Sunday, December 07, 2008

Quote of the Week: Holly Golightly

“He was always lugging home wild things. A hawk with a hurt wing. One time it was a full-grown bobcat with a broken leg. But you can’t give your love to a wild thing: the more you do, the stronger they get. Until they’re strong enough to run into the woods. Or fly into a tree. Then a taller tree. Then the sky. That’s how you’ll end up, Mr. Bell. If you let yourself love a wild thing. You’ll end up looking at the sky.”
The speech is Holly Golightly’s but the book, of course, belongs to Truman Capote. Actually, it’s a novella, republished last month by Vintage. It’s the 50th anniversary edition of the publication of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The book also includes three rather wonderful short stories: “House of Flowers,” “A Diamond Guitar,” and “A Christmas Memory.”

I was very surprised by Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Much darker than I had expected and with a faintly lurid odor that the film had not led me to expect. And it all becomes clear once more: Capote was almost certainly some kind of kook, but man, could he write.

3 comments:

Marina72 said...

I prefer the book, Audrey Hepburn aside. As you know, Capote wanted Marilyn Monroe for the part - and reading the book, Holly does seem closer to Marilyn/Norma Jeane - but Audrey played Holly with such charm, so I'm glad she did it.

Clea Simon said...

Ditto what Marina said. I saw the movie first, and found it intriguing but its main role was to get me to the writer.

paulbrazill said...

he was the bee's knees, the cat's whiskers, the dogs...oh, you know!