Breakfast At Tiffany's by TRUMAN CAPOTEBreakfast At Tiffany's by TRUMAN CAPOTE

Breakfast At Tiffany's


Paperback | September 28, 1993

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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.

Truman Capote (1924-84) rose to international prominence in 1948 with the publication of his debut novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms. His other works of fiction include Breakfast at Tiffany's, A Tree of Night, The Grass Harp, and Summer Crossing, the author's long-lost first novel, which was rediscovered in 2004 and published by Random ...
Title:Breakfast At Tiffany'sFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:160 pages, 7.99 × 5.16 × 0.47 inShipping dimensions:7.99 × 5.16 × 0.47 inPublished:September 28, 1993Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0679745653

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting I don't know if I would say I loved it, but it was certainly interesting, I will have to rewatch the movie to see the similarities especially the end. I listened as an audiobook, and the narrator was amazing Michael c hall did an amazing job, each character had there own voice, and while I usually find that badly done or horrific in most audiobooks it really worked this time. As well yes its true its very much a book of its time a lot of references that would be persona non grata today.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Breakfast at Tiffany's There are parts of Breakfast at Tiffany's hard to read in 2017. Like its film adaptation, the viscerally racist stereotypes are hard to stomach. If one can look past this (and I would not blame one if one couldn't), there is a lot of charm to Capote's story. Golightly is infuriating and intoxicating, in equal measure to the story's narrator. And yet the pacing - swift, abrupt - captures something important. In contrast to most Bildungsroman, where the protagonist slowly comes into themselves, the reader is left wondering if, despite her many experiences throughout the novellas pages, Holly Golightly has learned anything at all or if she is --- as the narrator supposes --- one of those rare, unchanging people.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All time favorite! Everyone who likes classics will fell in love with this book with no doubt. There are differences to be seen between the movie and the book. Everyone should read and see breakfast at tiffany's
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful writing Truman Capote is a beautiful writer, and this book is so full of such lovely stories. I especially enjoyed Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! A perfectly short read you can get through in a few hours.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pass This is one of the odd examples of hated the book, loved the movie.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Underwhelming I don’t have a very good track record with classics and seem to find myself either strongly disliking it or being completely underwhelmed. Unfortunately in the case of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, I was quite underwhelmed. I didn’t feel a connection to any of the characters, especially Holly. Perhaps I went in with expectations that were too high. I expected glamor and sparkle and well.. more Tiffany’s.
Date published: 2015-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ♥ Holly ♥ Breakfast at Tiffany's is a novella that takes place during the World War II Era. It is written by Truman Capote. It is about a woman named Holly Golightly and a man she refers to as Fred living life in New York and looking for love. Holly is young and adventurous and constantly seeks fun and excitement. Fred is a shy writer who has grown highly fond by Holly and her adventurous nature. I really loved this little story. It was cute. It was scandalous. It was beautiful. It's really and truly a classic. I have to be honest though. I watched the movie before I read this book. Both were great though. It may just be a silly story to many people, but not to me. It's really cute and adorable. I feel that this story flows very nicely. The characters were developed properly. The conversations flowed properly. My only issue is that it wasn't long enough. That's my issue for all short stories and novellas though. I am the type of person that just enjoys the longer stories. I still read short stories and novellas though. I wouldn't say that Breakfast at Tiffany's is a must read, but I'd definitely recommend it. It's more targeted to the female audience, but I'm sure that there will be guys out there who will take enjoyment out of the book too. My best advice to anybody would be give it a shot. That's my advice with all books though.
Date published: 2015-03-25
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

Bookclub Guide

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.A. Breakfast at Tiffany’s 1. The story begins when the bartender Joe Bell and the narrator talk about Mr. Yunioshi’s report that Holly Golightly had been living in Africa.  What aura does the opening chapter lend to the character of Holly?  What feelings does Holly evoke in Joe Bell?   2. What does Holly mean by her advice about powder-room change to Sid Arbuck, when she refuses to let him into her apartment (12, 21)?  Holly tells the narrator, “I’ve simply trained myself to like older men, and it was the smartest thing I ever did” (16).  Why has she trained herself?  How does Holly support herself?   3. Holly decides to call the narrator “Fred” after her brother.  Why, after her brother’s death, does she stop calling him Fred (63)?   4. O. J. Berman tells the narrator that Holly is a phony.  What does he mean?  Why has she decided not to become a Hollywood actress (24-25, 31)?   5. What does Holly mean by “the mean reds”?  Why does Tiffany’s, the luxury jewelry store on Fifth Avenue, make her feel better (32)?   6. When the narrator and Holly tell each other stories about their childhoods, Holly admits that hers is untrue (43-44).  Is Holly dishonest, or is she, like the narrator, a kind of storytelling artist?  How would you describe Holly’s approach to life?   7. Why is Rusty Trawler a good choice as a boyfriend for Holly?  Why does Holly allow the narrator to see her in the bathtub and in other states of undress?  What is assumed but never stated about his sexuality?   8. The story takes a surprising turn with the arrival of Doc Golightly.  How is he described?  How do his story, and the photograph he shows the narrator, transform your understanding of Holly and her past (52-56)?   9. Holly has transformed herself into a stylish New Yorker, but how much is she still attached to her past?  How does Holly explain her feelings for Doc (58)?  How does she react to the death of her brother Fred (63-67)?   10. The narrator sees a birdcage in an antique shop, and later Holly buys it for him as a surprise gift, but tells him never to keep a living thing in it (47).  Later, she tells Joe Bell, “Never love a wild thing, Mr. Bell” (59).  Does Holly imply anything about herself and her relationships with these references?   11. Holly explains her ideas about ethics: “It’s a bore, but the answer is good things only happen to you if you’re good.  Good?  Honest is more what I mean.  Not law-type honest...but unto-thyself-type honest.  Be anything but a coward, a pretender, an emotional crook, a whore: I’d rather have cancer than a dishonest heart” (66).  Would you agree?  Does Holly have a high standard of behavior for herself?   12. While Holly seems genuinely to care about the narrator, she seems to have no other real friends. At the party, she makes the gathering of men understand that Mag Wildwood has a sexually transmitted disease (36).  Does her opportunism with regard to the rich men in her life also extend to Mag?  Does she see Mag as a rival?  Why then does she decide to let Meg move in with her (42)?   13. The narrator describes a walk with Holly to Chinatown, a chow mein supper and a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.  “On the bridge, as we watched the seaward-moving ships pass between the cliffs of burning skyline,” she tells him that many years hence, she will bring her “nine Brazilian brats” back to see New York (67).  Why is the narrator sad at this moment?  Is theirs an ideal friendship?   14. We are reminded of the suffering in Holly’s life when she loses “the heir,” when José leaves her, and when she tells the narrator about her hallucinations of “the fat woman” after Fred’s death (77-82).  Considering what Holly has been through in her earlier life and the fact that she is now under criminal indictment, what do you think of her attitude toward her future?   15. During the drive to the airport, Holly lets her cat out onto the street and then regrets it.  The narrator fulfills his promise to find the cat—who has a new home—and he completes the tale with the hope that Holly, too, has arrived where she belongs.  Capote told The Paris Review, “Finding the right form for your story is simply to realize the most natural way of telling the story. The test of whether or not a writer has divined the natural shape of his story is just this: after reading it, can you imagine it differently, or does it silence your imagination and seem to you absolute and final?”  Is Breakfast at Tiffany’s an example of Capote’s ideal?  Do you find the story’s structure, with its interlocking beginning and ending, satisfying?    16. Norman Mailer wrote, “Truman Capote is the most perfect writer of my generation.  He writes the best sentences word for word, rhythm upon rhythm.”  Ask each person in your group to choose a favorite sentence, and discuss why Capote is such a great prose stylist.B. “House of Flowers” 1. Why are Rosita and Baby surprised that Ottilie will not return to the city with them?  Why is it significant to their bond that Royal and Ottilie are both country people, and both believe in voodoo?  Why does she stay with him after he has punished her?C. “A Diamond Guitar” 1. Given the description of Mr. Schaeffer (111-112), why do you think he is drawn to Tico Feo?  What details of description and character intensify the emotion of this love story? D. “A Christmas Memory” 1. How does the scarcity of money bring out the creativity and generosity in these two friends?  2.  The old woman realizes, after they fly their kites together, that she doesn’t have to wait for death to see divinity: “I’ll wager at the very end a body realizes the Lord has already shown Himself.  That things as they are...just what they’ve always seen, was seeing Him.  As for me, I could leave the world with today in my eyes” (141).  Why is this insight especially relevant on Christmas?  Why, when the boy later hears the news of her death, does he feel that it as “sever[s] from me an irreplaceable part of myself, letting it loose like a kite on a broken string” (142)?

From Our Editors

This volume includes three of Capote's best-known stories, "House of Flowers", "A Diamond Guitar", and "A Christmas Memory", in addition to his bestselling novel, Breakfast at Tiffany, the popular story of Holly Golightly--"a cross between Lolita and Auntie Mame" (Time)

Editorial Reviews

“Truman Capote is the most perfect writer of my generation. He writes the best sentences word for word, rhythm upon rhythm.”—Norman Mailer