Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a title that is familiar with lots of people and even synonymous with the ever glamorous and elegant Audrey Hepburn. The story is about Holly Golightly – a young, beautiful, yet flawed woman with a mysterious past. She married young, ran away from home, changed her name and is now living in New York in a rundown apartment. She is trying to make a new life for herself and it is evident that she might not know exactly what she wants: unpacked boxes everywhere in the apartment (just in case she needs to leave) and a cat without a name – just in case she can’t keep him.

Holly is an interesting character. She is running away from her past, dating millionaires and throwing lavish parties.  When life gets her down, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is what cheers her up, but her life isn’t as it may seem. It may look like she is moving in the right circles and has plenty of friends, but she was right when she told Fred, who lives in her apartment block that she doesn’t have any real friends. Her millionaire boyfriend leaves her and marries her friend and the man she sees after that leaves her unceremoniously when she gets arrested for being involved in a drug-deal. Fred, who is probably her only friend, knows she is innocent and tries to help her.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a novella that definitely exceeded my expectations on two fronts: 1) I thought it would be a light fluffy read – it was everything but. 2) The main character, Holly, was much more complex than I expected. This makes me curious to see the film! In conclusion, I would most definitely recommend Breakfast at Tiffany’s – it’s a great classic novella that I’m sure most people would enjoy reading.

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  • It is a great novella and I remember it being nothing I expected! If you haven’t I definitely recommend checking out some of his other short stories.

    • Thank you, I definitely will!

  • So glad you loved it. I agree that it’s complexity is surprising. Truman Capote is one dark writer.
    It’s been many years since I watched the film version, but I do remember loving Hepburn’s performance. Enjoy.

  • I have never seen the movie or read the novella. It definitely sounds like I need to fix that! It definitely sounds like a read I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

    • It’s a quick read too! I’ll be looking out for the film.

  • Thanks for the review! It doesn’t sound much like what I imagined it to be. It sounds much better! You have convinced me to put this one on the list. Bonus that it’s a quick one! I haven’t seen the film, either.

    • So now you can read the book before you see the movie 🙂

  • I’ve seen the film, but I’m really keen to try the story since I love Capote’s writing. Glad this one exceeded your expectations!

    • Did you enjoy the film? I can’t believe I haven’t seen THAT Audrey Hepburn movie!

  • This is definitely on my list to read. I’ve never seen the movie.
    Another old movie that I have seen but I’d like to read the book is To Sir, With Love.
    Have you seen that one?
    Great review!

    • Thanks. I haven’t seen that one yet…

  • This sounds wonderful! I’ve been enjoying novellas and short stories lately.

    • I think you’ll enjoy this one, then

  • Sounds like a really good read!

    • Yes it was and it’s quick too!

  • I haven’t even watched the movie

    • Neither have I, at least I’ve read the book 😀

  • Truman Capote is a favorite of mine as he’s from Alabama. What a gifted writer he was! SUPER review, I love it!

  • I saw the film many years ago [I loved Audrey Hepburn in whatever role she played]. Though I don’t usually want to read a book after I’ve seen the film, your review has made me consider reading this one. I could probably manage it in one session?

    • You know, the same with me. Sometimes I don’t want to read the book after seeing the film. That happened with one of my recent reads – I knew what was going to happen, so the reading experience wasn’t that great.

      You can definitely finish this in 3 hours.

  • I read this not long ago and really enjoyed it. Of course, I had the main character visualized in my head from the movie, but I wasn’t expecting to like it so much. It’s a perfect book to read on the porch on a Saturday.

    • Your comment just made me excited about watching the movie!

  • Well this makes me want to read BaT at last, I’ve had so many people tell me they don’t like it. I’ve held off watching the film as I’ve seen clips and don’t love Hepburn as Holly.

    • Well then at least you will have read the book 🙂 I hope you enjoy it!

  • Isi

    I read it recently too and, like you, I found it very different from my expectations.
    After all, it’s a sad story. I dind’t like Holly very much but in the end I felt sorry for her; she wasn’t bad but she didn’t have good luck…

    • I felt sorry for her too! I’m glad you enjoyed it, Isi. I look forward to reading your review.

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