Book Review: Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Breafast at tiffany's by Truman Capote Review

Publication date: 1994 (First pubished 1958)

Publisher: RBA
Genres: Classic, Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 185

“It’s New York in the 1940s, where the martinis flow from cocktail hour till breakfast at Tiffany’s. And nice girls don’t, except, of course, Holly Golightly. Pursued by Mafia gangsters and playboy millionaires, Holly is a fragile eyeful of tawny hair and turned-up nose, a heart-breaker, a perplexer, a traveller, a tease. She is irrepressibly ‘top banana in the shock department’, and one of the shining flowers of American fiction.

This edition also contains three stories: ‘House of Flowers’, ‘A Diamond Guitar’ and ‘A Christmas Memory’.

I found this book in my university’s library, and since I had watched the movie some years ago and really liked it, I thought I could enjoy this book. And I was right, the book had a very captivating quality, that made me enjoyed it quite a bit.

The thing I liked most about this book was Holly Golightly, she was such a complex character that I wasn’t sure if I loved her or despised her. She was smart, lost, funny, naïve, witty, manipulative, charming, narcissistic, quirky, lonely, everything at the same time. She was layered and real, and I was fascinated by her. On the other hand, the writing style was captivating, the plot extremely predictable but it didn’t take away from the story, there were some interesting secondary characters, and even if I think the narrator could have been someone else, someone a bit more interesting, it didn’t affect the story in a significant way.
The three stories at the end were House of Flowers, A Diamond Guitar, and A Christmas Memory. Unfortunately, I found them incredible boring, I just didn’t connect with characters, and opposite to what happened in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the writing didn’t captivate me at all. Nonetheless, the three stories had great endings, and that compensated a little for how boring they were. At the end, the three stories are the reason this book got such a low rating from me.

My rating: 3,5 stars
Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments!

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