Breakfast at Tiffany's

by Truman Capote

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | May 15, 2012 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Breakfast at Tiffany's is rated 4 out of 5 by 5.

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.

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Published: May 15, 2012

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345803051

ISBN - 13: 9780345803054

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it. Though I did enjoy the movie more, it was nice to read how the ending was intended. Though I do feel saddened by the ending.
Date published: 2012-12-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Tough going I found it hard to keep my interest in this book. I would stumble across a page or two that would interest me, and then it seemed just as soon as I was interested enough to keep reading I lost interest again. I wonder though if it is because of the fact it was made into a movie and there is so much Hype about the movie being such a wonderful movie. And no I haven't watched the movie. Not sure that I would read it again.
Date published: 2010-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Mean Reds This book didn't give me the mean reds at all! Breakfast at Tiffany's was great and although different from the movie, I think I like the ending to the novel better, it's less "happy ending". There were three other stories, House of Flowers, The Diamond Guitar and A Christmas Memory. I did not like House of Flowers, it was well written but it was generic. However I would read it again just because Truman Capote is a good writer and he illusrates things beautifully. Without Truman Capotes wonderful word spinning and imagery The Diamond Guitar would have fallen flat. It wasn't a great story, but it wasn't terrible. A Christmas Memory was my favorite out of the three short stories. It was magical and funny and beautiful. I was saddened to read the last lines. It was imaginative and moving. It was sweet and yet, real. Overall this book beautifully written and worth a read, Breakfast At Tiffany's is worth your money alone, A Christmas Memory is the cherry on top.
Date published: 2008-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always lugging home wild things: A review of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's If I’m not mistaken, the narrator of Truman Capote’s BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S is nameless. This clearly establishes a parallel between Holly Golightly and the nameless narrator of Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club . . . especially because Palahniuk singles TIFFANY’S as being representative of a great American tradition of re-inventing oneself (see also Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories and Susann's Valley of the Dolls). The nameless narrator and Holly regularly meet at Joe Bell’s bar on Lexington. Is it love? One might also add that Capote is part of the New Journalist revolution with In Cold Blood. Capote is a beautiful writer and this short novel is one of my favourites. * * * * * “You’re wrong. She is a phony. But on the other hand you’re right. She isn’t a phony because she’s a real phony. She believes all this crap she believes. You can’t talk her out of it” (30). “She was, I decided, ‘a crude exhibitionist,’ ‘a time waster,’ ‘an utter fake’: someone never to be spoken to again” (63). You can almost hear Ed Norton say the word “tourist” in the background. “It the bedroom, the smell of smashed perfume bottles made me gag…” (77). A parallel scene appears in Fight Club, although the context is quite different.
Date published: 2008-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a classic novella As I lay in bed, I read the first line: "I am always drawn back to places where I have lived, the houses and their neighbourhoods". I was immediately hooked and read Breakfast at Tiffany's straight through; well past a decent time to turn in when you have to wake up at four in the morning. As I read the first few pages I was literally excited in my reading, my eyes skipping sentences, my reading barely able to keep up with them. As I turned each succeding page I knew I was reading something special. Capote used such an economy and elegance of prose. As Norman Mailer very rightly said, "I would not have changed two words".
Date published: 2000-01-26

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Breakfast at Tiffany's

by Truman Capote

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: May 15, 2012

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345803051

ISBN - 13: 9780345803054

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Truman Capote, 1924 - 1984 Novelist and playwright Truman Streckfus Person was born in 1924 in New Orleans to a salesman and a 16-year-old beauty queen. His parents divorced when he was four years old and was then raised by relatives for a few years in Monroeville. His mother was remarried to a successful businessman, moved to New York, and Truman adopted his stepfather's surname. He attended Greenwich High School and never went to college. When he was 17, Capote's formal education ended when he was employed at The New Yorker magazine. He belived he did not need to go to college to be a writer, since he was writing seriously since age 11. Capote's first novel was "Other Voices, Other Rooms" (1948), which told the story of a boy growing up in the Deep South. "The Grass Harp" (1951) is about a young boy and his elderly cousin discovering that some compromise is necessary for people to live together in a community and was adapted to screen in 1996. The play "The House of Flowers" (1954) is a musical set in a West Indies bordello. Capote then wrote, "Breakfast at Tiffanys" (1958), which tells the story of how Holly Golightly goes to New York seeking happiness. Capote became preoccupied with journalism and, sparked by the murder of a wealthy family in Holcomb, Kansas, began interviewing the locals to recreate the lives of the murderers and their victims. The research and writing for this novel, "In Cold Blood" (1966), took six years for him to complete. Other works of Capote's inc
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