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Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
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Feb 14, 09

bookshelves: 2-star
Read in February, 2009

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 fugit; reading it 50 years after publication, the slang is indecipherable, the mores obsolete (and good riddance). Whereas Fitzgerald creates and transcends his era, Breakfast makes me glad of the new century. Blah.
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