Saturday, March 21, 2009

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of Truman Capote's better-known works. It's a short novel bound with 3 short stories I didn't read. There is a web site devoted to the novella here, including a critical analysis which opens with this:
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." likes it. USA Today has an article on the 50th anniversary of the book and on its continuing presence in our culture.

1 comment:

  1. This story is surely one of the few times a book has been utterly messed around with by Hollywood but to a much loved effect