Breakfast At Tiffany's

Breakfast At Tiffany's

A Short Novel And Three Stories

Book - 1958
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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 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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House of Flowers, A Diamond Guitar, and A Christmas Memory are included with the tale of a fun-loving amoral playgirl in New York City

Publisher: New York : Random House ; Vintage Books, 1958
ISBN: 9780679745655
Branch Call Number: SHARED SYSTEM
Characteristics: 179 p. ; 21 cm


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JCLMattC Nov 04, 2019

Such an iconic novel, and different from the film in several key respects. I enjoyed "A Christmas Memory" as well.

Sep 12, 2019

Gorgeous, lyrical prose paired with one of the most iconic, memorable creations of twentieth-century literature. A must-read.

Sep 29, 2018

The story was definitely as good as the movie.

Jan 24, 2017

I actually really enjoyed Breakfast At Tiffany's and the three short stories included. I think that Truman Capote has a truly lovely, lyrical way of writing. It seemed as if I was listening to Capote tell the story to me. After I finished Breakfast At Tiffany's, I had to really think at what the purpose of the story was - what was the theme or lesson? Was it just merely a story? I still wonder these things. However, Truman Capote's writing is much more dreamy and poetic-sounding compared to modern books I have read, which made reading it fun. I believe that this book is still a classic and always should be.

Aug 28, 2015

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote was an okay book to read. It really wasn’t interesting to me at all, I found the book not my kind of stories to read. The book was about a girl named Holly Golightly in New York City living her life glamorously with young man who live in her apartment building watching her life and experiencing it with her as a friend. It was probably popular in the roaring twenties since that was all about parties and entertainment. Personally it wasn’t my favourite to read, maybe if I was older I would enjoy the book more, since it is all about freedom and glamorous life style. The movie is a classic to everyone and since the book was made first I thought it going to be way more interesting. It wasn’t really a book that I wanted to keep reading, I never really watched the movie but I know it’s a classic from others. I didn’t find the book relatable at all, like I said before probably if was older I would feel what she feel at that moment. I will probably re-read the book when I am older to relate to it more often. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great read for me. I don’t have any thoughts about this book other than I would read again when it is an appropriate time and right now I find it very uninteresting at this age of reading. I do recommend this book for older people who have went through their party and fun days and want to relate and reminisce.

Jun 01, 2015

I am a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn, so I decided to do a paper on her for my school. Of course, most of you know that Audrey Hepburn starred in Breakfast at Tiffany's, the movie adaption of this novel. (I loved the movie). In order to know more about the actual story, I decided to read the book.

Very impressed. First of all, I noticed that the movie dialogue and the book dialogue were virtually identical. It was as if I were reading the screenplay. The only thing left out was a lot of the swearing. And the, ahem, racy scenes.

A couple of other differences was that they really played down her role in the movie as a hooker, where as this part of her character was very prominent in the story. The other was that she was pregnant with Jose's "heir", as she calls the child. However, she ended up having a miscarriage.

This book was based off of the author's mother, Lillliemae.

Jul 03, 2014

I didn't really enjoy this book. Maybe I was expecting more of the movie, which was fabulous.
It is not really my type of story, I'm not a fan of the contemporary style novel.

Jan 29, 2014

Terrific book! And what a great idea, JackieFC13 for a bridal shower...

Jan 14, 2013

Great novella and short stories. Worth reading for any adult. Very quick read.

LProfeta Sep 06, 2012

Many have stated, Truman is the best author ever in the modern English language, artist is a better title. Borrow this one, meet Holly Golightly.


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Jun 01, 2015

Sexual Content: A brief scene of nudity.

Jun 01, 2015

Coarse Language: Every coarse word under the sun. Repeated often.


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