As booksellers, we often overhear customers lamenting that they've always meant to read “that other Jane Austen novel,” or Graham Greene, or Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but just never found the time. We've tried to remedy that with our Classics I Forgot to Read Book Club by providing motivation and a welcoming space to share your thoughts.

In choosing our ‘classics’ over the past few years, we've tried to select titles that had some visibility among readers, but were not necessarily included in the standard high school English class. We've also sampled a range of genres, from mystery (The Long Goodbye) to comedy (Cold Comfort Farm) to stream-of-consciousness (To the Lighthouse). So, whether our picks are already gathering dust on your bookshelves or this is your first encounter with the literary canon, we encourage you to join us on the last Wednesday evening of every month for conversation about the classics.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

September 2008--Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote.

A unique portrait of life in mid-century New York, as experienced by the charming, trendy, and slightly reprehensible Holly Golightly. The novel's narrator, a young writer who is one of Holly's many male admirers, never advances his own prospects very far, but he bears witness to a remarkable string of failed relationships and unfortunate incidents. Among other accomplishments, Holly fends off a loutish heir and a pitiful ex-husband, gets dangerously entangled with a mobster, and tries to settle down with a smooth-talking Brazilian diplomat. If it isn't always clear whether she's looking for love or just for cash, that may be because Holly doesn't know herself. But despite her fundamental coarseness and her questionable morals, she has a very American innocence and energy that make her irresistible. And if this doesn't sound quite like the character Audrey Hepburn played in the film, it's not--Capote wanted Marilyn Monroe for the role.

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