Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a title that is familiar with lots of people and even synonymous with the ever glamorous and elegant Audrey Hepburn. The story is about Holly Golightly – a young, beautiful, yet flawed woman with a mysterious past. She married young, ran away from home, changed her name and is now living in New York in a rundown apartment. She is trying to make a new life for herself and it is evident that she might not know exactly what she wants: unpacked boxes everywhere in the apartment (just in case she needs to leave) and a cat without a name – just in case she can’t keep him.
Holly is an interesting character. She is running away from her past, dating millionaires and throwing lavish parties. When life gets her down, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is what cheers her up, but her life isn’t as it may seem. It may look like she is moving in the right circles and has plenty of friends, but she was right when she told Fred, who lives in her apartment block that she doesn’t have any real friends. Her millionaire boyfriend leaves her and marries her friend and the man she sees after that leaves her unceremoniously when she gets arrested for being involved in a drug-deal. Fred, who is probably her only friend, knows she is innocent and tries to help her.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a novella that definitely exceeded my expectations on two fronts: 1) I thought it would be a light fluffy read – it was everything but. 2) The main character, Holly, was much more complex than I expected. This makes me curious to see the film! In conclusion, I would most definitely recommend Breakfast at Tiffany’s – it’s a great classic novella that I’m sure most people would enjoy reading.