Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: September 1993 (50th Anniversary Edition) 
Categories: Classics, Literary
Source: My own copy (A Christmas gift!) 
In this seductive, wistful masterpiece, Truman Capote created a woman whose name has entered the American idiom and whose style is a part of the literary landscape. Holly Golightly knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany’s; her poignancy, wit, and naïveté continue to charm.

My Thoughts:

I came to this a virgin of all things Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I hadn’t read the book, I haven’t seen the movie! I was glad to dive in without any bias. I had no expectations.

Ah ha! It turns out that I did have expectations. I just didn’t know it. 

Maybe it’s her name that did it to me? Holly Golightly. Now, doesn’t that sound like a name that belongs to a very sunshiney girl in a sunshiney story? 

Maybe the pictures and clips of Audrey Hepburn in the film version gave me the impression that this was an easy breezy tale? 

Whatever it was I certainly got more than I bargained for from this novel.

I wouldn’t call Breakfast at Tiffany’s dark but it was deeper and more reflective than I expected. I enjoyed the mood of this book and I adored how complicated the characters were. 

Bravo Mr. Capote. Now? I have to see this film!

35 thoughts on “Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

  1. I've had this one sitting on my shelves ever since I read In Cold Blood – which just floored me. Like you, I wouldn't know what to expect, so I'm glad you read it first, because now I know that its a deep and reflective story (which I like). Great post! Maybe after I read the book, I'll finally watch the film.


  2. OK! I know nothing about this aside from what you've just mentioned. I will also admit that I have never seen a movie with Audrey Hepburn or all the way through anyway. I know, I know. I should be ashamed. I have to read this now. I'm been wanting to read Capote for a long time so this sounds like the perfect introduction!


  3. I saw the film first which has sort of kept me from reading the book. Although, I think you're right that there's more there than one might bargain for. I like Capote's writing a lot and need to jump on this one. 😀


  4. I'm the same as you were a few days before: I haven't read the book, I haven't watched the film, but I have to do it. Everybody says this little novel is great, I have to discover it!!One of the reasons I haven't read it is because I read In cold blood and I didn't enjoy the book very much (I feel alone in the world when I say this, because it's suppose to be one of the best books ever… but I didn't like it!).


  5. The film is brilliant. The story does seem quite light when you see screenshots, I was surprised by it too (only seen the film so far, though). Glad you liked it!


  6. That's kind of funny. Usually having no expectations is a good thing. I haven't read the book yet, but I love the movie. Maybe seeing the movie will help with my enjoyment of the book! I think you'll enjoy the movie no matter what you thought of the book. But I'd be interested to know your thoughts once you see it!


  7. This is one of those books that I keep thinking I want to read but I have yet to pick it up. The only Capote I've read is In Cold Blood but after reading your review I put in a request for this one at the library.I'm also a virgin about this one. Haven't seen the move. The only thing I know is Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly. Looking forward to reading it.


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