Publication Date: September 1993 (50th Anniversary Edition)
Categories: Classics, Literary
Source: My own copy (A Christmas gift!)
In this seductive, wistful masterpiece, Truman Capote created a woman whose name has entered the American idiom and whose style is a part of the literary landscape. Holly Golightly knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany’s; her poignancy, wit, and naïveté continue to charm.
I came to this a virgin of all things Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I hadn’t read the book, I haven’t seen the movie! I was glad to dive in without any bias. I had no expectations.
Ah ha! It turns out that I did have expectations. I just didn’t know it.
Maybe it’s her name that did it to me? Holly Golightly. Now, doesn’t that sound like a name that belongs to a very sunshiney girl in a sunshiney story?
Maybe the pictures and clips of Audrey Hepburn in the film version gave me the impression that this was an easy breezy tale?
Whatever it was I certainly got more than I bargained for from this novel.
I wouldn’t call Breakfast at Tiffany’s dark but it was deeper and more reflective than I expected. I enjoyed the mood of this book and I adored how complicated the characters were.
Bravo Mr. Capote. Now? I have to see this film!