“Breakfast at Tiffany’s”…..

American writer Truman Capote’s novella “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is better known for its movie version. Being an ardent fan of Audrey Hepburn, I loved the movie and each time I hear the words Tiffany’s, what comes to my mind is the actress striking some fabulous and memorable poses in the movie. She epitomized   the central character of the book Holly Golightly in the minds of millions of people with her brilliant acting.           

The tale of Holly Golightly is told in the book by an unnamed narrator, both of who were once fellow tenants in an apartment in Manhattan, New York.He tells the story many years later after their paths have separated and he is no longer aware of the whereabouts of Holly.

  The narrator first becomes aware of her when he notices her unusual name on the post box.

“”I’d been living in the house about a week when I noticed that the mailbox belonging to Apt. 2 had a name-slot fitted with a curious card. Printed, rather Cartier-formal, it read:

Miss Holiday Golightly.”      


Initially Holly Golightly is unaware of the existence of the narrator. She’s a woman with a hectic social life, enjoying the company of rich men, who pamper her with expensive gifts. The narrator meets Holly in a very unusual manner when she raps at his widows and makes an entry into his apartment from the fire escape. After that they become close confidants and he learns about the young woman living alone in a Manhattan apartment with several men being her regular acquaintances. But even when the book ends, Holly remains a mystery to him as she does to the reader. What is characteristic of her is her untamed nature. The story is quintessentially an American tale but one which I enjoyed reading.

Truman Capote

A word about the author Truman Capote who is well-known for another of his books, “In Cold Blood”. This story is a very different one from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.It’s the real story of the murder of four members of one family in the US state of Kansas. A biographical movie about the writer made in 2005 titled “Capote” looks at the life of this controversial US writer and is well worth watching.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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