The movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” has always been one of my all time favorites. It never ceases to amaze me how Holly Golightly manages to win my simpathy every time in spite of her many flaws. If you really think about it, many of her character traits should be repulsive but instead, she wins you over every time. I think that what really defines a person is not so much what they do and how they act, but what is on the inside. Holly might act selfish and careless but deep inside she truly cares about those around her, even Sally Tomato, the old man she visits on Thursdays. She does not just do it for the money; when speaking about him she shows genuine warmth. Sometimes she tries to seem cold and unattached but to me it us just an act – like when she almost abandons her cat, pretending it is nothing but then stops the car and runs after the cat, unable to hide her true feelings any longer. Also she is very loyal and loving towards her brother Fred.
She had endured many hardships as a child, but none of it has changed her – she remained fragile and naïve, in spite of everything that happened.
Yesterday I found out the movie was actually based on the book. So this morning I downloaded the book and read it in a couple of hours – part in the dental chair, and other part – at home, whole recovering from aforementioned dental visit, while devoring delicious tiramisu gelato. I really enjoyed the book and found it to be very different from the movie. One part remained constant though – Holly herself. She was portrayed as elegant, fragile, and naïve by the book as she is in the movie. Definitely a must read.
P.S. I just realized that Holly’s last name is not by chance – it describes her personaliy and the way of life – “go lightly”