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Swan Song review Õ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ ✈ [PDF / Epub] ✅ Swan Song By Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott ✸ – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk A dazzling debut about gossip slander and the public humiliation of New York socialites in the 1970s Based on real events Swan Song is the tragic story of the beautiful wealthy vulnerableMost influential women in Manhattan and silenced his muses After two decades of cultivating intimate friendships and a high end lifestyle Capote detonated a literary grenade forever rupturing the elite circle he’d worked so hard to infiltra. Much like Swan Song's subject Truman Capote Kelleigh Greenberg Jephcott's novel is at times charming at times vicious and at times insufferable Despite the fact that it took me over a month to get through this and I was complaining about it for a lot of that time Swan Song actually does have a lot to recommend it Its first person plural narration is particularly well done as Greenberg Jephcott attempts to reclaim the voices of the women whose social lives Truman Capote effectively destroyed with the publication of his salacious story La Cote Basue 1965 the first chapter of Answered Prayers which was eventually published unfinished posthumously In stealing the real life stories of his close circle of friends for his planned novel Capote faced extensive backlash and was unable to repair his lost friendships which ultimately haunted him until he died It could have been a gripping tale of betrayal and a searing commentary on the kind of symbiotic relationship with high society that both made and destroyed Capote's career but while it had its moments it sadly falls short My first issue with Swan Song is how ungodly long it is which naturally leads to all of my other criticisms being that this book overstays its welcome in every conceivable way All of Greenberg Jephcott's party tricks wear thin after not very long the worst offense probably being Capote's characterization he's constantly infantilized and reduced to a caricature in a way that starts to feel spiteful than constructive after not very long He's referred to as 'the boy' even as a grown man his height and voice are incessantly referenced he's described as 'elfin' or even derogatory synonyms on just about every page and after a while it's like what's the point of any of this The bottom line is established early Truman Capote was capable of extreme kindness and extreme cruelty This book just revels in the latter in a way that never convincingly dovetails with the voices that are purportedly being reclaimed with this retellingBecause that's the other issue at the heart of this I love the concept of reframing a traditionally male dominated narrative by using women's voices it's a concept that's carried through many of my favorite Greek mythology retellings uite soundly but here it falls flat because Greenberg Jephcott never makes a convincing case for why this is a story that need reclaiming A bunch of high society women have affairs and sail around on yachts and they're betrayed by their close friend but so what This books feels like an elaborate revenge fantasy that's so mired in gossip and cattiness that it loses its thematic heftBut like I said it's not all bad Greenberg Jephcott's writing is lively and charming the style is inventive elements of poetry and screenwriting are incorporated the research is admirable and maybe it'll appeal to a different kind of reader but I'm afraid I just struggled to care

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Him after he betrayed them On exclusive yachts and private jets they shared their deepest secrets and greatest fears with the famous writer Then in Capote committed an act of professional and social suicide when he turned his words against the. Nominated for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019This novel is based on a fascinating real life story but I was bored out of my mind reading it After spending years with the rich and the famous writer Truman Capote published a text called La Côte Basue 1965 in an issue of Esuire magazine in 1975 which was intended to be part of his new novel Answered Prayers the unfinished book was then published posthumously in 1986 In it Capote spills the secrets of some of his high society friends their thinly veiled identities easy to decipher for contemporary readers As a conseuence Capote lost many of his closest female friends socialites who felt like he sold them out for personal gain while he argued that well he's a writer so he writes This could make for a drama of epic proportions and Greenberg Jephcott does a decent job trying to demonstrate how a neglected boy from Alabama grows up to become a famous writer who seeks validation in the highest circles and then goes too far by exposing women who are themselves caught in a web of strict societal norms But just like the lifestyle shown in the book everything is over the top and completely empty at the same time The book is too chatty and too long while there is also not enough content insert torturous vignettes about so and so who wore the wrong clothes on so and so's yacht and people drinking cocktails while talking about nothing yawn the language is too manufactured but does not convey much and the people are often simply caricatures The narrative idea was apparently to write a revenge tale where the socialites the swans tell their side of the story and the author introduces a we narration with shifting points of view which doesn't always work but is uite interesting But make no mistake this is not about empowerment or feminism The swans sound like absolutely terrible shallow people who used to hang out with Capote because he was kind of exotic and amusing They are not glamorous they are completely void Capote is turned into a caricature regularly referred to as the boy when he is already a grown up man you could argue it's to maintain some connection to the narrative thread about his childhood but it's derogatory he is the elfin with the girlish voice he is a twisted little cherub he says sentences like Weeeelllll you seeeeeee Gore was drunk as a skunk uelle surprise I'm sorry but women who talk about a homosexual man like that are not beautiful wealthy vulnerable women the blurb they are mainly idiots Granted Capote himself was known for his vicious comments and he betrayed their trust but the whole set up of the story suffers from the fact that everyone is just terrible and I don't feel like this was an intentional narrative decision I can't generally judge how well researched the book is and maybe all of those interconnected stories about all the socialites Capote disappointed and their pretty uninteresting trials and tribulations are true but there is one lengthy part that talks about the five stages of grief as described by Swiss born psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler Ross and it's easy to find the correct German terminology via Google Wikipedia you name it If an author decides to insert the German terms of a scientific model and the Kübler Ross model was developed in the US and in English so the German version serves no purpose whatsoever in the context of this book it's embarassing if some of the terms she employs are not only wrong but completely absurd No the German word for depression is certainly not Gedrückt sigh I think I'm getting eine Depression So all in all I was promised the glamour and the excitement of the haute volée but instead it was ennui and tristesse royale I think the author had some interesting ideas to heighten the complexity of this tale but unfortunately the book fails to deliver This is chick lit and I believe that it is much amusing for people who are interested in the escapdes of the haute volée than it was for me

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Swan SongA dazzling debut about gossip slander and the public humiliation of New York socialites in the s Based on real events Swan Song is the tragic story of the beautiful wealthy vulnerable women whom Truman Capote called his Swans and who deserted. I am in two minds about this book while I thought there were moments of brilliance overall I found it indulgent tedious and way too long Kelleigh Greenberg Jephcotts sets out to retell Truman Capote’s final years from the perspectives of his ‘Swans’ high society ladies he first befriended and then betrayedThe strength of this book for me was hands down the narrative choice to tell the story from a we perspective reminiscent of Greek choruses As such she creates a cacophony of voices and competing narrative strands that I enjoyed Listening to the audiobook worked really well for this facet of the story I found some of these stories especially Slim’s and Babe’s compelling and interesting to follow – but there were some women I just could not tell apart; they blended together in a picture of overwhelming privilege I think Greenberg Jephcott set out to make these women sympathetic victims of Capote’s scheming – but for this to work they have to be just that sympathetic But it is difficult to feel for people whose whole lives seem to revolve around gossip who wore the wrong dress to whose party on a yacht is also not particularly interesting gossipThe book would have been altogether a lot better had it been a lot shorter; as I said I really enjoyed the narration and for the first two hours I found the glib narrative voice charming and interesting But once it got old it got really old and then I had to spent hours upon hours listening to what read for vast stretches like a gossip column Had the book been 200 pages shorter and focused on the compelling Swans yes Babe and Slim but also CZ and Gloria I could have really loved this bookMy biggest problem however was Capote’s characterization Come to think about it cutting his parts nearly completely would have made for a much interesting reading experience While I know next to nothing about the man and he might very well have been awful I found the gleeful hatefulness in which he is described both uncomfortable and uninteresting He is referred to throughout the book as “the boy” we are constantly hit on the head about his height or rather lack of height to in a way that just felt unnecessary and steeped in deeply disturbing ideas about masculinity and calling him repeatedly “the fag” or “the kobold” or variations thereof is offensive and pointlessYou can find this review and other thoughts on books especially the other Women's Prize longlisted books on my blog