A girl doesn’t read this sort of thing without her lipstick.
Title: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Author: Truman Capote
First Published: 1958
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 3:89)
I would recommend this book to: This is one of the rare cases where I would recommend the movie instead of the book.
The Beginning: I am always drawn back to places where I have lived, the houses and their neighborhoods.
This was a disappointment. I adore the movie. If I ever did a top 20 movies, this one would be on my list. It’s the ultimate romantic, feel-good movie without being sickly sweet. It’s just amazing and will always have a special place in my heart. I went to see it at the cinema with Mr. Boyfriend years ago. The romantic and life-affirming atmosphere affected us both a lot. We took a walk through a park even though my heels were killing me (yes, I wore the heels in the picture above), I got a well-deserved foot-bath and we mixed cocktails late into the night. It was one of those dates you know you’ll never forget.
I don’t mean I’d mind being rich and famous. That’s very much on my schedule, and someday I’ll try to get around to it; but if it happens, I’d like to have my ego tagging along. I want to still be me when I wake up one fine morning and have breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Naturally, I expected something equally amazing from the book. Or almost as amazing. In fact, I would have settled for just being entertained. Which I wasn’t. I couldn’t find the magic. There were some great one-liners worthy of Oscar Wilde, and I liked the cute and smart dialogue. But I couldn’t find the soul of the story. The magical atmosphere was gone. Scenes form the movie that took my breath away or made me laugh out loud, left me merely shrugging an “Oh, well”. In fact, I found myself bored by this book, which took my surprise.
It may be normal, darling; but I’d rather be natural.
I got nostalgic and found the opening scene of the movie on YouTube. I need to watch this movie again very soon.
By reading this book, I get to check off ‘classic’ in my reading challenge.