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Breakfast at Tiffany's

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In this seductive, wistful masterpiece, Truman Capote created a woman whose name has entered the American idiom and whose style is a part of the literary landscape. Holly Golightly knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany's; her poignancy, wit, and naïveté continue to charm.

This volume also includes three of Capote's best-known stories, “House of Flowers,”
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ebook, 50th Anniversary Edition, 192 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Vintage Books (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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Jessica
May 29, 2007 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
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Jennifer Masterson
Jul 08, 2016 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!!!
Lawyer
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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Michael Finocchiaro
Capote has a mesmerizing way with words. His description of the aptly named Holly Golightly is splendid and the character herself is a sort of blend of Daisy Buchanon and Madame Bovary. The friendship of the narrator Paul/"Fred" with Holly is beautifully and painfully described as are the parties and lovers that she entertains. I must see the film now...(see below)
The atmosphere of the book is a sort of bohemian yet preppy post-Beat decadence but with a tragic sexism that poisons Holly's relatio
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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
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Fabian
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A charming little anecdote about some ruby-rare bright young thing & ensuing 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, Holly Golightly is heavily embossed onto the overall structure itself.
Brina
Jul 07, 2016 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
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Paul Bryant
Jun 14, 2015 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
Lyn
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delicious.

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
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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 - so I wrote in 2010. Except that Capote was gay, so it's probably his idea of a typical straight man's fantasy. As Carmen says in a comment, she's what we'd now call a Manic Pixie Dream Girl.



Holly
The story is of course about Holly Golightly, a charming but utterly self-absorbed,
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Melissa
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, audible, 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
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Matthew
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, kindle, own, classic
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
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Perry
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stela-eða-láni
"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. The phrase "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is iconic for that era. I'd not read the novel despite Truman Capote coming from the 2 states in which I've lived nearly all my life: Alabama and Mississippi, both of which have indisputably earne
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Sidharth Vardhan

"Anyway, home is where you feel at home. I'm still looking."

Ok, I no longer believe in 'never Judge a book by its cover'. I read this one mainly because of it's cover. Have you ever feared being trapped by love and similar demons? It is basically about that fear.

"You've got to be sensitive to appreciate her: a streak of the poet. But I'll tell you the truth. You can beat your brains out for her, and she'll hand you horseshit on a platter."

There are some people who, in their easy going and w
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Jonathan Ashleigh
Oct 15, 2015 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
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 h
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Brian Yahn
Aug 06, 2013 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
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Rebecca McNutt
A magnificent, elegant and historic classic, Breakfast at Tiffany's is a short but unforgettable book featuring a mysterious woman and the misadventures of her daily life in the 1940's.
Duane
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.
Margitte
Well, what can one say about Holly Golightly. She was beautiful, she was mean, she was independent, sometimes cruel, sometimes caring. Holly was as free as a bird, but shackled by her birth. She was temptress and torturer. She was glue and glamorous. Holly was light and darkness. She conquered and crashed. She loved and loathed.
Holly:"... good things only happen to you if you're good. Good? Honest is more what I mean. Not law-type honest -- I'd rob a grave, I'd steal two-bits off a dead man's e
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Michael
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, favorites
Perhaps the most famous of Capote's works, Breakfast at Tiffany’s charms the reader with wit and a lively storyline. Its subject is the short-lived friendship between a straight woman and a gay man living in New York during the early '40s, its theme the yearning for deep connection and a sense of belonging. In spite of Capote's ethereal prose and dazzling imagery, an excruciating sadness suffuses the novella: none of the self-destructive characters find what they long for by the end, and it seem ...more
Alex Farrand
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads, classics
My version of the classic novel included three other short stories written by Mr. Capote. I will give only a full review of Breakfast at Tiffany's though, because that story was my only interest. I almost didn't read the other short stories, because I simply didn't want to read them. But I read them, and I wasn't disappointed. I will give a brief summary of all three. The three other stories were called The House of Flowers, A Diamond Guitar, and A Christmas memory. They were all realistic stori ...more
J.L.   Sutton
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know what to expect from Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's, but I thoroughly enjoyed how Capote told his story. This backwards (at times almost nostalgic) glance at a life which had all but vanished from anything but memory (the whimsically kind and cruel and slightly tragic Holly Golightly) reminded me more of Willa Cather's My Antonia than Capote's other seminal work, In Cold Blood. Of course, Antonia and Holly Golightly have virtually nothing in common except in how they occupy ...more
Carmen
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Who Are Curious
Recommended to Carmen by: Pantsless
Those final weeks, spanning end of summer and the beginning of another autumn, are blurred in memory, perhaps because our understanding of each other had reached that sweet depth where two people communicate more often in silence than in words: an affectionate quietness replaces the tensions, the unrelaxed chatter and chasing about that produce a friendship's more showy, more, in the surface sense, dramatic moments.

So. This is going to be a hard one to review.

For one thing, the MC is not in love
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Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Feb 28, 2013 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
Bianca
I enjoyed this novella, although I was kind of distracted while listening.

Have you noticed how much one can get away with when one is young and beautiful? Even the smartest of men seem to get their neurons on ice when in the presence of a delightful young morsel.
Case in point - Holly Golightly (I loved the name). She's nineteen, elusive and allusive - you know her but you don't really know her. She's a New York socialite, who counts on rich men to keep her.
She's a survivor. She's canny and naive
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Emer
"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
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Tatiana
Dec 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001, 2011, classics, 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.
Algernon
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016

Miss Holiday Golightly, Traveling

She is no phony, Miss Holly! She is for me one of the most fascinating and authentic symbols of the modern era. That last word that was missing from the famous movie version with Audrey Hepburn: 'Traveling'. That's the word that describe her best. She is running away from the 'mean reds', from a childhood of poverty and abuse. She is running towards something beautiful, something true, something better than the phony New York night life with its huge crop of me
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Amalia Gavea
Although I love Truman Capote's style and especially his short stories, Breakfast at Tiffany's has never been on my radar. I haven't watched the film, either, of course. For some reason, knowing the subject matter, I knew this wouldn't be my cup of tea. I started reading it a few days ago, because of a group discussion, and the conclusion I came to was the same all along. The prose flows naturally, Holly Golightly is an interesting character with her ''joie de vivre'' attitude in life, and the n ...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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“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.” 880 likes
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