Wednesday, October 27, 2004

I've just begun reading Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote (how do you pronounce 'Capote' anyhow?), and I like it so much better than the movie! I think I've mentioned here before, years ago, that I don't like the way the movie ends. I just don't feel Holly and the writer fit together or will be happy. But the book starts out with them quite clearly not together, and then tells how he met Holly Golightly, etc, in retrospect. I don't think I've ever read anything by Capote before, oddly enough; if I have, it was just a short story in some lit class. But I'm quite enjoying his style--it's sort of a melding of Hemingway and Chandler and maybe Fitzgerald. He's got something of Hemingway's eye for detail, Chandler's odd descriptiveness, and Fitzgerald's aching characters. Not that Hemingway's and Chandler's characters aren't full of pain, mind you, but they lack the dazzling doomedness of Fitzgerald's creations.


  1. It's pronounced kah po tea - I've heard it on tv several times. The only thing I've read of his is "In Cold Blood" which was horrifyingly different. But at the concert we went to this week that I told you about, the lyrics for one of the songs that was played were actually written by Truman Capote!!! Even the pianist was amused and surprised by that one! He was obviously a very widely diversified writer.


  2. Hey, thanks for the pronunciation! That's what I'd suspected, but one can never be sure. I'll have to look for this "In Cold Blood" you speak of.


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