This Breakfast at Tiffany’s book summary and review of Truman Capote’s novella gives you an analysis with plot and characters for this mesmerizing classic novel. And because this is a book pairings blog “where books meet lifestyle,” 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
If you are doing a 50 States of America reading challenge, this also makes a great novel for New York.
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 a quick read — one of my favorite audiobooks!
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For more like Breakfast at Tiffany’s:
- Naturally, the best pairing for the book Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. You will be dazzled by both! And you will get to watch one of my idols, Audrey Hepburn, perform some of her finest work.
- Also be sure to check out my adorable Holly Golightly sleep mask Halloween costume ideas.
- Explore the best books about Audrey Hepburn.
- I would also recommend Truman Capote’s other works to you. I especially love A Christmas Memory, which is super short and likewise unforgettable, and a story you will re-read every December.
That concludes this Breakfast at Tiffany’s summary and review with an analysis of the plot and characters.
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