Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's


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ISBN-13: 9780822234838
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/01/2016
Sales rank: 515,102
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.20(d)

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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 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
gretagarbo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Any fan of the classic Audrey Hepburn movie Breakfast at Tiffany's should read this book. The movie is based on the book, but the book definitely retains much more depth. Call girl Holly Golightly's story is much more heartbreaking in the novel then when it is translated on the screen. She is a nineteen year old who moved to New York City from the South for its glamor with hopes of fame. Instead, she turns down offers for jobs like modeling and acting, dwelling in her small apartment and taking trips to Tiffany's when feeling sad. When befriending a trying author who lives in her apartment, she instantly nicknames him Fred because of his resemblance to her brother named Fred. As their friendship grows, he learns different things about her, such as a secret marriage, when she was only a teenager. Don't expect a glamorous Hollywood ending, however; the story is much sadder then the movie. Capote dreams up a darling, sweet character in Holly, and a story about self-identity.
endersreads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let me just say firstly that within a week I experienced a flush of synchronicity concerning Capote and his "Breakfast at Tiffany's". The last happenstance was the 1959 Signet edition, which contains 3 bonus shorts, practically jumping in my face from God knows whence. I decided that someone out there was telling me now would be a good time to read Capote. I did.I was fairly impressed with "Breakfast at Tiffany's". Thankfully, I have not seen the movie nor stomached much of that god-awful band. It wasn't really my type of story, nevertheless, as so many found that happened upon the life of Holly Golightly, I became entwined. Capote is a genius.I was a bit taken aback by the weird "House of Flowers". It takes place in Port-au-Prince¿which is currently in the news daily due to the horrible quake in Haiti. Very strange story, gave me the creeps, as I'm sure Capote meant it to with his last line."A Diamond Guitar" was a pleasure to read. I for some reason gain immense pleasure from prison stories. Perhaps it is the solace of solitude... I will not soon forget Mr. Shaeffer nor Tico Feo. Really a story with depth."A Christmas Memory" is an absolute diamond. It also is a tear-jerker at the end. I believe it is the story of this collection which contains the most truth of reality, thus, it is sad.I will definitely be looking for more Truman Capote. It's as if this one forced itself on me however... 0_o I enjoyed it as somewhat of a mystical experience.
SMG-EMescall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At times this book got a bit confusing but I got into it and started to like it more. Holly sometimes annoyed me though.
nakmeister on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good story about New York upper class society in the 1940's. This version of the book came with three short stories as well, two of which were excellent and very evocative.
ruthich on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I never realised that Breakfast at Tiffany's was a short story until reading this. All of the stories in this are very readable, with an easy style. Of particular note are the Diamond Guitar and the extremely poignant, and always sure to make me cry, A Christmas Memory about an old relative and a young boy who make fruitcakes in November - sounds daft, read it and I defy you to not be touched by it!
KLmesoftly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a charming story! I have yet to see the more famous film based on this book, but I will definitely be looking it up after reading this. I would recommend this as a rainy day read to anyone, especially since it requires so little commitment to read, as short as it is (37 pages, according to my ebook reader, so it is probably actually in the 50-70 range). I finished it in an evening.
jacketscoversread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For a final test grade in my English class this year, my teacher read us Breakfast At Tiffany¿s by Truman Capote.{For the sake of this review, and the fact that it was read to us so I don¿t have my own copy at hand, I¿ve included my review from class. Therefore the summary is mixed in.}In an Upper East Side brownstone and the surrounding neighborhood in New York City, we meet Holly Golightly and the people in her life, a small group of characters that form the basis of Breakfast At Tiffany¿s. Holly¿s life is presented not through her eyes, but from the viewpoint of a lonely young man who becomes acquainted with her wacky ways during their brief time together.When Holly realizes that her carefree nature has brought her more trouble than good, she not only has to face her present circumstances, but is also confronted with an internal conflict that threatens to disprove everything she¿s ever believed in.When Holly and the narrator, who remains nameless throughout the entire story, first meet, I got a taste for her character pretty quickly as Holly enters the man¿s small apartment through his window, saying she had to escape from an unpleasant guest. And though the narrator finds her forward, outgoing nature intriguing, it struck me more as oddly bold and somewhat intrusive. This apparent contradiction between the way Holly is meant to be characterized and the way her character was perceived seems to be a problem that plagues Breakfast At Tiffany¿s from start to finish.This was the main reason why the story felt cold and contrived to me. Holly, who is supposedly a fun and wacky playgirl, came off as self-absorbed and contrived. Saying ¿darling¿ in nearly every dialogue was an example of this that I found especially perturbing. To make matters worse, the narrator is smitten with her wild ways almost instantaneously, and finds her absolutely enchanting.Their chance meeting meant little to Holly, and she promised she wouldn¿t bother him anymore. But the narrator replies that she should bother him more often. And when she continues to be flaky and unresponsive, you might expect that the narrator would get the message, and proceed to leave her alone. However, he continues to pursue her, until they settle into a somewhat awkward, one-sided friendship. Instead of being annoyed by Holly, he is utterly taken by her, which not only made him difficult to relate to, but also made him all the more desperate and not at all respectable in my eyes.I had very high expectations for Breakfast At Tiffany¿s, and anticipated a wonderful novel that would be a great finale to the year¿s end. Unfortunately, though I did find the plot somewhat amusing, I was completely turned off from the story by its forced, unrealistic characters that failed to engage me. I found them impossible to relate to, and because of this didn¿t find the novel particularly enjoyable, which was a disappointing outcome to a novel that is revered as a great classic.I did, on the other hand, enjoy the movie.
YogiABB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm a big Audrey Hepburn fan but I was never much of fan of the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's." There didn't seem to be anything to it, just a lightweight romantic comedy. I read an essay about the book though and how it wasn't really anything like the movie. It was darker, with an edge. So this book has been on my TBR list for some time.The book is really a novella. And indeed it is darker. Holly Golightly is basically a prostitute. I mean she accepts money from men as a price for her companionship, lots of men (about $35 to $50, to "tip the lady's room attendant.") She also gets paid about $100 a week for about an hour of work visiting a crime boss in Sing Sing and giving and receiving coded messages. The book is about the friendship between her and an unnamed narrator over the course of a year or so. They are both tenants in a brownstone. They guys like Holly and they spend some time together and she is a fun girl to be with.Anyway, she gets in trouble because of the business with the crime boss, and the book ends pretty suddenly and no loose ends are tied up. I loved the book. It has an edge to it. I just can't see Audrey Hepburn playing a prostitute though.I give the book at 3.5 stars out of five. Give it a shot. Your library has it. Won't cost you a thing.
Ysabeau on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All those years, I could never figure out why Holly needed money to go to the powder room. After reading the novella, all was clear--as was Holly's true profession, which was glossed over in the movie. The novella is not go-lightly at all, and thus far superior to the film.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago