"Breakfast at Tiffany's" is probably the best introduction to Capote's work. Holly Golightly represents a figure that so many millions of people have come to Manhattan to try to become. Capote's ability to sustain this dream in prose, even though Holly is not much more than a stylish whore, is what has kept this short, breezy-yet-tragic postwar novel in print for over 50 years. A real classic.
In this seductive, wistful masterpiece, Truman Capote created a woman whose name 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 naivete continue to charm.
breakfast at tiffany's is a classic that is so enjoyable that you forget that it is a classic. i love how holly golightly is always viewed from an outsiders perspective, she seems so tragic and yet so oddly contented and real. Capote wrote someone who was too much to be real but you viewed her as real anyway just because you wanted to. The other short stories were also fun quick well written reads but as the title suggests the best piece in the collection was by far Breakfast at Tiffany's.
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.
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."
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.
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.
This collection of the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's and 3 short stories consist of the writing style typical of mid 20th century American literature. Much focus is given to setting the scene, and there is a fondness for showcasing unlikable characters without giving the reader any mind-changing insight into what makes them tick. It's not an unpleasant read, but it misses the mark. Thankfully, the movie version of Breakfast at Tiffany's hits this mark. I believe that's the first time I've ever liked the movie version better than the original book.
Breakfast at Tiffany's is a classic that was easy to read on a plane ride back to New York. Holly Golightly lives in New York of a different era, but Truman Capote makes the young heroine come alive as a self-made, other-worldly existence as her neighbor reminisces long after she's gone. I also especially enjoyed the last short story in this volume, "A Christmas Memory," which celebrates the important things during the holiday season. I was moved by the friendship between a boy and his elderly relative as they made fruitcakes together and Christmas presents for each other. A short, enjoyable read from the list of 1001 books you must read before you die.