کتاب صبحانه در تیفانی

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صبحانه در تیفانی داستان هالی گولایتلی، دختری سرزنده و شاد با گذشته‌ای مبهم است که در نیویورک زندگی می‌کند. راوی بی‌نام داستان، مرد جوانی است که قصد دارد نویسنده بشود و از آن‌جا که در همسایگی هالی زندگی می‌کند به‌طور تصادفی او را ملاقات می‌کند و به‌تدریج با دخترک آشنا می‌شود. این آشنایی مقدمه‌ای برای ملاقات راوی با دوستان هالی و ورود به دنیای هنرمندان آن زمان است. چندی بعد سروکله‌ی مردی میانسال و افسرده پیدا می‌شود که ادعا می‌کند شوهر هالی است و...

صبحانه در تیفانی شاهکار ترومن کاپوتی در ادبیات قرن بیستم جایگاه ویژه‌ای دارد. شخصیت اصلی این رمان پرفروش، در فهرست تأثیرگذارترین شخصیت‌های ادبی در تاریخ ادبیات آمریکا قرار گرفته و تاکنون چندین کتاب و مقاله درباره‌ی خود کتاب و شخصیت اول آن نوشته شده است.


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بعضی‌ها هستند که وقتی قصه می‌گویند، فارق از آن‌که داستان را دوست داشته باشی یا نه، با تمام وجود حرف‌شان را گوش می‌کنی؛ چون «قصه تعریف کردن»‌شان را دوست داری. «کاپوتی» از این دسته است. او آن‌قدر خوب قصه می‌گوید که دیگر اهمیتی ندارد که چه‌جور ماجرایی را تعریف می‌کند؛ یک داستان عاشقانه یا روایتی جنایی. هر چه باشد، دوست داری با او همراه شوی.

«صبحانه در تیفانی»، سومین کتابی بود که از او خواندم و این‌یکی را هم پسندیدم. بیشتر از «تابوت‌های دست‌ساز» و‌ کمتر از «موسیقی برای آفتاب‌پرست‌ها». شخصیت اصلی داستان -هالی گولایتلی- شاید از جنس شخصیت‌هایی نباشد که معمولاً ازشان خوشم می‌آید، اما بسیار دوستش دارم و تا حد زیادی درکش می‌کنم.

فیلم را هم بعدِ خواندنِ کتاب دیدم. خیلی خوب است اما نه به‌خوبیِ کتاب. با این حال دو ساعت تماشای «آدری هپبورن»، چیزی نیست که به ابن راحتی‌ها بشود بی‌خیالش شد.

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یک رمان درخشان، شایسته همه تمجیدها و ستایش هایی که ازش میشه.

به معنای واقعی کلمه، یک شاهکار

حقیقت ش، من در ابتدا دید چندان مساعدی به این کتاب نداشتم، و تحسین هایی که از این کتاب همواره انجام شده یا میشه رو اغراق آمیز می پنداشتم و علیرغم همه نظرات مثبت، انتظار برخورد با چنین کار بی مانندی رو نداشتم.

در این کتاب همه چیز در نهایت ایجاز، اختصار و عمق، سر جای خودشه.
به نظر من این طور میرسه که این کتاب ساختار رمان رو واسه همیشه متحول کرده و سبک جدیدی در نوشتار ایجاد کرده، چه از لحاظ موضوع و محتوا، و چه فرم و قالب.

متن انگلیسی رو هم خواندم، روان، دل انگیز، تاثیرگذار و عمیق..

من ترجمه نشر خوب مروارید رو گرفتم و خوندم، هرچند به دنبال کتاب کوچک چاپ نشر ماهی بودم.
ترجمه خوب و روان بود، ولی به ندرت توش اشتباهات عجیب و به ویژه ایرادات ویرایشی قابل توجه مشاهده میشه.

به نبوغ کاپوتی واسه همیشه ایمان آوردم.

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Delicious.

Upon finishing Truman Capote’s 1958 brilliant short novel Breakfast at Tiffany’s my first thought was that Capote had been influenced heavily by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 Jazz Age masterpiece The Great Gatsby. I was intrigued further to find that several other reviewers had noticed the same similarities. Both involve and are centrally concerned with a charismatic and alluring socialite with humble beginnings and sketchy personal details and with a subtle naiveté hidden under a mask of societal cunning bordering on the streetwise.

I would also draw a comparison between Holly and Vladimir Nabokov’s Dolores from his 1955 work Lolita. Both heroines exhibit a frank and earthy, almost playful sexuality that is intoxicating to the male characters, who pine and lust with barely contained libido.

Finally, I see similarities between Capote’s themes and settings and Hemingway’s 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises, especially between the tense platonic relationship concerning Holly and the narrator and Hemingway’s Lady Brett and Jake. Both male narrators are sad caricatures of voyeuristic and doomed love, both pale also-rans to the Latin rivals.

In Holly Golightly, Capote has created an archetypal American woman of the twentieth century, at once sexual and material, yet in a playful, teasing and fun way. He could have written another hundred pages of scenes with her and I would have been as captivated as the unnamed (except casually by Holly) narrator. Of course, Audrey Hepburn’s 1961 portrayal was so intoxicating as to become one with Capote’s vision.

Capote has penned a dandy and, like the best chocolate, it is a guilty delight.

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The theme that unites Breakfast at Tiffanys with the three much shorter stories in this volume is the powerful bond of friendship between unexpected people or in unusual circumstances.

The title story is a male fantasy - so I wrote in 2010. Except that Capote was gay, so its probably his idea of a typical straight mans fantasy. As Carmen says in a comment, shes what wed now call a Manic Pixie Dream Girl.



Holly
The story is of course about Holly Golightly, a charming but utterly self-absorbed, mysterious fantasist, full of intriguing contradictions. She has big ambitions and none at all, but she does want the security of having breakfast at Tiffanys. She is often flirtatious, but at other times she plays the total innocent (e.g. getting her neighbour to put sun oil on her). At times she is oblivious to what people around her know and think, but at others, she is remarkably perspicacious about the personality and motives of those around her.

Knowing more about Holly only makes one realise how unknowable she is. When talking about her childhood, @it was elusive, nameless, placeless, an impressionistic recital@.

Fred
At times, the narrator acts like a stalker of his attractive and enigmatic neighbour (examining her rubbish and investigating what she read at the library), yet he didnt alienate me. Perhaps one reason is the way that Holly uses men. As the men are happy to be used by her, wheres the harm?

Film
Its written in such a visual way, that Im not surprised it was turned into a film. (I hadnt seen the film when I read and wrote this, though I had seen pictures of Audrey Hepburn as Holly.)

Quirky quote
@A group of nuns who were trying on masks@ (in a department store).

Quirky @fact@
Holly has a problem with Thursdays, much like Arthur Dent in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy!


The other, shorter stories in this volume

House of Flowers
This starts in a brothel in Port au Prince and the dialogue did not ring at all true to me (but Im hardly an expert on Haitian prostitution). It explores the friendship between the working girls, and how love is hard to discern in such an environment.
What is love like? @You feel as though pepper had been sprinkled on your heart, as though tiny fish are swimming in your veins@.

A Diamond Guitar
About friendship in prison and the effect of long-term incarceration on the psyche.

A Christmas Memory
A beautiful story of the self-made traditions that form a loving bond between a young boy and an elderly relative.


Note: I updated this review in April 2018, picking up on comments below - without rereading the book!

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“If you let yourself love a wild thing. Youll end up looking at the sky.”

Told in a reflective and almost lyrical tone, this is the story of a writer, referred to as Fred, who reminisces about the neighbor he fell for back in 1943. The thing is, I’m not sure if we ever get a glimpse of the real Holly Golightly.

An enigma of sorts; Holly’s not one to get attached or share much of anything about her past. She avoids the truth by putting a fun and often ridiculous spin on things and she’s full of biting comments. It’s hard to say who she really is under that facetious facade. From all outward appearances, she’s a nineteen-year-old woman who enjoys the company of many men and pretty things. A woman making her way, amidst the excitement and wonder of New York City.

The few things she openly admits - the soft spot she has for her brother (the actual Fred) and her cure for the mean reds. She claims being surrounded by the quiet of Tiffany’s, although we don’t actually see any of that in the book, is enough to calm her soul. You can’t think of the movie, read this book, or in my case listen to the audio without picturing Audrey Hepburn as Holly. She’s become synonymous with Breakfast at Tiffany’s. So my question is - what happened to the trips to Tiffany’s and the ring? Having seen the movie several times before listening to the audio, it felt to me like a piece of the story was missing. With a very different ending, the book didn’t come across as the great love story the movie did. It almost makes me cringe to say this, but I actually enjoyed the movie a tad bit more than the book.

The crazy cat lady in me has to mention how heartbroken I was that Holly left her “cat” behind, too. How could she? At least, he ended up with a home, I guess. And maybe even a name.

If you’re a Dexter fan, like me, you’ll love this audio. Michael C. Hall is the narrator and his voice is pretty unique. There were a few times his voice for Holly made me laugh, but for the most part, his narration was heavenly. At just under three hours, I found this to be a quick but wholly enjoyable listen.

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@Its better to look at the sky than live there; such an empty place, so vague, just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear@


[Id forgotten how absolutely gorgeous Audrey Hepburn was]

Until a few years ago, Id only seen the trailer for the film version. The phrase @Breakfast at Tiffanys@ is iconic for that era. Id not read the novel despite Truman Capote coming from the 2 states in which Ive lived nearly all my life: Alabama and Mississippi, both of which have indisputably earned their places as regular punching bags of all outside the South, especially the cognoscenti and other snobbish bastards who would rather point fingers in a direction than look at all the bigotry around them.

I might be a little differently affected by this short novel than many others, especially those who grew up in a large metropolis. Before I explain what I mean, Ill say that I found Capotes short novel to masterfully display this young ladys complexities of character underlying the shallow facade of wealth. Capote shows how some of us are willing to do nearly anything to achieve a dream, no matter how grandiose or superficial others may find it. Holly Golightly was a dreamer extraordinaire or as Capote put it, a @lopsided romantic@ whose trait of personality would never change.



A poignant line which I think best captures a major theme of the novel is Hollys observation late in the novel that:
@its better to look at the sky than live there; such an empty place, so vague, just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear.@

Though Ive lived all my life in the American South, Im not a redneck. I recall the first time I went to New York City. I was in awe, which is more of a small town thing than Southern. Ive been many times since and the sheer size of it never fails to amaze me.

City people, particularly those in NYC, are disgusted by such provincialism--a contempt they cannot hide. Even though Im straight, I think I can imagine how it must have been for an outcast sissy-boy from Monroeville, AL and Meridian, MS, trying to make his dreams come true in the Big Apple. Certainly, he would have been very sensitive and keenly observant of his environment in New York City, having grown up ostracized by his classmates. The fact that he was a gay man from down South up in the big city (suffering prejudices in NYC against not only his sexuality but much moreso against his Southern upbringing and drawl) probably served to further enhance his remarkable attention to detail in that society, at that time.

These difficulties formed an integral part of the artist who so vividly painted one of the best ever outsiders looking in with longing.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
Attempted to read in my teens, didnt do anything for me. Twenty-five years later, and now more literary adept, gave it another go. With much better results. Boy oh boy, could he write!.

Its New York in the 1940s, where the martinis flow from cocktail hour till breakfast at Tiffanys. And nice girls dont, 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.

Holly is a petite little bundle of scandal in World War II New York society. She works her way through various characters, and any other men who can pay her tab. The narrator, an aspiring Capote-like writer, is her neighbor in their trendy-ish NYC apartment building. He is witness to her parade of gentlemen callers, and as he befriends her and falls in and out of love with her, bears witness to her dramas and the slowly revealed facets of her character and history.

The dialog in Breakfast at Tiffanys is snappy and moves along nicely, very much of the era, but it still sounds almost contemporary in tone if not in verbiage. Holly loves easily and leaves easily. She is easily angered and quick to forgive. She buys expensive gifts on a whim, expects to be treated to expensive things regularly. Eventually we find out where shes really from and how she became Manhattans Girl About Town. Then she gets in some legal trouble and goes on the lam, leaving the narrator to pine wistfully over her postcards from Brazil or wherever shes fled to.

Its a cute, almost whimsical novel, and was probably much more scandalous when it was written. Neither the author nor the narrator ever come out and say that Holly is a lady of the night, but its heavily implied. At best, she lives a sugar daddy lifestyle. Today her behavior would barely raise an eyebrow in Manhattan, but in the 40s, when it was written, such a female protagonist was more shocking.

Capote clearly wrote of his central characters with a big heart, of which there is also an echoing bittersweet sadness. It took little time at all to get into the story, which is sizewise of the short novel/lengthy novella mold. Doable in one or two sittings. A worthy read for sure. 4/5

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