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Monday, October 24, 2011

Breakfast At Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote is the stunningly beautiful story that it always has been--it has just taken me a long time to get around to it.  And shame on me.

How captivating the Holly Golightly in this story is; she has stayed with me far longer than Ms. Hepburn's portrayal in the movie version.  Not because the movie isn't lovely--I think she is positively indulgent.  But this Holly, Capote's Holly, is far more fallible and irresistibly broken.  And lovable in the most sympathetic way.  Don't you want to take her home and make her better?  Let her know it's ok, and that it gets better?

I also have to say, "A Christmas Memory" is one of my favorite of Capote's short stories, and it is included in this collection as well as "A Diamond Guitar" and "House of Flowers."  But "Memory" still moves me every time I read it.  It's no secret that I am a Capote fan.  (In Cold Blood, anyone?  A magnum opus if there ever was one.)  He is so languid and beautiful it's hard to put him down.

So if you have yet to pick up this stunningly short work (did you think it was a novel?  I might have...), do so.  It won't take you long to be sucked into Miss Holiday and her web of stories, and you will have to put her down far sooner than you anticipate.  But it will be worth every second, I promise you.  Classics don't become so simply by making nice.  They endure for a reason.

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