The Grass Harp and A Tree of Night by Truman Capote

The Grass Harp and A Tree of Night: and Other Stories

Rating: ★★★1/2

Genre: Fiction

Medium: Paperback

Synopsis: This handy little paperback is comprised of one novella and many short stories.  The Grass Harp depicts a small group of friends ranging from 16 to 60 years old who run away from home in order to rebel a business decision.  The latter short stories include some noir-esque and almost-spooky themes which are sure to make you sit down, have a cup of coffee, and think.

Review: It’s been a very long time since I’ve read Capote, but this is probably the first time I’ve really delved into many of his works at once.  The Grass Harp was a fun novella, with loveable characters who fall in love and must resist the likes of angry townsfolk who think that their rebellion is just plain silly.  The plot is likeable, and I’d actually be very interested to see if there’s a movie of it out there!  The stories within A Tree of Night, were just as good!  My favorites would have to be “Master Misery” and “Miriam,” which are both equal parts incredible and spooky.  If you’re looking for an old time-y read with lots of character, I’d have to recommend this to you.  However, I will warn you that because these were written 1949-1951, there’s racism and anti-semitism.

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