Tuesday, 29 June 2010
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S by Truman Capote
Well, you won't be surprised to hear that this is not very much like the movie. I seem to recall the movie is some kind of half love story or something. Yes, well, the short story is not. In fact, it's quite a sad meditation on feelings of belonging and home. It's about this writer, whose upstairs neighbour, who he becomes friendly with, is a young woman who is sort of high class prostitute. She doesn't feel at home anywhere, and is looking for a place where she feels safe, like Tiffany's. It is sad, and kind of literary. Not so much like the movie.
There were other short stories in this book, which were enjoyable too, if slightly odd. One was about a Haitian child/teenage prostitute who falls in love and gets married. Honest to god, what is Truman Capote doing writing about this? Wasn't he like mega wealthy and as gay as possible? How did he hit upon this as a subject about which he knew something? Anyway, it was sort of weirdly romantic tale of child abuse. Now that's not something you get every day.