It took me fifty years to get around to reading this classic. I now look forward to rereading it. The prose is both dense and sparse. Each word is carefully chosen and strung together to form amazing passages. Here are a few favourites...
- "What I found does the most good is just to get into a taxi and go to Tiffany's. It calms me down right away, the quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there, not with those kind men in their nice suits, and that lovely smell of silver and alligator wallets. If I could find a real-life place that made me feel like Tiffany's, then I'd buy some furniture and give the cat a name."
- "She was a triumph over ugliness, so often more beguiling than real beauty, if only because it contains paradox. In this case, as opposed to the scrupulous method of plain good taste and scientific grooming, the trick had been worked by exaggerating defects; she'd made them ornamental by admitting them boldly."
- “I loved her enough to forget myself, my self pitying despairs, and be content that something she thought happy was going to happen.”
- "Reading dreams. That's what started her walking down the road. Every day she'd walk a little further: a mile, and come home. Two miles, and come home. One day she just kept on.”
The book is more direct and grittier than the impression formed by the movie which is such a dominant piece of (pop) culture. I believe Audrey Hepburn was miscast. Holly Golightly is an 'American Geisha' and like anyone who plies that trade tends to fool themselves about the profession while developing a hard, near jaded personality.
In Capote's own words, "Holly Golightly was not precisely a call girl. She had no job, but accompanied expense-account men to the best restaurants and night clubs, with the understanding that her escort was obligated to give her some sort of gift, perhaps jewelry or a check …if she felt like it, she might take her escort home for the night. So these girls are the authentic American geishas, and they're much more prevalent now than in 1943 or 1944, which was Holly's era."
Her character is on a quest to find a home that feels...well, like home, before it is too late. Holly's wandering spirit will either be rewarded or punished. It is up to each reader to decide the outcome. Lastly, it worth pointing out again the quality of writing. The novella's prose style prompted Norman Mailer to call Capote "the most perfect writer of my generation," adding that he "would not have changed two words in Breakfast at Tiffany's".
- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Press; 1 edition (1 September 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141037261
- ISBN-13: 978-0141037264
- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.6 x 18 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 99.8 g
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