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Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1958)

by Truman Capote

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Love Capote's writing, fun and brisk novella about a socialite and her neighbour who is fascinated by her. ( )
  kale.dyer | Feb 21, 2017 |
I am adding Breakfast at Tiffany's to my completed pile. Although I liked Truman Capote's writing style, I didn't care for the story and didn't have any interest in the outcome (other than what happens to the cat). It isn't a necessity for me to like the characters in order to appreciate the story, but it helps. In this case, I didn't feel much connection to the characters. Holly Golightly is one of those types who seemingly thrives on drama. Capote could have inserted Prince Charming into the story and she would have found a way to mess it up. Too regal and stifling, darling ......
*Marking as completed for Breakfast at Tiffany's only, since this version from the library contains two additional short stories. ( )
  Lisa805 | Oct 19, 2016 |
Truman Capote's classic story of Holly Golightly in Manhattan is the Great Gatsby of the early 1940s. Or is it 1950s? Capote set the story in 1943, but at points it bleeds into the 1950s, the period in which he was writing. Like Gatsby, Holly is an enigmatic character observed by the narrator and, like Gatsby, she appears to breeze through life without a concern.
Those familiar with the story from the 1961 film directed by Blake Edwards will likely find the novella hard to approach. I had seen the film first, myself, and found the book to have a very different feel. While many of the same events still occur, there are several plot points that didn't make it to the movie since the Production Code still held sway in 1961. As a fan of the film, I miss the happy ending, but Capote's ambiguity better matches the spirit of the story as he wrote it.
This Folio Society edition features gorgeous artwork by Karen Klassen. In a stroke of brilliance, Klassen always portrays the unnamed narrator in shadow or as a void. Long-time fans of the movie might not enjoy Capote's original novella as much, but it fits into the same great pantheon of literature as The Great Gatsby and Catcher in the Rye. ( )
1 vote DarthDeverell | Dec 18, 2015 |
I am frequently ambivalent about audiobooks in general, but this one is absolutely brilliantly done: https://polloplayer.wordpress.com/2015/09/05/tiffanys-breakfast-me-truman-and-michael-c-hall-in-nyc/

Hall does justice to Capote, Holly Golightly and 20th century American literature. ( )
  AmourFou | Sep 5, 2015 |
What an odd little story, but it makes me want to watch the movie again. ( )
  spounds | Feb 10, 2015 |
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Capote, Trumanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blixen, KarenForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Folch i Camarasa, RamonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Golüke, GuidoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grøgaard, Johan FredrikTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hammar, BirgittaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hämäläinen, InkeriTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The story follows a young writer and his memory of an eccentric, charming call girl named Holly Golightly in Manhattan's Upper East Side.
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Breakfast at Tiffany's
House of Flowers
A Diamond Guitar
A Christmas Memory

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Who exactly is Miss Holly Golightly, Travelled? Adored, hated, wildly fascinating, extremely irritating - she is all of these things. In addition to the novella there are three short stories: House of Flowers. A Diamond Guitar and A Christmas Memory. All demonstrate Capote's genius for evoking mood, scene and worlds within minds.… (more)

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