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Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
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Mar 26, 15

bookshelves: american-lit
Read in January, 2010

Capote's writing here is descriptive and evocative, and compellingly captures the attributes of his central character. Miss Holiday Golightly, upstart socialite, is not unlike a good many single young dreamers who make their way into the big city to build an exciting life. Holly takes on a whole new identity and utilizes her whimsical charm and ebullience to secure the affections of men all around her. Her story is told by Fred, formerly a neighbor in an Upper East Side brownstone who at first observes Holly's mysterious and alluring manner from afar, but then finds himself unable to resist forming an attachment himself. With an apparently flimsy grounding to reality, her surroundings, or relationships, Holly's fantasy centers on one day having breakfast at Tiffany's where the scent of silver and alligator leather suggest safety and stability. Ultimately, Holly gets caught up in a drug ring bust and escapes the country by way of Brazil where presumably she continues on her adventure for self-discovery. If only I'd listened to the Audrey Hepburn recording of "Moon River" during the novella's apex moments, my experience would have been complete.
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