A Christmas Memory by Truman CapoteFirst published in 1956, this much sought-after autobiographical recollection of Truman Capotes rural Alabama boyhood has become a modern-day classic. We are proud to be reprinting this warm and delicately illustrated edition of A Christmas Memory--a tiny gem of a holiday story (School Library Journal, starred review). Seven-year-old Buddy inaugurates the Christmas season by crying out to his cousin, Miss Sook Falk: Its fruitcake weather! Thus begins an unforgettable portrait of an odd but enduring friendship between two innocent souls--one young and one old--and the memories they share of beloved holiday rituals.
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Why Capote's A Christmas Memory Is an Enduring Gift for All Seasons
I introduced this page story to my daughter when she was only five, reading aloud from the Modern Library edition, a slim blue volume that also includes The Thanksgiving Visitor and One Christmas This collection is, regrettably, out of print, though you can find copies in the secondary market. Contemporary movie fans have met Truman Capote in two biopics, Capote and Infamous , which focused on the creation of his non-fiction masterpiece, In Cold Blood. He was witty and flamboyant, though his slight stature and lisping, babyish speech didn't entirely mesh with his reputation as a literary powerhouse who, along with Tom Wolfe and Joan Didion, invented the New Journalism. His later notoriety unnerved me, and though I still loved Breakfast at Tiffany's and other works, I wondered if I would continue to enjoy--and believe in--his holiday stories.
The nostalgia may feel a bit thick at times. Both the story and the hour-long adaptation are a love letter to an eccentric, much older cousin, Nanny Rumbley Faulk, known as Sook. Her interests, while not in keeping with those of a lady of her time, place, race, and class, held enormous appeal for a lonely little boy with few playmates his own age. Her face is remarkable--not unlike Lincoln's, craggy like that, and tinted by sun and wind; but it is delicate too, finely boned, and her eyes are sherry-colored and timid. But the real star of the show is Capote himself as narrator. It also cuts through the treacle, as Bart Simpson would say. Follow her AyunHalliday.
"A Christmas Memory" is a short story by Truman Capote. Originally published in Mademoiselle magazine in December , it was reprinted in The Selected.
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Duluth, Minn. It's the autobiographical account of a simpler Christmas celebration. Buddy is a young boy living with elderly relatives. He and his "friend," a distant cousin in her 60s, hoard pennies to buy the ingredients for fruitcakes to give as gifts. They make kites for each other. Despite her frail condition, they go out to cut down a Christmas tree, accompanied by their dog.
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Imagine a morning in late November. A coming of winter morning more than twenty years ago. Consider the kitchen of a spreading old house in a country town. A great black stove is its main feature; but there is also a big round table and a fireplace with two rocking chairs placed in front of it. Just today the fireplace commenced its seasonal roar. A woman with shorn white hair is standing at the kitchen window.