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Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Short Novel and Three Stories (1958)

by Truman Capote

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In this seductive, wistful masterpiece, Truman Capote created a woman whose name has entered the American idiom and whose style is a part of the literary landscape. Holly Golightly knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany's; her poignancy, wit, and naïveté continue to charm. This volume also includes three of Capote's best-known stories, "House of Flowers," "A Diamond Guitar," and "A Christmas Memory," which the Saturday Review called "one of the most moving stories in our language." It is a tale of two innocents--a small boy and the old woman who is his best friend--whose sweetness contains a hard, sharp kernel of truth.… (more)

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Quite honestly, I didn't enjoy Breakfast at Tiffany's. The short stories were lovely. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Dec 31, 2019 |
Det är i ett slitet tegelhus i New York City som en ung man med förhoppningar om att bli författare möter en kvinna som kommer förändra hans liv för all framtid. Hon heter Holly Golightly, en vacker men excentrisk kvinna som spenderar sina kvällar med rika män för att bli bjuden på fina middagar och förhoppningsvis hitta den rätte. Den unge författaren förtrollas snart av hennes sätt att njuta av livet till fullo. Trots hennes lätta synsätt på livet är hon väldigt privat och delar endast med sig delar av sitt liv innan New York; något som ger henne en mystiskt personlighet som författaren både irriterar sig på och finner otroligt spännande.

Jag vet inte riktigt hur jag ska sammanfatta den här boken utan att skrika manic pixie dream girl. För det är nästan det enda jag har fått ut av denna bok. Den handlar väl i stort sett om deras vänskap under ett år; den stillsamme författaren vars liv förändras av en högljudd men mystisk flicka. Har ni läst den här berättelsen förut? Antagligen för många gånger.

Precis som med Främlingen kände jag mig otroligt besviken när jag lade ner boken. Jag har hört så mycket om Frukost på Tiffany's; om att det är en kultklassiker, något man måste läsa innan man dör, och hela den baletten. Men det känns inte som denna bok gav mig något. Språket var lättläst på ett sådant där fint och härligt sätt – men jag led bara varje gång Holly dök upp, speciellt när hon umgicks med författaren. Stackars, stackars flicka. Det fick mig att tänka på Gone Girl och Amys snack om att för att verkligen få en snubbe att gilla en så måste man låtsas vara den coola bruden. Det var exakt så Holly kändes – förutom att författaren uppenbarligen skrev henne som en cool brud, inte som en människa som känner sig tvingad att vara en cool brud.

Nej, du, den här boken var ingenting för mig. Däremot var det ännu en klassiker som jag kan bocka av min lista så det är väl det enda riktigt positiva med det hela. ( )
  autisticluke | Nov 14, 2019 |
Having seen the film several times - most recently a couple of weeks ago - and never having read anything by Truman Capote, I determined to read the story. The skeleton of the narrative is in the Hollywood version, but it is different, too. In the book, Holly Golightly is more earthy, yet somehow just as glamorous. "I'm always top banana in the shock department." So she says to "Fred" her upstairs writer friend. She is not above swearing, or hurling a politically incorrect epithet.

In the early sixties, the film was shocking enough to hint at Holly's real character. Capote's wonderful writing gives her more depth, and gives the reader more sympathy for Fred's feelings toward her.

I enjoyed both versions. But have to think the story would make a very different film today. ( )
  steller0707 | Aug 25, 2019 |
The tragicomic life of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl (Wikipedia link). Usually that doesn’t really work for me, but this time it does: Holly Golightly is not really there as the catalyst in the writer-protagonist’s development; she’s just there on her way to work some things out and then disappear off to somewhere else.

This was charming -- not so much the characters, but the atmosphere and especially the writing. The way this story is told feels so very New York City and the writing style is on point: there’s lots of lovely similes that really are unexpected but quite evocative nonetheless.

Written and set during Segregation, and it shows. ( )
1 vote Petroglyph | May 2, 2019 |
I went back and forth between 3 and 4 stars... and although I did not like the characters, I love Truman’s style. And the ending. Holly’s character is so different than the movie.. in the movie her character is so elegant and charming (all credit to the great Aubrey Hepburn), but in the book.. she reminded me of a clueless and insincere, fame and money hungry girl... like poor Paris Hilton (when she was younger)... I had the same feelings towards her as any other character other than George: you can’t trust her... all in all I loved the ending... ( )
  soontobefree | Mar 11, 2019 |
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I am always drawn back to places where I have lived, the houses and the neighborhoods.
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This record is for books which contain the stories Breakfast at Tiffany's, House of Flowers, A Diamond Guitar and A Christmas Memory. Please do not combine editions containing only Breakfast, or with editions that have a different selection of stories.
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CONTENTS:

Breakfast at Tiffany's [novella]

House of Flowers [short story]

A Diamond Guitar [short story]

A Christmas Memory [short story]
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Penguin Australia

4 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141182792, 0141037261, 0241951453, 0734306210

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