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Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Good Read, lots of behind the scenes stories

I completely enjoyed this book. It was a quick read (one afternoon) and the time flew. I have always liked Breakfast at Tiffany's, but it is not my favorite film or anything. The author really did his homework and included interesting perspectives of all the major pl...
I completely enjoyed this book. It was a quick read (one afternoon) and the time flew. I have always liked Breakfast at Tiffany's, but it is not my favorite film or anything. The author really did his homework and included interesting perspectives of all the major players in the making of the movie. I was born 10 years after the film came out, and it is easy to forget just how different the role of women was in the late 50's-early 60's. Wasson really shows you just how difficult it was for the screenwriter and director to get a character like Holly onto the screen.
This book would be great for anyone who is in need of a break from heavy reading or complicated story lines. Who wouldn't want to spend an afternoon with Audrey?

posted by buckeye_girl_reading on July 13, 2010

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12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Interesting, but a distracting writing style

I bought this book as part of a "self-study" of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" that included Capote's original book, this book, and a viewing of the movie. I found that although this book was obviously well-researched, the author's insertion of his own opinions, often present...
I bought this book as part of a "self-study" of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" that included Capote's original book, this book, and a viewing of the movie. I found that although this book was obviously well-researched, the author's insertion of his own opinions, often presented sarcastically, took away some of the enjoyment I might have found in the information itself. The very short sections with subheads that often failed to be as witty as they were intended were a serious distraction. The book could have been improved with more illustrations, including photos of more of the players, stills from the movie, and perhaps the movie oyster, which was discussed in some detail.

Overall, I WOULD recommend this book to someone interested in movie history, but probably not to someone with just a passing interest in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," Capote, or Hepburn.

One more thing: I read the ebook version of this book and was extremely disappointed in the lack of text formatting. For example, book and movie titles, which should have appeared in italic text, appeared in plain text, making them difficult to distinguish from the narrative. As a writer, I found this very distracting. Formatting is possible with the epub format, so there is no excuse for this. When I'm paying almost as much for a paperless copy of a book as I would for a printed copy, I expect a more satisfactory reading experience. Instead, I'm penalized not only for buying a book that I can't share with friends but one I have to struggle a bit to read.

posted by mlanger on July 10, 2010

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  • Posted July 10, 2010

    Interesting, but a distracting writing style

    I bought this book as part of a "self-study" of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" that included Capote's original book, this book, and a viewing of the movie. I found that although this book was obviously well-researched, the author's insertion of his own opinions, often presented sarcastically, took away some of the enjoyment I might have found in the information itself. The very short sections with subheads that often failed to be as witty as they were intended were a serious distraction. The book could have been improved with more illustrations, including photos of more of the players, stills from the movie, and perhaps the movie oyster, which was discussed in some detail.

    Overall, I WOULD recommend this book to someone interested in movie history, but probably not to someone with just a passing interest in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," Capote, or Hepburn.

    One more thing: I read the ebook version of this book and was extremely disappointed in the lack of text formatting. For example, book and movie titles, which should have appeared in italic text, appeared in plain text, making them difficult to distinguish from the narrative. As a writer, I found this very distracting. Formatting is possible with the epub format, so there is no excuse for this. When I'm paying almost as much for a paperless copy of a book as I would for a printed copy, I expect a more satisfactory reading experience. Instead, I'm penalized not only for buying a book that I can't share with friends but one I have to struggle a bit to read.

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 11, 2011

    Interesting Chick History Read

    Worth checking out if you like a behind the scenes view of a movie. The research is less than thorough and the writing style is a bit choppy, but it is easy to follow and fun to read. Good book club pick.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2012

    Great book

    Will recommend

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