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Breakfast at Tiffany's - A Short Novel and Three Stories

Breakfast at Tiffany's - A Short Novel and Three Stories

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by Truman Capote

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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.

This volume also includes three of Capote's best-known


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.

This volume also includes three of Capote's best-known stories, “House of Flowers,” “A Diamond Guitar,” and “A Christmas Memory,” which the Saturday Review called “one of the most moving stories in our language.” It is a tale of two innocents—a small boy and the old woman who is his best friend—whose sweetness contains a hard, sharp kernel of truth.

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“Truman Capote is the most perfect writer of my generation. He writes the best sentences word for word, rhythm upon rhythm.”—Norman Mailer

Product Details

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
First Vintage International Edition
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Product dimensions:
5.17(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Truman Capote (1924-84) rose to international prominence in 1948 with the publication of his debut novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms. His other works of fiction include Breakfast at Tiffany's, A Tree of Night, The Grass Harp, and Summer Crossing, the author's long-lost first novel, which was rediscovered in 2004 and published by Random House in 2005. He is also the author of Portraits and Observations: The Essays of Truman Capote. His nonfiction novel In Cold Blood is widely considered one of the greatest books of the twentieth century.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 30, 1924
Date of Death:
August 25, 1984
Place of Birth:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Place of Death:
Los Angeles, California
Trinity School and St. John's Academy in New York City and Greenwich High School in Connecticut

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Breakfast at Tiffany's - A Short Novel and Three Stories 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
Kimberly_Book_Addict More than 1 year ago
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote was published in 1958. The novel also contains three other short stories, House of Flowers, A Diamond Guitar, and A Christmas Memory. Breakfast at Tiffany's is considered to be Capote's crowning literary achievement. Breakfast at Tiffany's is the story of Holly Golightly, girl-about-New York. An un-named narrator reflects back on his time living above Holly in a New York City brownstone. Holly is a naive, charming, quirky, sexy, flirty, smart, witty fledgling of a woman who men pay to be with. Holly has the ability to make everyone fall in love with her and they almost always do. The narrator tells the reader of how his friendship with Holly came to be, and what he learned of her past and it's effect on her present and future. The language of the book is absolutely charming. You get pulled into Holly's world and are deeply enchanted with it and her, leading to an understanding of how she's become the "it" girl of New York City. The terminology the book is written with has a cool beatnik slang feel to it. "So, he said, what do you think: is she or ain't she?..You're wrong. She is a phony. But on the other hand you're right. She isn't a phony because she's a real phony. She believes all this crap she believes." It gives the book a timeless feeling as Holly can be any woman at any time in any given place. This is one of the big reasons she remains so popular today. She represents an ideal that woman can control their own lives and chose their own destinies. She changed the notion that only men can use sex to their advantage. As much as sex is an important part of Holly's character, it's not outright discussed that she is a prostitute. Reading this work is more about reading in between the lines, than what is actually written. I really did enjoy the novel, but found the film version to be more complete. I did however enjoy the characters and side stories that didn't make it into the film. they all added new dimensions to Holly's character. I would like to mention that those familiar with the film version to be prepared for a slightly different story. The film version altered the print version, most notably changing the ending. If you chose to read this novel I heartily recommend Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M - Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and The Dawn of the Modern Woman by Sam Wasson. Fifth Avenue is about the creation of Holly Golightly and how she changed the view of the modern woman. It also gives background on how the novel was written and also how the novel was turned into a film. Kimberly (Reflections of a Book Addict)
Guest More than 1 year ago
A seductive story that brings excitement to every word you read. In this book, the author, Truman Capote, uses a descriptive language that makes you feel and understand the way the characters live. Holly Golightly, a New York woman that lives her life like in a theatre play, meets her wonderful neighbor, and together they get to know themselves in a story accompanied with passion and greatness. Both characters get to know each other enough to know that she comes with a dark past with a husband and children and that he is a writer with big hopes and dreams. Throughout the story, Holly is constantly in helped by his neighbor to get out of trouble. Together they guide us through a story of friendship, hopes and dreams, passion and trouble where every word represents a feeling. This is by far one of the best books I have ever read. In every page I experimented excitement, curiosity and a passionate feeling. Reading through the book was like eating a strawberry-cream dish. Truman Capote makes you feel you never want to stop reading it is a book that makes you know you¿ve never wasted your time.
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Kikidoodle More than 1 year ago
Interesting and amusing,this story has oddball characters one imagines would be good friends for an unstable life-style. For me, the ending in the book was more apropos to the type of story this is than was the movie ending. The short story "A Christmas Memory",included in this volume, is by itself worht the price of this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Breakfast at Tiffany¿s by Truman Capote is a book about a writer telling of a friend. It excels in imagery and has a point of view from an interesting perspective of an outsider looking in. The book is the story of Miss Holiday Golightly from the Narrator¿s perspective. She is a woman of mystery to everyone in her life, and the narrator can only learn about her life by watching her through a ¿window¿ and can only see what is on her surface. The only person less reliable is Holly herself. ¿You¿re wrong. She is a phony. But on the other hand you¿re right. She isn¿t a phony because she¿s a real phony. She believes all this crap she believes¿ (Capote 30). The narrator is told this earlier on from a longtime friend of Holly. As the narrator begins to learn more, more the reader knows of Holly lies. Holly lies because she wants no responsiblitiy or ties to people or things. She wants to ¿Golighty¿ through life. Things in her apartment are left packed and she shows her disconnection with her cat by not naming it and the narrator by not calling him his real name, only her estranged brother¿s name, Fred. Holly will not settle down until she has found home. It has to be as stable and luxious as Tiffany¿s. This becomes her goal for her life. Besides her telling the narrator about her brother, Holly confesses one more thing her weekly visits to a gangster, Sally tomato, who is held in the Sing Sing prison. The narrator can easily observe Holly¿s relationships with her social life friends are unstable and soon even theirs falls apart as Holly insults the narrator¿s writing and he insults her way of life. The reason of Holly¿s social life because clear when her brother dies. She falls apart and the author realizes then why Holly doesn¿t let people get too close. Her brother¿s death changes Holly. She begins to stay home and settles down with Jose. She gains weight, starts cooking and finishing her apartment. She and Jose plan their move to Brazil to begin their life and find a home when Holly finds out that she is pregnant. On Holly¿s and the narrator¿s last day together the narrator is injured in a horse-back riding accident. Holly is comforting him when the police arrive. Holly is arrested for conspiracy with the gang because of her visits with Sally Tomato, the prisoner in Sing Sing. Jose leaves her and her inner social circle disowns her only the narrator visits her. Holly tells him she has lost her child, but plans to escape to Brazil. The narrator helps Holly escape. Holly lets go of her cat and leaves her life. The narrator will never see Holly Golightly again, only a postcard to say that she has found a home in Buenos Aries. Holly is a phony she hides herself behind interesting lies and an eccentric lifestyle. She keeps disconnected and unloving for the freedom of her feelings. Understanding describing her and revealing mysteries of her life is the challenge that has to be met by the narrator, it proves his worth as a writer.
RebeccaScaglione More than 1 year ago
I had no idea that Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote was going to be so easy to read and enjoyable, but I guess I should have known!  The movie is fantastic, so of course the book is better. This novella follows Holly Golightly, a gorgeous, troubled, captivating, flighty woman who yearns for beauty, success, and to find herself.  She throws parties, dates many men, and has a few secrets.  For instance, Holly Golightly visits a mafia boss in jail on a weekly basis and passes on the "weather report." If you are in need of a short, light classic to read, Breakfast at Tiffany's is a great one to pick up.  It's witty, charming, and you might not be able to stop yourself from falling in love with Holly Golightly. Who else has the song in their head?  Thanks for reading, Rebecca @ Love at First Book
JT_bksllr7 More than 1 year ago
First of all, if you have seen the movie and are simply browsing about the book, I highly recommend you read the book because they are very different stories. This is one of my all time favorite stories. It is a classic and I think everyone should have a little Truman Capote in their lives. Its just an overall interesting story with an incredibly interesting woman at the center of it all with a few inconsequential people flitting about around her and the narrarator who falls in love with her while trying to find out the true nature of a woman who doesnt really understand herself or who she really is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time i saw Breakfast at Tiffany's (the book) was at my library, all by itself. i then knew it was put there for a reason, for me to find it and read it,and im glad i did. This book is about a man telling us of a friend he had, Holly Golightly and all the 'adventures' he had with her, like attending a party at her appartment and spending a whole day doing things they've never done. And through these adventures with her, our narrator is falling more and more in love with Holly Golightly and her charm. Throught the book's obsicles, they both discover heartbreak and disappointment, but the narrator can always help out Holly Golightly, even when her multiple lovers couldn't. It is definately a little different from the movie but in a good way. I just bought it a couple of days ago, because i loved it sooooo much. Truman Capote did an amazing job writing this novel and is definately one of the best books ever. -'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...' Holly Golightly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Capote short stories, but this novel is quite as good. So better than the movie!
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LadyStarDragomir More than 1 year ago
Breakfast at Tiffany's is a novella that takes place during the World War II Era. It is written by Truman Capote. It is about a woman named Holly Golightly and a man she refers to as Fred living life in New York and looking for love. Holly is young and adventurous and constantly seeks fun and excitement. Fred is a shy writer who has grown highly fond by Holly and her adventurous nature. I really loved this little story. It was cute. It was scandalous. It was beautiful. It's really and truly a classic. I have to be honest though. I watched the movie before I read this book. Both were great though. It may just be a silly story to many people, but not to me. It's really cute and adorable.  I feel that this story flows very nicely. The characters were developed properly. The conversations flowed properly. My only issue is that it wasn't long enough. That's my issue for all short stories and novellas though. I am the type of person that just enjoys the longer stories. I still read short stories and novellas though.  I wouldn't say that Breakfast at Tiffany's is a must read, but I'd definitely recommend it. It's more targeted to the female audience, but I'm sure that there will be guys out there who will take enjoyment out of the book too. My best advice to anybody would be give it a shot. That's my advice with all books though. 
TheBell More than 1 year ago
As usual the book is better than the movie - the depth is in the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That was a voice over by the author with the words of the author. Breakfast worked as movie because it was descriptive of a person abd the actress fit the role. The author was a writer whose works you remember whether you liked them or not.
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Wonderful, as amazing as the film
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So far so good trumaan is an amazing author
WJean More than 1 year ago
This book is good for book clubs to for a lively discussion with the questions printed out on line.
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cathieag More than 1 year ago
A beautifully and well written story. I've seen the movie but reading it presents a whole other visual view. Recommend to all. Truman is at his best. I didn't want to put it down until it was finished.
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loved it and the other short stories too