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Breakfast at Tiffany's Paperback – 29 Jul 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 1st Edition edition (29 July 1999)
  • ISBN-10: 0140290737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140290738
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PAPERBACK - Carefully read. Very clean and nice. Usual light spine creasing and only very light other signs of handling/storage.. The book has been inscribed inside by a previous owner. ** Meanwhile, it's just sitting on the shelf getting bored and waiting for a loving buyer! ** Sent within 1 working day by UK seller, available by email for queries. ** in stock in Wales. Please note this is not covered by Prime.


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I very much enjoyed reading this beautifully-written novella but, very annoyingly, the edition I bought (pocket-sized, red) is annotated in German. Interesting but extremely distracting. It's the second time I've been caught out like this, the last time being with a remedial reader's version of 'The enchanted April'. More information on the site might help? Meanwhile, caveat emptor!
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In my desire to “finally read the book”, I have uncovered a literary treasure. It is such a rarity when short stories are able to leave you with an impression of depth and emotion. This particular edition contains four short stories, including the titular story. The review covers all of the stories as they each deserve individual attention.

Why did I like it so much? Truman Capote “drops” the reader into a story and introduces each character in such a manner that you feel as you have known them all your life. The language: its phrases, metaphors are so beautifully used, I wanted to drink them in to be refreshed.

I rate all of the stories 5 golden stars!

Breakfast At Tiffany’s (novella) –
‘Fred’, the narrator of the story, meets Holly Golightly soon after he moves into a brownstone house. He is intrigued by (and instantaneously attracted to) the young woman as she is everything opposite to him. He is reserved, steady and practical. She is a out-going, carefree and always trying to escape her world. He is bound by the mundane of everyday life. She is a free spirit. He is an aspiring writer. She is… well, she is an aspiring gold-digger. Thus begins their unlikely friendship.

Holly is presented as a woman who could charm any man and who loves to be the centre of attention. Her goal in life is to find a rich man and live a rich life. Wasn’t that an expectation of all women in the 1940s? (Isn’t that a lingering expectation of women even now?) However, Holly is also a contradiction to her own goal. Her philosophical discourses throughout the book show more depth to her internal world than she only shares with ‘Fred’. She constantly fights against being placed in a cage and always seeks a place to belong. “Home is where you feel at home.
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I have wanted to read this book for years, because I love the film and adore Audrey Hepburn, but heard that the book actually portrays Holly Golightly slightly differently to how Audrey did in the film. I received the book two days ago and have read it, (it is a short story). I found it very interesting to compare the differences between it and the film, although the film does take what I consider to be the best bits from the book and utilize them to its advantage. The book is very small, and has German translations at the bottom of each page. I am not sure if it was described as having this and I missed it, or not, but I found this strange at first, although it did not spoil my enjoyment of the book and I got used to it. The book was a good price too, and the only down side was I paid about twice what the book cost in postage and packing.
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Great book, I thought I remembered the story from the film, but no, totally new reading. I bought a strange book by accident with a German translation underneath. ( very interesting, but sadly wasted on me!)
Old fashioned language compared to today's, this made a refreshing change. A totally different world from today. A quick and easy, fulfilling read.
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Opening in Autumn 1943, the unnamed narrator becomes friends with Holly Golighty, his downstairs neighbour in the Upper East Side brownstone they live in. She is a charming woman, a society girl who manipulates the men around her to give her money and gifts, hoping to marry one of them one day. As the friendship develops over the course of a year between the narrator and Holly - she calls him ‘Fred’ because he reminds her of her beloved brother - he finds himself falling under her spell and who wouldn’t - she fiesty and free-spirited, likes to shock people with revealing details of her personal life and sits out on the fire escape on summer evenings, playing the guitar as her hair dries. ‘Fred’ is a writer, observing everything around him and although he’s inclined to want to protect Holly, she seems more than capable of doing so herself, until a family tragedy, a blast from the past and a betrayal by a friend turn things on their head.
A brisk read, this is full of life and even though there are dark aspects to the story and characters, they don’t overwhelm at any time (well, apart from perhaps the once). War-time New York is seen and explored but always at a distance (at one point, ‘Fred’ worries about being drafted), with most of the story taking place either in the brownstone or at Joe Bell’s bar, where both of them are treated as friends.
The writing is deceptively simple, filled with beautifully constructed sentences and little throwaway lines that just build and build as the book goes on (“another night, deep in the summer, the heat of my room sent me out into the streets”). The characterisation is equally wonderful, from Joe Bell and Mag Wildwood (the stuttering former socialite and model, who muscles in on Holly’s men), Rusty Trawler, O. J.
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