Book Review- Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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Title- Breakfast as Tiffany’s
Author- Truman Capote
Published-  1958
Genre- classics, literary fiction
Length- 100 pages
Rating- 4/5
Synopsis (Goodreads)- It’s New York in the 1940s, where the martinis flow from cocktail hour till breakfast at Tiffany’s. And nice girls don’t, except, of course, Holly Golightly. Pursued by Mafia gangsters and playboy millionaires, Holly is a fragile eyeful of tawny hair and turned-up nose, a heart-breaker, a perplexer, a traveller, a tease. She is irrepressibly ‘top banana in the shock department’, and one of the shining flowers of American fiction.

Review- Despite it being a classic I had no idea what this book was about going into it.

This book is really short and you could easily get through it in one sitting. The writing is good, my only complaint on that front is that sometimes with the dialogue it was difficult to know which character was speaking.

A lot happens for such a short book, the action isn’t all saved for the end either, it is fast paced throughout, which is unusual for a classic. The story is interesting, unrealistic maybe but it’s fiction so who cares.

I think a lot more could have been done with the idea of this book. It feels like we are just getting the middle of the story. Sometimes it’s nice to read something quick and short but there is definitely scope for adding to the story either side of what we have been given here.

Although I didn’t know anything about the story going in I have seen the various book covers and I think they are misleading in their portrayal of Holly Golightly.  This doesn’t take anything away from the story, it just meant that I was just surprised by the description of the character. I can’t say much more than that without including spoilers which I don’t like to do.

Overall I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone wanting a really quick read.

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