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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized5 Comments

Title: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Author: Truman Capote
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Year: 1974
ISBN: NA
Format: Paperback
Pages: 157

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Breakfast at Tiffany’s has always been one of my favorite movies. One that I saw and loved long before I knew that it was based off of a book. Once I did learn that I kept telling myself that I should read the book to see how it compares. However, my reading life being what it is it took awhile for me to get to it and probably only did because I was able to snag a copy of the book from BookMooch. In many ways Truman Capote’s short story Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the same as the movie and I could often hear Audrey Hepburn’s voice as I read it. As with all page to screen adaptations there were many differences as well. The page version is a little sadder and there seems to be no happily ever after for Holly Golightly as there is in the film. The book might be a little more real but I think that the film will always have a special place in my heart.

The other three stories in the book (The Diamond Guitar, House of Flowers and A Christmas Memory) are all really short and I wonder if they were just added as filler. On the surface none of the stories seem to having anything in common and so its a little jarring to move from one to the next. I think that a better way to read this would have been to take each story separately and read another book in between to break it up. When stopping to think about all the stories in the book one is faced with the fact that all the characters are dealing with unhappiness and trying to find that place where they can be happy. Each character has a moment when happiness begins and then it gets interrupted again. So I would say that the thing that all the stories have in common is loss. Everyone loses something and that in turn makes them a little less happy.

As a whole I liked Capote’s writing style and I am glad to have read this book. I have another book of his waiting in my queue, In Cold Blood, which I have heard good things about and that I now look forward to reading just a little bit more then I had before.

5 Responses to “Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote”

  1. tapestry100

    Hi!

    “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is one of my all time favorites. Like you, I had loved the movie long before I got around to the book (more for Audrey Hepburn than anything else), but after reading it, I loved it that much more.

    If you like his writing style, you may want to give Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” a try, too. It is a collection of short stories based around the holidays (it includes the short “A Christmas Memory” from “Breakfast” as well as 2 or 3 other stories, one of which is related to the characters from “A Christmas Memory”). I found as a whole, all the stories here really tugged at my heart and really found them powerfully written. I think they are worth a try if you find yourself enjoying Truman Capote

  2. Jill

    I read Breakfast at Tiffany’s last year but never saw the movie. I laughed out loud when I discovered that Holly was a call girl (didn’t see it coming). =) Glad you liked the story. I hope to see the movie one day.

    =) Jill
    http://mrstreme.livejournal.com

  3. Megan

    I have always wanted to read Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I LOVED In Cold Blood and I also really want to read The Grass Harp which I became interested in after watching the movie. I found a tattered copy recently and have since lost the cover and the book to different places. 🙂 I hope I can track it down sometime.

  4. Irish

    Tapestry – I might have to look into that collection because after Breakfast at Tiffany’s, A Christmas Memory was my favorite in the collection.

    Jill – Definately rent the movie. It is an amazing piece of cinema. Different from the story but I still love the movie as much as I ever did before.

    Megan – I recommend the read. =)