by Truman Capote
Narrator: Michael C. Hall
Length:2 hrs and 52 mins
on February 11, 2014 (1958)
Reading Challenges: Audiobook
Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's provocative, naturalistic masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist, who eventually gets tossed away as her deepening character emerges.Breakfast at Tiffany's, Truman Capote's most beloved work of fiction, introduced an independent and complex character who challenged audiences, revived Audrey Hepburn's flagging career in the 1961 film version, and whose name and style has remained in the national idiom since publication. Hall uses his diligent attention to character to bring our unnamed narrator’s emotional vulnerability to the forefront of this American classic.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote is a classic written in 1958. This iconic tale has been captured on film and pleasured audiences on Broadway. My first introduction to Breakfast at Tiffany’s was the movie starring Audrey Hepburn and the title immediately brings to mind the song, ‘Moon River”. Mini review: a brief glimpse into the quirky life of Holly Golightly and her impact on those whose path she crosses.
The tale takes place in New York City and mainly occurs in an old brownstone apartment building. We learn the story of Holly Golightly through Fred a writer who lives on the floor above her. This is not a love story in the romantic sense, but fall in love you shall. Capote through Fred shares Holly and her escapades to us. At first glance, you may find her shallow, conceited, and an over the top scammer. Holly Golightly is such a complex character. She is one you loathe and love all at the same time. Capote does an excellent job of peeling back her layers and allowing us to see both the flawed character and the hopeless dreamer. Capote writes as if he is sitting next to you on a train sharing this story and he brought it vividly to life. I fell in love with Holly, despite it all and so do the other characters. It is funny because we know we should turn and walk away. I adored Fred and Joe Bell. Fred dreams of making it big as a writer and is an observer. The tale moves at an even clip with climatic moments that brought us joy, anger and tears. While I didn’t like Holly Golightly, I couldn’t help, but love this quirky woman.
Michael C. Hall was the narrator for the audio version. He is best known for his work in Six Feet Under and Dexter. I am a huge fan of both shows so you can imagine how unnerving it felt to have an undertaker/serial killer reading to me. Those feelings were quickly dismissed as I succumb to his rich tone. Hall did a wonderful job sharing Breakfast at Tiffany’s with me. I actually felt like we were sitting in a pub, and he was sharing a story about a period in his life; a memory if you will. You know the Pub I am talking about? The one with those comfy leather chairs and cozy library feel? The warm fire blazes as the glasses of wine reflect the fire. I felt content and comfortable in Hall’s hands as the tale unfolded. He did a wonderful job giving each character voice, especially that of Holly.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s shares characters who stick with you and Hall brought them to life.