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ტრუმენ კეპოტიმ 1958 წელს გამოაქვეყნა თავისი ცნობილი მოთხრობა "საუზმე ტიფანისთან" - ერთ-ერთი საუკეთესო ნაწარმოები, რაც კი ადამიანური სურვილების შესახებ დაწერილა. ხშირად ლაპარაკობენ ნაწარმოების ოსტატურად აგებულ სიუჟეტურ ქარგაზე, ავტორის მიერ პერსონაჟის ხასიათის ფსიქოლოგიურად წვდომის უნარზე, მაგრამ უმთავრესი მაინც მთავარი გმირის სახეა. ჰოლი გოლაითლი ერთ-ერთი ყველაზე დასამახსოტრუმენ კეპოტიმ 1958 წელს გამოაქვეყნა თავისი ცნობილი მოთხრობა "საუზმე ტიფანისთან" - ერთ-ერთი საუკეთესო ნაწარმოები, რაც კი ადამიანური სურვილების შესახებ დაწერილა. ხშირად ლაპარაკობენ ნაწარმოების ოსტატურად აგებულ სიუჟეტურ ქარგაზე, ავტორის მიერ პერსონაჟის ხასიათის ფსიქოლოგიურად წვდომის უნარზე, მაგრამ უმთავრესი მაინც მთავარი გმირის სახეა. ჰოლი გოლაითლი ერთ-ერთი ყველაზე დასამახსოვრებელი ფიგურაა, როგორც ლიტერატურულ, ისე კინოგმირთა შორის.სერია "კინობიბლიოთეკა" იმ წიგნებს მოიცავს, რომელთა ეკრანიზაციებმაც დიდ წარმატებას მიაღწია. ტრუმენ კეპოტის ამ ნაწარმოების მიხედვით, 1961 წელს ბლეიქ ედუარდსმა გადაიღო ცნობილი ფილმი, რომელიც ჰოლის როლს ოდრი ჰეპბერნი ასრულებს....

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საუზმე ტიფანისთან Reviews

  • Jessica
    2019-03-18 14:41

    Holiday Golightly. She’s quirky, comical, and glamorous. She’s fashionable, in-the-know, and in-the-now. She’s lonely, lost, and waiting to be rescued. You couldn’t resist her charm if you tried, and you can’t help but fall in love with her. Well, at least in the Hollywood film version. Capote’s original novella paints a darker portrait of Miss Golightly. Unlike Audrey Hepburn’s adorable Holly, who needs a knight in slightly-rusted armor to save her, Capote’s girl is a “wild thing” who cannot be caged, trained, or rescued.I can’t deny that the film is a classic and is one of my favorites. Audrey Hepburn may be the epitome of glamour and beauty, and Hollywood’s Holly can’t help but absorb Audrey’s charm. By the end of the film you find yourself rooting for “Fred” to save her from the nonsense of high society, reunite her with the cat, and wipe away her case of “the mean reds” forever. That is Hollywood, after all, and we would expect nothing less.But the real Holly, Capote’s Holly, can never be caged by convention. It would be hard to imagine her ever settling down and being content with Fred (regardless of the fact that he is an implied homosexual in the book. Hollywood seemed to have “overlooked” that). Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that the book’s Holly is a Bad Person; she’s just more layered and real. Think about it – how many people have you come across who create a new persona for themselves, based on what they perceive others to desire? People who feign interest in the popular styles/entertainment/notable people of the day, just to seem like a Very Important Person and garner adoration, fame, and possibly fortune. I could name a few. But we get to go deeper than Holly’s exterior and see the scared and lonely girl at the core. She is terrified of being a caged animal, but also tired of being alone. She wants to seem as though she’s making a holiday out of life, but struggles with the need for stability and the desire for freedom.The book I read also included three of Capote’s most famous stories, and I’d be remiss not to mention them as well: House of Flowers, A Diamond Guitar, and A Christmas Memory. The three short stories are amazingly intimate and touching, illuminating different sides of human emotion. I have not read Capote’s magnum opus, In Cold Blood, but after witnessing his detailed descriptions and haunting perceptions of human nature in these shorter forms, I have added his novel to my “to-read” list.

  • Jennifer Masterson
    2019-02-23 09:43

    3 delicious hours of audio read by Mr. Michael C. Hall aka Dexter!!! What a wonderful performance of Truman Capote's novella! I saw the movie years ago but I've never read the book! I'm so happy to have listened to this edition of the audio!5+++++Stars for the narrator!5 Stars for the story!Highly highly recommended!!!

  • Lawyer
    2019-03-23 10:36

    Breakfast at Tiffany's: Truman Capote's Novella of Love or Something Like It"If she was in this city I'd have seen her. You take a man that likes to walk, a man like me, a man's been walking in the streets going on ten or twelve years, and all those years he's got his eye out for one person, and nobody's ever her, don't it stand to reason she's not there? I see pieces of her all the time, a flat litle bottom, any skinny girl that walks fast and straight--...It's just that I didn't know you'd been in love with her. Not like that."So it is we know that Holly Golightly is gone, that she's been gone for years. And she had her effect on Joe Bell, the bartender at that little place down on Lexington Avenue in the Big Apple.Yeah, there's Joe's place. Look hard enough, it's one of those little places tucked away. You probably can't see it. One of those Yellow Cabs is hiding it. Yeah, Joe had it bad. Most men who knew her did, unless they just wanted to use her. There's always that niggling little thought on the nature of what love really is. That it is pure and natural or that it can be purchased. Anything is possible, after all, because everything is negotiable.Truman Capote first published Breakfast at Tiffany'sin the November, 1958 issue of Esquire Magazine.It was considered too obscene for Capote's usual sources for periodical publication, Harper's Baazar and Mademoiselle. After all, it's open to question as to whether Holly is a prostitute. And being a woman who speaks her mind, she wishes she could have a bull dyke for a roommate because they make such excellent housekeepers. Such language would never do, so it was off to Esquire. Random house followed suit, publishing "Tiffany's" as a novella.What man hasn't known and loved a Holly Golightly. I have. I lost her. She was hit and killed by a drunk driver--hit her on the wrong side of the road. It was head on. She never had a chance. She was driving home on a Sunday evening, after dinner with her parents, her adopted parents. She shared several characteristics with Holly Golightly. She didn't know her real parents. She enjoyed men. Her hair was that shining perfect blond with bands of white that made her always look as though the sun shone directly on her head and hers alone. She liked her men older, too, like Holly. Maybe it was being adopted, not knowing where she came from, not knowing where she truly belonged.But Holly Golightly had taken a new identity, running away from Tulip, Texas, married at the age of fourteen to Doc Barnes, a veterinarian. Her real name is Lula Mae Barnes, just as Capote's mother's name had been Lillie Mae Faulk before she took a more sophisticated name, Nina, after she married Cuban business man Joe Capote.I attended her funeral, one of so many, her male coterie. But it was when the minister pulled out a copy of The Velveteen Rabbit and began to read from it that I was stunned. For I gave her that book, in the hope, the dream that she would realize if you love anything enough it will become alive. She kept that book all the many years we were apart. Perhaps on some days she thought of me. I know that I still think of her and on some days, like Joe Bell, the bartender, I see bits and pieces of her as I walk the city streets, especially when the sun illuminates the gold, the white, the platinum of a feminine head of hair as if it showed on no other person on boulevard, no matter how bright the sun. Oh, you say Holly Golightly was a brunette--like Audrey Hepburn. Well, that was Blake Edwards' idea of what Holly Golightly looked like. But it wasn't Capote's idea who should play her. It was Marilyn Monroe. No question. It was that blonde hair, almost platinum. But Capote only sold the film rights. He maintained no control over the direction or production of the film.Capote was such a wonderful dancer. I can still remember photographs of him swirling Marilyn across the dance floor.But Lee Strausberg told Marilyn playing Holly Golightly, a prostitute, wouldn't be good for her career. Monroe turned down the role for "The Misfits." It would be her last film. But that's another story.History took its course. Henry Mancini composed "Moon River" for the score. George Peppard and Audrey Hepburn had chemistry. Following its release in 1961, Edwards' work became one of the iconic American films. However, it bears little resemblance to Capote's work, although Audrey Hepburn is stunning in that little black dress.It was not uncommon that movies made from Faulkner's books premiered in Oxford, Mississippi. One, to Faulkner's chagrin, bore so little comparison to his original work, when called to the stage to make opening remarks, Faulkner said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, the film you're about to see bears absolutely no resemblance to the book I wrote from which the title of this film was taken." He walked off stage and out of the theatre. I can't imagine Capote taking that approach, he was still connected to a famous film that led to further sales of his work. Perhaps it was that desire for fame that ultimately destroyed Capote.Of course, in the novella, the young writer is unpublished. Holly takes it upon herself to make him famous by introducing him to her Hollywood agent. In the movie, Peppard is a kept man, whose, shall we say, sponsor, is played by Patricia Neal, who is known to Holly as 2E, the lady's apartment number. And, of course, the movie ends happily ever after with George Peppard and Audrey Hepburn embracing in the rain and having found "Cat" whom Holly had kicked out of the taxi cab.But Capote tells Holly's view regarding love, or whatever feeling she is capable of describing as love. "Never love a wild thing, Mr. Bell," Holly advised him. "That was Doc's mistake. He was always lugging home wild things. A hawk with a hurt wing. One time it was a full-grown bobcat with a broken leg. But you can't give your heart to a wild thing: the more you do, the stronger they get. Until they're strong enough to run into the woods. Or fly into a tree. Then a taller tree. Then the sky. That's how you'll end up, Mr. Bell. If you let yourself love a wild thing. You'll end up looking at the sky."Truman Capote considered Holly Golightly his favorite character. I think he was right in his feelings. Of course, Capote, has said that the narrator of Breakfast at Tiffany's was gay. In fact, it has been repeatedly surmised that Holly Golightly is the literary embodiment of Christopher Isherwood's Sally Bowles. What divine decadence. The movie would never have ended the way it did, had Capote maintained creative control. Let's just say this one will always touch a nerve in me. This one is for all the Holly Golightlys in the world and the Joe Bells who have the sense to listen to them, and I offer it with all the heartfelt sympathy I can muster for those who can't understand what it means to love a wild thing.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-01 07:38

    "Breakfast at Tiffany's", was a delightful film. I consider it a classic! As for the novel, well... I didn't know there was a novel! A novel by Truman Capote, whom I am not familiar with until Philip Seymour Hoffman won an Oscar for playing him.I was fortunate enough to discover this book in the library. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is a little deceptive since it seems like a pretty easy read. It can be a bit funny, but I realized it has a more somber tone than the the film and there are some pretty serious issues throughout the course of the story. It also presents a heroine who you might not like very much (or at all), which presents another challenge.Capote's attitude toward Holly can be different than your reaction to her, and I think this is part of his talent. He actually presents a lot of reasons to dislike Holly, but he is also careful to temper that with some information that probably elicits a sympathetic reaction to other parts of her life.The story doesn't gloss over her negative qualities, but it does present details that complicate these downfalls. This gives a better idea of why she does whatever she must to survive.The tone is very different from the film, and there is no fairy-tale love in this story. Instead, you get a more realistic picture of love: complicated, messy, and sometimes extremely painful. The central theme seems to be more about looking forward to the future, and about the dreams, hopes, and plans we make for ourselves. In many ways these dreams sustain the characters, as they are propelled by the promise of something better than what the present can provide. But when these same hopes, and plans are shattered, it has devastating effects on the dreamers. Suddenly, they have to revise what they've been looking forward to, and this throws some characters into a tailspin as they're suddenly forced to reevaluate their lives.It was quite a different experience from the film and it's very thought provoking. After reading the story, I actually appreciated the title and find it more relevant. Although Holly actually mentions Tiffany's (and having breakfast there) just a few times, I think her reference to it tells you a lot about her ctharacter. It's true that Tiffany's is expensive and that the things in it are out of her reach, but it's the idea of Tiffany's and the perfection that she associates with the store that makes her feel better when she's scared, sad, or angry. It's the belief that only good things happen there that makes Tiffany's so appealing to her. The title means so much, and all the while seems pretty insignificant. The novel is a masterpiece in its own right.

  • Madeline
    2019-03-10 10:35

    This is getting shelved under "The Movie is Better" but honestly, I can't decide which version I prefer. Because I am indecisive, let's make lists.Reasons The Movie Is Better:-Audrey Hepburn plays a considerably less racist and foul-mouthed Holly, which is nice. But let's be honest: Holly could spend the entire movie snorting crack off a sidewalk and Audrey Hepburn would make it the most elegant and classy crack-snorting anyone had ever seen. -Holly actually sets foot inside Tiffany's, instead of just talking about it. Also she is actually seen eating breakfast outside the store, instead of just mentioning it offhandedly. -The lines, "It's useful being top banana in the shock department" and "I don't want you to take me home until I'm very drunk. Very drunk indeed."-A happy, schmoopy, formulaic romantic ending in the rain that never fails to win me over. And they come back for Cat. -George Peppard. Reasons The Book Is Better:-Mag Wildwood, a mere caricature in the movie, gets more lines, personality, and scenes in the book.-Holly is eighteen at the beginning of the story, which makes her instantly more of a badass teen slut, which I admired her for. -Mr. Yunioshi actually has a sizable shred of dignity and is vital to the plot. This did wonders to undo the damage caused by the sight of a sweaty, overtanned, bucktoothed Mickey Rooney leaning over a banister and screeching, "Missa Gorightry! I musta plotest!" *shudder* Is Mickey Rooney dead? If not, could someone please find him and kill him for thinking he could successfully imitate a Japanese man without turning into a walking stereotype? Thank you.That's all I can think of at the moment. Bottom line: the book made me sad, and the movie does not.

  • Fabian
    2019-03-01 07:27

    A charming little anecdote about some ruby-rare bright young thing & ensuing crew-- delightly-ful! To be read in a complete sitting in some secret well-lit garden with a basket of tea and crumpets. Necessary as stress relief and sweet as a caramel. Another plus for the already egotistical NYC, Holly Golightly is heavily embossed onto the overall structure itself.

  • Brina
    2019-02-22 11:44

    Fred, our story's narrator, has been called by Joe Bell the proprietor of Hamburg Heaven because he has heard about Holly. So begins Truman Capote's classic Breakfast at Tiffany's, the tale of New York society girl Holly Golightly. As soon as Fred hears about Holly, the story flashes back to 1943 and we begin our story of Holly. Growing up I knew Aubrey Hepburn as Eliza Dolittle and Tiffany's as a diamond store, so I envisioned Breakfast at Tiffany's to be a tale of the upper crust of New York society dining at the Plaza Hotel. How wrong was in these thoughts. Our protagonists live in a brownstone apartment, not the Plaza. "Fred" named in honor of Holly's brother is a festering writer who seems to be Capote himself and his upstairs neighbor is a mysterious girl named Holly Golightly who adds traveling to her business cards. Until the two have any interactions, Holly remains an enigma, adding to her mystique. Throughout the book, Holly still remains an enigma even after she and "Fred" build on their friendly, platonic relationship. Who is Holly? Is she a Hollywood starlet or Arkansas hillbilly? A New York society girl or prostitute or a member of the mafia? Because the novella is only 100 pages in length, Capote tackles all of these ideas while really building up Holly's character. Even though I prefer epic novels, I also enjoy a shorter story that flushes out a character's personality and has me captivated from the first pages. Capote's novella does this and then some, allowing me to quickly read to the conclusion. Tiffany's does make an appearance in the novella although not the way I had thought it would. Holly in spite of all the glitz in her life, wants to be remembered the same when she has the money to eat breakfast at Tiffany's. Does this mean she will be down to earth or a multi-layered character? Will she keep the same company or dine with movie stars? Capote hints that Holly would prefer the former but never tells us, allowing for the reader to draw their own conclusions. Again, this device enabled me to read the novella in one sitting so I could find out whether or not Holly ever ate breakfast at Tiffany's. I would be remiss if I did not mention the three other stories included in this novella. All of them bring out Capote's prose and show us why he is highly regarded as a classic American writer. The collection ends on a high note with A Christmas Memory, allowing is some insight into Capote's family life growing up. I look forward to seeing Breakfast at Tiffany's on screen to compare the movie to the book and also reading his masterpiece In Cold Blood. A 5-star classic.

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    2019-02-22 08:31

    Capote has a mesmerizing way with words. His description of the aptly named Holly Golightly is splendid and the character herself is a sort of blend of Daisy Buchanon and Madame Bovary. The friendship of the narrator Paul/"Fred" with Holly is beautifully and painfully described as are the parties and lovers that she entertains. I must see the film now...(see below)The atmosphere of the book is a sort of bohemian yet preppy post-Beat decadence but with a tragic sexism that poisons Holly's relationships with everyone except the narrator. She is both an actor and a victim of her status as a sex object - this is what transports this story from something banal to something more complex and enduring.The Diamond Guitar is a tender story of unrequited love as well, albeit homosexual love and longing and disappearance.House of Flowers is a vivid depiction of a Haitian whorehouse, the Champs-Elysées and the sadomasochistic love of Ollite for Royal that leads her to an indifferent fate at the House of Flowers.A Christmas Memory is a heartbreaking tale of camaraderie between a young boy and an older woman and their dreams of surpassing their humble existence.Each of these stories of love, loss, and hope against hope that avoid sentimentalism in their cold rendering of events. It is more the external elements (the weather in New York, the changing seasons at the farm, the bee prophecy and the wind respectively) that color the psychology of the characters and their ambiguous fates.I loved these stories and will read more of Truman Capote's work.I started watching the movie with the amazing Audrey Hepburn as Golightly and George Peppard as "Fred" and find it captures the essence of the relationship between these two characters. However, why did they have Mickey Rooney do that ridiculous (and perhaps racist) imitation of Yunioshi, why not just have a Japanese actor. The other annoying thing about the movie is the comic spin that it puts to the book which while at times somewhat humorous was for the most part darker and more layered than depicted by Blake Edwards.

  • Paul Bryant
    2019-03-23 09:28

    I’m struggling to figure out what makes this quite so great, it could be Truman’s beautiful limpid style which winds its sentences through your inner ear so that you might think that language itself had been melted and turned into vanilla frosting or it could be that this is the sweet sad little tale of a guy who met this creature and got stuck permanently in the friend zone, and kind of almost didn’t really mind because at least the friend zone was something and not nothing, that’s how entranced he was, or it could be that one of the major characters is a cat. It could be that it’s funny, and kind, and that Holly says some really surprising things (just to mention one, that she thinks people of the same sex should be allowed to get married – in 1958!). But this novelette is a small 100 page thing, a drifting fragrance, a single chord, a glint, a hello then goodbye too soon, too soon – ah yes, itself therefore being the perfect embodiment of the Holly Golightly experience. So, of course – that’s why.

  • Lyn
    2019-03-02 14:51

    Delicious.Upon finishing Truman Capote’s 1958 brilliant short novel Breakfast at Tiffany’s my first thought was that Capote had been influenced heavily by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 Jazz Age masterpiece The Great Gatsby. I was intrigued further to find that several other reviewers had noticed the same similarities. Both involve and are centrally concerned with a charismatic and alluring socialite with humble beginnings and sketchy personal details and with a subtle naiveté hidden under a mask of societal cunning bordering on the streetwise.I would also draw a comparison between Holly and Vladimir Nabokov’s Dolores from his 1955 work Lolita. Both heroines exhibit a frank and earthy, almost playful sexuality that is intoxicating to the male characters, who pine and lust with barely contained libido.Finally, I see similarities between Capote’s themes and settings and Hemingway’s 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises, especially between the tense platonic relationship concerning Holly and the narrator and Hemingway’s Lady Brett and Jake. Both male narrators are sad caricatures of voyeuristic and doomed love, both pale also-rans to the Latin rivals.In Holly Golightly, Capote has created an archetypal American woman of the twentieth century, at once sexual and material, yet in a playful, teasing and fun way. He could have written another hundred pages of scenes with her and I would have been as captivated as the unnamed (except casually by Holly) narrator. Of course, Audrey Hepburn’s 1961 portrayal was so intoxicating as to become one with Capote’s vision.Capote has penned a dandy and, like the best chocolate, it is a guilty delight.

  • Melissa
    2019-02-21 13:30

    “If you let yourself love a wild thing. You'll end up looking at the sky.”Told in a reflective and almost lyrical tone, this is the story of a writer, referred to as 'Fred', who reminisces about the neighbor he fell for back in 1943. The thing is, I’m not sure if we ever get a glimpse of the real Holly Golightly.An enigma of sorts; Holly’s not one to get attached or share much of anything about her past. She avoids the truth by putting a fun and often ridiculous spin on things and she’s full of biting comments. It’s hard to say who she really is under that facetious facade. From all outward appearances, she’s a nineteen-year-old woman who enjoys the company of many men and pretty things. A woman making her way, amidst the excitement and wonder of New York City.The few things she openly admits - the soft spot she has for her brother (the actual Fred) and her cure for the mean reds. She claims being surrounded by the quiet of Tiffany’s, although we don’t actually see any of that in the book, is enough to calm her soul. You can’t think of the movie, read this book, or in my case listen to the audio without picturing Audrey Hepburn as Holly. She’s become synonymous with Breakfast at Tiffany’s. So my question is - what happened to the trips to Tiffany’s and the ring? Having seen the movie several times before listening to the audio, it felt to me like a piece of the story was missing. With a very different ending, the book didn’t come across as the great love story the movie did. It almost makes me cringe to say this, but I actually enjoyed the movie a tad bit more than the book.The crazy cat lady in me has to mention how heartbroken I was that Holly left her “cat” behind, too. How could she? At least, he ended up with a home, I guess. And maybe even a name.If you’re a Dexter fan, like me, you’ll love this audio. Michael C. Hall is the narrator and his voice is pretty unique. There were a few times his voice for Holly made me laugh, but for the most part, his narration was heavenly. At just under three hours, I found this to be a quick but wholly enjoyable listen.

  • Sidharth Vardhan
    2019-03-04 13:49

    "Anyway, home is where you feel at home. I'm still looking."Ok, I no longer believe in 'never Judge a book by its cover'. I read this one mainly because of it's cover. Have you ever feared being trapped by love and similar demons? It is basically about that fear."You've got to be sensitive to appreciate her: a streak of the poet. But I'll tell you the truth. You can beat your brains out for her, and she'll hand you horseshit on a platter."There are some people who, in their easy going and wanting-to-include-everyone-in-their-joy ways become highly likeable to sensitive souls, the sensitive folks find themselves emotionally invested in them only getting indifference in return. The indifference is not always because of malice. Sometimes, these people, just as Holly was, are as sensitive as others but have decided that they won't let themselves caged down even by other' love."Never love a wild thing, Mr. Bell," It is a kind of life that most people are often tempted to lead. We look at the birds flying in the sky and are envious of their so-called 'freedom':"Don't wanna sleep, don't wanna die, just wanna go a-travelin' through the pastures of the sky."but:"and believe me, dearest Doc -- it's better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague. Just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear."And so, Holly learned her lesson - freedom,as we wish to see it, is an illusion. The only real freedom we can have is freedom to choose our own cage - and, what we need is to find a cage where we can feel at home. Unfortunately, it was too late.

  • Jonathan Ashleigh
    2019-03-02 14:38

    When I started reading this book, because I haven't seen the movie, I thought Audrey Hepburn's name was Tiffany. Through college I saw so many posters with her face and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" somewhere on the image and that is what stuck in my head and I still have a tough time thinking anything different. When I found out the real reason the title is what it is, I was disappointed that this book was an early version of product placement, but even with all of that said - Breakfast at Tiffany's is a great book. I believe it is a take on the great American novel that focuses on feminine personality. I'll probably read it again, and I'm going to watch the movie as soon as possible.

  • Matthew
    2019-03-15 07:55

    As someone who grew up in the 90s, this was in my head the whole time I read this:I have never seen the movie, so the only idea I had in my mind is this iconic image of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly:But, what I actually got was this:Holly is crass and obnoxious with really no redeeming qualities. She is rude to her enemies, and even worse to her friends. She smokes to excess, drinks to excess, is promiscuous to excess - she is just wild, crazy, and destructive.Reading this was like watching a train wreck - but I kind of liked it. I couldn't look away!

  • Brian Yahn
    2019-03-16 14:39

    How does one review something so good? Are there even words to do it? Here's my attempt:Holly Golightly is an interesting enough character to fill ten libraries. She crept into my thoughts regularly for months after reading the book, and I still think about her quite often to this day, like a long-lost lover, but more fondly.I've never quite enjoyed prose like this either. I mean, every single sentence I liked. There wasn't one in the whole book where I thought, "you know, this one's the bad one." It's no wonder that I didn't put the book down until I finished it.Structurally, it's a masterpiece. The pacing is perfect.It's one of those books that you read, and when you finish it, you're a little sad, because you know you found THAT book, and you know you'll probably never find a book you like this much again.I want to say something bad about it, but I just can't think of anything.

  • Lynda
    2019-03-12 08:50

    Marilyn or Audrey? Who do you think?When Audrey was cast, Truman Capote remarked:“Paramount double-crossed me in every way and cast Audrey.”In one of the most iconic scenes in film history, it would be impossible to think of anybody other than Audrey Hepburn wearing the “Little Black Dress” while looking into the window of Tiffany’s. Well, if it had been up to the author of the book on which the movie is based, Truman Capote, it would have been Marilyn Monroe. In fact, he wrote the book with her as the character in mind. Even the movie’s screenwriter, George Axelrod, wrote the script tailored to her. Marilyn was actually talked out of taking the role by her acting coach, Lee Strasberg — he felt that playing the lead role would be bad for her image. The bookBreakfast at Tiffany's, set in 1943, documents the friendship of a New York writer (whose name is never mentioned) with his neighbour Holiday (Holly) Golightly. Both live in a brownstone apartment building in Manhattan's Upper East Side. The story is presented as the writer's recollections of Holly many years after the conclusion of the friendship. Holly is a woman of mystery to everyone in her life. There is ambiguity surrounding her profession; she has no job and lives by socializing with wealthy men, who wine, dine, and give her gifts and money, together with the ocassional overnight stay. Was Holly Golightly a prostitute?In a 1968 interview in Playboy, Truman Capote addressed the question:Playboy: "Would you elaborate on your comment that Holly was the prototype of today's liberated female and representative of a "whole breed of girls who live off men but are not prostitutes. They're our version of the geisha girl."?Capote: "Holly Golightly was not precisely a callgirl. She had no job, but accompanied expense-account men to the best restaurants and night clubs, with the understanding that her escort was obligated to give her some sort of gift, perhaps jewelry or a check ... if she felt like it, she might take her escort home for the night. So these girls are the authentic American geishas, and they're much more prevalent now than in 1943 or 1944, which was Holly's era.."? Breakfast at Tiffany's excels in imagery, the prose lyrical. It has many layers to it. Abandonment, loneliness, the need to belong and yet not be chained at the same time, the delight in the unorthodox and not loving a wild thing.This was a sad book in lots of ways. We have Holly who is an odd mixture of childlike innocence and street smart sexuality, confused yet determined, who knows very well what she wants and will walk over others to get it. Then you have the other characters in her life who are obsessed by her, whose lives evolve around her, and no matter how bad she treats them, they come back for more.As a reader, it is difficult to like Holly. She is referred to as a phony as she hides herself behind interesting lies and an eccentric lifestyle. She wants no responsibility or ties to people or things. She keeps disconnected and unloving for the freedom of her feelings.I enjoyed the book more than the movie. Capote describes Holly in such a way that you get the sense he has moulded her on someone that he knew, someone who intrigued him and held an allure or aura of mysticism that left a deep impression.A gread read!

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-03-16 10:28

    A magnificent, elegant and historic classic, Breakfast at Tiffany's is a short but unforgettable book featuring a mysterious woman and the misadventures of her daily life in the 1940's.

  • Perry
    2019-03-08 15:40

    "It's better to look at the sky than live there; such an empty place, so vague, just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear"[I'd forgotten how absolutely gorgeous Audrey Hepburn was]Until a few years ago, I'd only seen the trailer for the film version of this novel. The phrase, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is even iconic for that era. I'd not read the novel even though Truman Capote came from the 2 states in which I've lived nearly all my life: Alabama and Mississippi (both of which have indisputably earned their places as the regular punching bags of the cognoscenti and other snobbish bastards who would rather point fingers than look around them).I might be a little differently affected by this short novel than many others, especially those readers who grew up in a large metropolis. Before I explain what I mean, I'll say that I found Capote's short novel to masterfully display this young lady's complexities of character underlying the shallow facade of wealth. I think he shows how some of us are willing to do nearly anything to achieve his/her dream, no matter how grandiose or superficial others may find it. Holly Golightly was a dreamer extraordinaire or as Capote put it, a "lopsided romantic" whose trait of personality would never change.A poignant line which I think best captures a major theme of the novel is Holly's observation late in the novel that: "it's better to look at the sky than live there; such an empty place, so vague, just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear."Though I've lived all my life in the American South, I'm not a redneck. I recall the first time I went to New York. I was in awe. That's not a Southern thing, it's more of a small town thing. I've been many times since and the sheer size of it never fails to amaze me. City people, particularly those in NYC, are disgusted by such provincialism. A contempt they cannot hide. Even though I'm straight, I think I can imagine how it must have been for an outcast sissy-boy from Monroeville, AL and Meridian, MS, trying to make his dreams come true in the Big Apple. Certainly, he would have been very sensitive and keenly observant of his environment in New York City, having grown up ostracized by his classmates. The fact that he was a gay man from down South up in the big city (suffering prejudices in NYC against not only his sexuality but much moreso against his Southern upbringing and drawl) probably served to further enhance his remarkable attention to detail in that society, at that time. These difficulties formed an integral part of the artist who so vividly painted one of the best novels ever of an outsider looking in with longing.

  • Duane
    2019-03-18 12:49

    Holly Golightly, the heroine of Capote's 1958 novel, is one of the iconic characters in American literature. And Audrey Hepburn's portrayal in the movie three years later helped to assure Holly's immortality.

  • Margitte
    2019-03-02 15:44

    Well, what can one say about Holly Golightly. She was beautiful, she was mean, she was independent, sometimes cruel, sometimes caring. Holly was as free as a bird, but shackled by her birth. She was temptress and torturer. She was glue and glamorous. Holly was light and darkness. She conquered and crashed. She loved and loathed. Holly:"... good things only happen to you if you're good. Good? Honest is more what I mean. Not law-type honest -- I'd rob a grave, I'd steal two-bits off a dead man's eyes if I thought it would contribute to the day's enjoyment -- but unto-thyself-type honest. Be anything but a coward, a pretender, an emotional crook, a whore: I'd rather have cancer than a dishonest heart. Which isn't being pious. Just practical. Cancer may cool you, but the other's sure to. Oh, screw it, cookie -- hand me my guitar, and I'll sing you a fada in the most perfect Portuguese." Her story is narrated by her upstairs neighbor, an aspiring writer, who befriended her, despite a downstairs neighbor, Madame Sapphia Spanella's outspoken wrath against Holly:"A crude exhibitionist, a time waster, an utter fake, somebody never to be spoken to again". But Holly was also 'pampered, calmly immaculate, as though she'd been attended by Cleopatra's maids'. Nineteen year old Holly was from Tulip, Texas, before she landed up in New York. Since the age of fourteen she was on her own, taking care of her brother Fred, who was in the army. He loved peanut butter, which she bought for him anywhere she could find it during the war times. "Fred's a soldier," said Holly. "But I doubt if he'll ever be a statue. Could be. They say the more stupid you are the braver. He's pretty stupid." "Fred's that boy upstairs? I didn't realize he was a soldier. But he does look stupid." "Yearning. Not stupid. He wants awfully to be on the inside staring out: anybody with their nose pressed against a glass is liable to look stupid. Anyhow, he's a different Fred. Fred's my brother." "You call your own f-f-flesh and b-b-blood stupid?" "If he is he is."This is a short novella, about a female character who deserved her place as one of the most outstanding literary characters of all times. What captured me the most is the way this young woman was presented to the world. Someone who could be loved; a young woman who could become a friend. She had heart and soul. She was warm and wonderful. But just as cold and calculating, since she did not quite trust the people's intentions towards her and therefore never really allowed herself to bond with anyone. "I like a man who sees the humor; most of them, they're all pant and puff."Her actions prevented people to come too near, even her friends stood aside. A tragic figure. A statistic for the cognoscenti, the people who despised the likes of her. The film adaptation of this novella was very different from the book. I suspect nobody wanted to play the lead role of Holly, since it was unacceptable for their careers. And to get Audrey Hepburn to be the star, the script had to be changed considerably. The most important difference was to portray Holly as an innocent young woman who did not prostitute herself in the movie. The male lead, played by George Peppard, became a romantic character instead of the gay writer who became her friend in the book(he fell in love with his childhood postman). In the movie he also became a toy-boy himself to a wealthy women (not part of the book). Although I enjoyed the movie, I loved the book much more.Truman Capote created a complex character in his iconic writing style. Nobody can forget Holly Golightly. The social realism of the 1940s-New York embraced this girl next door, and made her something very different than the normal portrayal of these social climbers. She became a person with a heart and soul. Someone to empathize with. A wonderful, soul-touching story. A classic must-read.

  • Alex Farrand
    2019-03-13 11:56

    My version of the classic novel included three other short stories written by Mr. Capote. I will give only a full review of Breakfast at Tiffany's though, because that story was my only interest. I almost didn't read the other short stories, because I simply didn't want to read them. But I read them, and I wasn't disappointed. I will give a brief summary of all three. The three other stories were called The House of Flowers, A Diamond Guitar, and A Christmas memory. They were all realistic stories, about a relationship, either a friendship, a family bond, or marriage. Nothing really caught my eye, or had a message, but all seemed to be floating in reality. They were there, and they were gone.So, let’s get back to the main review. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is about a beautiful, young woman, Holly Golightly, living her life to the fullest no matter the cost. The story was narrated by her apartment neighbor and eventually "best friend" who Holly referred to as Fred.One: I never watched Audrey Hepburn’s 1961 film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, or I might have watched bits of it because I know the ending. I can’t sit still watching movies. I am really a terrible movie goer. I LOVE Audrey Hepburn, and I am ashamed that I never watched this classic film. I wish it was on Netflix. She is a GORGEOUS, and I idolize her. Audrey is really the prettiest woman I have ever saw in my entire life. One time I was looking up pictures of her and decided to cut my bangs to her style. It was a horrible, horrible idea, because I don't cut hair. I blamed it on my husband for not stopping me.Two: Do you guys remember that 90s song called Breakfast at Tiffany's? It was sung by Deep Blue Something. Well that song kept replaying in my head while reading. I found it funny, but utterly annoying. I would be in the middle of a sentence and my brain would turn up it's speakers during the chorus. "And I said what about Breakfast at Tiffany's? She said I think I remember the film And as I recall I think, we both kind o' liked it" dodoododoodoooodoodooo. Needless to say the song will be stuck in my head for a few days.There are two things I really liked about the novel. I am giving it a 4 star because of Audrey, being a classic novel,Holly, and thesymbolism. Holly Golightly in simple terms is a bitch. Even "Fred" said that at the end. She is the type of woman you despise, because she will lie, cheat, and steal from you. She lives to gain momentum, and she will do anything to get her way. She is callous, well she has one care, but she lives on her own terms. She want her freedom. Her head is in the clouds, which I can understand. It isn't a bad thing to live in the clouds. Her personality is horrible. Still I despise her, but I was entranced by her. Holly has that intoxicating feel, and you cannot just see her only one time. No, you have to watch, and see what will happen to her next. It was like watching a train wreck. Will she fall madly in love with any of her many suitors, and become caged? Will she finally be caught by the police? Will she love "Fred"? Read and find out.I really liked the symbolism. A few examples: An expensive cage was given to "Fred" by Holly for Christmas. She asked never to cage anything in her life. The cage is imprisonment, of course. A wild animal, like Holly (another symbolism), should never be caged. Taming a wild beast will never make that animal happy. Just like the Orcas at Seaworld, with their curved dorsal fins. This is how Holly felt about life. Of course the cat was the representation of herself, and they both loved each other at the end. Finally, when all Holly's belongings fell into the gutter, I thought it represented the end of Holly. I think I will try harder to find the movie. I know the endings are different, but I will see how well they match against each other. I will wait a bit before watching though. If I watch too soon I might get angry at the differences. Happy reading everyone! I might add more to my blog later. I had to speed this one through. I remember having more thoughts. Visit my blog here http://dancingbetweenthecovers.com/re.... It is brand new!

  • J.L. Sutton
    2019-02-21 10:32

    I didn't know what to expect from Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's, but I thoroughly enjoyed how Capote told his story. This backwards (at times almost nostalgic) glance at a life which had all but vanished from anything but memory (the whimsically kind and cruel and slightly tragic Holly Golightly) reminded me more of Willa Cather's My Antonia than Capote's other seminal work, In Cold Blood. Of course, Antonia and Holly Golightly have virtually nothing in common except in how they occupy the center of the narrator's imagination. When Jim Burden explores Antonia's character, he discovers depth he didn't fully understand when he was a boy. The narrator of Breakfast at Tiffany's finds a disarmingly charming shallowness in Holly that hides complexity neither he (nor the reader) can fully understand. In the end, the Holly of Capote's novella doesn't match the charming portrayal of Audrey Hepburn in the movie, but Holly, I think, was meant to be a little darker, someone closer to tragedy than the stuff of dreams.

  • Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
    2019-03-12 09:51

    It’s a brilliant character sketch, 150 pages you can polish off in a day. The story of a fascinating, seriously flawed young woman who moves to New York in the 40’s leaving Hicksville (view spoiler)[ along with her husband & his children (hide spoiler)] behind and reinvents herself as Holly Golightly, in the process losing all sense of who she is. A complex character, shifting between generosity and self-absorption, kindness & cruelty. Capote can write… you almost hear the clicking of martini glasses and smell her perfume wafting from the pages. Agree with Norman Mailer who said he "would not have changed two words in Breakfast at Tiffany's" I’ve been thinking about Capote lately. Read To Kill a Mockingbird ,heard about the huge snit he was in over Harper Lee winning the Pulitzer; how despite all her help when he was struggling to write In Cold Blood he still ended a lifetime friendship over it. Then I read Rules of Civility and thought Amor, you sly devil - you've been watching “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” haven't you...I saw the film years ago, vaguely remembered so I thought I'd read the book. Surprise... It’s entirely different from the movieand FAR better. Audrey Hepburn the classic example of miscasting. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Audrey, her pearls, her little black dress – along with Grace Kelly she’s an icon of sophistication – what she is not is Holly Golightly. I've now discovered that Capote and I are in perfect agreement. 'The movie became a mawkish valentine to New York City,’ he said, 'and as a result was thin and pretty, whereas it should have been rich and ugly.’ Poor Truman, seems he couldn’t catch a break…Cons: To short, I wanted more. I usually pass on novellas for this reason. The other characters could have been more developed, Holly’s story felt unfinished. Agree with Mailer - he shouldn’t have changed 2 words, just think he needed to add a couple of thousand more. 3 ½ stars rounded to 4“The answer is good things only happen to you if you're good. Good? Honest is more what I mean... Be anything but a coward, a pretender, an emotional crook, a whore: I'd rather have cancer than a dishonest heart.”

  • Algernon
    2019-03-17 14:48

    Miss Holiday Golightly, Traveling She is no phony, Miss Holly! She is for me one of the most fascinating and authentic symbols of the modern era. That last word that was missing from the famous movie version with Audrey Hepburn: 'Traveling'. That's the word that describe her best. She is running away from the 'mean reds', from a childhood of poverty and abuse. She is running towards something beautiful, something true, something better than the phony New York night life with its huge crop of mega rats who wouldn't even give a girl a fifty dollar note for the powder room. Holly dreams of something decent, clean and bright, something polite and respectful, something peaceful and beautiful. She calls it Tiffany and in her songs it sounds just like home:Don't wanna sleep,Don't wanna die,Just wanna go a-travellin'through the pastures of the skyTo be alive is to be a traveler, to fight back against the mean reds, to dream about that early morning in front of the sparkling window display at Tiffany's, about that horse farm in Mexico or about a log cabin by a stream somewhere high up in the Rocky Mountains. I think it is much better to be a Holly Golightly than to settle down early, marking time until you get a pension and a goldwatch, wondering where did your life go so fast. Some people call her a phony, irresponsible, unreliable, silly and self-serving (as with her involvent with Sally Tomato), but I prefer that little line the narrator throws away somewhere in the middle of the novella, calling her : a lopsided romantic, gluttonous for everything on the menu. Holly's greatest achievement is that she doesn't become a cynic in the midst of all the rats of New York's high society. She cares sometimes too much, about her brother Fred, about Doc Golightly, about her writer neighbour upstair, about her cat without a name and about her dreams of Tiffany's. Would you settle in her place for a marriage of convenience and a simple role of housewife? Holly even gave up a possible succesful career in Hollywood, another dream factory where the gold is made of tinsel paper: If I do feel guilty, I guess it's because I let him go on dreaming when I wasn't dreaming a bit. I was just vamping for time to make a few self-improvements Self-improvement is another quality to add to the list of Holly Golighty accomplishments. She got dealt a bad hand in the begining of her life, but she refused to stay down, even when a kind man offered her shelter (Doc). She had a goal and she decided to work hard to get there, refussing to settle down for less. I don't want to own anything until I know I've found the place where me and things belong together. I'm not quite sure where that is just yet. But I know what it's like. It's like Tiffany's. Some people might get trampled underfoot when coming across such a determinate young woman. In many ways, the novella is better than the movie (in almost all ways, except for missing the extraordinary presence of Audrey Hepburn), and I'm thinking here at the risks and compromises one has to make in life if he or she wants to succeed. In the movie, Holly settles down for marriage. In the novella she flies off, still chasing her dream. Here is the best passage from both versions: Never love a wild thing, Mr. Bell. That was Doc's mistake. He was always lugging home wild things. A hawk with a hurt wing. One time is was a full-grown bobcat with a broken leg. But you can't give your heart to a wild thing: the more you do, the stronger they get. Until they're strong enough to run into the woods. Or fly into a tree. Then the sky. That's how you'll end up, Mr. Bell. If you let yourself love a wild thing. You'll end up looking at the sky. What many people fail to notice is the small addendum to the famous quote, the confession and admission that Holly knows what the price of her freedom is, and what a lonely, possibly disappointing destination waits for her at the end of the journey: Believe me, dearest Doc - it's better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague. Just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear. The novella ends without giving a clear answer to the final destination of Holly Golightly, and I prefer it this way. This way I can imagine her still traveling, in the hot jungles of Central Africa or across the ice covered peaks of the Himalayas, partying with the jet set in Gstaad or living quietly on a ranch in Argentina, singing that Mancini tune on guitar as she watches the sunset.>><<>><<>><<Sometimes one piece of work is enough to decide on the talent of a writer, and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is such an accomplishment. Norman Mailer said it best when he exclaimed that he wouldn't change two words from it. With the other three short stories included in the present volume, Truman Capote demonstrates that he is not a one-hit-wonder, and he weaves the magic of words again and again, with beautiful, eloquent and concise prose, creating memorable characters with incredible ease and credibility. House of Flowersis the bittersweet story of a young peasant girl from Port-au-Prince. Ottilie is so beautiful and cheerful, she becomes the most sought after whore in town, but her heart yearns for the simple pleasures of life away from the big city and its dubious pleasures. She runs away with a dirt poor young boy from nowhere, and learns to find beauty and pleasure in her new home. Some fun interludes showcase the ways Ottilie deals with her cranky mother-in-law. Diamond Guitarreads like the basic template from which years later Stephen King will cast his novella "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption". Replace the poster of the diva with a cheap guitar decorated with glass beads and you have the same basic story of life inside a prison, about people who prefer to remain inside instead of facing the dangers of the world outside, and about people who would do anything to be free. Mr. Scheffer is the man condemned to life behind bars, Tico Feo is a young Cuban immigrant who plays music and dreams of becoming a sailor. The stars were his pleasure, but tonight they did not comfort him; they did not make him remember that what happens to us on earth is lost in the endless shine of eternity. Gazing at them - the stars - he thought of the jeweled guitar and its worldy shimmer.A Christmas Memoryshould be as famous as "Breakfast at Tiffany's", it's incredibly powerful and true. And it is mostly autobiographical, a way for Capote to pay homage to the best friend of his childhood: In addition to never having seen a movie, she has never: eaten in a restaurant, traveled more than five miles from home, received or sent a telegram, read anything except funny papers and the Bible, worn cosmetics, cursed, wished someone harm, told a lie on purpose, let a hungry dog go hungry. Here are a few things she has done, does do: killed with a hoe the biggest rattlesnake ever seen in this county (sixteen rattles), dip snuff (secretly), tame hummingbirds (just try it) till they balance on her finger, tell ghost stories (we both believed in ghosts) so tingling they chill you in July, talk to herself, take walks in the rain, grow the prettiest japonicas in town, know the receipt for every sort of old-time Indian cure, including a magical wart-remover. She doesn't have a name in the story, she doesn't need one, she is simply called 'my friend' and these become under the pen of Truman Capote the most beautiful words in the English language. This last novella is one that should be read to kids and family around the Christmas dinner, just before you cut the whisky fruitcake .

  • Tatiana
    2019-03-06 11:49

    Quite risque and controversial for its time. I can't really imagine that a movie with none other than Audrey Hepburn would stay very close to the novella. And Holly is a special kind of a character - a woman damaged so badly she will never be normal no matter how hard she tries - my favorite. It's an infinitely heartbreaking story, actually.

  • Emer
    2019-03-16 10:31

    "She was still hugging the cat. "Poor slob," she said, tickling his head, "poor slob without a name. It's a little inconvenient, his not having a name. But I haven't any right to give him one: he'll have to wait until he belongs to somebody. We just sort of took up by the river one day, we don't belong to each other: he's an independent, and so am I. I don't want to own anything until I know I've found the place where me and things belong together. I'm not quite sure where that is just yet. But I know what it's like." She smiled, and let the cat drop to the floor. "It's like Tiffany's," she said."It's very hard to separate Breakfast at Tiffany's the book from Breakfast at Tiffany's the film. Sadly enough, in my opinion neither are perfect. I wish there was some way to take the best of both and smush them all together...Holly Golightly is such an iconic figure of the 20th century. The little black dress, the tiara at breakfast time, eating pastries in the street outside of Tiffany's in New York and Audrey Hepburn's beautiful smiling face. Her elegance, her interpretation of Holly's quirks... When I first saw the film I actually hated it!! Which was very upsetting to me because I love Audrey Hepburn!! I wanted to be her when I was little. My BFF loved Marilyn Monroe but I was an Audrey fan. Roman Holiday is one of the most perfect films ever made in my opinion. I know all the words to My Fair Lady. Funny Face even made me like a Fred Astaire film much to my mum's chagrin; she was not a fan! But back to the film adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's... I never liked the character of Holly! Her quirks annoyed me, I could never fully empathise with her and the first time I watched it I have to admit that I was less than impressed. I didn't think that there was any genuine love story between George Peppard's character and Holly so that never made sense as a main plot point of the film to me. And don't even get me started on Mickey Rooney's casting....Seriously??? Someone thought that was okay???? *judging you Hollywood*However, probably about 10 years or more passed by and Breakfast at Tiffany's was on tv one Sunday afternoon and I gave it another shot... and I am pleased I did! On second viewing I warmed to Holly's character; I think I was much too young when I saw the film for the first time and was unable to understand a character that didn't always do the right thing. So a little more maturity and a greater appreciation of Audrey Hepburn's acting abilities made me enjoy the storyline an awful lot more! And suddenly I could understand (some of) the fuss around this film. However, I still didn't buy into the whole love story!!! And then we come to the novella... And I'm right back at square one again!!!I just did not like it!!! *hangs head in shame* I can fully appreciate the writing style; there are some beautiful quotes and passages that can really touch you to your core... But these characters: Holly, our nameless narrator, the bar keeper, the roommate... For whatever reason they all blended together and no part of the story really jumped out and grabbed my attention. I couldn't feel it. I wanted to, and at times I felt heartless because of some of the lovely prose... "Never love a wild thing, Mr. Bell,' Holly advised him. 'That was Doc's mistake. He was always lugging home wild things. A hawk with a hurt wing. One time it was a full-grown bobcat with a broken leg. But you can't give your heart to a wild thing: the more you do, the stronger they get. Until they're strong enough to run into the woods. Or fly into a tree. Then a taller tree. Then the sky. That's how you'll end up, Mr. Bell. If you let yourself love a wild thing. You'll end up looking at the sky."But I had that same problem with Holly again, I could not connect to her. And this time there was no Audrey Hepburn to rescue me. Holly was just too irritating for me. I know she is very much the proverbial bird that you can never cage and I do appreciate the beauty and bittersweet nature of that essence of her. But all her interactions with Sal 'the tomato guy', her leaving Fred... I could not reconcile myself to those parts of her personality. I did however love the ending. Oh it's waaaaay better than the film's ending. Much truer to Holly. "You can love somebody without it being like that. You keep them a stranger, a stranger who's a friend."But here is the thing. I don't mind reading books where I don't like the main character. If a book is well written enough, with a plot that holds my attention, then it does not matter if the protagonist is likeable or not. In fact it can make a story a lot more interesting if the main character is morally reprehensible in some way. So what happened here??? For all the lovely quotes I can pull from the book, there are many more that I did not care for. I know this book was first published in the late fifties but that still doesn't excuse some of the offensive language and stereotyping for me. I couldn't move past it and it just made me uncomfortable and really hampered my ability to fully enjoy this. Also, I didn't like the structure of the story, wasn't a fan of the pacing... If I'm honest there was very little that I did like. (I know...sorry Holly fans!)To me the story of Holly was told to us by a narrator who loved Holly. Someone who could see all her flaws, could see the past that had scarred her, someone who could see that she was a beautiful bird that should never be snared... So through his eyes shouldn't I have also seen Holly like that and therefore loved her wholly??? I think that is my primary problem with this story. I was supposed to love Holly... but sadly I never did.So I'm in a bit of a quandary. How do I rate this? Should I leave it another few years and read this story again?? Perhaps then I will learn to love Holly?? Who knows! For now this is floundering around the two stars marking... but I reserve the right to revisit this story in the future and to hopefully fall in love at second sight. (Or should that be fourth sight if I include the film viewings?????)two starsAnd because I love Audrey Hepburn and this song...Moon RiverMusic: Henry Mancini. Lyrics: Johnny Mercer"Moon River, wider than a mile, I'm crossing you in style some day. Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker, Wherever you're going I'm going your way. Two drifters off to see the world. There's such a lot of world to see. We're after the same rainbow's end,Waiting 'round the bend, My huckleberry friend, Moon River and me"

  • Maria Clara
    2019-02-28 11:43

    Delicioso!!! Una historia maravillosa!!!! De cinco, seis, siete, ocho estrellas... En cuanto a los tres relatos que acompañan está novela: Una casa de flores... 3 pasable; Una guitarra de diamantes: 3.5 mejor; Un recuerdo navideño: 3 triste.

  • K.D. Absolutely
    2019-02-23 15:45

    This book is composed of Truman Capote's second novel, Breakfast at Tiffany's and 3 short stories. My rating of 4 stars (I really liked it!) is for the whole book.Breakfast at Tiffany's: 5 STARSI saw the movie adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn maybe a decade ago. Prior to that, the song Moonriver by Matt Monro was one of my father's favorite Monro so I grew up hearing that song being hummed by him whenever he was drunk. I liked the song. I liked the movie and I thought I already knew the plot of this novel so I had to postpone reading this. It's just that In Cold Blood (4 stars) will be the September 2012 group read in my book club here in Goodreads and I thought I would like to read all the Capote books that I have. This being a 1001 was naturally my first pick.I was wrong. The movie adaptation was maybe just 50% faithful to the novel. I wonder why Truman Capote allowed it. Money, perhaps. In the movie, the narrator is a kept-man or a gigolo and some of the interesting characters in the novel are not there. There was also no mention about that scene where Holly Golightly is peeking through the glass window of the jewelry store, Tiffany's while Moonriver is being played. Also, Audrey sports that tall black hair while in the book Holly is blonde with short tomboyish cut.Well, anyway. I thought that had the novel been a light comedy just like the book, I would just rated this with 3 stars. The book is actually a lot better than the movie. The contrast between the unnamed narrator who is an implied homosexual and Holly who is an implied call girl is one for the books. If you read between the lines, you will see all the metaphors like when Holly gives a cage to the narrator who she calls as Fred (because of his brother) but she says not to put any animal in it, in return the narrator gives her the pendant of St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers. The items reflect their priorities in life: stability for the narrator and freedom for Holly. There are others like this, including the carefully chosen names of the characters that already give easy hints on who they are. Intricately woven plot. Brilliantly concocted ensemble. This is my favorite Capote.This thin novella joins my list of deceiving works. What I mean is that there are works that seem to be thin and light but if you really ponder on the message that the author wants to communicate, you would be bewildered in awe and admiration. Offhand, the following are the thin books that surprised me: Sandor Marai's Embers (5 stars), Alessandro Barrico's Silk (4 stars), Juan Ramon Jimenez's Platero y yo (4 stars), Juan Rulfo's Pedro Páramo (4 stars) and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories (4 stars). Suffice it to say that not all thin books are mediocre. In the same token, not all thick books are worth reading.House of Flowers: 3 STARSOttilie falls in love with Royal Bonaparte who resides on top of a mountain. She joins him in his house that he shares with his grandmother, the wicked Old Bonaparte. No-read no-write Ottilie tries to injure the grandmother until one day that she losses her temper.I liked the fairy-tale approach. Royal has a bird called Juno on his shoulder when he approaches Ottilie to be his wife. Cute.The Diamond Guitar: 4 STARSThis prison drama reminds me of the plot (based on what I heard from my brother) of the gay-drama Kiss of the Spider Woman of Manuel Puig. However, there is no explicit sex scene between the young guitar playing Tico Feo and the fortyish doll maker Mr. Schaeffer. In fact, even if Capote mentioned that they were lovers, they did not make love and what they had was a beautiful symbiotic friendship. The twist in the end is really surprising. Very memorable story.A Christmas Story: 5 STARSI read in the introduction of my next Capote, Music for Chameleons, which I will add in my currently-reading folder right after this review, that this short story is based on his childhood memory of growing up in the South. That's why. When I was reading the poignancy, I found it so honest I felt that it was based on real events in Capote's life. I think that transparency is what makes some writers really enjoyable to read. Capote has the ability to make his feelings captured in his works that the same feelings can be relayed to his readers right at the time that his works are being devoured.This story is about a small boy and his grandma and they are preparing for Christmas. I will not tell you the whole story but there is a character called Mr. Haha who is called such because he has been known not to have the ability to laugh. One of the best short stories that I've read.Whoa Capote!

  • Reckoner
    2019-03-10 09:30

    Για μένα πατρίδα είναι εκεί που αισθάνεσαι οτι βρίσκεσαι στο σπίτι σου. Και γώ το μέρος αυτό το ψάχνω ακόμα.Απο τους πιο ζωντανούς χαρακτήρες που πέρασαν ποτέ απο το χαρτί. Άψογα σκιαγραφημένη, αλλοπρόσαλλα ρομαντική χωρίς όμως ποτέ να μπορούμε να την προσεγγίσουμε πλήρως και να την αποκρυπτογραφήσουμε. Εξου και η γοητεία της. Και το οτι βρίζει σαν νταλικέρης αλλα δυστυχώς δεν το γευτήκαμε σε όλο του το μεγαλείο αυτό το χάρισμα.

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    2019-03-11 13:31

    Review of the audio narrated by Michael C. Hall. Just a few quick thoughts. Michael C. Hall is an incredible narrator. My favorite parts were the bits where he was in Holly's voice. Overall, Breakfast at Tiffany's continues to be worthy of its classic stature, and the audio is the perfect way to experience it!