Today I’m going to talk about a contemporary classic book, which is Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This is a novella published in 1958 by Truman Capote. You may know what I’m talking about, because you have already seen the movie with the gorgeous and fabulous Audrey Hepburn, but this is not the topic. Breakfast at Tiffany’s deals about a young writer and a barman. One day, they discover a picture and recognize an old friend : Holly Golightly. The story is narrated from the point of view of the writer. He describes his life when he lived in the same apartment than Holly.
Holly is a worldly, fascinating, beautiful, slender women. She lives in Manhattan with her cat, called “cat”. She has a completely disorganized life, composed of love affair and drugs : above that, she secretly dreams about a luxurious life. The writer, who is also her neighbor, is fascinated by her and very caring. As regards Holly, the writer reminds her of her brother : so their relation is a little bit awkward.
The novel is called this way because Tiffany is a jewelry shop, Holly enjoys going there given that « you know that nothing wrong can happen when you are at Tiffany’s ».
In a word, this is a book easy and fast to read, in an ironic writing style. Besides, Holly’s character is very interesting because it embodies an independent woman. Moreover, Truman Capote mentions here a subject very interesting between liberty and possession.