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.
Dawn O, March 22, 2013 (view all comments by Dawn O)
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" is a well-known and much loved novella, movie, and now a play coming to Broadway. But what I loved in this volume was a new discovery: "A Christmas Memory," one of Truman Capote's most beloved stories. Highly autobiographical, the story is written from a very deep well, and its language took my breath away. It moved me to levels I hadn't experienced in literature in quite a while. I've since found out that, like "Breakfast at Tiffany's," it was adapted into other media; but I highly recommend reading it, simply for the power of its words.
Sarah Knowles, August 30, 2006 (view all comments by Sarah Knowles)
Whether or not you?ve read the book/seen the film, you recognize the name Holly Golightly, the character who this book (and the simultaneously smitten and revolted antagonist, Mr. Bell) revolves around. At the start of the novel, we see her as a shallow, materialistic, ignorant man-eater, but by the end, Capote miraculously manages to develop her into far more of a complex character than I expected. She is multi-dimensionally tragic; we emphathize with rather than pity her. The breadth of character growth and story twists that Capote manages to pack in to something so brief is not to be missed.
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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.
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