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Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
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really liked it
Read 2 times. Last read May 30, 2018 to June 3, 2018.

had to bump this up to 4 stars after rereading. It's a delightful read and Holiday Golightly easily absorbs you into her life.

"You can't give your heart to a wild thing: the more you do, the stronger they get.... if you let yourself love a wild thing. You'll end up looking at the sky." (Holiday Golightly).

Holiday "Holly" Golightly is pursued by mafia gangsters and playboy millionaires. She is a heart-breaker, a traveller, a perplexer and a tease. She is mean and she is kind, she is naive yet knowledgable, her character is contradictory. She lives in a dream and never settles into one place, ready to take flight. She's unique and she is an enigma, and this is what draws the narrator, "Fred" , in.

This story is told from "Fred's" POV. He is looking at Holly's social circle from the outside in, trying to make way into the circle where martini parties, gramophone music and socialising take place. It follows how he thinks and feels about Holly, her turbulent lifestyle and how him and Holly meet and interact during their time spent together. Largely it faces how he is intrigued by her, and through this curiosity and wonder, he forms a love for her.

Through their interactions together, "Fred" also meets a number of interesting characters intertwined with Holly's life. Truman Capote does a brilliant job of writing and describing these characters and their settings, that it is easy to imagine the scenes of the book.

Through these interactions and the revealing and unravelling of characters, you begin to understand that Holly's life has had some very dark moments, despite her usual put-together appearances and fun lifestyle.

Holly's character is definitely a tease and her life-style sounds so interesting. There's constant socialising, propositions and scandal- she never has a dull moment. Her life is especially interesting to imagine through the time period of 1940s New York. Her character is definitely the opposite to most people and this is what draws you in to her. She is an enigma and she is fascinating.

This book also contained 3 short stories: "House of Flowers", "A diamond guitar" and "A Christmas Memory." All were very well written and lyrical in their prose. My favourite was "A Christmas Memory" which examines an important friendship between a young boy and his older cousin. It explores loneliness and friendship and you develop empathy for these characters. It was a short story and gripped me from the start.

Overall a rather good modern classic and a very easy read ! ☺️
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Reading Progress

May 15, 2018 – Started Reading
May 15, 2018 – Shelved
May 15, 2018 – Finished Reading
May 30, 2018 – Started Reading
May 30, 2018 –
page 10
6.37% "A reread of this book to try and get me through my dreadful reading slump ! 😭"
June 3, 2018 –
page 60
38.22% ""It should take you about four seconds to walk from here to the door. I'll give you two.""
June 3, 2018 – Finished Reading

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