Truman Capote's short novel Breakfast at Tiffany's displays a romantic and charming, yet anguishing and heart wrenching drama. Capote paints characters that the reader can recall as if they are remembering a dream of someone they once knew.
The New York Times says,
Mr. Capote's characteristic resorting to almost vaudevillian devices weakens his originally serious conception of his character, thins it down and so, in mid-reading, forces the reader to a dimmer view of her.
Steven Wu says, "for the life of me I can't figure out why this book is so highly esteemed." Salon.com likes it. USA Today has an article on the 50th anniversary of the book and on its continuing presence in our culture.