Of all the books I have so far planned to recommend in this series, Breakfast at Tiffany's is the one I'm most confounded by. I came to the book after having seen (and been disappointed by) the movie. If I weren't an unapologetic fanboy of Truman Capote, I might never have given this book a try. If you were like me and disappointed by the movie version, you should know the book is a completely different story, only sharing similarity in name. I simply couldn't believe how personally challenged I was by a book I had associated with a character I didn't think I could identify with.
Few authors in American literature were as in-tune with human nature as Truman Capote, and you may soon tire of me singing Capote's praises. I can't help myself; he's simply the most observant and economical writer I've come across. It's that observance that helps Capote create the incredible character that is Holly Golightly, the subject of Breakfast at Tiffany's. She's incredibly flawed and selfish, but yet I can't help but be in love with her - the exact conundrum the narrator of the story (and nearly ever other character) finds himself in. There's not so much of a plot to the story as there is a carefully laid blueprint describing this irresistible character.
There comes a time when we have to decide who we choose to share our life with. We've all had acquaintances who project an interest in friendship but never follow through, and perhaps we're that somebody in the mind of someone else. In part, that's what this book is about. Holly uses people in her quest to join society's elite and find someone to take care of her and offer security. Along the way she leaves behind family, suitors, and opportunities in order to find something more. She becomes wrapped up in this chase and her circumstances and in turn risks sacrificing her identity.
I've never read a book like this, and I struggle to do it justice in describing it. It's nearly impossible to describe what this book is about as there are layers upon layers of meaning packed into such a short piece. Capote is said to have based his character of Holly Golightly on several of his actress friends, one of them being Marilyn Monroe. I see a lot of him in Holly's character, and that's what makes this book work. It's personal, and it's a warning, written by a tortured man who saw that sometimes the most important thing is understanding who you are and what you've already been given.
Because of the movie's success and Audrey Hepburn merchandise, Breakfast at Tiffany's can be a difficult book to find so I've linked to it here (Link). I trust you'll enjoy it.