Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's

by Truman Capote

It's New York in the 1940s, where the martinis flow from cocktail hour till breakfast at Tiffany's.

Pursued by Mafia gangsters and playboy millionaires, Holly is a fragile eyeful of tawny hair and turned-up nose, a heart-breaker, a perplexer, a traveller, a tease.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Classics
  • Rating: 3.89
  • Pages: 142
  • Publish Date: 1993 by Vintage Books
  • Isbn10: 0679745653
  • Isbn13: 9780679745655

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Unlike Audrey Hepburns adorable Holly, who needs a knight in slightly-rusted armor to save her, Capotes girl is a wild thing who cannot be caged, trained, or rescued. Audrey Hepburn may be the epitome of glamour and beauty, and Hollywoods Holly cant help but absorb Audreys charm. Dont get me wrong, its not that the books Holly is a Bad Person; shes just more layered and real. She wants to seem as though shes making a holiday out of life, but struggles with the need for stability and the desire for freedom.

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Breakfast at Tiffany's: Truman Capote's Novella of Love or Something Like It "If she was in this city I'd have seen her. Not like that." So it is we know that Holly Golightly is gone, that she's been gone for years. Truman Capote first published Breakfast at Tiffany'sin the November, 1958 issue of Esquire Magazine. What man hasn't known and loved a Holly Golightly. But Holly Golightly had taken a new identity, running away from Tulip, Texas, married at the age of fourteen to Doc Barnes, a veterinarian. I know that I still think of her and on some days, like Joe Bell, the bartender, I see bits and pieces of her as I walk the city streets, especially when the sun illuminates the gold, the white, the platinum of a feminine head of hair as if it showed on no other person on boulevard, no matter how bright the sun. Oh, you say Holly Golightly was a brunette--like Audrey Hepburn. Well, that was Blake Edwards' idea of what Holly Golightly looked like. But Lee Strausberg told Marilyn playing Holly Golightly, a prostitute, wouldn't be good for her career. However, it bears little resemblance to Capote's work, although Audrey Hepburn is stunning in that little black dress. I can't imagine Capote taking that approach, he was still connected to a famous film that led to further sales of his work. And, of course, the movie ends happily ever after with George Peppard and Audrey Hepburn embracing in the rain and having found "Cat" whom Holly had kicked out of the taxi cab. "Never love a wild thing, Mr. Bell," Holly advised him. If you let yourself love a wild thing. You'll end up looking at the sky." Truman Capote considered Holly Golightly his favorite character. Of course, Capote, has said that the narrator of Breakfast at Tiffany's was gay. This one is for all the Holly Golightlys in the world and the Joe Bells who have the sense to listen to them, and I offer it with all the heartfelt sympathy I can muster for those who can't understand what it means to love a wild thing.

I loved these stories and will read more of Truman Capote's work. I started watching the movie with the amazing Audrey Hepburn as Golightly and George Peppard as "Fred" and find it captures the essence of the relationship between these two characters.

Reasons The Movie Is Better: -Audrey Hepburn plays a considerably less racist and foul-mouthed Holly, which is nice. But let's be honest: Holly could spend the entire movie snorting crack off a sidewalk and Audrey Hepburn would make it the most elegant and classy crack-snorting anyone had ever seen. Reasons The Book Is Better: -Mag Wildwood, a mere caricature in the movie, gets more lines, personality, and scenes in the book.

So begins Truman Capote's classic Breakfast at Tiffany's, the tale of New York society girl Holly Golightly. "Fred" named in honor of Holly's brother is a festering writer who seems to be Capote himself and his upstairs neighbor is a mysterious girl named Holly Golightly who adds traveling to her business cards. Because the novella is only 100 pages in length, Capote tackles all of these ideas while really building up Holly's character. Capote's novella does this and then some, allowing me to quickly read to the conclusion. Again, this device enabled me to read the novella in one sitting so I could find out whether or not Holly ever ate breakfast at Tiffany's.

Truman Capote was an American writer whose non-fiction, stories, novels and plays are recognised literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) and In Cold Blood (1965), which he labeled a "non-fiction novel." At least 20 films and TV dramas have been produced from Capote novels, stories and screenplays. During this time, he also began his career as a writer, publishing many short stories which introduced him into a circle of literary critics.