I couldn’t get the film of this little novel out of my mind while reading it. Hepburn brought the character of Holly Golightly to live so vividly that once you’ve seen it, you’ll have a hard time not imagining her as you turn the pages.
Holly Golightly lives off men, using them to pursue a fantasy lifestyle which keeps her past at bay for most of the novel before it eventually catches up with her. She’s also being used and, coupled with her past, this is what sees her disappear from the narrator’s life as quickly as she arrives. She’s bold and brash, gorgeous and sensual; a romantic dreamer who can change her persona whenever it suits her. She’s a fighter and, just when you think she hasn’t got a heart at all, she shows compassion on a grand scale.
While Golightly is a memorable literary character, I think she’s only become so popular because of the success of the film. Hepburn did Capote a huge favour by bringing the character much deeper into popular consciousness. Without it, I don’t think this novel would be half as well known.
Although this is a well-written novella with a memorable storyline and characters which also asks some questions about our identity, world literature has so many astonishing and much more deeply described protagonists that, on a stage shared with them, she doesn’t really shine out as brightly as more positive reviewers would have you believe.
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