is worth the read. Hmmm, this might be considered the first Truman Capote Summer Beach Read!Here are the halting beginnings of a master observer of human behavior. Capote was only nineteen when he submitted the draft to Random House. I understand Capote keeping it under wraps. He knew he could do better. But, I daresay, if not for the booze and the drugs, Capote would have returned to this one, one day. It would have been a helluva book, too. Yet, even in her naivete, I can see the character of Holly Golightly taking shape that would explode from the pages of Breakfast at Tiffany's.In a way it is fitting that "Summer Crossing," a novel Capote did not want published, and Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel serve as odd bookends to a remarkable literary life.This one draws a 3.5 rating.

  • ☮Karen
    2019-03-03 09:25

    Like Harper Lee, her friend Truman Capote had a book that he drafted and then abandoned, never meaning for it to be published.  As with Ms. Lee, someone decided to publish Capote's unfinished business anyway.  It's  short  and quickly  over, so little time to fret over it.I greatly enjoyed it.  There isn't much plot or character development, but that man knew how to put a beautiful sentence together.  The ending is one I didn't see coming and left me wondering what will happen next, until I realized I knew without a doubt.

  • Paquita Maria Sanchez
    2019-03-06 09:27

    Somehow, I guess Scarlett Johansson intends to make a movie out of this tiny novel about rich people sitting around thinking about rich people things, and the poor people who sit around thinking about those rich people sitting around thinking about rich people things. Seriously, the amount of "stuff happening" here makes Lost in Translation look like a Michael Bay production in comparison. It has plenty of hints of the greatness found in Other Voices, Other Rooms, the novel Capote rightly abandoned this effort to create, but it never reaches that level of haunting loveliness. So, yeah, kinda disappointing, but not long enough to be irritatingly so. We have a rich society type who is sneaking around behind her snobby family's back to slum it with a rough-around-the-edges parking lot attendant with a secret heart of gold. Ish. Okay, more like the "turn your finger green" sort of gold. Then there's the flamboyant, better-suited best friend who also loves Grady, our heroine. Ish. She smokes some cigarettes, smokes some weed, has some sexy times, mulls over her muddled emotions, people talk and don't talk. Fin. The most lively scenes feature the best friend, and I would have probably been more generous about this if Capote had developed his character further, since Grady is such an insufferable bore. The most interesting thing about her is she has a cool dude name, something I always wished I had. Alex, Parker, Charlie, Grady. It's charming, right?Maybe the movie will be beautiful, but I'm having trouble imagining it being engaging considering the book is, though in no way stylistically weak (hence, three stars), pretty clearly something Capote neither finished, nor intended to finish. An exercise. I anticipate long shots of pretty people staring out windows and pensively smoking, and maybe a few scenes of naked parts in sheer pink things. Could be good, I guess. Perhaps on silent, it will sync with Dark Side of the Moon in some interesting ways. We'll see. I did like L.I.T., I swear.I'll save you the trouble: this is not a book review.

  • Jason Koivu
    2019-03-06 08:27

    "You published that mess?! Oh darling no..." is probably what Capote said from his grave about Summer Crossing, a posthumously published early work. This sketch about a confused young girl's misguided love, needs polish, a whole lotta polish. There are lines within a generally beautifully written Summer Crossing that stick out for their clunky dullness. Thus it reads like the first draft that it is, a first draft written by a master wordsmith, mind you! But as Hemingway said, "The first draft of anything is shit."

  • Amy McG
    2019-03-19 12:22

    I adored this book. It may not be as polished as many of his later works, and some of the characters not half as developed, but it's a nice little novella to read on a warm, sunny afternoon, and there are some moments within it that are simply magical, written so beautifully that the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. Although some may argue that there are not nearly enough of these moments to make reading the book worthwhile, I would argue that its rough and ready nature is what makes it so alluring.Grady McNeil is something a bit different by way of a heroine, and she seems to have very little knowledge of what she wants and what she needs, but she is enticing enough for the reader to be completely absorbed in her world.The ending is confusing, and not quite in keeping with the rest of the novel, but maybe this could be because Mr. Capote had no idea where to take it, and so he just allowed it to reach a rather literal dead end.We will never know, but although hardly his best work, there's something abit magical in every page of this book.

  • Kirsty
    2019-02-22 05:25

    Whilst Truman Capote’s Summer Crossing was the first novel which the author penned, it was discovered posthumously, and was first published in 2005. The executors of his will were in two minds about whether it should be made readily available to the public, and I for one am so glad that it was. I feel privileged to be able to read Capote’s work in all of its forms, but there is something about Summer Crossing almost being hidden from public eyes which makes me all the more thankful to have been able to engross myself into the story.Summer Crossing is set in post-World War II New York. The focus is upon a seventeen-year-old girl, ‘a young carefree socialite’ named Grady McNeil. Her parents go off to England – thus taking the ‘summer crossing’ of the novel’s title – and leave her alone in their Fifth Avenue penthouse for the summer. The blurb succinctly described how this impacts upon Grady’s life: ‘Left to her own devices, Grady turns up the heat on the secret affair she’s been having with a Brooklyn-born Jewish war veteran who works as a parking lot attendant. As the season passes, the romance turns more serious and morally ambiguous, and Grady must eventually make a series of decisions that will forever affect her life and the lives of everyone around her’.Even before I began to read, I was expecting to find a heroine like Breakfast at Tiffany's quirky Holly Golightly. There are similarities between Grady and Holly, of course, but Grady is also something wholly original – she is a distinct character in her own right, who has been built to perfection and comes to life before the very eyes. She is a vivid creation, and one who dances around in the mind for weeks after the final page of her tale is closed. Capote launches into her family dynamic immediately, and so much is learnt about the characters in just the first few pages in consequence. The friction which exists between Grady’s parents, and her elder sister Apple, has been perfectly portrayed – so much so that we are aware of it straight away. The social and gender inequalities which he points out as the plot gathers speed help to ground Grady’s story in place and time. Capote’s understanding of the human psyche comes across as intelligently as is possible on the page.I adore the premise of Summer Crossing, and would have been thrilled to come across it if it had been by another author. The mere fact that it was penned by Truman Capote, however, put it on something of a pedestal to me, and I was so excited to see how such an intriguing storyline would work when coupled with his beautiful and distinctive writing in its earliest stages. The Modern Library edition’s blurb calls it a ‘precocious, confident first novel’; to an extent it is, but upon reading it, it feels like so much more. Whilst it is slim – the edition which I read ran to only 126 pages – it touches upon so many themes, and its plot is constructed of a weight of layers, each of which comes together beautifully upon its conclusion.As I invariably am, I was struck by Capote’s writing throughout Summer Crossing; his descriptions particularly hold such beauty: ‘whose green estimating eyes were like scraps of sea’, ‘bones of fish-spine delicacy’, ‘dream-trapped faces’, ‘joyful dark’, and ‘evening effigies embalmed and floating in the caramel-sweet air’ are just a few examples. The way in which Capote uses words is masterful; he builds scenes in such a stunning manner, and ensures that everything he describes is as vivid as it can possibly be. For a debut novel, Summer Crossing feels incredibly polished, and wonderfully wrought. I was swept away into the story from the very first page. It is fascinating to see how Capote has developed as a writer from these beginnings, but this novel is just as strong, surprising and well-plotted as his later work.

  • K.D. Absolutely
    2019-03-01 11:07

    Shocking ending for seemingly like a romantic comedy. This has more verve and is more direct than his Breakfast at Tiffany's (4 stars). The slow build worked for me. While reading, I was taking this book lightly because I almost always doubt this manuscript-of-a-dead-famous-writer-found-in-the-cellar/attic-of-his-house thing. It is either there really is a manuscript but it is unfinished, e.g., Suite Française (1 star) or maybe the author did not really want his book to be published. In either case, the book would only appeal to eager beaver fans of the author.However, I still prefer Breakfast over this one because this has a thinner plot, less interesting conflicts and fewer memorable characters. Capote did not want this to be published because he thought that this was "thin, clever, unfelt" (Source: Wiki). After all, this was his first written novel. His first published work that made him known was his Other Voices, Other Rooms.Grady is a 17-y/o girl who decides not to join her parents and sister to the family's annual vacation. This time, in France. The reason? She is eyeing this good-looking boy who mans the parking lot. She is pretty (tall, cropped blond hair, flawless skin) so she is not thirsty for attention. In fact, she foregoes of Peter who is equally handsome and lovable. Grady fancies the parking attendant more whose name is Clyde. Sounds like a Harlequin book, right? Yes, that was the reason why, up to that part (halfway of the book), I took it lightly. You see, I am in this quest of completing all the Capote books. I am his fan and I'd like to be his completist, i.e., a reader who has read all of the author's main/published works. This is my second to the last Capote.But the ending is jaw-dropping. I did not expect it. I was loving the common local touch of Capote and I thought that this was his version of Bonjour tristesse (3 stars) because Capote was 24 when he wrote this novel with a 17-y/o as the female main protagonist. However, Capote is Capote and he is better, in my opinion, than Francoise Sagan and Capote proved it by giving the final punch towards the end of the novel. Sagan got knocked out. The ending decides the winner.Nicely done.

  • Mark
    2019-03-09 09:21

    Truman Capote's first novel (discarded and later found and published well after his death in 1984) shows glimpses of what he had to come. This book is very much written in the same style as Breakfast at Tiffany's.Told like Capote was sitting in a Brooklyn cafe watching events unfold the story follows one summer in the life of Grady McNeil. Grady comes from privileged society and is left on her own for the summer when her parents go overseas. She is somewhat of a care free spirit, not one for the airs and graces of her privileged life. With no need of a job Grady is left to explore the city and what it has to offer.Capote's love for New York and its class societies shine through in this brief novel as Grady makes acquaintances with Clyde, from a lesser class and maintains her childhood friendship with Peter whom it seems she is destined to be with.Not quite a love triangle, the two men know little of each other and Grady makes her own decisions about her future but those decisions can get her in quite a bit of trouble. Just as Tiffany's ends leaving things up in the air so too does this novel.Read it just for the prose.

  • Mary
    2019-03-10 11:19

    I adored this book.Beautifully written.Sparkling, poetic, lyrical prose.Grady is a witty heroine who I loved.Wonderful setting of 1920's New York.Although there was an underlying sense of dread as the book reached it's climax!A little gem of a book which will become a favourite of mine!So glad it was published.

  • antónio alves
    2019-02-20 09:23

    A escrita de T. Capote é como um licor gourmet: doce, inebriante e de altíssima qualidade!de realçar a minúcia e a delicadeza do olhar do autor nas análises psicológicas das personagensde realçar a prosa poética, sobretudo nas descrições, carregada de recursos expressivos cheios de significações inusitadas, mas riquíssimas em termos literáriosadoro a escrita de T. Capote!

  • Liam
    2019-02-22 09:35

    I can easily say this is definitely the best book I've ever read that was rescued from a trash can (Confederacy of Dunces was under his bed, right?). This was a novel Truman abandoned in 1943 to write his debut Other Voices, Other Rooms. After his success with In Cold Blood he moved out of his Brooklyn apartment for Manhattan instructing the remaining contents of his apartment be put out on the curb for collection. The Super salvaged a box full of papers that included this manuscript. Nobody knew about this until it came up for auction in 2004 and was subsequently published. It's a quick six chapters about a small but intense cast of mentally unstable characters set during a New York summer ("as the heat closed in like a hand over a murder victim's mouth, the city thrashed and twisted but, with its outcry muffled, it...sank into a coma"). I think this qualifies as a genre that I'm slowly becoming aware I've constructed for myself and deeply enjoy (Franny & Zooey, Leon The Professional, etc.). If you already love Truman Capote you've probably already read this and so forget it...I immediately had a sense of recognition while reading these two passages:"What infinite energies are wasted steeling oneself against crisis that seldom comes: the strength to move mountains; and yet it is perhaps this very waste, this torturous wait for things that never happen, which prepares the way and allows one to accept with sinister sincerity the beast at last in view...""Most of life is so dull it is not worth discussing, and it is dull at all ages. When we change our brand of cigarette, move to a new neighborhood, subscribe to a different newspaper, fall in and out of love, we are protesting in ways both frivolous and deep against the not to be diluted dullness of day-to-day living. Unfortunately, one mirror is as treacherous as another, reflecting at some point in every adventure the same vain unsatisfied face, and so when she asks what have I done? she means really what am I doing? as one usually does."

  • Oceana2602
    2019-03-09 12:17

    Mr. Truman will probably throw a fit in his grave if I tell him that his first novel wasn't nearly as entertaining as Ms. Novik's. So he is a great writer, I don't doubt that. And for a first novel, Summer Crossing is probably better than most.Doesn't mean I have to like it, and I didn't. It didn't make sense to me, which is probably more a question of age than of writing. But the book did nothing to me: I wasn't particularly interested in what was happening, I didn't seem to like the characters or understand their motives, I wasn't shocked, provoked, intrigued, sad or anything. I would probably have put the book away if it had been any longer. Well, at least now I can say I have read it, and isn't that what reading the classics is all about anyway? *g*

  • Jim Fonseca
    2019-03-10 11:13

    Exactly how much trouble can a filthy rich, spoiled Manhattan teenaged girl get into when her parents leave via ocean liner for summer in Europe? Our young lady with impeccable WASP credentials hooks up with a Jewish parking lot attendant from Brooklyn. Chaos ensues. This sounds like a grade-B movie from the 1950's but the clash of class, the violence, alcohol and drugs are modern and it reads like 2010. This was the first novel Capote worked on, starting in 1943, but he never felt it was finished. It was published posthumously, and probably incomplete, in 2005.

  • MJ Nicholls
    2019-03-16 07:35

    Capote’s buried first novel. I couldn’t make it into the second half since there doesn’t appear to be a story here, an interesting character, or any particular reason to keep reading another long comma-infested, mid-clause-POV-shifting sentence of upper-class Manhattanite banality. Authors suppress books for a reason. When will publishers learn?

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-13 06:12

    What a beautifully imperfect book. This is Capote's first novel written sometime in the 1940s and not published until 2004. Why the big gap? He left his apartment and told his landlord to throw it away.Thankfully the landlord kept it. Eventually it landed in the hands of Sotheby's for auction. They notified the lawyer in charge of Capote's Trust. He gave the transcript to the New York Public Library, and he also had the book published.Summer Crossing tells the story of Grady McNeil, a debutante in New York City, as she experiences her first summer in the city instead of going to France with her parents. It is a love story and a tale of self-discovery. While I haven't read Breakfast at Tiffany's I have seen the movie, and this book clearly lays the groundwork for that plot.It talks about the clash of the classes in New York City and the reality of what those classes meant. Capote tackles sensitive subjects with beautiful language and care. It is truly a masterpiece of a book despite its obviously unpolished feel.You must read it. It is short and a very easy read that will keep you turning pages. A great read for the summer.

  • Robert
    2019-03-23 13:09

    O lectura usurica, rapida, perfecta pentru o dupa-amiaza de vara. De ce doar 2 stele? Pentru ca, spre sfarsit, nu se leaga mai multe lucruri si te opresti din lectura pentru a te intreba de ce si cand s-a intamplat lucrul x. Recitesti fragmente, dar nu gasesti elementul/elementele care sa lege cat de cat actiunea. Nu m-a impresionat, insa am sa citesc in continuare carti care l-au consacrat pe Truman Capote.

  • Roberto
    2019-02-22 11:07

    "Non si lasciano le persone, si lascia solo se stessi"Grady McNeil, diciassettenne, è la bella figlia di un facoltoso newyorkese. Clyde è un ventitreenne un po’ frivolo di famiglia modesta, veterano di guerra senza un soldo che lavora in un parcheggio. I due si incontrano, si scoprono e quasi per gioco si innamorano. E quando Grady riesce a rimanere a New York da sola tutta l'estate i due si godono, senza più i limiti imposti dai genitori perbenisti, la loro storia d’amore. Mentre Clyde si ritrova in un lussuoso appartamento con una ragazza intelligente e sveglia, Grady scopre la genuinità di Clyde, che proviene da un ambiente in cui i sentimenti valgono più del conto in banca.Con lui Grady trascorre l’estate, anche se "era sempre stata consapevole che lui non poteva essere cucito nella trama concreta del suo futuro. Anzi, forse era proprio per questo che aveva scelto di innamorarsi di lui: quella storia doveva essere il fuoco dell’anno prima, destinato a riflettersi sulla neve che presto sarebbe caduta".Impossibile non collegare Grady con Holly, la protagonista di “Colazione da Tiffany”, di cui possiede alcuni tratti caratteriali, quali l’amore per la trasgressione e la ribellione alle regole.Grady a un certo punto dice ”che non le è nemmeno venuto in mente di domandarsi se sposerà Clyde,” perché pensa che questo genere di cose riguardi la gente adulta: "Il matrimonio era una cosa che poteva verificarsi solo molto più avanti, quando sarebbe cominciata la vita grigia e seria, perché per lei, ne era assolutamente sicura, la vita vera non era ancora iniziata; in quel momento, invece, vedendosi triste e pallida nello specchio, si rese conto che era già cominciata da un pezzo".Capote, che ha scritto questo romanzo all’età di diciannove anni, ha la capacità di prendere un soggetto complesso, indagarlo e descriverlo con una prosa perfetta, mettendo in luce i lati più nascosti dell’animo umano con semplicità, senza drammatizzare e giudicare. Grady è la protagonista indiscussa della vicenda, essendo esempio di immaturità, incoscienza ed infelicità."la maggior parte della vita è così noiosa che non vale nemmeno la pena di parlarne, e ciò è vero a qualsiasi età".E’ il primo romanzo di Capote, ma nonostante metta già in mostra le capacità dello scrittore, non è certamente il suo romanzo migliore. È un romanzo romantico, triste e amaro con un finale duro, anche se un po’ troppo rapido.

  • Katerina
    2019-02-27 11:30

    Роман служит прекрасной иллюстрацией к тому, что, раз автор не хотел публиковаться, значит, у него были причины.Текст очень и очень слабый, вот прямо видно, что это черновик. Местами попадаются очень хорошие, ограненные абзацы, а за ними - опять мелодрама и скелет из клише. Герои не прописаны, а просто вбухнуты в текст кусками. Их поступки текстом романа не мотивированы никак. Симпатичная девочка из богатой семьи, которой мама предположительно везет из Парижа невиданной красоты платье дебютантки, влюбляется в парковщика, ветерана войны, а потом оказывается, что и еврея, ай-яй-яй, что скажет семья. Какой-то ворох драматических деталей про обоих никак не связывает этих двух людей между собой, нет никаких оснований для любви и интриги. С чего вдруг они полюбили друг друга? Даже используя популярную теорию про противоположности, их роман выглядит натужно и нелепо. Самый цельный персонаж - Питер, девушкин друг детства, про которого есть примерно три абзаца - ярких, остроумных, красивых три абзаца.Что касается языка - иногда в тексте проскальзывают хорошие куски, но их очень мало, в основном - мелодрама и высокопарные фразы с загадочным смыслом. Вот даже это «Нельзя бросить другого человека — бросить можно только себя» - оно что вообще означает? Паоло Коэльо заплакал от зависти.В общем, теперь всем молодым авторам, наверное, должно быть понятно, что без труда и переписывания хорошего текста не получится (и к чести Капоте, сам-то он видел, что текст "thin, clever, unfelt"), а публиковать случайно найденное можно, только если вы порылись в ящиках у Сэлинджера, который даже в стол, говорят, писал не навскидку.

  • Wiebke (1book1review)
    2019-03-17 13:07

    This is a quick and lovely read about a young rebellious woman who wants to spend the summer in New York with the man she loves. Throughout the novel she has to face the challenges of their age, social and other differences.Additionally to the wonderful presentation of the characters and their situation Capote also paints a very realistic and beautiful picture of New York in the summer.I can recommend this to anyone who likes Capote's writing or who is interested to give him a try.

  • Lucrezia
    2019-03-08 05:26

    "Arriva sempre un momento in cui ci si domanda, cosa ho fatto?,e per lei era arrivato quel mattino a colazione, quando Apple leggendo ad alta voce la lettera di Lucy, era giunta al punto in cui si parlava dell' abito; dimentica di non averlo voluto affatto, conscia che ormai non l' avrebbe più indossato, aveva scelto le scale di un nuovo e misterioso dolore: cos' ho mai fatto? Il mare le poneva la stessa domanda, e i gabbiani facevano eco al mare. La maggior parte della vita è talmente noiosa che non vale la pena nemmeno di parlarne,e ciò è vero a qualsiasi età.Ogni volta che cambiamo marca di sigarette, traslochiamo in una nuova casa, ci abboniamo a un altro giornale, ci innamoriamo e ci disinnamoriamo, in realtà non facciamo che protestare in modo più o meno frivolo contro l' insormontabile noia della vita quotidiana.Purtroppo però tutti gli specchi sono bugiardi, e a un certo punto, nel bel mezzo di qualsiasi avventura, ci rimandano la solita faccia vuota e insoddisfatta; perciò mentre si domandava cos'aveva fatto,Grady si domandava in realtà cosa stava facendo, come al solito."Si può dire tutto di Capote , di certo non era un santo, di certo era una gran carogna (nella eccezione positiva del termine naturalmente),ma aveva una capacità di osservazione e comprensione pazzesca...E la verve del giornalista, solo che era solito osservare sopratutto i difetti, le debolezze, i vizi delle persone e riportarli ...E questo non ha fatto piacere a più di uno.Anche in Summer Crossing il piccoletto non si smentisce, e sebbene al suo primo romanzo, già dimostra di saperne una più del diavolo sulle persone...Protagonista del romanzo è Grady McNail figlia di una delle personalità più illustri e ricche di New York.Grady è una ribelle a suo modo (non sono d' accordo con chi la paragona alla più tardi Holly Golightly di "Brekfast at Tiffany's" i lati in comune sono davvero molto pochi)si taglia i capelli cortissimi, malgrado il parere della madre, non vuole partecipare al ballo delle debuttanti e sopratutto intrattiene una relazione all' insaputa di tutti con il parcheggiatore ebreo Clyde Manzer,aiutata anche dal fatto di avere casa totalmente libera per un' intera estate (dato che i suoi vanno a Parigi), una specie di gioco per lei, ma dal quale senza nemmeno accorgersene viene risucchiata, fino al inevitabile epilogo finale...^^ C’era della gioia nei colpi stordenti sferrati dai pugni di Clyde, e mentre l’auto sgommava lungo la Terza Avenue, schivava i pilastri della sopraelevata e ignorava il rosso dei semafori, lei li fissò in silenzio come un uccello intontito dal continuo sbattere contro muri e finestre. Perché quando monta il panico la mente si aggroviglia come il cavo di srotolamento di un paracadute, e allora si continua a precipitare. L’auto svoltò a destra sulla Cinquantanovesima e sbandò sul Queensboro Bridge; sovrastando le rauche sirene del traffico fluviale, in un mattino che per lui non avrebbe fatto cambiare il cielo, Gump gridò: "Dannazione, così ci ammazzi!" senza riuscire a staccare le mani di Grady dal volante, e lei disse: "Lo so".^^

  • Sara
    2019-03-07 06:17

    After checking out this apparent prototype to the rest of Capote's work, I definitely wanted to move on into some Breakfast territory.Grady, like Clyde, offers only the leanest peripheral insight into her inner life, causing the reader to view her uncomfortably atop a pedestal. Irony abounds in Grady's childlike insistence for acceptance from those she places beneath her. (To me, she is the complete embodiment of "svelte" :) ) More than a coming-of-age, class-conflict, or sultry beach read, Summer Crossing impressively confronts us, the readers, with our own sense of self-entitlement in regards to our perception of the rest of the world. All that is needed for the most innocent naivete to become the vehicle for reckless self-indulgence, is the conviction that we, as mere individuals, can fell the whole world with our limited understanding of it.Thanks for lending, Greg!

  • Mohamed Omran
    2019-03-03 09:17

    There something about Truman Capote's voice that's just captivating. Atmosphere. And in Summer Crossing, 1940s New York comes to life with an easy eloquence. You can feel what the characters feel, whether you understand them or not.This short novel takes place one summer in the sweltering heat of New York City. Seventee-year-old socialite Grady McNeil's parents have gone to Europe, leaving her home alone. And alone, she can carry on her affair with war veteran parking lot attendant Clyde Manzer. Their relationship is difficult to define; neither has what you'd call stellar communication skills. They hide their feelings from one another, not wanting to show attachment. So the more they mean to each other, the more they keep each other at arms length. As the summer passes, the weather heats up, and Grady and Clyde's relationship takes on gravity that cannot be ignored.The end is sudden, but perhaps all the better for it. The languid days of summer are gone, and it's time to face reality, one way or the other.

  • Larissa
    2019-03-18 07:18

    This is one of those books where the back-story itself is almost good enough. Years after he originally wrote this novella (at age 19) in 4 Composition Notebooks (remember those black and white ones that you did all your Important Writing in in middle school?), Capote hastily moved out of his brownstone and asked his Super to throw away anything that he'd left behind in the rush. The detritus included a box containing this manuscript. A neighbor found the box and decided that such a thing should be kept for posterity. Which he did--in his closet--until he died recently. Then his relatives came across the manuscript and sold it to Sotheby's which sold it to the NYPL to house in their Truman Capote collection. And after various arguments about the ethics of publishing that which was intended to be un-published, we now have Summer Crossing in all its colon-happy, run-on sentenced, uber-similied splendor. It's a sweet story, in its way, although the brassy 17 year old precursor to Holly Golightly ends up getting hers in about every sense. In essence, what begins as a hedonistic summer of independence becomes a rather doomed coming of age, with very little hint of redemption. I'm not entirely sure I agree with the choice to publish this manuscript (although I look forward to seeing it at the NYPL). On one hand, I'm glad we get a glimpse of What He Was before What He Became. However, there is something a bit sobering about the appropriation of an author's work after his/her death. At any rate, reading Summer Crossing will definitely give one a chance to think "I could do [better than] that!" which is probably reason enough to make it available.

  • Myles
    2019-03-15 13:16

    You likely know already the story behind Summer Crossing's rediscovery and posthumous publication, so I'll skip it, but this novella does show off the talent Capote possessed from a very young age.I haven't read Breakfast at Tiffany's yet, but this is a very different style than the calm of In Cold Blood and the rich gothic Other Voices Other Rooms. Summer Crossing begins with Grady O'Neill, a disconnected and privileged Manhattan teenager, on the verge of spending a summer by herself in the city while her parents steam to Europe and her older sister is preoccupied with her own family in Connecticut. She is newly in a love affair, must contend with family pressure to conform, must deal with the world and her friend seeing her as a woman. The book ends with Grady O'Neill, a disconnected and privileged Manhattan teenager, on the verge of thinking about making a very important decision.* Not that no progression was made, or that character progression is essential....The book flies and has wonderful turns of phrase, but while I enjoyed reading it I can't tack down exactly why I did. Beautiful babble? *There's a little more down the road than that, but I don't feel like spoiling the scene by detailing it. Even with that ending I don't feel that Grady made any choice in the matter.

  • Greg
    2019-03-18 10:35

    This first effort by a 19-year-old Capote is admirable; he reaches to address class distinction and sexual issues thereof. The first half is flat and flawed: rich girl Grady plays with her boy-toy Clyde. But Capote pulls the rug out from under us when he suddenly switches to Clyde's POV half-way through. Clyde is a war veteran, his family has suffered true heartaches. Things get messy, to say the least. Capote improves his writing skills with "Other Voices, Other Rooms", written and published several years later. Then, he transitions slowly with "The Grass Harp" to such very good works as "Breakfast at Tiffany's" And finally, 20 years after this rocky first start, he writes his masterpiece, "In Cold Blood". His 20 years of hard work, writing amid a battle waged against him personally and professionally, is simply a triumph.

  • Olesya
    2019-03-06 11:35

    ''Veći dio života tako je dosadan da nije vrijedan spomena, i dosadan je u svakoj dobi. Kada promijenimo marku cigareta, preselimo se u drugu četvrt, pretplatimo na druge novine, zaljubimo i odljubimo, tada se bunimo protiv dosade svakog života koja se neda rastjerati. Nažalost, jedno zrcalo jednako je varljivo kao i drugo, i u jednom trenutku, u svakoj avanturi odražava isto prazno i nezadovoljno lice.''''Ne bježi se od ljudi, bježi se od samog sebe''''Gledati ljubljenu osobu kako spava jedno je od čarobnih iskustava: oslobođen od pogleda i svijesti, na jedan opojni trenutak držiš njegovo srce, potpuno je bespomoćan i koliko god iracionalno bilo, vjeruješ da je on istinski muškarac nježan poput djeteta.''

  • Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
    2019-03-08 13:32

    There is no other writer like Truman Capote. Simple, poetic phrases and characters that are hard to forget. 'Summer Crossing' is very unique among other Capote's works - it is his first and at the same time last novel, published years after his death, nearly ten years ago. It's different, fresh and mesmerizing. It will grab your heart and won't let go hours after the book is finished. Capote's story at its essence.

  • Ben
    2019-03-20 08:10

    This is an interesting artifact. It is juvenilia; it's interesting as an imperfect proto-novel. It's a quick read, and the afterword might just be the best part of the book as it gives some insight into Capote.

  • David Finch-Quadrio
    2019-03-15 12:15

    It is hard to be too critical of a book that was not intended by its author to be published and therefore was not edited for publication.It is a nicely written novella about a memorable summer in the life of a naive and foolish girl. Worth a read if you like Capote and post-WW2 New York stories.

    2019-03-22 10:22

    This early Truman Capote novel is the only one I haven't cared for. (In this I am not alone, as the book was out of print for many years before its recent return.) It's not outright bad, but just too glossy, too magazine-ish. Capote wrote so many wonderful things, both fiction and non: IN COLD BLOOD, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, THE MUSES ARE HEARD, OTHER VOICES OTHER ROOMS, THE GRASS HARP -- the list is long. Best to go there first. "Summer Crossing," by the way, refers to a Transatlantic passage by ship in warmer, calmer weather.