Title and Author(s): Truman Capote’s
Release Date: 1958
Source: Harris County Public Library
* 1001 Books Book
Reasons for Reading: Initially, I listened to this novella on audiotape. I enjoyed how more than one actor read different parts in the story. However, I considered Elizabeth Ashley of “Evening Shade” fame an odd selection for the voice of Holly Golightly. Nevertheless, I never reviewed this Truman Capote classic. When Breakfast at Tiffany’s won in the Revisited Challenge, I read a printed version.
Summary: An unnamed narrator befriends his enchanting neighbor, Holly Golightly, in the autumn of 1943. Holly insists on referring to the narrator as “Fred” because he reminds her of her older brother. “Fred” and Holly live in apartments in the same brownstone which is located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Holly is only a eighteen or nineteen year old girl from the country. Yet, she’s turned into a cosmopolitan darling of cafe society. Holly holds no job and maintains her lifestyle by socializing with wealthy men. These men take her out on the town and shower her with money and expensive gifts. Author Capote called Holly an American geisha.
One Thing I Learned from this book: I saw the film before I read the book. I was surprised that the events of the book took place in 1943-44.
What I Liked: I liked the narrator’s tone throughout the novella. As a reader, I felt his warmth and affection, especially towards Holly Golightly.
What I Disliked: Yet, I wasn’t quite comfortable with this American geisha lifestyle.
Rainbow Rating: Orange – Restricted from those under age 17
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For more, check out the following sites:
- BooktoFilm – Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Caroline Glass
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Teen Ink
- Classics? Review: Breakfast At Tiffany’s by Truman Capote