Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany s In this seductive wistful masterpiece Truman Capote created a woman whose name has entered the American idiom and whose style is part of the literary landscape Holly Golightly Knows that nothing bad

  • Title: Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Author: Truman Capote
  • ISBN: 9780307456328
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this seductive, wistful masterpiece, Truman Capote created a woman whose name has entered the American idiom and whose style is part of the literary landscape Holly Golightly Knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany s her poignancy, wit and naivete continue to charm.This volume also includes three of Capote s best known stories House of Flowers, A DiaIn this seductive, wistful masterpiece, Truman Capote created a woman whose name has entered the American idiom and whose style is part of the literary landscape Holly Golightly Knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany s her poignancy, wit and naivete continue to charm.This volume also includes three of Capote s best known stories House of Flowers, A Diamond Guitar, and A Christmas Memory, 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.

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    1. Truman Capote

      Truman Capote was an American writer whose non fiction, stories, novels and plays are recognised literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany s 1958 and In Cold Blood 1965 , which he labeled a non fiction novel At least 20 films and TV dramas have been produced from Capote novels, stories and screenplays.He was born as Truman Streckfus Persons to a salesman Archulus Persons and young Lillie Mae His parents divorced when he was four and he went to live with his mother s relatives in Monroeville, Alabama He was a lonely child who learned to read and write by himself before entering school In 1933, he moved to New York City to live with his mother and her new husband, Joseph Capote, a Cuban born businessman Mr Capote adopted Truman, legally changing his last name to Capote and enrolling him in private school After graduating from high school in 1942, Truman Capote began his regular job as a copy boy at The New Yorker During this time, he also began his career as a writer, publishing many short stories which introduced him into a circle of literary critics His first novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms, published in 1948, stayed on The New York Times bestseller list for nine weeks and became controversial because of the photograph of Capote used to promote the novel, posing seductively and gazing into the camera.In the 1950s and 1960s, Capote remained prolific producing both fiction and non fiction His masterpiece, In Cold Blood, a story about the murder of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas, was published in 1966 in book form by Random House, became a worldwide success and brought Capote much praise from the literary community After this success he published rarely and suffered from alcohol addiction He died in 1984 at age 59.


    1. Holiday Golightly. She’s quirky, comical, and glamorous. She’s fashionable, in-the-know, and in-the-now. She’s lonely, lost, and waiting to be rescued. You couldn’t resist her charm if you tried, and you can’t help but fall in love with her. Well, at least in the Hollywood film version. Capote’s original novella paints a darker portrait of Miss Golightly. Unlike Audrey Hepburn’s adorable Holly, who needs a knight in slightly-rusted armor to save her, Capote’s girl is a “wild th [...]

    2. 3 delicious hours of audio read by Mr. Michael C. Hall aka Dexter!!! What a wonderful performance of Truman Capote's novella! I saw the movie years ago but I've never read the book! I'm so happy to have listened to this edition of the audio!5+++++Stars for the narrator!5 Stars for the story!Highly highly recommended!!!

    3. Breakfast at Tiffany's: Truman Capote's Novella of Love or Something Like It"If she was in this city I'd have seen her. You take a man that likes to walk, a man like me, a man's been walking in the streets going on ten or twelve years, and all those years he's got his eye out for one person, and nobody's ever her, don't it stand to reason she's not there? I see pieces of her all the time, a flat litle bottom, any skinny girl that walks fast and straight--It's just that I didn't know you'd been i [...]

    4. "Breakfast at Tiffany's", was a delightful film. I consider it a classic! As for the novel, well I didn't know there was a novel! A novel by Truman Capote, whom I am not familiar with until Philip Seymour Hoffman won an Oscar for playing him.I was fortunate enough to discover this book in the library. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is a little deceptive since it seems like a pretty easy read. It can be a bit funny, but I realized it has a more somber tone than the the film and there are some pretty se [...]

    5. This is getting shelved under "The Movie is Better" but honestly, I can't decide which version I prefer. Because I am indecisive, let's make lists.Reasons The Movie Is Better:-Audrey Hepburn plays a considerably less racist and foul-mouthed Holly, which is nice. But let's be honest: Holly could spend the entire movie snorting crack off a sidewalk and Audrey Hepburn would make it the most elegant and classy crack-snorting anyone had ever seen. -Holly actually sets foot inside Tiffany's, instead o [...]

    6. A charming little anecdote about some ruby-rare bright young thing & ensuing crew-- delightly-ful! To be read in a complete sitting in some secret well-lit garden with a basket of tea and crumpets. Necessary as stress relief and sweet as a caramel. Another plus for the already egotistical NYC, Holly Golightly is heavily embossed onto the overall structure itself.

    7. Fred, our story's narrator, has been called by Joe Bell the proprietor of Hamburg Heaven because he has heard about Holly. So begins Truman Capote's classic Breakfast at Tiffany's, the tale of New York society girl Holly Golightly. As soon as Fred hears about Holly, the story flashes back to 1943 and we begin our story of Holly. Growing up I knew Aubrey Hepburn as Eliza Dolittle and Tiffany's as a diamond store, so I envisioned Breakfast at Tiffany's to be a tale of the upper crust of New York s [...]

    8. Capote has a mesmerizing way with words. His description of the aptly named Holly Golightly is splendid and the character herself is a sort of blend of Daisy Buchanon and Madame Bovary. The friendship of the narrator Paul/"Fred" with Holly is beautifully and painfully described as are the parties and lovers that she entertains. I must see the film now(see below)The atmosphere of the book is a sort of bohemian yet preppy post-Beat decadence but with a tragic sexism that poisons Holly's relationsh [...]

    9. I’m struggling to figure out what makes this quite so great, it could be Truman’s beautiful limpid style which winds its sentences through your inner ear so that you might think that language itself had been melted and turned into vanilla frosting or it could be that this is the sweet sad little tale of a guy who met this creature and got stuck permanently in the friend zone, and kind of almost didn’t really mind because at least the friend zone was something and not nothing, that’s how [...]

    10. Delicious.Upon finishing Truman Capote’s 1958 brilliant short novel Breakfast at Tiffany’s my first thought was that Capote had been influenced heavily by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 Jazz Age masterpiece The Great Gatsby. I was intrigued further to find that several other reviewers had noticed the same similarities. Both involve and are centrally concerned with a charismatic and alluring socialite with humble beginnings and sketchy personal details and with a subtle naiveté hidden under a [...]

    11. “If you let yourself love a wild thing. You'll end up looking at the sky.”Told in a reflective and almost lyrical tone, this is the story of a writer, referred to as 'Fred', who reminisces about the neighbor he fell for back in 1943. The thing is, I’m not sure if we ever get a glimpse of the real Holly Golightly.An enigma of sorts; Holly’s not one to get attached or share much of anything about her past. She avoids the truth by putting a fun and often ridiculous spin on things and she’ [...]

    12. "Anyway, home is where you feel at home. I'm still looking."Ok, I no longer believe in 'never Judge a book by its cover'. I read this one mainly because of it's cover. Have you ever feared being trapped by love and similar demons? It is basically about that fear."You've got to be sensitive to appreciate her: a streak of the poet. But I'll tell you the truth. You can beat your brains out for her, and she'll hand you horseshit on a platter."There are some people who, in their easy going and wantin [...]

    13. When I started reading this book, because I haven't seen the movie, I thought Audrey Hepburn's name was Tiffany. Through college I saw so many posters with her face and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" somewhere on the image and that is what stuck in my head and I still have a tough time thinking anything different. When I found out the real reason the title is what it is, I was disappointed that this book was an early version of product placement, but even with all of that said - Breakfast at Tiffany's [...]

    14. As someone who grew up in the 90s, this was in my head the whole time I read this:I have never seen the movie, so the only idea I had in my mind is this iconic image of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly:But, what I actually got was this:Holly is crass and obnoxious with really no redeeming qualities. She is rude to her enemies, and even worse to her friends. She smokes to excess, drinks to excess, is promiscuous to excess - she is just wild, crazy, and destructive.Reading this was like watching [...]

    15. How does one review something so good? Are there even words to do it? Here's my attempt:Holly Golightly is an interesting enough character to fill ten libraries. She crept into my thoughts regularly for months after reading the book, and I still think about her quite often to this day, like a long-lost lover, but more fondly.I've never quite enjoyed prose like this either. I mean, every single sentence I liked. There wasn't one in the whole book where I thought, "you know, this one's the bad one [...]

    16. Marilyn or Audrey? Who do you think?When Audrey was cast, Truman Capote remarked:“Paramount double-crossed me in every way and cast Audrey.”In one of the most iconic scenes in film history, it would be impossible to think of anybody other than Audrey Hepburn wearing the “Little Black Dress” while looking into the window of Tiffany’s. Well, if it had been up to the author of the book on which the movie is based, Truman Capote, it would have been Marilyn Monroe. In fact, he wrote the boo [...]

    17. A magnificent, elegant and historic classic, Breakfast at Tiffany's is a short but unforgettable book featuring a mysterious woman and the misadventures of her daily life in the 1940's.

    18. "It's better to look at the sky than live there; such an empty place, so vague, just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear"[I'd forgotten how absolutely gorgeous Audrey Hepburn was]Until a few years ago, I'd only seen the trailer for the film version of this novel. The phrase, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is even iconic for that era. I'd not read the novel even though Truman Capote came from the 2 states in which I've lived nearly all my life: Alabama and Mississippi (both of which h [...]

    19. Holly Golightly, the heroine of Capote's 1958 novel, is one of the iconic characters in American literature. And Audrey Hepburn's portrayal in the movie three years later helped to assure Holly's immortality.

    20. Well, what can one say about Holly Golightly. She was beautiful, she was mean, she was independent, sometimes cruel, sometimes caring. Holly was as free as a bird, but shackled by her birth. She was temptress and torturer. She was glue and glamorous. Holly was light and darkness. She conquered and crashed. She loved and loathed. Holly:" good things only happen to you if you're good. Good? Honest is more what I mean. Not law-type honest -- I'd rob a grave, I'd steal two-bits off a dead man's eyes [...]

    21. My version of the classic novel included three other short stories written by Mr. Capote. I will give only a full review of Breakfast at Tiffany's though, because that story was my only interest. I almost didn't read the other short stories, because I simply didn't want to read them. But I read them, and I wasn't disappointed. I will give a brief summary of all three. The three other stories were called The House of Flowers, A Diamond Guitar, and A Christmas memory. They were all realistic stori [...]

    22. I didn't know what to expect from Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's, but I thoroughly enjoyed how Capote told his story. This backwards (at times almost nostalgic) glance at a life which had all but vanished from anything but memory (the whimsically kind and cruel and slightly tragic Holly Golightly) reminded me more of Willa Cather's My Antonia than Capote's other seminal work, In Cold Blood. Of course, Antonia and Holly Golightly have virtually nothing in common except in how they occupy [...]

    23. It’s a brilliant character sketch, 150 pages you can polish off in a day. The story of a fascinating, seriously flawed young woman who moves to New York in the 40’s leaving Hicksville (view spoiler)[ along with her husband & his children (hide spoiler)] behind and reinvents herself as Holly Golightly, in the process losing all sense of who she is. A complex character, shifting between generosity and self-absorption, kindness & cruelty. Capote can write… you almost hear the clicking [...]

    24. Miss Holiday Golightly, Traveling She is no phony, Miss Holly! She is for me one of the most fascinating and authentic symbols of the modern era. That last word that was missing from the famous movie version with Audrey Hepburn: 'Traveling'. That's the word that describe her best. She is running away from the 'mean reds', from a childhood of poverty and abuse. She is running towards something beautiful, something true, something better than the phony New York night life with its huge crop of meg [...]

    25. Quite risque and controversial for its time. I can't really imagine that a movie with none other than Audrey Hepburn would stay very close to the novella. And Holly is a special kind of a character - a woman damaged so badly she will never be normal no matter how hard she tries - my favorite. It's an infinitely heartbreaking story, actually.

    26. "She was still hugging the cat. "Poor slob," she said, tickling his head, "poor slob without a name. It's a little inconvenient, his not having a name. But I haven't any right to give him one: he'll have to wait until he belongs to somebody. We just sort of took up by the river one day, we don't belong to each other: he's an independent, and so am I. I don't want to own anything until I know I've found the place where me and things belong together. I'm not quite sure where that is just yet. But [...]

    27. Delicioso!!! Una historia maravillosa!!!! De cinco, seis, siete, ocho estrellas En cuanto a los tres relatos que acompañan está novela: Una casa de flores 3 pasable; Una guitarra de diamantes: 3.5 mejor; Un recuerdo navideño: 3 triste.

    28. This book is composed of Truman Capote's second novel, Breakfast at Tiffany's and 3 short stories. My rating of 4 stars (I really liked it!) is for the whole book.Breakfast at Tiffany's: 5 STARSI saw the movie adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn maybe a decade ago. Prior to that, the song Moonriver by Matt Monro was one of my father's favorite Monro so I grew up hearing that song being hummed by him whenever he was drunk. I liked the song. I liked the movie and I thought I already knew the plot o [...]

    29. Για μένα πατρίδα είναι εκεί που αισθάνεσαι οτι βρίσκεσαι στο σπίτι σου. Και γώ το μέρος αυτό το ψάχνω ακόμα.Απο τους πιο ζωντανούς χαρακτήρες που πέρασαν ποτέ απο το χαρτί. Άψογα σκιαγραφημένη, αλλοπρόσαλλα ρομαντική χωρίς όμως ποτέ να μπορούμε να την προσεγγίσουμε πλήρως [...]

    30. Review of the audio narrated by Michael C. Hall. Just a few quick thoughts. Michael C. Hall is an incredible narrator. My favorite parts were the bits where he was in Holly's voice. Overall, Breakfast at Tiffany's continues to be worthy of its classic stature, and the audio is the perfect way to experience it!

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