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!) 
Description:
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.

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  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!

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  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. 😀

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  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!).

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  5. 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!

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  6. 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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