Breakfast at Tiffany's: And Three Stories
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Breakfast at Tiffany's: And Three Stories

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  98,062 ratings  ·  4,071 reviews
Contains:
Breakfast at Tiffany's
House of Flowers
A Diamond Guitar
A Christmas Memory
Paperback, 50th Anniversary Edition, 178 pages
Published September 28th 1993 by Vintage Books (first published 1958)
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Jessica
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...more
Mike
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
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Madeline
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...more
Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Jun 24, 2014 Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Josh
Feb 13, 2008 Josh rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Lynda
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 he...more
K.D. Absolutely
Aug 22, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Beckie
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...more
Michael
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
Gloria Mundi
Let me first make a confession. I am one of the very very few people in the western world who has never seen the film. I am, of course, aware of the film, and even have an Audrey Hepburn box set which includes it but have, for some reason or other, never got around to watching it. My excuse is that I grew up in soviet Russia where western cinematography was hard to come by until I was a teenager.

The outcome is that I went into the book with pretty much no expectations, other than an iconic image...more
Candiss
Dec 09, 2011 Candiss rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who appreciate a candid character study
This was really entertaining. As so many reviewers have said, it is quite different from the movie. It is not only much darker, but more believable. The movie is a fun romp, but the book is another animal, and I feel it is a much deeper, nuanced, and all-around better story than the one told in the movie, as well.

In the film, Holly Golightly is quirky and likable. Audrey Hepburn has that effect on a role. In the book, Holly is certainly quirky, but hardly likable. She is a user of people, a habi...more
Jason
Feb 14, 2010 Jason rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Men who like women who act French
Recommended to Jason by: The Classics Book Club
SUMMARIES to follow: PARAGRAPH, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, HAIKU, MORSE CODE.

THE PARAGRAPH SUMMARY.
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...more
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
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
Mike Lester
This book always makes me think of a very specific time in my life. Living alone in my one bedroom apartment, nights wandering the streets, looking for something, anything to take away the echoes of the past. From the opening paragraphs to the last line, Capote hits on just the right balance between sentimentality and fatalism; a struggle that I have been dealing with for many years (and perhaps for the rest of my life). A damn near perfect book (and a very good film too). I think every man has...more
Petra X
So I read it. It was good, Holly was nuts but purposeful. Playing the ditsy blonde was a job to her, it earned her money and other benefits. Kind of disgusting really, but as long as there are not really desirable men with an inflated idea of their own ability to pull pretty women, then there are women who will play up to that.

I loved the way the book was written. The longing of the narrator for the elusive Holly. If only he'd had more money...

3.5 stars

***

(Before I actually read the book) I've...more
Nicky
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?
Patrizia O
Signorina Holiday Golightly, in transito. Questa è la definizione che la protagonista di “Colazione da Tiffany” usa per i suoi bigliettini da visita e che riassume chiaramente le sue vicissitudini. Nulla le appartiene, neanche il gatto che divide con lei l’appartamento e al quale non dà neanche un nome:

Ci siamo incontrati un giorno per caso vicino al fiume. Indipendenti l’una e l’altro. Non ci siamo mai scambiati promesse”.

Holly, in apparenza spensierata e allegra, passa attraverso la vita se...more
skein
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...more
Cecily
The theme that unites Breakfast at Tiffany's with the three much shorter stories in this volume is the powerful bond of friendship between unexpected people or in unusual circumstances.

The title story is a male fantasy, told in such a visual way, that I'm not surprised it was turned into a film (which I have never seen).

The story is of course about that neighbour, Holly Golightly, a charming but utterly self-absorbed, mysterious fantasist, full of intriguing contradictions. She has big ambitions...more
Jonathan

Breakfast of Tiffany's is better known for its film version starring Audrey Hepburn than the novella by classic author Truman Capote. Yet, as with many notable interpretations on film, the book itself differs from the film, losing the romanticised ending and becoming an interesting exercise in stylistic narration and criticism. One might almost wonder whether Truman Capote was inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby when writing his own exploration of a character. Yet where Fitzgerald...more
Kristin
I liked this book quite a bit better the second time around. Holly Golightly got on my nerves before because of her easy existence, the way she depended on others, particularly unattractive older men, for money, etc. But, this time, I think I understood her more. She reminds me, in personality, not actions, of a friend of mine and I finally get it, get her. I guess I'm also bothered by men being attracted to this type of flighty, possibly bright but wholly uneducated woman. If you're smart, keep...more
Ginny_1807
Meno noto al grande pubblico rispetto alla deliziosa commedia che ne è stata tratta per il cinema, questo romanzo potrebbe deludere chi cercasse di ritrovarvi le atmosfere eleganti e ovattate del film.
Vi si ritrova però intatto il fascino seducente della protagonista che, se non ha le sembianze dell’incantevole Audrey Hepburn, richiama alla memoria (come pare fosse nelle intenzioni dello stesso Capote) un altro mito hollywoodiano, cioè Marilyn Monroe.

E nel cambio mi pare che non ci si perda.
H...more
Peter
Nov 12, 2007 Peter added it
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a natural partner text for The Great Gatsby; it is full of wealthy, careless people, and at least one character is a country bumpkin transplanted into the bright lights of New York City.

Really, the novella is a character sketch. It’s a character sketch the same way One Hour Photo, the film with Robin Williams, is a character sketch. There are slippery little mysteries that unfold in both, but the mysteries are just excuses to talk about the central character—in this cas...more
Tatiana
Quite risque and controversial for its time. I can't really imagine that the movie with none other than Audrey Hepburn would stay very close to the novel. 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.
Cathy DuPont
I'm one of those who saw the movie and didn't read the book until now. So in my mind the movie has always overshadowed the book. What a shame, too, because they (the movie and book) were quite different, like two separate stories entirely.

And apparently Capote wrote the book with Marilyn Monroe in mind, however, MM was so...so Marilyn, just herself. I doubt if she could have captured the mysterious nature of Holly that Audrey Hepburn so wonderfully expressed.

And yes, I'm a bit biased. I don't...more
Michael
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn that the Library of Congress has recently deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. It was a cheesy and mildly offensive (Mickey Rooney’s character) adaptation of Truman Capote’s novella of the same name. I recently had a chance to read Breakfast at Tiffany’s before rewatching the classic film and as I expected, another Hollywood butchering.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s tells the story of the unnamed narrator and...more
Kelly
I read Breakfast at Tiffany's in high school (senior year I think) and I remember really liking it. But I remember being angry with Holly Golightly and how she behaved. I saw her as selfish and self-centered and felt like she treated everyone as if they were throw away, valueless. It was when she dropped the cat in Spanish Harlem that solidified those feelings toward her for me back then.

Rereading this now, I can't help but think about not only how smart a writer Capote is but also how much I ha...more
Miguel
Não consigo consubstanciar o que Truman Capote acordou em mim. Muitos dirigem-se a Boneca de Luxo como o melhor romance do autor, afirmação que, confesso eu, me vejo obrigado a concordar, mesmo que este tenha sido efectivamente o primeiro contacto. A justificação é clara: esta obra abarca a alma e o corpo da mulher mais cativante que já conheci até hoje, apesar de nunca a ter visto. Holly dilacerou-me o coração. As suas pernas voluptuosas trespassam as páginas do livro, e, então, dão início a um...more
Mikki
This would be one of the rare times when I would suggest that the reader see the movie first in order to fill in some of the back story. The movie (which is a favorite) is light, fun, full of glamour and casts Holly GoLightly in a likeable light. We root for her. Beneath the frivolousness , false bravado and air of indifference, there is a sweet, vulnerability which shines through.

The book is stripped of that. It is written in a spare dark tone. Gone are most of the whimsical mannerisms (How do...more
Teresa
Holly!
Deslumbrante! Intensa! Inebriante!
Magnífica Holly!

Como um furacão, surge repentinamente. Tomou-me de assalto o coração. Como chegou, partiu, deixando-me este amargor de saudade.

"Nunca me vou habituar a nada, e quem se habituar mais vale estar morto."

"É uma chatice mas a verdade é que as coisas boas só nos acontecem se formos bons. Bons? É mais se formos honestos, não uma honestidade de cumprir a lei... - eu cá era capaz de profanar uma campa e de roubar os dois olhos de um morto se achas
...more
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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.

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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.”
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