“So, he said, what do you think: is she or ain’t she?….You’re wrong. She is a phony. But on the other hand you’re right. She isn’t a phony because she’s a real phony. She believes all this crap she believes.”
It gives the book a timeless feeling as Holly can be any woman at any time in any given place. This is one of the big reasons she remains so popular today. She represents an ideal that woman can control their own lives and chose their own destinies. She changed the notion that only men can use sex to their advantage. As much as sex is an important part of Holly’s character, it’s not outright discussed that she is a prostitute. Reading this work is more about reading in between the lines, than what is actually written.
I really did enjoy the novel, but found the film version to be more complete. I did however enjoy the characters and side stories that didn’t make it into the film. they all added new dimensions to Holly’s character. I would like to mention that those familiar with the film version to be prepared for a slightly different story. The film version altered the print version, most notably changing the ending.
If you chose to read this novel I heartily recommend Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M – Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and The Dawn of the Modern Woman by Sam Wasson. Fifth Avenue is about the creation of Holly Golightly and how she changed the view of the modern woman. It also gives background on how the novel was written and also how the novel was turned into a film.
4 out of 5 Stars