Breakfast at Tiffany's (Modern Library) Hardcover – 31 Jan 1994
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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 Mailer
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Another aspect of Truman Capote’s writing I greatly appreciated was his sensitivity and attention to detail: “We giggled, ran, sang along the paths toward the old wooden boathouse, now gone. Leaves floated on the lake; on the shore, a park-man was fanning a bonfire of them, and the smoke, rising like Indian signals, was the only smudge on the quivering air. I thought of the future, and spoke of the past.” It is the relationship between Holly and the narrator that stands out in my mind when remembering the story. Their friendship is touching, and the way in which the narrator longs for Holly is often heart-rending.Read more ›
Breakfast at Tiffany's revolves around Holly Golightly, the former starlet and cafe society item, who floats lightly through life (like cotton fibers in the wind) looking for where she belongs. Ms. Golightly is and will remain one of the most original and intriguing characters in American fiction. Like a magician, she is both more and less than she seems. But she has an appreciation for people and animals that goes to the core of her soul that will touch you (if you are like me), especially in her desire that they and she be free.
The novel has a harder edge and is more revealing about human nature than the movie is. Of the two, I suggest you start with the novel and graduate to the movie. You will appreciate the portrayal by Audrey Hepburn of the inner Holly more that way. The same humor is in both the novel and the movie, as well as the innocent look at life for what it can be, believing in the potential of things to work out for the best.Read more ›
In fact, the narrator in Breakfast at Tiffany's is so invisible he doesn't even have a name - apart from those the central character, Holly Golightly, gives him. The novel is a hymn to Holly - the narrator desperately wants to understand her, just as Nick Carraway struggles to understand Gatsby. Ultimately, though, hero and narrator are too different, with the heroes in both novels behaving exactly as heroes do: bolder, more inventive and almost certainly less stable than their narrators. Also like Gatsby, Holly Golightly has a hell of a backstory, slowly revealed.
Capote's prose is not dissimilar to Scott Fitzgerald's: poetic, but perhaps a little simpler and with a lighter touch, including some wry humour. Attractively written, it's difficult not to be as spellbound as the narrator is by Holly - however maddening she is. A captivating character study with prose like champagne - classy, and with fizz.
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I had to read one of Capotes’s longer works after being entranced by a melancholic collection of his short stories, and like many readers before me I now find myself captivated by... Read morePublished 2 months ago by P. J. Dunn
I have watched the film many times but always get something
extra from reading the book beforehand
So there are three stories in this book. The main story if breakfast at Tiffany's and two short stories at the back.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Just love Truman Capote. Several short stories in this book, all goodPublished 6 months ago by A. M. Harrison
Audrey in the film brings the book too life, easy to read but film ending better than book endingPublished 6 months ago by Philip Costis
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Firstly, this is a surprisingly short book. ‘Breakfast at Tiffney’s’ is a novella of only 90 pages – which was quite a surprise to me... Read more
fantastic writing, dark and descriptive...I f you liked the film you'll hate this....Published 6 months ago by richie666