Author: Truman Capote
Genre: Fiction – Novella
He remembers Holly Golightly. He recaps the time he spent with her in New York city. The millionaires that used to visit her and the mafia ganster she went to see every Thursday to jail. Her untidy way and parrot-like talk. Her nameless cat and her love for Tiffany’s. Her pursuit of the place where she really belonged. Has she find that place? Where is she now? Who is she?
A time ago, I saw the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s for the first time, and fell immediately in love with it. Audrey Hepburn was absolutely marvellous and many scenes in the movie, truly unforgettable. So when I found out that the story was based on Truman Capote’s book, I tracked every bookshop in the city until I got it. I wanted to revive the story of the movie all over again. However, it wasn’t long till I found out I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t revive it because, though many things in the movie were kept as in the original, it differed from it in the most essencial aspects. There are some vital differences in the characters, but even more important, Capote’s is not a love story. We could say it is about friendship, but definitely not a love story like in the movie. And the two endings are total opposites, the one in the book being more open and sadder.
All of this made me not like the book on its first read. It disappointed me because it wasn’t what I expected at all. I thought, wow I finally like a movie more than the book. In fact, I didn’t even feel like writing a review. Nevertheless, there came a moment I started thinking whether I wasn’t beeing too unfair. Perhaps there was something in the book I hadn’t seen, perhaps I was to biased when I read it. The wiser thing to do was, therefore, to read it again. And let me tell you, I can’t believe how different I see it now. On the second read I was able to let go of all prejudice and I payed more attention to Capote’s beautiful writing and to what the story really means. Now his ending seems so much clever, meaningful, right. It is a great ending, indeed, and I wonder how I couldn’t see it before.
I see the complexity of Holly’s character now, and why she always leaves places, and people. She has a feeling of not belonging that is like a curse, travelling and reshaping herself to find the place where she feels at home and happy, like when she’s at Tiffany’s. And Fred? I guess he just tries to unravel her, to discover why she does what she does and who she is below the surface. Writing about Holly might have helped him understand her, just like it did when I read the book one more time.
And that’s what you should do as well. At least, that’s my advice. If you read Breakfast at Tiffany’s for the first time and do not like it, give it a second chance. You may be surprised of how much your opinion changes after it. ♦
– Written by GuadiRC –