Posts tagged ‘film’

January 15, 2012

A Book about “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is a Bargain as an E-Book

The LA Times reports that Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. by Sam Wasson is now available on Amazon for $2.99 as an e-book. The book is based on Truman Capote’s classic novella, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but is more about what happens on the set of the film. The subtitle of Wasson’s book is Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at TIffany’s, and The Dawn of the Modern Woman.

Whatever.

At least that’s what I thought when I first read the title. But after further research, I see that the book is more interesting than its title. The description promises more than just Audrey Hepburn:

With a colorful cast of characters including Truman Capote, Edith Head, Givenchy, “Moon River” composer Henry Mancini, and, of course, Hepburn herself, Wasson immerses us in the America of the early sixties before Woodstock and birth control, when a not-so-virginal girl by the name of Holly Golightly raised eyebrows across the country, changing fashion, film, and sex for good.

I’m interested in the early ’60s culture and Capote, the New York scene back then, the little black dress, etc. but no one will ever convince me that Audrey Hepburn is the face of Capote’s salty siren, Holly Golightly. Sorry. Hepburn doesn’t cut the mustard in my opinion. I hated the film. I even wrote a column about how much I hated the film.

But for $2.99, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. is probably a great find for any fan of the film and of Hepburn. You can also buy the paperback for $10.10. Curiously enough, Capote’s classic isn’t for sale as an e-book.

 

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January 2, 2012

2011: The Year of Hemingway

2011 proved that everything Hemingway is still hot. Fifty years after his suicide, a book about the author titled  Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Live and Lost 1934 – 1961 by Paul Hendrickson was published. Hendrickson’s book is a look at Hemingway’s relationship with his beloved boat, Pilar.

The best-selling novel The Paris Wife by Paula McLain also hit the New York Times Best Seller List, a fictionalized account of Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley Richardson. To top the year off, Woody Allen parodied Hemingway in his hit movie Midnight in Paris.

Last year showed us that any day is a day to celebrate the famed author and definitely not just A Moveable Feast. 

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