I have a list of classics and modern classics that I’d like to get around to reading one day. ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ is one of those modern classics which I can now remove from the list having received the book as a Christmas gift. The book also includes three other shorter stories. I’m not reviewing those here though.
I had no preconceived ideas or feelings about the book, having never seen the film starring Audrey Hepburn. I know Deep Blue Something recorded a song in the 90s using the book/film title as a reference within the song lyrics, which reached number one in the charts here in the UK in the middle of 1995.
I love Capote’s writing style. His descriptions bring the neighbourhood and brownstone apartments where Holly Golightly and Fred live to life via a direct narrative which makes you feel you’re sitting with the narrator; for this reason it’s easy to watch the action unfold.
Holly Golightly is a great character; multi-dimensional, sometimes girlish and naive but mostly certain, plucky and with much to say! An enigma to all who meet her she seems to drift through her own and others lives with no concrete ambitions or plan for the future, although any wealthy man able to offer a luxurious lifestyle features quite prominently when speaking of her future.
Holly Golightly leaves relatively quietly after being named in a scandal never to be seen again, although there’s always a feeling that if you look closely she may noiselessly reappear.
This book definitely encouraged me to consider more often slipping modern classics into my ever-expanding book stack and TBR list and if you have a couple of hours free anytime this definitely wouldn’t be a waste of your time.