Truman Capote – Breakfast At Tiffany’s
“Charming” – That’s the first word that came to mind when I turned over the last page of this novella. I haven’t seen the Audrey Hepburn movie, so I didn’t really know much about the plot (maybe I really do live in my own little cocoon) prior to reading the classic.
There’s Holly Golightly, who gets the star billing, as the writer recounts memories of his glamourous neighbour many years later. Holly Golightly is a young woman, drifting through life in New York in the 1940s: the bars, the martinis, parties, the social scene. A complex character, who’s a wonderful combination of being naive and stubbornly independent, she keeps her friends close yet at a distance.
As her past tries to catch up with her, and she unknowingly gets entangled with the Mafia, she contemplates what she wants from life.
I don’t want to own anything until I know I’ve found the place where me and things belong together. I’m not quite sure where that is just yet. But I know what it’s like…. It’s like Tiffany’s…. Not that I give a hoot about jewelry. Diamonds, yes. But it’s tacky to wear diamonds before you’re forty…
This was my first foray into the world of Capote as well, and I was blown away by the rich lyrical writing, by the richness of Holly’s character, and by some of the cleverly crafted paragraphs. It was a delightful read, and I think the story is going to stay with me for a long time, as will Holly: a character that frustrated me to no end, but I still couldn’t help but like her.
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