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Book "In Cold Blood" - Any Good  
User currently offlineWalter747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1440 posts, RR: 5
Posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1700 times:

Is this a good book?

I'm contemplating whether to read it or sparknotes it for english?

Was it good?

[Edited 2007-02-15 01:28:44]


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User currently offlineWellHung From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1689 times:

If you're even asking this question, you aren't interested in getting an education. So save yourself the time an get the notes and use the time you saved doing something productive like posting on a.net or getting to the next level in the video game du jour. Or watch 'Capote' and 'Infamous' and you won't even have to read a thing.  sarcastic 

User currently offlineWalter747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1440 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1688 times:

Quoting WellHung (Reply 1):

im guessing by that response you don;t like the book very much.



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User currently offlineTom12 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 1078 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1680 times:

Walter, the book is actually quiet good. But, if you are able to just use notes to get through it. I done, for my Higher English, Wuthering Heights, A Street Car Named Desire and The Cone Gatherers. I used notes for all of them except the cone gatherers and passed with an A. Use the notes bud, quicker and you can get on with doing better things, like physics (haha)

Tom



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1679 times:

It's a masterpiece. Read it. It's based on a true story, even, which for me made it all that more compelling.

http://dir.salon.com/story/ent/maste...e/2002/01/22/cold_blood/index.html

"Just over 40 years ago, a dandified New York reporter named Truman Capote traveled to Kansas to investigate the shotgun murder of a farm family. The result changed journalism forever."



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User currently offlineWalter747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1440 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1679 times:

Quoting Tom12 (Reply 3):

im with you i've read the first 15 pages and he hasn;t stopped describing Willaim Herbet Clutter yet.



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User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1659 times:

Getting the notes can help out with referencing later on if and when you end up writing a paper, but by actually sitting down and reading it, you may actually learn something from it, and remember it come test time. There's nothing that can replace reading, and it is a good skill to hone up on, especially if you continue on into college. Do yourself a favor, and read the damned book, as it is quite good.

User currently offlineMaidensGator From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 945 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1655 times:

Read it; it is a very good book. It won't take you that long, and you'll probably enjoy it. You could probably get a grade using the notes, but you won't learn anything....

Quoting WellHung (Reply 1):
If you're even asking this question, you aren't interested in getting an education. So save yourself the time an get the notes and use the time you saved doing something productive like posting on a.net or getting to the next level in the video game du jour. Or watch 'Capote' and 'Infamous' and you won't even have to read a thing.

 checkmark  Well said...



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User currently offlineTransWorldSTL From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 568 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1628 times:

Just getting the notes might get you to pass a test/report on it, but it sure as hell won't help your reading/english scores on the ACT/SAT/college exams.

User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1619 times:

Quoting TransWorldSTL (Reply 8):
Just getting the notes might get you to pass a test/report on it, but it sure as hell won't help your reading/english scores on the ACT/SAT/college exams.

Good point.

Quoting Walter747 (Thread starter):
Is this a good book?

Its an excellent read, just some advice, take time to enjoy a good book, believe it or not some intelligent girls actually like someone who is well read!


User currently offlineRJdxer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1604 times:

Hell, why not just watch the movie.....

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061809/

It in and of itself was an oscar nominated film.


User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 50
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1595 times:

Quoting RJdxer (Reply 10):
Hell, why not just watch the movie.....

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061809/

It in and of itself was an oscar nominated film.

It is a brilliant read and well worth it.



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User currently offlineRJdxer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1589 times:

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 11):
It is a brilliant read and well worth it.

Yes it is, but if the thread starter is trying to save time, watching the movie will give you most of the facts so you can skim the book and or notes and probably pass the class.


User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6604 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1566 times:

Read it, you'll never get anywhere if you let other people make your mind up.

I read it a few years ago. Quite a chilling analysis of a small town america murder and the mentality of the murderers. Not CSI by any stretch, but what in the real world is?



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User currently offlineRJdxer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1553 times:

Quoting Oly720man (Reply 13):
Not CSI by any stretch, but what in the real world is?

Well you have put that in context. Those murders happened half a century ago. The book, as always, gives far more detail and insight into what happened and the characters personalities than any movie can. But for speed, the movie is still the quickest way to get a pretty good overview of what the book is about. No doubt Capote was a master writer, he wrote plenty of other good books and short stories besides "In Cold Blood", but that is the one that put him on the map.


User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1550 times:

Quoting RJdxer (Reply 12):
Yes it is, but if the thread starter is trying to save time, watching the movie will give you most of the facts so you can skim the book and or notes and probably pass the class.

NOT recommended. I have been taught from grade school, to high school, to college, never to trust the movie. Hollywood always dramatizes and changes stuff around to make it look good on screen. An excellent example includes the movie "Sleepy Hallow" vs. the original book, "The Legend of Sleepy Hallow," by Washington Irving. The two are nothing alike.

The best I can say is give consideration to the video source. For example, if it was created by PBS, etc, then I'd say go for it. But if the movie was created by a major motion picture studio; forget it, read the notes.


User currently offlineRJdxer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1546 times:

Quoting N231YE (Reply 15):
An excellent example includes the movie "Sleepy Hallow" vs. the original book, "The Legend of Sleepy Hallow," by Washington Irving. The two are nothing alike.

And I wouldn't expect them to be. You are comparing fiction to non fiction. Tim Burton can take the legend of sleepy hallow and take as many liberties as he wishes too since the story is fantasy to begin with. Not so with in cold blood. To maintain the story line certain things have to happen or it becomes a fictional adaptation. BTW, in cold blood was nominated for best writing, screenplay based on material from another medium that year in the academy awards. I think even Truman Capote said he was happy with the outcome of the movie. If the author of the book puts his stamp of approval on an adaptation, well, I think that pretty much says it.

Reading the book, first choice. Watching the movie, second choice. Notes, poor third choice. Trying to save time, always gets you in trouble.


User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 50
Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1540 times:

Well if it helps Mom always said, "There are two ways to do each task, the easy way, or the right way"


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User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1536 times:

Quoting RJdxer (Reply 16):
If the author of the book puts his stamp of approval on an adaptation, well, I think that pretty much says it.

Exactly...that is what one should be looking for. Though I still say, If you choose to go the video route, be cautious of where it came from.


User currently offlineTom12 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 1078 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (7 years 2 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1519 times:

Quoting TransWorldSTL (Reply 8):
Just getting the notes might get you to pass a test/report on it, but it sure as hell won't help your reading/english scores on the ACT/SAT/college exams.

Not really true. I got a pass and only read one of the novels i had to. There were 3 texts or us to read and revise.

I was interested in getting an education, so this idea that the quick way is the wrong way doesn't stand. When it came to my 5th year in school i didn't have the time to sit and read 3 novels and make notes and stuff. Going through notes can get you a pass, it just isn't the best way to get it  Smile

Tom



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User currently offlineTransWorldSTL From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 568 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (7 years 2 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1504 times:

Quoting Tom12 (Reply 19):
I was interested in getting an education, so this idea that the quick way is the wrong way doesn't stand.

You go through high school, don't read any of the books in your literature classes, and see how you do on the ACT or SAT here in the states. You'd fail miserably, because you have to READ the books to understand how to interpret things in literature.


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