- Series: Penguin Essentials
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Viking; Re-issue edition (April 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0241951453
- ISBN-13: 978-0241951453
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.4 x 7.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (512 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Breakfast at Tiffany's (Penguin Essentials) Paperback – April 1, 2011
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About the Author
Truman Capote was born in New Orleans in 1925. By the age of fourteen he had already started writing short stories, some of which were published. After leaving school at fifteen he worked for the New Yorker, his first - and last - regular job. Following this Capote spent two years on a Louisiana farm where he wrote Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948). He lived, at one time or another, in Greece, Italy, Africa and the West Indies, and travelled in Russia and the Orient. Capote is the author of many highly acclaimed books, including A Tree of Night and Other Stories (1949), The Grass Harp (1951), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958), In Cold Blood (1965), which immediately became the centre of a storm of controversy on its publication, Music for Chameleons (1980) and Answered Prayers (1986). Truman Capote died in 1984.
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It is also with characters that Capote elevated himself to the first tier of 20th century American writers. Here, for instance is O.J. Berman'a first appearance. "A creature answered the door. He smelled of cigars and Kinze cologne. His shoes sported elevator heels, without which he might be taken for a Little Person. His bald, freckled head was dwarf-big: attached to it were a pair of pointed, truly elfin ears. He had Pekingese eyes, unpitying, and slightly bulged. Tufts of hair sprouted from his ears, from his nose; his jowls were gray with afternoon beard, and his handshake was almost furry."
Disliking the book will reflect your unkind, punctilious nature. You will find the occasional "ly" adverb in speaker attributions, as in, "Don't tell me that woman wasn't happy!" he said, challengingly." There are also some racial and ethnic slurs which you may forgive as anachronistic or condemn as bigoted.
For this reviewer too much of Capote's creativity was embedded in admittedly humorous but ultimately disruptive similes. I imagine him later in life looking back on his youthful mistakes wondering what made this story so popular.
What really made this book stand out was Capote’s sensitivity and attention to details. Holly’s New York is quite visceral and it’s almost as though I could experience the high end, New York lifestyle in real life. Holly appears an illusion and twists into any shape the people in her life expect her to be. Holly is a walking contradiction, and her mystery only increases with the numbers on the pages. She seems to know nothing about the world, yet she always seems to be one step ahead, knowing just what to say and how to act. Capote writes Holly as a person who listens only to her heart, breaks the rules and doesn't really care about the future. She is the kind of woman that can’t be tamed and who is in a continual search for the place, which she calls "home". I wished Capote had evolved Holly Golightly more as a character. When she runs away to Buenos Aires, the narrator and myself were left with many questions. Has she forgotten about her friend and that's the reason why she never writes to him? Where did her affairs bring her? Did she find that perfect place where she felt like at Tiffany's? Overall, I was pleased with the book and its wholly captivating flight into fancy composed of comedy, romance, poignancy, and Manhattan's East Side areas captured in the loveliest of colors.
The first person narrator of Breakfast at Tiffany's (Vintage International) was clearly enamored with her, and sets the scene for his introduction of her by describing the brownstone in the East Seventies of 1940s Manhattan where he first encountered her. Her apartment below his, where one could almost see her ready to take flight at any moment, was not really furnished, but contained packing crates and a jumble of suitcases. I could almost see her there, with her quirky style, and the sound of chatter and happy laughter created an eternal ambience of joviality and fun.
We don’t learn much about her, as she shares very little. There were hard times in her past, and in the end, she disappears from the scene, almost as mysteriously as she appeared.
Having seen the movie, I will always see Audrey Hepburn when I imagine this fictional character, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the words that brought her to life for readers. A classic tale by a brilliant writer, this one earned 5 stars.
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While the story had its moments, I somehow expected something more eloquent. Novella form with well developed characters.Read more