Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Norman Mailer is quoted as saying that he wouldn’t change two words of Truman Capote’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s“. I won’t even attempt to try to review it except to say that it’s the best short thing I’ve read in a long, long time. I was surprised at how dark the story is compared to the movie adaptation.  Was Holly damaged or just controlling her own destiny with absolutely no care for any other human? Was she capable of caring? What is the morality of using people when they line up voluntarily to do your bidding? Great read with fantastic prose. I’m on the hunt for more Capote.

This quote captures much of the sense of the story:

‘Never love a wild thing, Mr. Bell,’ Holly advised him. ‘That was Doc’s mistake. He was always lugging home wild things. A hawk with a hurt wing. One time it was a full-grown bobcat with a broken leg. But you can’t give your heart to a wild thing: the more you do, the stronger they get. Until they’re strong enough to run into the woods. Or fly into a tree. Then a taller tree. Then the sky. That’s how you’ll end up, Mr. Bell. If you let yourself love a wild thing. You’ll end up looking at the sky.’


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