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Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories (original 1958; edition 1993)
by Truman Capote
Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Short Novel and Three Stories by Truman Capote (Author) (1958)
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I liked this, and two of the three short stories, though I was disappointed that they never actually had breakfast at Tiffany's. Should maybe see the movie?
The novella Breakfast at Tiffany's and three short stories are in this collection. Each story deals with loneliness. None realize they feel lonely but will do what they must to "live." Each character is very relatable. Capote is a master storyteller. He is descriptive. I could see what he painted in words and feel what the characters felt.
I like Breakfast at Tiffany's. It is not the movie. It is a series of vignettes told through the eyes of Holly Golighty's neighbor. They fight but keep coming back to the other. The ending is open. Will she or won't she?
I enjoyed House of Flowers. Ottilie falls in love (or maybe lust) with Royal who returns her to a town like where she grew up. Her friends show up one day and offer her an out but will she take it?
My favorite of all Capote's stories is A Diamond Guitar. Mr. Shaeffer has been in prison most of his adult life when a new prisoner is brought in. He brings Mr. Shaeffer back to life. Mr. Shaeffer also learns a valuable lesson for not being lonely for a while.
In A Christmas Memory, Buddy and his elderly cousin get the ingredients together to make fruit cake for Christmas gifts for many people. Since there is extra whiskey left, the two of them celebrate being finished with the fruit cakes by finishing the whiskey. The adults of the household bring judgement and censure on them. Shortly after Buddy is sent to military school but carries on a correspondence with his cousin. Of course, she ages, and he knows before he is finally told. Again sad. I cried.
I wish I would have written a review right after I read this, but this was a truly terrible book. I've never seen the movie, so can't compare it to that, but basically this guy was obsessed with his slutty neighbor in the '60's. Get a life, dude.
I have wanted to read the story that was the basis for the iconic movie for a very long time, and I have heard good things about Capote. While I liked the stories, none of them really moved me, especially the title story. I found 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' rather superficial (which I guess it is meant to be, but it left me unsatisfied), and I couldn't care much about any of the characters. My favorite story of the bunch would have to be 'A Christmas Memory', which I had oddly enough read once before in school but hadn't remembered I had until I got to the scene with throwing a penny out the window.
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Contains: Breakfast at Tiffany's House of Flowers A Diamond Guitar A Christmas Memory
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.54 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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4 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.
Editions: 0141182792, 0141037261, 0241951453, 0734306210
Breakfast at Tiffany's is well written and relates the story of a young woman, Holly, through the eyes of her neighbor. Holly is a very multidimensional characters who is beguiling to men and yet who doesn't really seem to know herself at all. This story along with the three others in the book all are connected by a theme of abandonment by a loved and cherished person. Sometimes the abandonment was by choice. Other times it was not.
The stories are all good, but I only found Breakfast at Tiffany's to rise above the three star level although they were all enjoyable to read and had something important to say. Short stories are a bit hard to analyze as I don't really read enough of them to compare, but Alice Munroe and Jhumpa Lahiri are my benchmarks, and these stories didn't quite reach their level. ( )