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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241951453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241951453
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.1 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The most romantic story ever written (Alex James Guardian)

A master writer ... makes the heart sing and the narrative fly (The New York Times)

One of the century's greatest storytellers (Independent on Sunday)

About the Author

Truman Capote was born in New Orleans in 1925. By the age of fourteen he had already started writing short stories, some of which were published. After leaving school at fifteen he worked for the New Yorker, his first - and last - regular job. Following this Capote spent two years on a Louisiana farm where he wrote Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948). He lived, at one time or another, in Greece, Italy, Africa and the West Indies, and travelled in Russia and the Orient. Capote is the author of many highly acclaimed books, including A Tree of Night and Other Stories (1949), The Grass Harp (1951), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958), In Cold Blood (1965), which immediately became the centre of a storm of controversy on its publication, Music for Chameleons (1980) and Answered Prayers (1986). Truman Capote died in 1984.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marie on 27 May 2013
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What I expected from Breakfast At Tiffany's was basically lots of gadding about amongst New York's glamorous high society. I imagined that Holly Golightly would be this ditzy and naive little-girl-lost, enchanting any man who crosses her path. And there was some of all that, but the atmosphere is much darker than I expected. It's a completely different beast to the movie adaptation and is a very interesting read.

Holly Golightly is essentially a high-class prostitute, wily and manipulative, acting without concern for the feelings of her friends or the men who fall in love with her. And indeed, acting without concern for the law. Yet she manages to remain somewhat endearing and I can see how some readers fall in love with her, too (I didn't). I suppose part of her charm is that she's so enigmatic and there is always a sense that there's an emotionally scarred little girl bubbling away underneath the hard face and lipstick. She borders on manic in nature, throwing her cat out of the window of a moving car one second, then feeling almost immediately regretful the next, exhibiting an unusual display of tenderness as she desperately searches for him.

I don't read many short stories or novellas, generally preferring something a bit lengthier to sink my teeth into, but occasionally a book like this one goes to show that 100 pages can be just enough when the writing is top notch.
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Forget Audrey Hepburn, forget George Peppard, forget 'Moon River', this book is the tops. There's only effectively one character, Holly Golightly, the girl who appears from nowhere and ends up in Brazil, Africa, who knows where? She's nineteen in the book and the time is the Second World War, the place of course in New York. Holly is the ultimate free spirit, not amoral, not even immoral because she lives through her own definitions, but wise beyond her years, funny, sad, but not tragic, as much as one fears for her. Even the narrator has, I think, no name. The rest of the cast exists only to throw more light on Holly.Short by novella standards - a hundred pages in my copy - this can be read in one sitting. There is humour, comedy,and great sadness. Above all there is life with a capital L.
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Everyone can picture Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, the iconic leading character in Truman Capote's masterpiece. Breakfast at Tiffany's is a gripping read that's easy to process, the kind of book that you ought to read if you like to make progress and fly through pages.

In fact, the character of Holly Golightly has taken on such literary and cultural significance that it's well worth reading the novella just to find out more about her. For added points, read it while listening to Breakfast at Tiffany's by Deep Blue Something on repeat. Or not.

There's been a whole heap of debate, too, about who the real Holly Golightly is - Capote is rumoured to have based her upon several of the day's leading socialites, as well as on his own mother. Just take her as she is.
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By Truman on 19 Sept. 2009
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Breakfast at Tiffany's is probably my favourite book. There's not a single sentence that isn't perfectly crafted. Holly Golightly is probably the most iconic of characters, which is actually quite surprising given her antics in the book... but I suppose the film is mostly to blame for that, what with its glossy depiction of her as a mixed-up socialite.

Those who expect the novel to marry up with the film may well be disappointed, but they're actually complimentary works: the film has a wonderfully romantic ending that befits a Hollywood release, whereas the book is far more bittersweet. Both are excellent, but the book undoubtedly has the edge for me.
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By Stevie on 15 Aug. 2013
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This is the ONLY book that Ive ever read where I actually prefer the film version. I probably should have read some of the Amazon reviews before I purchased it but it was cheap enough so its not a particularly big deal. I also got a bit confused for a second when I finished breakfast as Tiffanys as I didn't realise there was other short stories included and at first thought it was a continuation/new chapter of Hollys life (Id had a long day). Overall, its a nice easy little read if youre travelling somewhere I guess but Id definitely recommend the film over the book.
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This is a true masterpiece of the written word in every sense! I am sure it will be gobbled up like pigeons do corn both by avid readers and novices alike! Can't recommend it enough!
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By atticusfinch1048 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Jan. 2013
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One of my feel good books of all time, and we have all felt or had some unrequented love. I love the language, descriptions and imagery. A good book to read when you are down.
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By Mrs. V. Jeffery on 19 May 2013
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A GOOD LITTLE BOOK, AS POPULAR AS EVER - IT DOES NOT DATE. I ALSO ORDERED THE DVD WHICH I ENJOYED EVEN MORE THAN THE ORIGINAL STORY - MUCH PREFERED THE ENDING!
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