I finished Truman Capote’s ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ last night and have finally got around to typing up this review for it, although I fear it may be short due to the book’s meagre 100 pages. I enjoyed the novella, but I have to say that I was not particularly moved by it. I was surprised by the darkness of its storyline!
I loved the way the character Holly Golightly was built up before we’d even seen her, as it added an air of mystery and anticipation before the character had even been described by the anonymous narrator. Holly didn’t disappoint even when she did appear, as she truly was a fascinating character. For a 1960’s book, Capote created a character with very modern views. I also enjoyed her bizarre use of language and phrases coined especially for her. The idea of her throwing away the chance of a career in Hollywood provided the character with a very interesting backstory- one feels compelled to like her by her rebellious nature and refusal to conform. Furthermore, you’re bound to feel sorry for her over the sadder parts of her colourful past. In terms of the men in her life, Doc was a complete creep and Rusty was loud and obnoxious. Whilst dealing with some of the more irritating characters, Holly is so frank she’s hilarious.
Capote really does write beautifully- the description of both people and places are wonderful, and I found Holly’s vintage clothes making me very jealous! The entire novella was well-written and hard to fault in regards to writing. The tone of the book was generally quite humorous, especially when Holly was delivering some of her more cutting comments.
In terms of a plot, ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ is more like a slice of Holly’s life than anything else. That being said, it’s also an interesting look at New York’s culture and takes a very modern view on issues such as gay marriage. Readers should prepare for a twist towards the end of the story.