Sunday, October 11

Book Review: Breakfast at Tiffany's

Title: Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Other Stories

Author: Truman Capote

Pages: 178

Summary: The version of the book I read had Breakfast at Tiffany's plus three other novellas/short stories. These were; House of Flowers, A Diamond Guitar,
A Christmas Memory.

My Rating: 6/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I wasn’t that impressed with Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The story didn’t reach me, the characters were dull and boring and I didn’t really see the appeal all these men had to Holly. Even the story it self just didn’t seem to be that all interesting or impressive as I thought it must be (since it’s a book a lot of people seem to enjoy). Maybe because this story has been done so many times, it’s the bases for a lot of Hollywood films (The beautiful, glamour woman everyone loves, wants, wants to be part of her life, find her inner depth etc.) For me, it just wasn’t that enjoyable of a read, and a bit of a disappointment after hearting such great things about it.

The other stories, in the book were well done. Capote has a great talent for writing short stories and novellas. He’s able to do some great things, have some in depth meaning to his stories, that I find lack in many short stories and can usually bring his characters through some development, without the feeling of it being forced. I really liked “A Diamond Guitar” and “A Christmas Memory.” I felt the characters were portrayed the best in these two stories; they were the two that interested me the most, and really showcased the author’s story telling ability. Overall I think he’s a great at telling the story, but the content of the stories just don’t appeal directly to me. But will look into some of his other works to see how I feel.

Would I recommend it to read: I think a lot would enjoy the story a lot more than I did. So I would recommend it for others to read. It's a short story, and like I've said above Capote is a good story teller in general, so even if you're like me and you don't like the story itself, the way he tells it is something a book lover can enjoy.

What to read next: Hmm, I'm a bit stumped on this one. I'd say more of Capote's novellas short stories.

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, 999 Challenge, Fall in to Reading Challenge


  1. It's funny - the idea of Breakfast At Tiffany's sounds like a book I'd want to read, but Truman Capote for some reason terrifies me. Not in an intimdating writer kind of way, but in a somehow-I-associate-him-with-the-mafia kind of way. Maybe because he wrote In Cold Blood? Well, whatever the reason, I avoid Mr. Capote.

  2. I saw the movie, but I don't know about the book! Thank you for your review. :)

  3. How does the book compare with the movie? And did you get a sense that Holly was a call girl without Capote ever saying outright she was?

  4. I have never read anything by Capote, and have never really felt the urge to. I wonder what it is about me that makes me not really that interested in his books? Sorry that this book didn't really mesh well with you, but I do appreciate your honesty.