Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a novella by Truman Capote published in 1958. In this amazing masterpiece, the author created a myth. A myth about a woman whose named Holly Golightly. This name  has entered the American idiom and whose style is a part of the literary landscape.

Holly is a 18 years old girl who moved from country to New York. As such, she has no job and lives by socializing with wealthy men, who give her money and expensive presents and take her to clubs and restaurants; She try to marry one of them. According to Capote, Holly is not a prostitute but an “American geisha”.

Holly likes to shock people with carefully selected tidbits from her personal life or her outspoken viewpoints on various topics. Over the course of a year, she slowly reveals herself to the narrator, who finds himself fascinated by her curious lifestyle.

The story is told from the point of view of “Fred”, a struggling young writer, who gets to know Holly when she moves into an apartment in his old brownstone in New York during the second world war. He first meets her when she appears on his fire escape but long before that,  he heard the music, the parties and the voices of an endless stream of middle-aged men who came and went from her flat.

In spite of the outward lightness of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Capote ably traverses the darker shades of the human experience, and is able to light on the rawness and vulnerability.

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