Book Review: A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

I’m refreshing this review I wrote a while back, because A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote has become one of my favorite Christmas reads. And not only that, it’s also a film, although I’ve never seen it. If you haven’t read it, here’s what it’s about:

Taking its place next to Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood on the Modern Library bookshelf is this new and original edition of Capote’s most famous short stories: “A Christmas Memory,” “One Christmas”, and “A Thanksgiving Memory.” All three stories are distinguished by Capote’s delicate interplay of childhood sensibility and recollective vision.

Back in 2013 was the first time I read A Christmas Memory and the other short stories in this collection, and I was a little shocked by that. It’s a book many of us older kids have read in high school English class, although it’s also suitable for middle schoolers.

What wonderful stories these are! Written in the perspective of the main character, Buddy, and based on Capote’s childhood during the Great Depression, it still holds up as entertaining today. His relationship with his older cousin is touching and unforgettable.

I’m a sucker for holiday stories where the main character has nothing, then saves whatever he can to give it all away. It’s all so heartwarming and in the spirit. There are so many wonderful things in this book. But of course, there are the sad parts as the cousin ages.

This book really touches on so many things we all go through during the holidays. Great lessons in human nature, these stories will have you both laughing and crying. This is a collection I could read every holiday season, so if you haven’t read it, get a copy, grab a blanket and hot cup of cocoa, and plop into a comfy chair for a delightful read.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

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