In autumn 1943, the unnamed narrator befriends holly golightly. Breakfast at tiffanys truman capote, 1950 knopf doubleday 178 pp. Discussion of breakfast at tiffanys by truman capote for our classic literature book club. Finally, as breakfast at tiffany s is a common party theme, there are plenty of decorations and activities to give your book club meeting an extra lift. Inevitably in such narratives, the ostensible subject of. Breakfast at tiffanys book and movie discussion news. About breakfast at tiffanys 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.
What ive found does the most good is just to get into a taxi and go to tiffany s. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. While breakfast at tiffany s isnt my favorite book of all time, there are all the right ingredients. The couch is the 91st episode of nbc sitcom seinfeld. Breakfast at tiffanys vintage international kindle. Breakfast at tiffanys is truman capotes bestloved work of fiction and. About this book during world war ii, an aspiring writer moves. Reservations are no longer available at the blue box cafe as the tiffany new york flagship embarks on an exciting transformation. The scene opens with a single car driving down a completely desolate street. Truman capotes dazzling new york novel breakfast at tiffany s that inspired the classic 1961 film starring audrey hepburn is beautifully repackaged as part of the penguin essentials range. Breakfast at tiffany s topics for discussion truman capote this study guide consists of approximately 36 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of breakfast at tiffany s.
The interior it the most utmost tiffany esque thing you could expect, with tiffany blue chairs, walls, and bonechina. Nance suggests that holly golightly belongs to a generation of capote heroines who have learned to preserve their integrity by safeguarding their uniqueness. When the narrator arrives, joe makes him a drink and shows him a picture taken by i. Discuss hollys unconventional personality using at least three specific examples from the novel. It is early morning, and a 1960s yellow taxicab is coasting to a stop in front of tiffany. Breakfast at tiffany s introduction breakfast at tiffany s by truman capote is a novel in which a character experiences a true moment of revelation. The conversation shifts very briefly to hollys cat, who she refuses to name since she doesnt have any right to give him one 4. Breakfast at tiffany s is a novella by truman capote published in 1958. Breakfast at tiffany s is a love story of a different nature. Bring on the tough stuff theres not just one right answer. Full text of capote truman breakfast at tiffany 39 s. He lives in a new york brownstone and dreams of literary success. Pursued by mafia gangsters and playboy millionaires, holly is a fragile. Breakfast at tiffanys study guide from litcharts the.
Breakfast at tiffanys firstly, this is a surprisingly short book. In this episode, george joins a book club, jerry buys a new couch which acquires an unsanitary stain, poppie and kramer collaborate on a pizzamaking business, and jerry puts elaines heavy stance on abortion to the test in social situations. Although breakfast at tiffanys doesnt deal explicitly with themes of homosexuality, many readers draw an association between the unnamed narrator and capote himself, concluding that the narrator is indeed a gay man. The authors idea for holly golightly, who, in the first drafts of the manuscript, was named connie gustafson, likely came from several sources. This study guide and infographic for truman capotes breakfast at tiffany s offer summary and analysis on themes, symbols, and other literary devices found in the text. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading breakfast at tiffany s vintage international.
Breakfast at tiffany s is truman capote s bestloved work of fiction and arguably one of the finest american novellas. Join my cuppa tea book club group on goodreads, and let me know your thoughts on breakfast at tiffanys. Parents need to know that breakfast at tiffany s is a 1960s romantic comedy about a paid party girl who falls in love with a writer supported by a wealthy society woman in return for an intimate romantic relationship. Book companion truman capotes dazzling new york novel breakfast at tiffany s inspired the classic 1961 film starring audrey hepburn. Yunioshis report that holly golightly had been living in africa. Truman capotes novella of love or something like it if she was in this city id have seen her.
Holly golightly knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at tiffanys. Syracuse book club message board discussion questions dec breakfast at tiffany s. Books typically miss at least one of those qualities. Heres how you can have breakfast at tiffanys in real life.
On another note, breakfast at tiffanys follows in the tradition of f. What aura does the opening chapter lend to the character of holly. Study questions, project ideas and discussion topics based on important themes running throughout breakfast at tiffanys by truman capote. And its in this conversation that we first hear of tiffany s when holly declares, i want to still be me when i wake up one fine morning and have breakfast at tiffany s 4. And nice girls dont, except, of course, holly golightly. Truman capote s dazzling new york novel breakfast at tiffany s that inspired the classic 1961 film starring audrey hepburn is beautifully repackaged as part of the penguin essentials range. She s a heartless user, an escort not a geisha, a social climber, a heartbreaker with no redeeming qualities. Book companion truman capote s dazzling new york novel breakfast at tiffany s inspired the classic 1961 film starring audrey hepburn. The discussion questions and other material that are intended to enhance your groups conversation about breakfast at tiffanys, truman capotes brilliant novella about two friends living in a manhattan apartment building during world war ii, and the three classic short stories also included in the volume. He used real life characters possessing different names. In it, a contemporary writer recalls his early days in new york city, when he makes the acquaintance of his remarkable neighbor, holly golightly, who is one of capote s bestknown creations.
Breakfast at tiffany s is truman capotes bestloved work of fiction and arguably one of the finest american novellas. Why do you like, or why do you dislike breakfast at tiffanys. How does the movie version of breakfast at tiffanys compare to the book. Summary breakfast at tiffanys essay 705 words cram. For instance, there is a brownstone in the east seventies where, during the early years of the war, i had my first new york apartment. Breakfast at tiffany s, truman capotes most beloved work of fiction, introduced an independent and complex character who challenged audiences, revived audrey hepburns flagging career in the 1961 film version, and whose name and style has remained in the national idiom since publication. Breakfast at tiffany s is the story of holly golightly, a hillbilly turned manhattan playgirl, and the eclectic circle of friends who surround her. Breakfast at tiffanys and three stories by truman capote. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Breakfast at tiffany s by truman capote is a novel in which a character experiences a true moment of revelation.
Theres an aspect of manic pixie dream girl, but the narrator sees quite clearly that his feelings arent reciprocated, holly obviously only looking for. Scott fitzgeralds novel the beautiful and damned, since it builds upon fitzgeralds early depiction of new york citys cafe society of socialites. That is, it is a tale told as a recollection years after the narratives central events. Hall uses his diligent attention to character to bring. It is not a secret that this book is more famous for its well known adaptation based on the capotes book breakfast at tiffanys in which hepburn was in the leading part. Were motivating ourselves to read and gain knowledge of the. 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. About this guide the discussion questions and other material that are intended to enhance your groups conversation about breakfast at tiffanys, truman capotes brilliant novella about two friends living in a manhattan apartment building during world war ii, and the three classic short stories also included in the volume. At the very outset of breakfast at tiffanys, capotes respective interests in privacy, wealth, and independence emerge, as the narrator notes that his apartmentthough unglamorous and cheapgave him a sense of artistic and intellectual freedom when he first moved to new york. You take a man that likes to walk, a man like me, a mans been walking in the streets going on ten or twelve years, and all those years hes got his eye out for one person, and nobodys ever her, dont it stand to reason shes not there. Breakfast at tiffanys by truman capote plot summary. Breakfast at tiffanys by truman capote reading guide.
In it, a contemporary writer recalls his early days in new york city, when he makes the acquaintance of his remarkable neighbor, holly golightly, who is one of capotes bestknown creations. I rather enjoy capotes work, and so i thought id take a stab at breakfast at tiffany s, even though i was forbidden to ever watch the film because of mickey rooneys character. This study guide and infographic for truman capote s breakfast at tiffany s offer summary and analysis on themes, symbols, and other literary devices found in the text. Realism versus romanticism a comparison of breakfast at. Bring out the croissants and champagne and dress up your space in tiffany blue. From book to film breakfast at tiffanys truman capote, 1958 and blake edwards, 1961 takes a radical turn, but whats interesting is that holly herself played by audrey hepburn in the film. If you rotate the days and times of your meetings, make this one a brunch meeting. Breakfast at tiffanys by truman capote meeting details. Breakfast at tiffany movie vs book analysis 705 words cram. Sign me up to get more news about literary fiction books. Breakfast at tiffanys truman capote as a passionate lover of audrey hepburn i decided to take this book for supplementary reading. Full text of capote truman breakfast at tiffany 39 s see other formats breakfast at tiffany s truman capote, 1958 i am always drawn back to places where i have lived, the houses and their neighborhoods. Holly was placed in an awkward home situation when she was 14. The critical evolution of truman capotes breakfast at.
I like that it s a short novella length, something you can read in one sitting when you have some uninterrupted time. It has been a long time since the narrator has seen joealmost as long as it has been since he last saw holly golightly. Breakfast at tiffanys kindle edition book discussion. Holly golightly is a disorganized, charming, anxious mess. This group is for people who love to read and are interested in meeting other book lovers to discuss what you have read. Breakfast at tiffneys is a novella of only 90 pages which was quite a surprise to me as they have made a film, musicals and plays from this book s storyline. The heroine of breakfast at tiffany s, holly golightly, became one of capotes bestknown creations, and the book s prose style prompted norman mailer to call capote the most perfect writer of my generation. The unnamed narrator of the story is a young writer from a small town, out on his own for the first time. In breakfast with tiffany, wintle chronicles the first turbulent year he and tiffany spend together. If you could write an alternate ending for the novel, what would it be and why. In his book the worlds of truman capote, critic william l. The menu will consist of simple items that will rotate throughout the. Explore levine s claim by examining the different expressions of love in the novella, paying particular attention to the relationship between the narrator and holly golightly.
How might our perception of holly be different if the novel was told from her point of view. A classic that spawned wonderful movie that was very different but became a classic too. The blue box cafe reopens in 2021 reservations are no longer available at the blue box cafe as the tiffany new york flagship embarks on an exciting transformation. Truman capotes dazzling new york novel breakfast at tiffanys inspired the classic 1961 film starring audrey hepburn.
Set in manhattan s upper east side, during the final years of world war ii, it documents the story of a young writer s fascination with, and affection for, his charming and troubled neighbor, the unorthodox holly golightly. Realism versus romanticism a comparison of breakfast at tiffanys the book versus the movie. Topics about this book topics that mention this book. There are discussion threads for every book pick with no deadlines, so please jump in on any conversation at any time. There is no actual sexual activity other than kissing or cuddling, and no nudity except for a sequence in which a stripper starts to undress and reveals her back. We will be discussing all of the short stories in the book, focussing primarily on breakfast at tiffany s, but also touching on house of flowers, a diamond guitar, and a christmas memory. The book is an amazing short story that i would recommend to anyone. We are meeting at stephanies house see email for address note that i have moved since our last meeting at my place. Holly golightly will haunt the reader the way she does the men who encounter her.
It is stated that the narrator just might have been truman himself during his early years in new york. Its new york in the 1940s, where the martinis flow from cocktail hour till breakfast at tiffany s. Breakfast at tiffany s vintage international kindle edition by capote, truman. Suggested book and reading club discussion questions for title. As for breakfast at tiffany s i was surprised and not in a good way at the differences between the novella and the movie. Breakfast at tiffany s is a novella by truman capote in which the narrator recalls how he met the enigmatic holly golightly after hearing that his friend holly. Breakfast at tiffanys truman capote context studypool. The title breakfast at tiffanys is drawn from an anecdote popular among capotes social circle about an ignorant outoftowner who, upon being asked which glamorous new york restaurant he would like to visit, answered, well, lets have breakfast at tiffanys. There is tiffanys penchant for befriending the wrong people, her academic struggles, and her emotional baggage from a difficult childhood. When he tried to join the discussion by talking about fred as played by george peppard, someone said fred is gay. The story begins when the bartender joe bell and the narrator talk about mr. Breakfast at tiffany s truman capote, 1950 knopf doubleday 178 pp. Recently, i rewatched the movie version of breakfast at tiffanys. Were introduced to an unnamed narrator who moves into a brownstone apartment building in the city in order pursue his career as a writer.
A young new york socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way. Set in manhattans upper east side, during the final years of world war ii, it documents the story of a young writers fascination with, and affection for, his charming and troubled neighbor, the unorthodox holly golightly. You cant tell me the holly in the book is an american geisha. Well, i recently read the book and i dont really see it. Reviews and discussion questions for breakfast at tiffanys are listed along with links to key places and things relevant to the story. Visit us in 2021 for more details on the reimagined the blue box cafe. Breakfast at tiffany s truman capote, 1958 i am always drawn back to places where i have lived, the houses and their neighborhoods. The unnamed narrator receives a call from a bartender named joe bell, who used to serve the narrator and his friend holly golightly when they lived in a brownstone on the upper east side. We meet the first monday of every month at 6 pm in local pubs and restaurants t.
Pencil in breakfast at tiffany for 2021 when the reinvention of the store at 727 fifth avenue will be completed. We have tons of study questions for you here, all completely free. The purpose of our book club guides is to recommend books for your book club and provide guidance for discussion. The novellas narrator is a writer living in new york city who was once a neighbor of holly golightly. In the original book version of breakfast at tiffanys, truman capote uses holly golightly, a lost soul searching for her place to belong as a symbol that all anyone really wants in life is to find a place where they feel they belong. Heres the discussion thread for breakfast at tiffanys by truman capote. To read breakfast at tiffany s is to read a master class on writing. For this reason, its worth considering the novella alongside other books about gay men in the 1940s, including gore vidals novel the city and the pillar, which is a. I am attempting to write a very brief expository essay on the bohemian and the bourgeois and i think holly golightly and many other capote heroines seem to lead lives that possess the romantic qualities of both these ideas.192 303 1393 989 686 1438 658 1335 92 1044 649 1241 736 713 819 341 474 694 881 323 995 409 64 1191 1584 1426 1595 522 755 1455 1551 687 1589 1156 744 15 1308 228 443 233 394 742 1087 32