Breakfast at Tiffany's [a short novel and three stories]

Truman Capote, 1924-1984

Sound recording - 2014

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 her at Tiffany's. Her poignancy, wit, and naivete continue to charm.

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Brilliance Audio on compact disc.
Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio p2014.
Item Description
Title from container.
Physical Description
3 audio discs (2 hours, 52 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Main Author
Truman Capote, 1924-1984 (-)
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • House of flowers
  • A diamond guitar
  • A Christmas memory.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Golden Globe–winning actor Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) gives a warm reading of Capote's classic novella. The story is related by an unnamed narrator looking back at the autumn of 1943, when he lived in a brownstone on Manhattan's Upper East Side and befriended his neighbor Holly Golightly. The enigmatic and beguiling young woman is a free spirit with no discernible means of support other than the kindness of the wealthy men who take her to fancy restaurants, swanky parties, and offer the occasional gift. For the next year, the narrator finds himself entranced, intoxicated, and exhausted by Holly's lifestyle, only to have their companionship end when circumstances extract her from the city and his life. Hall brings just the right tone to his narration. His characterizations are simply but effectively portrayed. He narrates the story with an earnest wistfulness that fully embodies the innocent infatuation of youth, but at the same time manages to infuse it with a sweet touch of the nostalgic melancholy. It is a solid, heartfelt performance that never lapses into corny sentimentality and will stay with the listener well after the last chapter. A Vintage paperback. (May) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's provocative, naturalistic masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly&;a World War II-era society girl in her late teens&;survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist, who eventually gets tossed away as her deepening character emerges.Breakfast at Tiffany's, Truman Capote's most beloved work of fiction, introduced an independent and complex character who challenged audiences, revived Audrey Hepburn's flagging career in the 1961 film version, and whose name and style has remained in the national idiom since publication. Hall uses his diligent attention to character to bring our unnamed narrator&;s emotional vulnerability to the forefront of this American classic.