Florence’s Book Club: Breakfast at Tiffany’s & Little Women

Hooray! It’s that time again – Florence’s book club. Rachel is back with her thoughts on Breakfast at Tiffany’s and I can’t wait to share mine (I’ll be leaving a comment later) and hear your take on it. Plus, I’m pretty excited about Rachel’s next choice which happens to be an all-time favourite of mine which featured heavily in my childhood. Let’s get going!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
So this is a book club. Yet try as I might to review just the book, the film just keeps creeping into my mind. Which came first for you? I knew of the film, but read the book first. After reading it I remember thinking ‘How can this story be so widely talked about with daydream moon eyes?’ The way everyone spoke I’d presumed this was a frothy, glamorous escape story. It’s nothing like I imagined. This is a dark story. Then I saw the film. Aaah: here are two different stories. This is my third re-read of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and this time I watched the film mid read. Like so many stories each re-read, & re-watch in this case, gives something new.

As is often the case, when there is a film, images are already in your head. The Holly of the film really does look like the Holly in the book.

‘…she wore a slim cool black dress, black sandals, a pearl choker. For all her chic thinness, she had an almost breakfast cereal air of health, a soap and lemon cleanness, a rough pink darkening in the cheeks. Her mouth was large, her nose upturned. A pair of dark glasses blotted out her eyes.’

What really struck me this time is the theme of ‘travelling and home’. On first glance having ‘travelling’ on one’s calling card seems oh so decadent, teasing, yet the more one learns of Holly the deeper it runs. Her surname? Golightly. The cat with no name. It really struck me when she says ‘I’ll never get used to anything. Anybody that does they, might as well be dead.’ I like knowing where my home is. I’m glad I have an address with a number, road and town. I don’t want ‘Travelling’ as my address.

And as the story unravels it gets further and further from the film, or rather the film gets further and further from the book. So when I want to escape on a wet Sunday afternoon I shall re-watch the film. But when life feels blue, and I don’t want to run away from it, I will read the book.

I shall write no more. If you love the film do read the book, but expect a different story, or if you want to stay in the Tiffany blue box daydream then don’t; but if you don’t, know that the story you know isn’t Truman Capote’s.

Here are the prompts we left you with on the introductory post, which as you’ll have noticed I haven’t addressed so please don’t feel you have to.

  • Why do you love it/loathe it/like it?
  • Which happened first for you? Book or film and how were your thoughts different?
  • What do you think of the men in it?
  • What’s your favourite part?
  • What are your thoughts on Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

Little Women
Image taken from the 1949 film version of Little Women starring Elizabeth Taylor as ‘Amy’

We have The Help on the go too but the book for two month’s time is a childhood and adult classic that’s also a Christmas classic. One to cuddle up with cosy on the sofa with a mince pie, L.M.Alcott’s Little Women. It’s a long time since I read this and this time I’m going to be really interested in reading about the sibling relationship, thinking about which character is most like me, or I would most like to be like and how would I cope in their circumstances? I’m looking forward to reading about the sister, (I think Amy?) who wears a clothes peg on her nose to change its shape, Jo and Laurie’s relationship and strong female characters. If you’d like to read a little more, or read a part you’ve not read before then how about reading Good Wives too? We will be sharing our thoughts on this book on Tuesday 21st of February.

Thanks Rachel! Please do share you thoughts on Breakfast at Tiffanys (book or film) by leaving a comment. 🙂


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