|Nomadic SA Chick||
Publisher: Vintage Books
Page Count: 142
Fiction Genre: Classic, American Lit., Short Story, Banned Book
Dates Read: December 11-13, 2015
Reading Challenge: Mega Challenge
Topic: A book your parents read as a child
Good Reads Summary
In this seductive, wistful masterpiece, Truman Capote created a woman whose name has entered the American idiom and whose style is a part of the literary landscape. Holly Golightly knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany's; her poignancy, wit, and naïveté continue to charm.
Before I start I want to mention that I am a HUGE fan of the Audrey Hepburn movie. I watch the movie at least once a month, but had never read the book it was based on until about a year ago. What was holding me back? I don't know!
I thought I knew what I was getting into with this book. I knew it was high controversial when it came out, but the movie did not prepare me for this. I had not realized all the changes that had to be made for the adaption just for it to make it to the big screen. We all know the movie was a bit iffy for it's time, so if our elders considered that bad, you might be surprised by the contents of the original. Okay, I was really surprised and impressed.
I have always loved the spirit and nature of Holly Golightly, and after reading this book, I love her even more. She is fierce and courageous, but not in the ways we typically look for these traits. She is a woman who in the 1940s or 50s, set out to be her own woman. SHE'S A STRONG INDEPENDENT WOMAN AND SHE DOESN'T NEED A MAN UNLESS SHE WANTS ONE! She is woman, hear her roar. She really just did her own thing. I don't know how, but Capote perfectly captured the essence of what I imagine to be the free-spirited beatnik woman of the era.
This book touched on many sensitive and relevant topics of the time period, including female sexuality, unwed pregnancy, abortion, homosexuality, promiscuity. Things that today we don't really bat an eye at, but back then these were things that were enough to ban this book from places all over the country. I am very thankful for this book and for Capote's suburb writing and story telling. This is easily one of my favorite books of the past year.
Ratings (based on a 10 point scale)
Quality of Writing - 9
Pace - 9
Plot Development - 8
Characters - 10
Enjoyability - 9
Insightfulness - 10
Ease of Reading - 8
Photos/Illustrations - N/A
Overall Rating - 5 out of 5 stars