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A Christmas Memory [Paperback]

Truman Capote
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Jan. 1 2000 Tale Blazers: American Literature
In This Vignette The Author Looks Back On A Holiday In His Childhood And The Cousin Who Made It Memorable.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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A Christmas Memory is the classic memoir of Truman Capote's childhood in rural Alabama. Until he was ten years old, Capote lived with distant relatives. This book is an autobiographical story of those years and his frank and fond memories of one of his cousins, Miss Sook Faulk. The text is illustrated with full color illustrations that add greatly to the story without distracting from Capote's poignant prose. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 3 Up-- This tiny gem of a holiday story, although a memory, is told in the present tense, which gives it a certain immediacy. Written by Capote as if a backward glance at his childhood while in college, the story traces a month of pre-Christmas doings in his parentless, poor household. The seven-year-old and his "friend," a distant, eccentric, and in those times elderly (mid-sixties), cousin prepare several dozen fruitcakes and mail them to people they admire. Gathering the pecans from those left behind in the harvest, buying illegally made whiskey for soaking the cakes, getting a little tipsy on the leftovers, cutting their own tree, and decorating it with homemade ornaments are some of the adventures the two share. The outside world barely intrudes on this portrayal of a loving friendship which wraps readers in coziness like the worn scrap quilt warms the old woman. Reminiscent of Lisbeth Zwerger, Peck's watercolor-and-ink full-page illustrations greatly enhance the text. Her use of lighter shades, tawny colors, and fine lines plus a background wash which suggests rather than delineates detail is perfect for this holiday memory of Christmas celebrated in rural Alabama in the early 1930s. --Susan Hepler, Arlington Public Library, VA
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories as they should be! Sept. 29 2003
By A Customer
A gorgeous tale of just how meaningful childhood memories are. These memories give us a look into a relationship between a child and an adult that builds real - honest - and long-lasting memories of love! Such a beautiful tribute to the meaning of a beutiful relationship - so neccessary in childhood! A real treat for readers of all ages. Love! Lovely!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Nov. 27 2002
Why more people don't know about this great book, I don't know. I could hardly believe it when I found the story at the end of Breakfast at Tiffany's. I was thrilled when this version came out, with great illustrations.
A beautiful family story about love and friendship and fruitcake.
The young boy and his distant elderly cousin, both unwanted by the rich people in the larger house, are confined to a cottage, to mostly fend for themselves. But they have a great deal of freedom and an amazing and touching bond. I hate to sound corny, but this story is so sweet and moving and as my 6 year old says, happy-sad.
As Christmas approaches, they go about their annual fruitcake making activities, from gathering pecans, to counting up the pennies they saved throughout the year, to purchase fruit and even whiskey from an ominous Indian fellow in the bad part of town.
Based in part on Capote's own childhood, this is a story I can whole-heartedly reccomend for all children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Treasure Nov. 12 2001
"A Christmas Memory" is truly one of the most enduring and heartwarming holiday tales ever to grace the pages of American literature. This soothing bit of classic Americana written by Truman Capote is as warming on a cold winter night as a steaming cup of hot, mulled cider in front of a crackling fire under my grandmother's afghan. The touching and refreshing friendship between Buddy and his "friend" is not only delightful but something to cherish as one teaches the other of the old timeless traditions of the past and the new wonders of the future. Buddy's total acceptance of his "friend" and her somewhat offbeat perspective on life and the changing world around them is what drives this story throughout it's moments of childlike magic to it's ultimate bittersweet conclusion. The belief in love and the bond that can exist between two people of completely different generations and the hope that wherever we go and however many miles may come between us, that bond can never be broken is the foremost message of this precious tale. Given the events of resent months, a story like this helps to heal as well as entertain and is more then just another book to be put away on the shelf. "A Christmas Memory" is a blessed gift to be read again and again, year after year and to be welcomed into home and hearth as a dear, old friend unexpectedly visiting on a chilly Christmas morning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Christmas Story July 29 2001
This may become your favorite Christmas story! The visual imagery in this autobiograhical short story is memorable. A simple last Christmas between a young boy and his "60's something" cousin will stay with you forever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CHRISTMAS AT IT'S VERY BEST Dec 31 2000
Almost 20 years ago, I first saw the film made from this story. It was late one winter night and I couldn't sleep. I turned on the television and found a story with a play type of format. The film had been on for who knows how long, but no matter, I was intrigued by the characters very quickly. The television guide had no listing for what I had seen. I almost felt as if it was a story meant for me alone. After it was over, it haunted me for quite some time, and it took some library research to find out the title and that it was written by Truman Capote. Since then, I've read this story many times, and always enjoy each and every page.
This is such a heart warming tale and the simplicity in which it's written is truly brilliant. It's told through the words of a seven year old boy and relates his memories of Miss Sook Faulk, and the Christmas tradition that they shared during the Great Depression years. The story is autobiographical, and the boy is Truman Capote.
Miss Faulk was Truman's elderly cousin, but she always called him "Buddy." This was in memory of another Buddy who died long ago when she was a girl. Miss Faulk remained a child herself in many ways. The story centers around their Christmas tradition of making fruitcakes for the people that they admired and loved.
This book can be read to or by all ages. The story endures because the love between the characters is so real, and the delight that they have in sharing with others is what we all want Christmas to be.
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By A Customer
I first heard of this story through a PBS production about eighteen years ago. My six year old son and I watched it and were both keenly aware of the special bond between this young boy and his older, somewhat excentic aunt. They were related but spoke to each other as individuals sharing a special love for each other, more as friends by choice. You become aware of the simple appreciation they have for anything that strengthens that bond. The sincerity of their caring is a wonderful model for any child or adult. They are rich for the experiences they share, not the circumstances within which they live. It is a secular holiday story that anyone should be able to find meaningful. Sometimes such stories can deepen faith! Even the way he deals with the death of their beloved dog, Queenie, eases the saddnes of her passing. I frequently purchase this as a gift for friends and they report back it has become a favorite to reread. Everytime I read it, tears well in my eyes.
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