Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories by Truman Capote

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The vague undertones of homosexuality and the elements of weirdness are not as pronounced as in former books. These stories are gentle, delicate and almost sound.
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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.

 

About Truman Capote

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TRUMAN CAPOTE was born in New Orleans on September 30, 1924. In 1948 his first novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms, was published to international critical acclaim, assuring Capote a place among the prominent postwar American writers. He won the O. Henry Memorial Short Story Prize twice and was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. His other works include Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Grass Harp, and the nonfiction masterpiece In Cold Blood. He died on August 25, 1984.


























Author Hometown: New Orleans, LA
 
Published May 15, 2012 by Vintage. 194 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Travel, Romance, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Oct 10 2011

The vague undertones of homosexuality and the elements of weirdness are not as pronounced as in former books. These stories are gentle, delicate and almost sound.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Aug 29 2014

It is a solid, heartfelt performance that never lapses into corny sentimentality and will stay with the listener well after the last chapter.

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The Wheeler Centre

Above average
Reviewed by Michael Green on May 29 2013

It’s an autumnal story, gentle and sad, lonely and tender, its scenes fluttering with falling leaves. It begins and ends in fall, and the narrator first meets Holly Golightly in September...I’ve never thought about the book all that much, about what it means, or why I like it so. I just want to read it when the mornings are crisp.

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Of Books and Reading

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Reviewed by thehungryreader on Jul 23 2009

All in all, this short novella is a joy to read. Capote’s writing is typically rich and lyrical. He describes this woman in such a way that you get the sense he has moulded her on someone that intrigued him, that held some allure or had an aura of mysticism that left a deep impression.

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The Literary Stew

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Reviewed by Astrid on Sep 30 2010

I loved the novella on it's own just as much as the film. Capote's writing is pitch perfect with not a word wasted. It flows wonderfully and it's so easy to just read this 111 page novella in one sitting.

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