Saturday, July 2, 2016

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

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.

Rating: 2/5 Stars

“Like many people with a bold fondness for volunteering intimate information, anything that suggested a direct question, a pinningdown, put her on guard.”

This was a weird, weird read but that often happens when it comes to classics. The style of what was desired then it’s not so popular now, so it gets lost and when you read the book you find yourself submerged in a very strange world.

I’ve seen the movie and liked it (although I have to admit I decided to watch it because of her famous black dress, sue me) so I decided to try out the book. While there were many things I didn’t agree with (the racism/sexism) I can understand why it became so popular. It deals with topics way off its own times, its characters so special and unique you can’t help but to be more drawn to their essence than to the story itself.

I absolutely loved Holly, she was interesting in the movie, but she was magnificent in the novel and it’s a shame so many aspects of her personality couldn’t be translated to the script. In the book, Holly was more clever, ambitious and… well, free. The ending was a testament to it, and I prefer the novel’s conclusion much better than the movies.

Strange, funny and certainly controversial, Truman Capote’s novel stands out not for the narrative voice but for the characters it created.

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