One of the many failed reading challenges I optimistically undertook stipulated I read a book with a protagonist that shared my name. That's when I found out there weren't many books about people named Holly. Maybe I should write one? How frowned upon is it these days to name a character after yourself?
Enter one Holly Golightly, and her story, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S.
Breakfast at Tiffany's is a quick read with an extremely digestible writing style. It does a wonderful job of painting a crisp, clear picture of a slice of life in a bygone era of New York City's rich history.
It also proved to be bizarrely relevant, as we still find these Holly Golightly types in this day and age. A woman called Anna Delvey walked a similar tight rope, and you can read about it here. To be sure, it's a much harder act to pull off with modern technology, so kudos to her for trying it out.
This was a quick read that I didn't find very engaging. I didn't think there was much plot.
I suppose it's kind of the point. Like The Great Gatsby, it just helps to show how superfluous the lives of the rich are. It also poses a nice contrast to stories such as those by John Steinbeck, which paint working classes in a relatable, human light.
The pacing was brisk, and we never learn too much about any of the characters. All of this one-dimensionality was likely a contributing factor to how quickly I read the book, as I frequently found myself skimming. Ultimately, I think my background and philosophy precludes me from lauding this classic the way so many people do.
It's not a bad way to spend a couple afternoons, and maybe it works as a study of the lack of depth and empathy in the upper echelons of society, as well as the wicked underbelly of every sweet It Girl. This might also be the reason Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 has never sat well with me. I feel like it glorifies the self-centred narcissism that is doing a number on democracy and decency alike these days.
You could probably save yourself some time and watch the film, read the article I linked to above, or watch Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. But you read book reviews so you'd probably rather read (bless you) so you can buy BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S here.