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Full Breakfast at Tiffany’s Book Summary & Review

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This Breakfast at Tiffany’s book summary and review of Truman Capote’s novella gives you a full analysis of the plot and characters for this mesmerizing classic novel. I have also provided some recommended lifestyle companions for you to enjoy with the Breakfast at Tiffany’s book.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Book Summary and Review with Analysis of Plot and Characters

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The short fiction novella of Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s that preceded the infamous movie is, by all accounts, a classic and a masterpiece that is one of my favorite books of all time

I haven’t read an intimate character portrait so detailed and multi-faceted maybe, well, ever.  This is the story of Holly Golightly, a New York socialite during the 1940s.   Holly is unique, independent, glamorous, fragile, flawed, lost and so much more. Her cat doesn’t have a name and she neither wants to be caged nor alone, but is happiest at Tiffany’s:

She was still hugging the cat. “Poor slob,” she said, tickling his head, “poor slob without a name. It’s a little inconvenient, his not having a name. But I haven’t any right to give him one: he’ll have to wait until he belongs to somebody. We just sort of took up by the river one day, we don’t belong to each other: he’s an independent, and so am I. I don’t want to own anything until I know I’ve found the place where me and things belong together. I’m not quite sure where that is just yet. But I know what it’s like.” She smiled, and let the cat drop to the floor. “It’s like Tiffany’s,” she said.  […] What I found does the most good is just to get into a taxi and go to Tiffany’s. It calms me down right away, the quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there, not with those kind men in their nice suits, and that lovely smell of silver and alligator wallets. If I could find a real-life place that made me feel like Tiffany’s, then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name.

– Truman Capote

WOW.  What the Breakfast at Tiffany’s book by Truman Capote has that the movie does not is poetically strung words that become sentences that become a master class in the creation of an utterly complex character, which we all are.  And that is why the Breakfast at Tiffany’s novel just may change your life. 

Whether you have seen the movie or not, the character Holly Golightly is unforgettable, and the Breakfast at Tiffany’s novella is a must-read. 

By the way, the Audible version of the Breakfast at Tiffany’s book is read by Michael C. Hall (yes, “Dexter”), and he is both haunting and delightful as the narrator, Paul (known as “Fred” to Holly) who is Holly’s charming male neighbor and a writer, fascinated with her.  And it’s both a quick listen and an easy classic read — one of my favorite audiobooks!

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