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In EL Doctrorows novel The Waterworks Mr McIlvaine suggests that some stories were not reportorially possible that there are limits to words in a newspaper page 201 The character Mr McIlvaine like Truman Capote the author of In Cold Blood are both journalists who have found stories to which they feel newsprint in itself would not have brought justice Therefore to what extent has truth in narration and truth through journalism influenced the writing of the novels of In Cold Blood and The WaterworksTruth is hard to define the Collins English Dictionary1992 defines truth as state of being true and true as in accordance with the facts exact correct If we are to strip something down to its bear essentials like a newspaper headline we would hear that CLUES ARE FEW IN SLAYING OF 4 Page 97 In Cold Bold or in the case of The Waterworks Telegram freelance reporter gone missing after allegedly seeing dead father These headlines although truthful do not tell the whole truth so in away they misrepresent the real truthIn trying to find the truth both authors take different approaches In Cold Blood is written in the voice of an omniscient narrator Capote was drawn to the Clutter killings by reading a headline in a newspaper of a killing in Holcomb Kansas of four family members Stephen Harris December 1999 and wanted to find out more than what could be transmitted through news media he wanted to really investigate talk to the people and find the truth Capote rarely alludes the reader to himself and the investigative lengths he went to to get the story Capote is able to go into such detail due to these investigations We are told in the Acknowledgments that All the material in this book not derived from my own observation is either taken from official records or is the result of interviews with the persons directly concerned Page 9 In Cold Blood is told
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