Breakfast at Tiffany's is a 1958 novella by Truman Capote.Set in Manhattan in 1943-44, and centering around a nameless gay writer's friendship with a bicurious, borderline Hooker with a Heart of Gold named Holly Golightly, the story is a touching meditation on the varying nature of love, and how people of disparate backgrounds can form unconventional family groups.In the 1961 Film of the Book, Audrey Hepburn wears a fabulous Givenchy dress and holds a cigarette in a holder.
This novella provides examples of:
- Affectionate Nickname: Holly calls the writer "Fred" after her brother.
- Blithe Spirit: Holly.
- Foregone Conclusion: It's stated right off the bat that it had been years since the main character had ever seen or heard from Holly, and that she may well be somewhere in Africa at this point, and apparently the cat she threw out found a new home.
- A Dog Named "Dog": Holly's cat is named...Cat.
- Gratuitous French: Holly Golightly does this often, usually incorrectly; so did her creator, Truman Capote, and many of his society friends who wanted to seem more society than they were.
- Meaningful Name: What better surname than "Golightly" could there be for a free-spirited ditz with an unserious approach to life? Noted with her hanging a sign on her door whenever she was out, "Golightly traveling".
- Most Writers Are Writers: Holly's unnamed friend is a writer.
- No Name Given: The narrator.
- Precision F-Strike: Holly, when abandoning her cat. Doubly precise considering the meticulousness of Truman Capote's prose.