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Breakfast at Tiffany's: Popular Penguins Paperback – 1 September 2008
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- Publisher : Penguin Press; 1st edition (1 September 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 168 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0141037261
- ISBN-13 : 978-0141037264
- Dimensions : 11.4 x 1.6 x 18 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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- "What I found does the most good is just to get into a taxi and go to Tiffany's. It calms me down right away, the quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there, not with those kind men in their nice suits, and that lovely smell of silver and alligator wallets. 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."
- "She was a triumph over ugliness, so often more beguiling than real beauty, if only because it contains paradox. In this case, as opposed to the scrupulous method of plain good taste and scientific grooming, the trick had been worked by exaggerating defects; she'd made them ornamental by admitting them boldly."
- “I loved her enough to forget myself, my self pitying despairs, and be content that something she thought happy was going to happen.”
- "Reading dreams. That's what started her walking down the road. Every day she'd walk a little further: a mile, and come home. Two miles, and come home. One day she just kept on.”
The book is more direct and grittier than the impression formed by the movie which is such a dominant piece of (pop) culture. I believe Audrey Hepburn was miscast. Holly Golightly is an 'American Geisha' and like anyone who plies that trade tends to fool themselves about the profession while developing a hard, near jaded personality.
In Capote's own words, "Holly Golightly was not precisely a call girl. She had no job, but accompanied expense-account men to the best restaurants and night clubs, with the understanding that her escort was obligated to give her some sort of gift, perhaps jewelry or a check …if she felt like it, she might take her escort home for the night. So these girls are the authentic American geishas, and they're much more prevalent now than in 1943 or 1944, which was Holly's era."
Her character is on a quest to find a home that feels...well, like home, before it is too late. Holly's wandering spirit will either be rewarded or punished. It is up to each reader to decide the outcome. Lastly, it worth pointing out again the quality of writing. The novella's prose style prompted Norman Mailer to call Capote "the most perfect writer of my generation," adding that he "would not have changed two words in Breakfast at Tiffany's".
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As her adopted surname suggests, and the card on her mailbox confirms, she is happiest when constantly travelling lightly through life, countries and even people, and disaster only comes when she starts to depend on people and thinks about settling down. However while Holly goes lightly she crushes hearts and sticks in minds.
she treads much more heavily on people’s hearts and she certainly sticks in our minds.
We however get to be “Fred”. Almost the only flawless character in the book, he is our constant viewpoint. We seem to come to know him well yet by the end we realise we don’t know his history, nor how he sustains himself, nor even what his real name is. However at the end he still can’t help hoping that Holly is happy and because he can’t, then neither can we.
Oh and do read the three great Capote short stories that usually also come collected with this novella. And what next after that? Well I do believe that there was some 1960’s film or other based on this – I wonder if it’s any good….
What girl hasn't seen this movie or read the book and wanted to be just like Holly Golightly.
I decided to read Breakfast at Tiffany’s because of the iconic movie in which Audrey Hepburn plays a 19-year-old Holly Golightly. At 176 pages this is a light read, and structured more like a story than a novel. The author paints her in a way that makes you struggle between admiring her, and feeling sorry for her.
This is an old time classic and Truman Capote's Is an Amazing writer. His descriptions are so vivid that, as your thinking them up in your mind, it's as if you're actually in the story. Capote is a magnificent storyteller.
Would without a doubt recommend darlings