The title novella is the story of Holly Golightly: bawd, hussy, tramp, harlot, slut, trollop, whore, prostitute, courtesan, strumpet, quean, slattern, wench, concubine, or is she? Cocotte may describe her best. At any rate, this is one of the best character studies that youll find anywhere, even though she is still somewhat of a paradox. As a extra, you get three short stories that were previously published only in periodicals: typical New Yorker magazine stuff that you can well afford to skip: House of Flowers, A Diamond Guitar, and A Christmas Memoir.
This could be a one-night read; it is short but engrosing. The author made each character memorable, even those mentioned briefly.The setting (New York City) and characters are very different from my life (small town) but it was an interesting story. The movie gave a slightly different slant to the main character so reading the "original" gave new perspective.
Reading Capote's tale of Holly Golightly is a treat, whether you've seen the movie or not. Such interesting and colorful characters - you feel like you truly have spent personal time with each of them. Also included in the book are the short stories, "House of Flowers," A Diamond Guitar," and "A Christmas Memory."
I remembered enjoying the movie, but I hated this book. It was hard to get into, even with C. Michael Hall's narration. I didn't like the story or the characters as they were not likeable--particularly Holly. And don't get me started on the poor cat, who had no name and deserved better. I figured I would adore the book since I liked the movie; however, I am now beginning to rethink my enjoyment of the film.