Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
April 29, 2010 § 15 Comments
I don’t want to own anything until I know I’ve found the place where me and things belong together.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a novella, really, at less than 100 pages long. Capote’s style is one that is simple, accessible; and his characters are people who you can easily warm up to. In no time at all, I found myself quite engrossed in the narration of the story of a young Holly Golightly.
(I have attempted to write a brief description of the story at least 3 times, but ended up deleting all of them.) It’s not that there is no story to tell, but rather, I feel the story is so simple, so down-to-earth, I have a slight fear that I might end up spoiling its simple beauty for the few(?) who have not read the novella, or watched the movie.
What I can say, though, is how I felt about it. And the one thing that stood out for me was the strong feeling of searching for one’s own space, looking for that place to belong. Holly felt so much like a free spirit, a wild one; and yet at the same time, there was a certain vulnerability to her character, like as if she was missing something important.
“If you let yourself love a wild thing. You’ll end up looking at the sky.”
It’s difficult not to like Holly. Though rather selfish and obnoxious at times, she possesses a certain charm, a positive radiance; you cannot but feel that she is all she can be, and no one can fault her for anything.
“Be anything but a coward, a pretender, an emotional crook, a whore: I’d rather have cancer than a dishonest heart.”
I must say, I was a little disturbed when I realised, quite early on in the movie, that it was quite different from the novella. I didn’t like that certain characters were taken away, and some rather unusual characters were instead put in. So at about the 15-minute point of the movie, I had actually wrote it off as something I wouldn’t like.
I persisted in finishing it, however, and somewhere in the middle, I think the movie pleasantly surprised me, because I found myself actually enjoying it. It could very well have much to do with the fact that Holly was played by Audrey Hepburn. You just cannot not love that woman. She fit into Holly’s role like a glove, really. That was how completely believable she was.
I still think the novella tells a better story. But for what it’s worth, I definitely rediscovered my love for Audrey Hepburn, since first watching her in My Fair Lady.