Journey Through The Classics Update

August 7, 2010

Breakfast At Tiffany's
By: Truman Capote

When you hear the title Breakfast At Tiffany's what do you think of: the book or the movie? Chances are it's the movie- and there's a reason for that. In a nutshell, this book reminded me of swiss cheese. It's good, but the holes make you feel like it's missing something- though I don't know what. Odd...

In this book, you meet Holly Golightly. Good time party girl who, it turns out, ran away from one situation and lived to do the same thing again. At 14, Holly marries a widower with children. In time, she leaves. 5 years later her husband finally tracks her down. Nothing comes of it and he goes back home by himself. When she gets the notice that her beloved brother has died in the war, she demolishes everything in her apartment out of grief. Lastly, she gets arrested for being the go between for an incarcerated mobster and his lawyer. What does she do? What any good time gal would- she flees to Brazil.

I felt like all these things could have brought so much more to the book, but they were never explored to their fullest potential. I don't know if this was purposely done, or not. But it made me feel like the book was missing something. I would have liked a little more.


Hilde on August 7, 2010 at 12:54 PM said...

I've neither read the book nor seen the movie, so I actually think of the song. ;)

Jen on August 7, 2010 at 2:42 PM said...

there you go! i saw the movie, but years ago so i don't remember that much. i think i was going into it with too much expectation. can't wait to read your thoughts on it!

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read on August 8, 2010 at 1:36 AM said...

I think of the movie, although I haven't seen it.;) But it's on my classics reading list, so I'll get to read it, and then, probably see it too.

kids book korner on August 9, 2010 at 12:26 PM said...

I feel the same way about this book, Jen! This is one of the rare cases where I liked the movie better than the book.

Jen on August 9, 2010 at 4:38 PM said...

Kids... Yeah, I keep thinking I judged it too harshly. But, sadly, I don't think I did. I hope others who read it have a better time with it.

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