Breakfast at Tiffany's
In this collection of four short stories, Capote explores the themes of loneliness, social alienation and friendship through the marriage of a prostitute, the incarceration of a long serving prisoner and an innocent friendship that is diminished by time. In "Breakfast at Tiffany's", the longest of the stories, a writer reminisces about the life and times of the dazzling Holly Golightly, a liberal playgirl in 1940s New York. [Small font]
Comments from Groups
Enjoyed by the whole group - a lovely read. Just a short read, but every word hand picked - the stories were like 'jewels'. Wellington 057
Very good - everyone enjoyed the stories and the excellent writing. Auckland 090
Everyone appreciated the beautiful use of descriptive prose - he made you feel as if you were right there. Motueka 001
We found this book to be a sharp contrast to the famous movie adaptation, and we had differing opinions of Holly Golightly's character and motivations, but we universally loved the writing in this classic book. Wellington 116
Some thought it beautifully crafted writing - others couldn't get into it at all. Masterton 008
A wonderful read. For some, an introduction to Truman Capote, resulting in a wish to read more. A brillliant short story writer with most beautiful words and exquisite descriptions. A joy. Wellington 041
Everyone liked the book, kept comparing it to the 1961 film starring Audrey Hepburn. We thought it was a sad story of a girl who was searching for a good life (money, love) but did not realise that she had already lost it. Writing superb and intuitive with tightly written prose.
There were mixed feelings about the book. Some enjoyed it, and Capote's writing style. Others had high expectations due to it being a well known movie, and were disappointed. We all loved the three short stories, 'A Christmas Morning' in particular.
Almost none of us had read this, but all very eager - and then loved it. Much to discuss, especially comparing the book to the movie - as always, some very marked differences.
We enjoyed the way that Holly Golightly was portrayed - quirky, comical, fashionable and very glamorous!
Most readers said that this novel is one that they could read several times over. The author's writing style was very much enjoyed.
Nine out of twelve REALLY enjoyed the book; Truman Capote's style and beauty of his writing, the characters, and the descriptive prose. The others, while they appreciated the writing, did not enjoy the story so much - too American, too different.
We all very much enjoyed Truman Capote's excellent writing; for those who remembered the film, we preferred the book! We loved the short stories - very poignant, especially 'A Christmas Memory' - an autobiographical piece.
Everyone enjoyed reading this classic novella, and an interesting discussion followed. A good title for the BDS.
Loved it, especially the short stories - a pleasant surprise that they were there. Book far superior to the movie.
Those that attended had read the book and enjoyed it. The host got the DVD of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's', and many of us remembered it from our childhoods. The book has survived the test of time and is very readable. Short stories also enjoyable.
An interesting dive into the past. The short stories were as popular as 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' with the group. Well worth reading.
We all enjoyed this book and also the other 3 stories very much. Some felt their mental idea of Holly had been compromised by Audrey Hepburn's portrayal in the film. The writing and characterisation was superb and sometimes not so evident in today's novels.
Fabulous, really moving and subtle and deep.