Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a lionized literary classic is a significant novella by Truman Capote.

An unnamed writer reminisces his friendship with Holyday Golightly, her neighbour, back in 1950s, in Manhattan. Holy has an astounding but enigmatic personality. Making use of her own good looks and social skills, Holy lives by befriending rich men in society, who take her to the Cafes, Clubs and restaurants and bear her expenses in return. Although, Holy desires to merry one of those wealthy men and settle down eventually. A cafe society girl Holy is outspoken and good at blowing people’s minds away by articulating her bizzare ideas about things. Her remarks are intimidating at the same time amusing. No wonder women in general find this classic so likeable. Capote preferred to call her an American Geisha rather than an escort. Bit by bit Holy gets comfortable with the writer and reveals her true self. However, She leaves. Leaving a mystery behind to never be solved.

A woman they say is full of mystery. In the case of Holy it’s more than true. She is someone who believes in break free. She lives alone and live her life on her own terms but she cares about her brother. At the same time she doesn’t name her cat showing detachment. “It’s a mistake you always make, trying to love a wild thing” as she says.

The narration is lucid. It’s brevity is it’s best part and it’s pace, even better. You keep on reading and reading, never feeling exhausted and you read till the end. Very few books makes all the more sense in the very last line. Unexpectedly, you start leafing through the pages again contemplating on Holy’s life in an unusual gloom.

A line which I loved from the book- “It’s better to look at the sky than live there.”

Surbhi Islam

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