- Series: Penguin Essentials (Book 4)
- 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: 539 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.
Holly Golightly is a complex and compelling character, revealed to the reader through the eyes of a young writer who meets her when he moves into the building where she lives, his first tiny New York apartment, a brownstone in the East Seventies. She is mysterious, intoxicating, seductive, whimsical and almost always in the company of older, well to do men. When I picture Holly, she is always wearing a black sleeveless cocktail dress and pearls, with big dark sunglasses. She is larger than life. She tells many stories but shares little of the truth. She is worldly wise and incredibly naive. She is like no one you will ever meet and she is someone you will never forget.
Capote's prose is spare yet incredibly descriptive. To read "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is to read a master class on writing. I certainly cannot do this book justice in my simple review but I know the words he wrote have conveyed an image that I won't soon forget. Holly Golightly will haunt the reader the way she does the men who encounter her. I can't wait for our book club discussion.
I have not yet read the other stories in this book but I was in a hurry to review "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
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