December 3rd, 2017


Breakfast at Tiffany's, by Truman Capote

Holly Golightly, the original Happy Hooker (except of course no one calls her that).

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Vintage Classics, 1958, 192 pages

It's New York in the 1940s, where the martinis flow from cocktail hour till breakfast at Tiffany's. And nice girls don't, except, of course, Holly Golightly. Pursued by Mafia gangsters and playboy millionaires, Holly is a fragile eyeful of tawny hair and turned-up nose, a heart-breaker, a perplexer, a traveller, a tease. She is irrepressibly 'top banana in the shock department', and one of the shining flowers of American fiction.

The book is as cute as the movie, though it doesn't have Audrey Hepburn (or, thankfully, Mickey Rooney).

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