Goodreads rating: 3.89/5 (87K+ ratings)
My rating: 6.5/10
First Published: 1958
Genre: Classic; Short Story
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a short story about a writer and his neighbour, Holly Golightly, who calls the man ‘Fred’ after her older brother. This name is all we know him as during the novella. Set in the early 1940’s in Manhattan’s Upper East side, Holly is a country girl turned New York socialite, who spends time with rich men who shower her in gifts. Throughout the book she slowly opens herself up to ‘Fred’ (who is eager to get to know her and be part of her life), revealing tidbits of her life story & personality along the way, however never really opening up.
I enjoyed this book – it was light-hearted, short, and easy to read. You never really get to understand Holly or what she’s all about, despite learning things about her past and personal life as the book progresses. She’s not easy to like – but I found her endearing, if not very flaky. ‘Fred’ is just a reliable, caring, shy guy who wants to know Holly and help Holly, but she never lets him in.
I recommend this book purely because it’s a classic and Holly Golightly is one of America’s best known cultural icons.
Like many people with a bold fondness for volunteering personal information, anything that suggested a direct question, a pinning-down, put her on guard
“We sort of just took up by the river one day, we don’t belong to each other: he’s an independent and, so am I” – Holly Golightly about her cat
“Well, I might be rotten to the core, Maude, but: testify against a friend I will not” – Holly Golightly
Her bedroom was consistent with her parlor: it perpetuated the same camping-out atmosphere; crates and suitcases, everything packed and ready to go
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