Breakfast at Tiffany’s Revisited

I am reading Breakfast at Tiffany’s for the second time. (Apparently, it is considered a “short novel,” so it could not have made my list.) I am trying to figure out why it struck me so, the first time. Was it the voice? Yes. Was it the mysterious, unknowable character of Holly Golightly? Oh yes.

I have never seen the movie; I’m afraid to. Just as I do not want to see The Handmaid’s Tale and I wish to god I never saw Wide Sargasso Sea.

I was just reading Breakfast at Tiffany’s on the subway. I’d found it at the library—I didn’t mean to get it, I hadn’t gone there to get it, but there it was, and on the spot I realized I wanted to read it again. Immediately. I was taking the long trip uptown on the 1 train, and even when we were stalled for many (mysterious, unknowable) minutes at 72nd Street it barely registered. So engrossed was I in a book I had already read that I was lucky not to have missed my stop. So engrossed, I didn’t realize I must have been on the train such a long time I was actually ten minutes late to meet my friend.

Uptown, I took the opportunity to buy some passable bagels. The bagels downtown just do not hold up. And before I came home to bite into the perfect crusty chewy goodness that is a Nussbaum & Wu poppy seed bagel, I opened up Breakfast at Tiffany’s again. I reached the part where she asks, You know those days when you get the mean reds? And I realized, oh, that’s just how my days have been lately—mean and red—and the way out of that, right now, so simple:

A delectable uptown bagel. And, of course, a good book.

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5 thoughts on “Breakfast at Tiffany’s Revisited

  1. jadepark April 24, 2007 / 11:00 pm

    Oh, I love the story! (except for the Japanese American character of Mr. Yunioshi, bleah it leaves a bad taste in my mouth). I did see the movie–and somehow, the two stand separately in my mind.

    p.s. how COOL to read it in the very city that the story is set in!

  2. Annika April 24, 2007 / 11:38 pm

    I love Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Oh, I love it! I love the book, and I also love the movie. But they are two very different animals. I can only love the movie if I do not consider it the same as the book at all.

    Now I want to read it again, but I have five books to read for review and three screenplays to write and also I have to pee.

  3. imani April 25, 2007 / 12:19 am

    I prefer the story to the movie. I watched the latter first and it always felt to me as if something was off: the elegant and refined reputation it had (no doubt fueled by Hepburn’s persona), the romanticised fairy tale feel, the dancing around exactly what Golightly’s dates were all about…it was just off.

    Then I read the story and realised exactly what *was* off. I’d give the film a pass.

  4. sulz April 25, 2007 / 4:23 am

    i’ve read the story and watched the movie, and i think they’re both good in their own ways even if the one does not make the other better. i know what you mean about wide sargasso sea as i have to read the book for a literature class. unlike you, i hated both the book and the movie!

    http://sulz.daria.be

  5. courtney April 25, 2007 / 9:02 pm

    And I realized, oh, that’s just how my days have been lately—mean and red—and the way out of that, right now, so simple:

    A delectable uptown bagel. And, of course, a good book.

    That’s so wonderful. It should always be that simple.

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