January 10, 2013

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote



Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: September 1993 (50th Anniversary Edition) 
Categories: Classics, Literary
Source: My own copy (A Christmas gift!) 

Description:

In this seductive, wistful masterpiece, Truman Capote created a woman whose name has 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 naïveté continue to charm.

My Thoughts:

I came to this a virgin of all things Breakfast at Tiffany's. I hadn't read the book, I haven't seen the movie! I was glad to dive in without any bias. I had no expectations.

Ah ha! It turns out that I did have expectations. I just didn't know it. 

Maybe it's her name that did it to me? Holly Golightly. Now, doesn't that sound like a name that belongs to a very sunshiney girl in a sunshiney story? 

Maybe the pictures and clips of Audrey Hepburn in the film version gave me the impression that this was an easy breezy tale? 

Whatever it was I certainly got more than I bargained for from this novel.


I wouldn't call Breakfast at Tiffany's dark but it was deeper and more reflective than I expected. I enjoyed the mood of this book and I adored how complicated the characters were. 

Bravo Mr. Capote. Now? I have to see this film!



35 comments:

  1. The movie is FABULOUS. I heart Audrey Hepburn. I haven't read the book yet, but I've heard it is a little darker than the movie.

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    1. That is my understanding, that the book is grittier. I'm looking forward to getting to the movie one of these days :)

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  2. I've had this one sitting on my shelves ever since I read In Cold Blood - which just floored me. Like you, I wouldn't know what to expect, so I'm glad you read it first, because now I know that its a deep and reflective story (which I like). Great post! Maybe after I read the book, I'll finally watch the film.

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    1. In Cold Blood! What a fantastic read! I read that one years ago but it has certainly stuck with me.

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  3. The movie is fabulous. Enjoy.

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    1. Thanks Ryan, I'm looking forward to it!

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  4. You need to see the film and I need to read the book! I agree with Ryan that the film is fabulous.

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  5. Only Capote I've actually read is Other Voices, Other Rooms. Good Southern Gothic. Still have images from this one even years later.

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    1. In Cold Blood is amazing, you should check that one out too!

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    2. I should! It is one of a bazillion books on Mt. TBR and has been there FOREVER. *embarassing*

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  6. OK! I know nothing about this aside from what you've just mentioned. I will also admit that I have never seen a movie with Audrey Hepburn or all the way through anyway. I know, I know. I should be ashamed. I have to read this now. I'm been wanting to read Capote for a long time so this sounds like the perfect introduction!

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    1. Don't be ashamed, you aren't alone! :D This Capote is tiny too, you could pull it off in an afternoon I bet!

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  7. I saw the film first which has sort of kept me from reading the book. Although, I think you're right that there's more there than one might bargain for. I like Capote's writing a lot and need to jump on this one. :D

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    1. I believe this is only the 2nd of his that I've read. There were some other short stories in the back of my edition but I'm saving those for readathon time :)

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  8. Other than dressing up as Audrey Hepburn for Halloween and that song from the 90's called 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' I am a total virgin, as well. But it is on my classics club list, so I will be reading it at some point!

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    1. I feel like I should go listen to that song again. I'm wondering if there are some lyrics that went over my head back in the day!

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  9. I've only seen the movie, but I so need to read the book!

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  10. Holly Golightly sounds like a porn name to me. Hahaha!

    I have this on my CC list, too--Capote is lucky to be getting a second chance from me.

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    1. Omg. It does!! Great, lol. You aren't a Capote fan I take it??

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  11. I'm the same as you were a few days before: I haven't read the book, I haven't watched the film, but I have to do it. Everybody says this little novel is great, I have to discover it!!
    One of the reasons I haven't read it is because I read In cold blood and I didn't enjoy the book very much (I feel alone in the world when I say this, because it's suppose to be one of the best books ever... but I didn't like it!).

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    1. Don't feel alone Isi :) We're all different and we all have different taste!

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  12. The film is brilliant. The story does seem quite light when you see screenshots, I was surprised by it too (only seen the film so far, though). Glad you liked it!

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    1. I absolutely have to get my hands on the movie! Thanks Charlie :)

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  13. I've seen the movie, but I really want to read this book. Capote has been on my tbr list for a long time. Perhaps 2013 is the year!

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    1. I hope 2013 is the year for you! I'm going to recommend this to everyone when Dewey's Readathon comes around again. It's short..perfect readathon material.

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  14. That's kind of funny. Usually having no expectations is a good thing. I haven't read the book yet, but I love the movie. Maybe seeing the movie will help with my enjoyment of the book! I think you'll enjoy the movie no matter what you thought of the book. But I'd be interested to know your thoughts once you see it!

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    1. I really didn't *think* that I had expectations but the pop culture references to the movie have weaseled into my mind over the years, even though I never saw it!

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  15. I think you do expect a happy person with the name Holly Golightly. Now you make me want to read the book and watch the movie.

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  16. The movie is fairly light, not necessarily happy, but I always think Holly lives up to her name in the movie. Now I'll have to read the book this year.

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  17. I never tire of watching the movie. Now I must read the book!

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  18. Great article! Thanks for sharing and more power to you!

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  19. This is one of those books that I keep thinking I want to read but I have yet to pick it up. The only Capote I've read is In Cold Blood but after reading your review I put in a request for this one at the library.

    I'm also a virgin about this one. Haven't seen the move. The only thing I know is Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly. Looking forward to reading it.

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