Review by: Sang Lee
The phrase “do not judge a book by its cover” was a perfect phrase to be applied on the novel Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Expecting to read a typical love story that follows the general checklist of a rich social elite male falling in love with a heroine that is in a lower status, and the surmounting of socioeconomic differences, this particular novel surprisingly did not go along with my prediction. In truth, the story presented a story of Holly Golightly and her quest in life to find security and a place to belong that is rather far from the typical plot of love stories. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is carried out by the main character of the novel, Holly Golightly. The different characters in the novel including Holly are all unique in the way that they are not desperate to conform to the ways of the society and try to live their lives in their own natural ways. In one of the scenes in the novel, Holly Golightly describes how she does not want to give the cat. She says, “He is an independent and so am I” (Capote 30). This independent quality of Holly and her desire to find a place to settle and be happy creates the theme of independence vs. stability throughout the novel. The author’s use of literary merit through embedding different elements to support the social conflicts and the structure of characters made this book into a literature of fine quality and the fast pace in which the novel was written in kept me interested. As the story moved onto its conclusion, my assumption that all in all that the author would give the main character a definite happy ending was proved wrong. The novel’s conclusion was open-ended. This left the readers to think on their own and ponder about if Holly has finally found happiness and a permanent address for herself. It is only implied through the narrator, that Holly does have a lover that is married with many kids. Again, the novel proved to be a story far from my predictions in the beginning. This was a major part of the book that appealed to me. All of this led me to rate this novel with four stars and as PG material.