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3.0 out of 5 stars Great character, but where's the rest of the story?, 11 July 2011
This review is from: Breakfast at Tiffany's (Paperback)
I read this while waiting for another book to arrive, and although it filled a gap in my reading perfectly adequately, I wouldn't have wanted to read it with any higher expectations than that. The novel's (or novella's) central character is Holly Golightly, a 20 year old insouciant Manhattan socialite who is endlessly throwing cocktail parties and teasing to distraction her cotterie of male admirers with her coquettish behaviour. It is difficult to know whether the author Truman Capote admired or despised his muse; I suspect the answer is a combination of the two, as she is of a character that is both easy to love and dislike in equal measure. Holly is the star of the show and that is for me where the novel falls down, in the sense that, there is not enough story wrapped around Miss Golightly to lift this into the company of great literature. The fact that Miss G has been immortalised by Audrey Hepburn's bewitching portrayl of her in the film version to the exclusion of the rest of the narrative confirms rather than dispels this view.
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Initial post: 5 Mar 2014 16:33:48 GMT
J. Nolan says:
I was in no doubt that the narrator was infatuated with Holly - despite all her flaws; and even bluntness towards him.

As for your question 'where's the rest of the story'? perhaps its a reflection of how much she consumed the narrator's life when he knew her; and made herself the centre of attention.
As it's clearly the story of Holly, to give greater space to a supporting cast would have diminished its impact, and made smaller the effect of the narrator's infatuation with her
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