essay: truman talks

i am fascinated by the writing and life of truman capote. i wish more writers use(d) language as simply as he did. capote’s writing is readable, clean, and simple. that is not to say it is uninteresting; he provides extraordinarily detailed imagery through his words without bombarding the reader with overly complicated sentences.

after i read breakfast at tiffany’s for the first time, i learned that it is extremely different than the movie. the movie is a love story. in it, holly golightly is fashionable and funny and charming. she is hesitant at first, but ultimately can’t help but fall in love at the end. in the book, holly is complicated and lost. it is not a love story. it is about the struggle of not belonging, of being detached from every one and every place, of not having roots and of not really having a desire to make them either. listening to the clip below gives listeners a taste of truman’s breakfast at tiffany’s versus hollywood’s, simultaneously showing the book is chockfull of holly’s wit that movie-lovers have come to cherish:

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