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  1. says:

    Holiday Golightly She s quirky, comical, and glamorous She s fashionable, in the know, and in the now She s lonely, lost, and waiting to be rescued You couldn t resist her charm if you tried, and you can t help but fall in love with her Well, at least in the Hollywood film version Capote s original novella paints a darker portrait of Miss Golightly Unlike Audrey Hepburn s adorable Holly, who needs a knight in slightly rusted armor to save her, Capote s girl is a wild thing who cannot be caged, trained, or rescued.I can t deny that the film is a classic and is one of my favorites Audrey Hepburn may be the epitome of glamour and beauty, and Hollywood s Holly can t help but absorb Audrey s charm By the end of the film you find yourself rooting for Fred to save her from the nonsense of high society, reunite her with the cat, and wipe away her case of the mean reds forever That is Hollywood, after all, and we would expect nothing less.But the real Holly, Capote s Holly, can never be caged by convention It would be hard to imagine her ever settling down and being content with Fred regardless of the fact that he is an implied homosexual in the book Hollywood seemed to have overlooked that Don t get me wrong, it s not that the book s Holly is a Bad Person she s just layered and real Think about it how many people have you come across who create a new persona for themselves, based on what they perceive others to desire People who feign interest in the popular styles entertainment notable people of the day, just to seem like a Very Important Person and garner adoration, fame, and possibly fortune I could name a few But we get to go deeper than Holly s exterior and see the scared and lonely girl at the core She is terrified of being a caged animal, but also tired of being alone She wants to seem as though she s making a holiday out of life, but struggles with the need for stability and the desire for freedom.The book I read also included three of Capote s most famous stories, and I d be remiss not to mention them as well House of Flowers, A Diamond Guitar, and A Christmas Memory The three short stories are amazingly intimate and touching, illuminating different sides of human emotion I have not read Capote s magnum opus, In Cold Blood, but after witnessing his detailed descriptions and haunting perceptions of human nature in these shorter forms, I have added his novel to my to read list.


  2. says:

    3 delicious hours of audio read by Mr Michael C Hall aka Dexter What a wonderful performance of Truman Capote s novella I saw the movie years ago but I ve never read the book I m so happy to have listened to this edition of the audio 5 Stars for the narrator 5 Stars for the story Highly highly recommended


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    Breakfast at Tiffany s Truman Capote s Novella of Love or Something Like It If she was in this city I d have seen her You take a man that likes to walk, a man like me, a man s been walking in the streets going on ten or twelve years, and all those years he s got his eye out for one person, and nobody s ever her, don t it stand to reason she s not there I see pieces of her all the time, a flat litle bottom, any skinny girl that walks fast and straight It s just that I didn t know you d been in love with her Not like that So it is we know that Holly Golightly is gone, that she s been gone for years And she had her effect on Joe Bell, the bartender at that little place down on Lexington Avenue in the Big Apple Yeah, there s Joe s place Look hard enough, it s one of those little places tucked away You probably can t see it One of those Yellow Cabs is hiding it Yeah, Joe had it bad Most men who knew her did, unless they just wanted to use her There s always that niggling little thought on the nature of what love really is That it is pure and natural or that it can be purchased Anything is possible, after all, because everything is negotiable.Truman Capote first published Breakfast at Tiffany sin the November, 1958 issue of Esquire Magazine It was considered too obscene for Capote s usual sources for periodical publication, Harper s Baazar and Mademoiselle After all, it s open to question as to whether Holly is a prostitute And being a woman who speaks her mind, she wishes she could have a bull dyke for a roommate because they make such excellent housekeepers Such language would never do, so it was off to Esquire Random house followed suit, publishing Tiffany s as a novella What man hasn t known and loved a Holly Golightly I have I lost her She was hit and killed by a drunk driver hit her on the wrong side of the road It was head on She never had a chance She was driving home on a Sunday evening, after dinner with her parents, her adopted parents She shared several characteristics with Holly Golightly She didn t know her real parents She enjoyed men Her hair was that shining perfect blond with bands of white that made her always look as though the sun shone directly on her head and hers alone She liked her men older, too, like Holly Maybe it was being adopted, not knowing where she came from, not knowing where she truly belonged.But Holly Golightly had taken a new identity, running away from Tulip, Texas, married at the age of fourteen to Doc Barnes, a veterinarian Her real name is Lula Mae Barnes, just as Capote s mother s name had been Lillie Mae Faulk before she took a sophisticated name, Nina, after she married Cuban business man Joe Capote.I attended her funeral, one of so many, her male coterie But it was when the minister pulled out a copy of The Velveteen Rabbit and began to read from it that I was stunned For I gave her that book, in the hope, the dream that she would realize if you love anything enough it will become alive She kept that book all the many years we were apart Perhaps on some days she thought of me I know that I still think of her and on some days, like Joe Bell, the bartender, I see bits and pieces of her as I walk the city streets, especially when the sun illuminates the gold, the white, the platinum of a feminine head of hair as if it showed on no other person on boulevard, no matter how bright the sun Oh, you say Holly Golightly was a brunette like Audrey Hepburn Well, that was Blake Edwards idea of what Holly Golightly looked like But it wasn t Capote s idea who should play her It was Marilyn Monroe No question It was that blonde hair, almost platinum But Capote only sold the film rights He maintained no control over the direction or production of the film.Capote was such a wonderful dancer I can still remember photographs of him swirling Marilyn across the dance floor But Lee Strausberg told Marilyn playing Holly Golightly, a prostitute, wouldn t be good for her career Monroe turned down the role for The Misfits It would be her last film But that s another story.History took its course Henry Mancini composed Moon River for the score George Peppard and Audrey Hepburn had chemistry Following its release in 1961, Edwards work became one of the iconic American films However, it bears little resemblance to Capote s work, although Audrey Hepburn is stunning in that little black dress.It was not uncommon that movies made from Faulkner s books premiered in Oxford, Mississippi One, to Faulkner s chagrin, bore so little comparison to his original work, when called to the stage to make opening remarks, Faulkner said, Ladies and Gentlemen, the film you re about to see bears absolutely no resemblance to the book I wrote from which the title of this film was taken He walked off stage and out of the theatre I can t imagine Capote taking that approach, he was still connected to a famous film that led to further sales of his work Perhaps it was that desire for fame that ultimately destroyed Capote.Of course, in the novella, the young writer is unpublished Holly takes it upon herself to make him famous by introducing him to her Hollywood agent In the movie, Peppard is a kept man, whose, shall we say, sponsor, is played by Patricia Neal, who is known to Holly as 2E, the lady s apartment number And, of course, the movie ends happily ever after with George Peppard and Audrey Hepburn embracing in the rain and having found Cat whom Holly had kicked out of the taxi cab.But Capote tells Holly s view regarding love, or whatever feeling she is capable of describing as love Never love a wild thing, Mr Bell, Holly advised him That was Doc s mistake He was always lugging home wild things A hawk with a hurt wing One time it was a full grown bobcat with a broken leg But you can t give your heart to a wild thing the you do, the stronger they get Until they re strong enough to run into the woods Or fly into a tree Then a taller tree Then the sky That s how you ll end up, Mr Bell If you let yourself love a wild thing You ll end up looking at the sky Truman Capote considered Holly Golightly his favorite character I think he was right in his feelings Of course, Capote, has said that the narrator of Breakfast at Tiffany s was gay In fact, it has been repeatedly surmised that Holly Golightly is the literary embodiment of Christopher Isherwood s Sally Bowles What divine decadence The movie would never have ended the way it did, had Capote maintained creative control Let s just say this one will always touch a nerve in me This one is for all the Holly Golightlys in the world and the Joe Bells who have the sense to listen to them, and I offer it with all the heartfelt sympathy I can muster for those who can t understand what it means to love a wild thing.


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    Capote has a mesmerizing way with words His description of the aptly named Holly Golightly is splendid and the character herself is a sort of blend of Daisy Buchanon and Madame Bovary The friendship of the narrator Paul Fred with Holly is beautifully and painfully described as are the parties and lovers that she entertains I must see the film now see below The atmosphere of the book is a sort of bohemian yet preppy post Beat decadence but with a tragic sexism that poisons Holly s relationships with everyone except the narrator She is both an actor and a victim of her status as a sex object this is what transports this story from something banal to something complex and enduring.The Diamond Guitar is a tender story of unrequited love as well, albeit homosexual love and longing and disappearance.House of Flowers is a vivid depiction of a Haitian whorehouse, the Champs Elys es and the sadomasochistic love of Ollite for Royal that leads her to an indifferent fate at the House of Flowers.A Christmas Memory is a heartbreaking tale of camaraderie between a young boy and an older woman and their dreams of surpassing their humble existence.Each of these stories of love, loss, and hope against hope that avoid sentimentalism in their cold rendering of events It is the external elements the weather in New York, the changing seasons at the farm, the bee prophecy and the wind respectively that color the psychology of the characters and their ambiguous fates.I loved these stories and will read of Truman Capote s work.I started watching the movie with the amazing Audrey Hepburn as Golightly and George Peppard as Fred and find it captures the essence of the relationship between these two characters However, why did they have Mickey Rooney do that ridiculous and perhaps racist imitation of Yunioshi, why not just have a Japanese actor The other annoying thing about the movie is the comic spin that it puts to the book which while at times somewhat humorous was for the most part darker and layered than depicted by Blake Edwards.


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    This is getting shelved under The Movie is Better but honestly, I can t decide which version I prefer Because I am indecisive, let s make lists.Reasons The Movie Is Better Audrey Hepburn plays a considerably less racist and foul mouthed Holly, which is nice But let s be honest Holly could spend the entire movie snorting crack off a sidewalk and Audrey Hepburn would make it the most elegant and classy crack snorting anyone had ever seen Holly actually sets foot inside Tiffany s, instead of just talking about it Also she is actually seen eating breakfast outside the store, instead of just mentioning it offhandedly The lines, It s useful being top banana in the shock department and I don t want you to take me home until I m very drunk Very drunk indeed A happy, schmoopy, formulaic romantic ending in the rain that never fails to win me over And they come back for Cat George Peppard Reasons The Book Is Better Mag Wildwood, a mere caricature in the movie, gets lines, personality, and scenes in the book Holly is eighteen at the beginning of the story, which makes her instantly of a badass teen slut, which I admired her for Mr Yunioshi actually has a sizable shred of dignity and is vital to the plot This did wonders to undo the damage caused by the sight of a sweaty, overtanned, bucktoothed Mickey Rooney leaning over a banister and screeching, Missa Gorightry I musta plotest shudder Is Mickey Rooney dead If not, could someone please find him and kill him for thinking he could successfully imitate a Japanese man without turning into a walking stereotype Thank you.That s all I can think of at the moment Bottom line the book made me sad, and the movie does not.


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    I m struggling to figure out what makes this quite so great, it could be Truman s beautiful limpid style which winds its sentences through your inner ear so that you might think that language itself had been melted and turned into vanilla frosting or it could be that this is the sweet sad little tale of a guy who met this creature and got stuck permanently in the friend zone, and kind of almost didn t really mind because at least the friend zone was something and not nothing, that s how entranced he was, or it could be that one of the major characters is a cat It could be that it s funny, and kind, and that Holly says some really surprising things just to mention one, that she thinks people of the same sex should be allowed to get married in 1958 But this novelette is a small 100 page thing, a drifting fragrance, a single chord, a glint, a hello then goodbye too soon, too soon ah yes, itself therefore being the perfect embodiment of the Holly Golightly experience So, of course that s why.


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    The most famous of Capote s novels, Breakfast at Tiffany s charms the reader with wit and a lively storyline Its subject is the short lived friendship between a straight woman and a gay man living in New York during the early 40s, its theme the yearning for deep connection and a sense of belonging In spite of Capote s ethereal prose and dazzling imagery, an excruciating sadness suffuses the novella none of the self destructive characters find what they long for by the end, and it seems unlikely that they ever will What on the surface appears to be a wistful bit of fluff, then, is in fact far sorrowful and complex.


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    A charming little anecdote about some ruby rare bright young thing ensuing crew delightly ful To be read in a complete sitting in some secret well lit garden with a basket of tea and crumpets Necessary as stress relief and sweet as a caramel Another plus for the already egotistical NYC, Holly Golightly is heavily embossed onto the overall structure, asphalt jungle, itself.


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    As someone who grew up in the 90s, this was in my head the whole time I read this I have never seen the movie, so the only idea I had in my mind is this iconic image of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly But, what I actually got was this Holly is crass and obnoxious with really no redeeming qualities She is rude to her enemies, and even worse to her friends She smokes to excess, drinks to excess, is promiscuous to excess she is just wild, crazy, and destructive.Reading this was like watching a train wreck but I kind of liked it I couldn t look away


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    Fred, our story s narrator, has been called by Joe Bell the proprietor of Hamburg Heaven because he has heard about Holly So begins Truman Capote s classic Breakfast at Tiffany s, the tale of New York society girl Holly Golightly As soon as Fred hears about Holly, the story flashes back to 1943 and we begin our story of Holly Growing up I knew Aubrey Hepburn as Eliza Dolittle and Tiffany s as a diamond store, so I envisioned Breakfast at Tiffany s to be a tale of the upper crust of New York society dining at the Plaza Hotel How wrong was in these thoughts Our protagonists live in a brownstone apartment, not the Plaza Fred named in honor of Holly s brother is a festering writer who seems to be Capote himself and his upstairs neighbor is a mysterious girl named Holly Golightly who adds traveling to her business cards Until the two have any interactions, Holly remains an enigma, adding to her mystique Throughout the book, Holly still remains an enigma even after she and Fred build on their friendly, platonic relationship Who is Holly Is she a Hollywood starlet or Arkansas hillbilly A New York society girl or prostitute or a member of the mafia Because the novella is only 100 pages in length, Capote tackles all of these ideas while really building up Holly s character Even though I prefer epic novels, I also enjoy a shorter story that flushes out a character s personality and has me captivated from the first pages Capote s novella does this and then some, allowing me to quickly read to the conclusion Tiffany s does make an appearance in the novella although not the way I had thought it would Holly in spite of all the glitz in her life, wants to be remembered the same when she has the money to eat breakfast at Tiffany s Does this mean she will be down to earth or a multi layered character Will she keep the same company or dine with movie stars Capote hints that Holly would prefer the former but never tells us, allowing for the reader to draw their own conclusions Again, this device enabled me to read the novella in one sitting so I could find out whether or not Holly ever ate breakfast at Tiffany s I would be remiss if I did not mention the three other stories included in this novella All of them bring out Capote s prose and show us why he is highly regarded as a classic American writer The collection ends on a high note with A Christmas Memory, allowing is some insight into Capote s family life growing up I look forward to seeing Breakfast at Tiffany s on screen to compare the movie to the book and also reading his masterpiece In Cold Blood A 5 star classic.


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