Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's

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Immortalised by Audrey Hepburn's sparkling performance in the 1961 film of the same name, `Breakfast at Tiffany's` is Truman Capote's timeless portrait of tragicomic cultural icon Holly Golightly, published in `Penguin Modern Classics`. It's New York in the 1940s, where the martinis flow from cocktail hour till breakfast at Tiffany's. And nice girls don't, except, of course, for Holly Golightly: glittering socialite traveller, generally upwards, sometimes sideways and once in a while - down. Pursued by to Salvatore 'Sally' Tomato, the Mafia sugar-daddy doing life in Sing Sing and 'Rusty' Trawler, the blue-chinned, cuff-shooting millionaire man about women about town, Holly is a fragile eyeful of tawny hair and turned-up nose, a heart-breaker, a perplexer, a traveller, a tease. She is irrepressibly 'top banana in the shock deparment', and one of the shining flowers of American fiction. This edition also contains three stories: `House of Flowers`, `A Diamond Guitar` and `A Christmas Memory`. Truman Capote (1924-84) was born in New Orleans. He left school when he was fifteen and subsequently worked for The New Yorker, which provided his first - and last - regular job.
He wrote both fiction and non-fiction - short stories, novels and novellas, travel writing, profiles, reportage, memoirs, plays and films; his other works include `In Cold Blood` (1965), `Music for Chameleons` (1980) and `Answered Prayers` (1986), all of which are published in `Penguin Modern Classics`. If you enjoyed `Breakfast at Tiffany's`, you might like Capote's `In Cold Blood`, also available in `Penguin Modern Classics`. `One of the twentieth century's most gorgeously romantic fictions.` (`Daily Telegraph`). `The most perfect writer of my generation...I would not have changed two words of `Breakfast at Tiffany's`.` (`Norman Mailer`).
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 9mm | 112g
  • Penguin Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • 9780141182797
  • 23,947

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Excursions into other worlds of other depths have been the source material and trademark of Capo??'s literary career. Breakfast at Tiffany's a novelette and three short stories, is no exception and bears the indelible mark of Capote and an indication of his literary maturation. Holly Golightly, the heroine of the novelette, is the neurotic product of experience as a child-bride, girl-about-New York, pay-as-you-play. Innocent services to a dear Mr. Sally Tomato result in her complicity in gangsterdom. She takes a quick trip to Rio and soon discovers rich and duha?? Senor, forgetting, thereby, the insults wafted by a rich Brazilian of indefinable vocation, a Hollywood VIP, and a lost cat. The short stories, notably House of ?? are more reasonable. A girl from the mountains, who had turned prostitute, gives up all for love; an old prisoner revives his interest in life when Tico Feo, a soft-spoken Cuban boy, plays his diamond guitar; recollections of fruit-cake-making by a young child and his friend, an old woman. The vague undertones of homosexuality and the elements of weirdness are hot as pronounced as in former books. These stories are gentle, delicate and almost sound. (Kirkus Reviews)
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About Truman Capote

Truman Capote was born in New Orleans in 1924. He wrote both fiction and non-fiction - short stories, novels and novellas, travel writing, profiles, reportage, memoirs, plays and films. He died in California in 1984.
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225,135 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
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4 39% (88,605)
3 26% (57,968)
2 6% (12,456)
1 1% (2,929)

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I originally reviewed it on my booklikes page Capote's most loved and well-known novella, first published in November, 1958, tells us about Holly, Holly Golightly (yes, I think that this woman might have been awesome James Bond, if she had been alive:) - exceptional woman with mazy past, outstanding present and you-won't-know-it future, through eyes and words of unnamed writer, who was her neighbor and friend. Once in NY... "It may be normal, darling; but I'd rather be natural." I really liked this novella! It was quick and fun read, full of captivating writing and characters, that made this book a treasure for me. Holly is SOMETHING! Very extraordinary character, multi-faceted, with story absolutely amazing personality. Until now, I've decided not to hang those "And now THIS is my favourite classic" or "Move, Gatsby!" labels on classic books, especially since I've not read a lot of classic in past, and every newly read good one can become my next "I love it!" one. Chic! This book is posh! Short, but such a significant story! Magnifique! Holly Golightly is a young woman, with heart of girl and mind of lion. She had a difficult past, that made her become a woman from an early age (well, for me it's early, but I won't tell you the age, spoiler free territory here), withstand different situations, fight for her future (believe me, I'm not over-dramatizing here, it's short part of the book, but turn up logic&imagination and you'll see, what I mean) and made herself a name in middle 40's NY society, that tells a lot about a small-town girl. OK, I really don't want to spoil the book and it seems like I'm starting to do it...So I'll stop here. I'll simply give you some quotes, that can pull a curtain for you a little: "If I could find a real-life place that made me feel like Tiffany's, then I'd buy some furniture and give the cat a name." "Leave it to me: I'm always top banana in the shock department." "The blues are because you're getting fat or maybe it's been raining too long. You're sad, that's all. But the mean reds are horrible. You're afraid and you sweat like hell, but you don't know what you're afraid of. Except something bad is going to happen, only you don't know what it is." "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. You can't talk her out of it." The storyteller himself wasn't a big deal for me. He's actually a dull spot, comparing to Holly, more like a background or messenger. But Capote's writing gave him a favor, so you can imagine yourself sitting with him in some bar in NY and listening to story, that you won't forget. And in the end, you'll wish you could know that woman in person. As always, when it comes to a good book, READ IT! I'm sure you'll enjoy this pure gold of classic literature. Keep reading and DFTBA!show more
by Anna Iliashuk
This is the best book I've read in a long time. Such fine writing. Subtle, soft, deep and touching. I love all four stories. My favourite is Breakfast at Tiffany's, then A Diamond Guitar, and A Christmas more
by junototoro
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