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Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories
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Kristel (kristelh) | 4108 comments Mod
Read 2014
The story of Holly Golightly (traveling). This is another of several books for me that features despair and nothing. Holly had no attachments, nothing was permanent. She was an identity she created as she went. She never names her cat. Her life was not permanent. The narrator tells us this story, he is unnamed aspiring author (could it be Truman Capote). The various characters had funny names Trawler, Tomato, Spanella. This novella is a quick and interesting read but more famously known for the movie of the same title starring Audrey Hepburn. It’s the third work of the author’s that I’ve read and I’ve enjoyed them all.


First Words: I am always drawn back to places where I have lived, the houses and their neighborhoods.


Last words: Flanked by potted plants and framed by clean lace curtains, he was seated in the window of a warm-looking room: I wondered what his name was, for I was certain he had one now, certain he'd arrived somewhere he belonged. African hut or whatever, I hope Holly has, too.


Diane Zwang | 1246 comments Mod
4/5 stars

Lovely novella about Holly Golightly and her neighbor "Fred" in 1950s New York. I can see how this story was modern for the time. Holly is a very entertaining character and I enjoyed learning her back story. Looking forward to re-watching the movie.


Gail (gailifer) | 1385 comments I thoroughly enjoyed this novella by the oh so eloquent Truman Capote. One can almost hear the warmth of his southern drawl and slight lisp in the author's phrasing. The story of Holiday Golightly, Traveling, is a story of an enthralling 'escort' woman who could have anything as people are drawn to her for her unique charms and her stunning tomboyish looks, but instead she has nothing. She loses over and over what she does have because she can not value things, or friends, or even her unique place in the world. Her one grounding relationship was with her brother Fred and she calls the narrator by this name also. Our narrator is a touch vulnerable, a touch gay, a touch arrogant and one enjoys learning about Holly Golightly through his eyes. And just as Holly builds and then loses her attachments over and over, the fact that the novella does not end with some hope of another glimpse of her does not end our vision of that possible future. We are left with a deep nostalgia for an innocent time when one could dream that all one's anger and frustration could be dissolved by the stately show rooms at Tiffany's.
I gave it 4 stars and I am going to go look for the movie. The funny thing is I could have sworn I had seen the movie, but it turns out that I have simply seen the movie posters and clips from the movie with Audrey Hepburn.


message 4: by Zeejane (last edited Aug 06, 2021 12:21PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Zeejane I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Michael C. Hall. I had no idea what this story was about beforehand. I vaguely remember watching a few minutes of one of the movie adaptations, but not enough to form an idea of the plot. After listening to this book I'm still not sure of the plot?

It wasn't a bad story per se, I'm just not sure what all the fuss is about? Why is this little novella movie adaption worthy? Why is it included on a 'must read' list? I'm left feeling a bit lost, like I'm missing something important that would make this rather bland story meaningful?

Hall does a great job narrating and that bumps this up to a 3 star rating for me.


message 5: by Celia (last edited Sep 27, 2021 07:21AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Celia (cinbread19) | 131 comments Not that impressed. Like Zeejane, I wonder why this book is so noteworthy and what qualities put it on this list. I had never seen the movie, so did not expect the Holly Golightly character to be as described.


Leni Iversen (leniverse) | 455 comments A story of frantic ennui. It's all marvelous description and strange names, and not much plot. I loved it. My edition of the novella also included three short stories, which were equally mesmerizing and glum.


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