Breakfast At Tiffany's: A Short Novel And Three Stories

Hardcover | January 13, 1994

byTruman Capote

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Breakfast at Tiffany''s
House of Flowers
A Diamond Guitar
A Christmas Memory

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When she came to be in 1958, Holly Golightly, the irreverent cowgirl let loose in Manhattan, took readers by storm with her whirlwind of innocent confidence and wild insight. Budding from the pages of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Novel and Three Short Stories, Golightly is the darting embodiment of human anxiety, irregularity and fear. She traipses night to night and bed to bed withou...

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Contains:Breakfast at Tiffany'sHouse of FlowersA Diamond GuitarA Christmas Memory

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

The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foundation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordable h...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 7.55 × 4.93 × 0.63 inPublished:January 13, 1994Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:067960085X

ISBN - 13:9780679600855

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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