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Breakfast at Tiffany's: And Three Storiesby Truman Capote
This is my author fantasy: me, Truman Capote, a front porch on a summer afternoon that stretches lazily into evening, and of course, mint juleps. I can't think of anyone else whose stories I'd rather hear told. Word for word, measure for measure, he's got the gift. Holly Golightly is one of the most charming, vexing, brilliantly created characters in American fiction. This novel is to be cherished. Maybe you've seen the movie, but if you haven't experienced the lushness and vitality of Capote's prose, his knock-your-socks-off characterization, then you ain't seen nothin' yet. And while the spirit of the film is much the same, there are subleties and complexities which make the book far richer. Also included in this edition are three stories, one of which is a favorite of mine, A Christmas Memory: and what a blessing it is.
Synopses & Reviews
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.
This volume also includes three of Capote's best-known stories, “House of Flowers,” “A Diamond Guitar,” and “A Christmas Memory,” which the Saturday Review called “one of the most moving stories in our language.” It is a tale of two innocents—a small boy and the old woman who is his best friend—whose sweetness contains a hard, sharp kernel of truth.
This volume includes three of Capote's best-known stories, "House of Flowers, " "A Diamond Guitar, " and "A Christmas Memory, " in addition to his bestselling novel, Breakfast at Tiffany, the popular story of Holly Golightly--"a cross between Lolita and Auntie Mame" (Time).
About the Author
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From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
Breakfast at Tiffany's — House of flowers — A diamond guitar — A Christmas memory.
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