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Breakfast at Tiffany's. Truman Capote

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  139,018 Ratings  ·  6,475 Reviews
New York in the 1940s. In the expensive jewellery store, Tiffany's, Holly Golightly feels calm and safe. In her apartment every night is party night. Men come and go. But Holly is searching for her place in the world. Can any of these men offer her happiness?
Paperback, 76 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Pearson Education (first published 1958)
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Melanie They are fairly different from each other. While they maintained most of the basic storyline, they changed quite a lot (too much, if you ask me) in…moreThey are fairly different from each other. While they maintained most of the basic storyline, they changed quite a lot (too much, if you ask me) in the film adaption. For example, Patricia Neal's snore of a character never existed in the book. Paul was a much more likable character in the book and lived a very different lifestyle as a poor writer living in a tiny apartment. Holly and Paul's relationship was more one-sided in the book, and for that reason, more realistic. In my opinion, the book is much better, while the film is just okay.(less)
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May 29, 2007 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2007
Holiday Golightly. She’s quirky, comical, and glamorous. She’s fashionable, in-the-know, and in-the-now. She’s lonely, lost, and waiting to be rescued. You couldn’t resist her charm if you tried, and you can’t help but fall in love with her.

Well, at least in the Hollywood film version. Capote’s original novella paints a darker portrait of Miss Golightly. Unlike Audrey Hepburn’s adorable Holly, who needs a knight in slightly-rusted armor to save her, Capote’s girl is a “wild thing” who cannot be
Jennifer Masterson
Sep 05, 2016 Jennifer Masterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, classics
3 delicious hours of audio read by Mr. Michael C. Hall aka Dexter!!! What a wonderful performance of Truman Capote's novella! I saw the movie years ago but I've never read the book! I'm so happy to have listened to this edition of the audio!

5+++++Stars for the narrator!

5 Stars for the story!

Highly highly recommended!!!
Breakfast at Tiffany's: Truman Capote's Novella of Love or Something Like It

"If she was in this city I'd have seen her. You take a man that likes to walk, a man like me, a man's been walking in the streets going on ten or twelve years, and all those years he's got his eye out for one person, and nobody's ever her, don't it stand to reason she's not there? I see pieces of her all the time, a flat litle bottom, any skinny girl that walks fast and straight--...

It's just that I didn't know you'd be
This is getting shelved under "The Movie is Better" but honestly, I can't decide which version I prefer. Because I am indecisive, let's make lists.

Reasons The Movie Is Better:
-Audrey Hepburn plays a considerably less racist and foul-mouthed Holly, which is nice. But let's be honest: Holly could spend the entire movie snorting crack off a sidewalk and Audrey Hepburn would make it the most elegant and classy crack-snorting anyone had ever seen.
-Holly actually sets foot inside Tiffany's, instead o
Aug 05, 2016 Brina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fred, our story's narrator, has been called by Joe Bell the proprietor of Hamburg Heaven because he has heard about Holly. So begins Truman Capote's classic Breakfast at Tiffany's, the tale of New York society girl Holly Golightly. As soon as Fred hears about Holly, the story flashes back to 1943 and we begin our story of Holly.

Growing up I knew Aubrey Hepburn as Eliza Dolittle and Tiffany's as a diamond store, so I envisioned Breakfast at Tiffany's to be a tale of the upper crust of New York s
Paul Bryant
Jun 15, 2015 Paul Bryant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
I’m struggling to figure out what makes this quite so great, it could be Truman’s beautiful limpid style which winds its sentences through your inner ear so that you might think that language itself had been melted and turned into vanilla frosting or it could be that this is the sweet sad little tale of a guy who met this creature and got stuck permanently in the friend zone, and kind of almost didn’t really mind because at least the friend zone was something and not nothing, that’s how entrance ...more
Sep 15, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Upon finishing Truman Capote’s 1958 brilliant short novel Breakfast at Tiffany’s my first thought was that Capote had been influenced heavily by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 Jazz Age masterpiece The Great Gatsby. I was intrigued further to find that several other reviewers had noticed the same similarities. Both involve and are centrally concerned with a charismatic and alluring socialite with humble beginnings and sketchy personal details and with a subtle naiveté hidden under a mask of
Jonathan Ashleigh
Sep 14, 2016 Jonathan Ashleigh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recent
When I started reading this book, because I haven't seen the movie, I thought Audrey Hepburn's name was Tiffany. Through college I saw so many posters with her face and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" somewhere on the image and that is what stuck in my head and I still have a tough time thinking anything different. When I found out the real reason the title is what it is, I was disappointed that this book was an early version of product placement, but even with all of that said - Breakfast at Tiffany's ...more
Oct 03, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, audio, classics
“If you let yourself love a wild thing. You'll end up looking at the sky.”

Told in a reflective and almost lyrical tone, this is the story of a writer, referred to as “Fred", who reminisces about the neighbor he fell for back in 1943. The thing is, I’m not sure if we ever get a glimpse of the real Holly Golightly.

An enigma of sorts; Holly’s not one to get attached or share much of anything about her past. She avoids the truth by putting a fun and often ridiculous spin on things and she’s full o
Marilyn or Audrey? Who do you think?

When Audrey was cast, Truman Capote remarked:
“Paramount double-crossed me in every way and cast Audrey.”
marilyn and audrey

In one of the most iconic scenes in film history, it would be impossible to think of anybody other than Audrey Hepburn wearing the “Little Black Dress” while looking into the window of Tiffany’s. Well, if it had been up to the author of the book on which the movie is based, Truman Capote, it would have been Marilyn Monroe. In fact, he wrote the book with h
Aug 25, 2016 Perry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"It's better to look at the sky than live there; such an empty place, so vague, just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear"

[I'd forgotten how absolutely gorgeous Audrey Hepburn was]

Until a few years ago, I'd only seen the trailer for the film version of this novel. The phrase, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is even iconic for that era. I'd not read the novel even though Truman Capote came from the 2 states in which I've lived nearly all my life: Alabama and Mississippi (both of which h
Brian Yahn
Mar 28, 2016 Brian Yahn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
How does one review something so good? Are there even words to do it? Here's my attempt:

Holly Golightly is an interesting enough character to fill ten libraries. She crept into my thoughts regularly for months after reading the book, and I still think about her quite often to this day, like a long-lost lover, but more fondly.

I've never quite enjoyed prose like this either. I mean, every single sentence I liked. There wasn't one in the whole book where I thought, "you know, this one's the bad one
Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Aug 15, 2014 Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fan's of "Rules Of Civility" - have a taste & compare
Recommended to Florence (Lefty) by: Michael Edwards
It’s a brilliant character sketch, 150 pages you can polish off in a day. The story of a fascinating, seriously flawed young woman who moves to New York in the 40’s leaving Hicksville (view spoiler) behind and reinvents herself as Holly Golightly, in the process losing all sense of who she is. A complex character, shifting between generosity and self-absorption, kindness & cruelty. Capote can write… you almost hear the clicking of ma ...more
Holly Golightly, the heroine of Capote's 1958 novel, is one of the iconic characters in American literature. And Audrey Hepburn's portrayal in the movie three years later helped to assure Holly's immortality.
Oct 04, 2016 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 1001, 2011, 2016
Quite risque and controversial for its time. I can't really imagine that a movie with none other than Audrey Hepburn would stay very close to the novella. And Holly is a special kind of a character - a woman damaged so badly she will never be normal no matter how hard she tries - my favorite. It's an infinitely heartbreaking story, actually.
Aug 02, 2016 Fabian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A charming little anecdote about some ruby-rare bright young thing and crew-- delightly-ful! To be read in a complete sitting in some secret well-lit garden with a basket of tea and crumpets. Necessary as stress relief and sweet as a caramel. Another plus for the already egotistical NYC. Golightly is heavily embossed on the structure itself.
Emer (ALittleHaze)
"She was still hugging the cat. "Poor slob," she said, tickling his head, "poor slob without a name. It's a little inconvenient, his not having a name. But I haven't any right to give him one: he'll have to wait until he belongs to somebody. We just sort of took up by the river one day, we don't belong to each other: he's an independent, and so am I. I don't want to own anything until I know I've found the place where me and things belong together. I'm not quite sure where that is just yet. But
Jun 17, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, kindle, own, 2016
As someone who grew up in the 90s, this was in my head the whole time I read this:

I have never seen the movie, so the only idea I had in my mind is this iconic image of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly:

But, what I actually got was this:

Holly is crass and obnoxious with really no redeeming qualities. She is rude to her enemies, and even worse to her friends. She smokes to excess, drinks to excess, is promiscuous to excess - she is just wild, crazy, and destructive.

Reading this was like watching
K.D. Absolutely
Aug 22, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
This book is composed of Truman Capote's second novel, Breakfast at Tiffany's and 3 short stories. My rating of 4 stars (I really liked it!) is for the whole book.

Breakfast at Tiffany's: 5 STARS

I saw the movie adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn maybe a decade ago. Prior to that, the song Moonriver by Matt Monro was one of my father's favorite Monro so I grew up hearing that song being hummed by him whenever he was drunk. I liked the song. I liked the movie and I thought I already knew the plot
Feb 13, 2008 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I'll admit the truth that this is the first "classic" I have read, and right now the only. I'm truly not a person that can read anything, so the fact that I finished this novella proves it is something worth reading. The actual story of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" I read from beginning to end in one sitting, sipping on my bottomless cup of coffee. This is not an amazing feat due to it's skimpy 103 page-span, but the way the story captured me amazes me still since as i mentioned, most cannot. As soo ...more
Apr 07, 2008 Beckie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' to understand how the man who wrote 'In Cold Blood' could have authored the basis for the Audrey Hepburn movie.

Here's the short answer: the novella is nothing like the film. There are certain plot points in common, and the character of Holly Golightly, and even a few strands of dialogue. But the relationship between 'Breakfast at Tiffany's', the story, and 'Breakfast at Tiffany's,' the movie is roughly that between 'The Little Mermaid,' the Hans Christia
Ilenia Zodiaco
"Buono? Non un'onestà di tipo legale - io non ci penserei due volte a profanare una tomba e a rubare gli occhi di un morto se pensassi che può contribuire al mio divertimento quotidiano - ma un'onestà nei confronti di se stessi. Sii quello che vuoi ma non un vigliacco, un fanfarone, un ladro di emozioni, una sgualdrina; preferirei avere il cancro piuttosto che un cuore disonesto. Il che non significa essere pii. Semplicemente pratici. Il cancro può stenderti, ma quell'altra cosa ti stende di sic ...more
Never love a wild thing, Mr. Bell.

She was a trapped soul. For hours I abhorred her presence, for hours I listened to her silent cries. Disturbingly I came to understand that I could neither fall in love with the mere idea of her nor entirely detest. But I had to admire as the mirror that stood between had shattered and I saw the bottomless quicksand swallowing her for years. Neither entirely romantic nor tragic, this book belongs to other wonderful places that I have yet to know of.

I loved her e
I haven't seen the movie adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's, so I had zero expectations going into the book. However I have always been intrigued by Audrey Hepburn's iconic Holiday Golightly and by Truman Capote in general, so I just had to read this.

Breakfast at Tiffany's is about our unnamed narrator's slightly tragic friend-zoned relationship with the vivacious starlet/playgirl Holly Golightly.

"I don't want to own anything until I know I've found the place where me and things belong togeth
This novella showcases Capote’s gifts in characterization and dialog. It made a pleasant excursion for me to Manhattan as a field of dreams. Where a young unnamed writer (who becomes "you") gets his imagination engaged over an unforgettable character residing upstairs in a Midtown brownstone in 1943. Holly Golightly is barely a woman, lovely, brash and witty. She a bit of gold-digger and a bit of tramp, but there is some level of innocence and integrity that draws our protagonist to her like a m ...more
sweet jane
May 18, 2016 sweet jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Κάνω συλλογή από βιβλία που έχουν μεταφερθεί στον κινηματογράφο και τούτο εδώ το βιβλιαράκι το αναζητούσα καιρό. Εκτός ότι ανοίγει ο δρόμος για να δω επιτέλους την ταινία, ήρθα σε επαφή με την γραφή ενός πολύ μεγάλου αμερικανού συγγραφέα, του Τρούμαν Καπότε.
Μέχρι τώρα ήξερα για την ταραχώδη ζωή του, για τον εκκεντρικό χαρακτήρα του και μετά χαράς αντιλήφθηκα και το μεγάλο λογοτεχνικό του ταλέντο. Στις ελάχιστες σελίδες αυτού του βιβλίου συμπάθησα την άμυαλη, αλλά αυθεντική Χόλλυ Γκολάιτλυ και τ
Feb 14, 2010 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Men who like women who act French
Recommended to Jason by: The Classics Book Club

I didn't like Holly Golightly. A 1940s woman that comported the way she did and was magnanimized by a sizzling contemporary author must have hit 'brass tacks' in early 1950's literature. From that perspective Breakfast at Tiffany's was something special. But, I didn't like Holly Golightly. She was mercurial, condescending, phony, a prick-tease; she was a vagabond that leached on others. Sure, a confident
Feb 14, 2009 skein rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star
Review of Breakfast at Tiffany's, not the 'three stories'.
Two stars, rather than one, because I think Capote occasionally reached up to strike at something more - interesting - than the pretension of worldliness and world-weariness he explores here. And pretension is the main theme: I don't believe a single character for a moment. If only the 'phonies' weren't so damn dull.

And, oh! the misogyny! the casual racism! Capote created a story that can't exist out of its time frame, forgetting tempus f
Richard Derus
May 25, 2013 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Book Report: Miss Holiday Golightly, Traveling, meets a nameless man in her WWII-era brownstone, ignores and then abuses him, and never truly sees him (or anyone else, unless she has her prescription sunglasses on) as she pursues her life of errrmmm uhhh enthusiastic debauchery around the man-starved confines of Manhattan. Unsaid but completely obvious is the narrator's gayness: No man under 50 who wasn't in a sensitive occupation would be undrafted at the time he narrates unless he was 4F o ...more
Audrey Hepburn’s Holly is so fucking adorable. You want to be her friend. You want to help her. You want to hug her. Truman Capote’s Holly is just awful. I hated her so much. And instantly too. I don’t know what the narrator saw in her. She's a world-class whore in more ways than one. Are we supposed to be charmed by her racism and homophobia? Beguiled by her ridiculous, histrionic bullshit?
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Truman Capote was an American writer whose non-fiction, stories, novels and plays are recognised literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) and In Cold Blood (1965), which he labeled a "non-fiction novel." At least 20 films and TV dramas have been produced from Capote novels, stories and screenplays.

He was born as Truman Streckfus Persons to a salesman Archulus Persons
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“Never love a wild thing, Mr. Bell,' Holly advised him. 'That was Doc's mistake. He was always lugging home wild things. A hawk with a hurt wing. One time it was a full-grown bobcat with a broken leg. But you can't give your heart to a wild thing: the more you do, the stronger they get. Until they're strong enough to run into the woods. Or fly into a tree. Then a taller tree. Then the sky. That's how you'll end up, Mr. Bell. If you let yourself love a wild thing. You'll end up looking at the sky."
"She's drunk," Joe Bell informed me.
"Moderately," Holly confessed....Holly lifted her martini. "Let's wish the Doc luck, too," she said, touching her glass against mine. "Good luck: and believe me, dearest Doc -- it's better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague. Just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear.”
“You call yourself a free spirit, a "wild thing," and you're terrified somebody's gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you're already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it's not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It's wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.” 737 likes
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