Books: Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

I have yet to watch the movie, but two things surprised me about this novel by Truman Capote. The racist language and the fact that it’s only 100 pages long. It seems that the movie is loosely based on the book and I am eager to watch anything with the elegant Audrey Hepburn in it. I have read that racist scenes where a Japanese character is depicted with buck teeth and played by Mickey Rooney, was deleted.


The book was set during WWII but the characters do not seem to be too affected by the war, living a life of parties and hard liquor, and it does seem like something happening elsewhere. That was interesting to me as well.

The opening scene of the movie produced in 1961, is so beautiful. I would watch it just to soak in the atmosphere. Watching this will make my cousin want to take another trip back to New York. She’s totally fallen in love with the city.


Another book by Truman Capote that I am dying to read (pardon the pun) is ‘In Cold Blood’. I also missed the academy award winning performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman. So many movies on my must watch list now.

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9 Responses to Books: Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

  1. pitboss12 says:

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a nice little film. However, the scenes with Mickey Rooney playing a Japanese neighbor still appear in the movie when ever it airs on American television.

  2. whatsaysyou says:

    I have not read the book before but I saw movie 18 years ago on the telly and I wasn’t even ten that time. Audrey Hepburn was amazing in her role in that movie. Yeah I should check that book out

  3. It had been so long since I had seen this movie I ended up watching it on youtube (in 9 parts!) Audrey Hepburn is amazing. If you ever get a chance to watch “Always” with Richard Dreyfus and Holly Hunter,(one of my fave’s) Audrey plays Hap, and angel that explains to Richard Dreyfus’s character that he has died and is in heaven. She is just as beautiful even though she must have been in her 60’s at the time.

    Thanks for reminding me!

  4. cityoflu says:

    I’ve never read the book either. I wasn’t aware of the racism but have always understood that Holly was a call-girl and Fred was gay. The film glosses over these details, of course. In any case, Audrey is impossibly lovely in the film, although I do find her voice a little irritating – but it’s best to have at least one flaw!

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