I was curious who Simenon was so looked him up after reading on page 21 -‘ I’d been to a movie,come home, and gone to bed with a bourbon nightcap and the newest Simenon: so much my idea of comfort…’
Belgian author – the likeliest book being, in 1943, Inspector Cadaver. – a glimpse into Fred’s character – Simenon a prolific writer and gossip columnist 200 novels – seems like sensational, light reading – in trouble for collaborating with Germans in Paris in 1940s – although some say he was just an opportunist.
Simenon, Belgian author.
pg 15 Joe Bell grabs ‘Fred’ as he’s leaving the bar – ‘Do you believe it?’ The narrator can’t remember the Africa story but can remember the image ‘of her riding away on a horse’. The Autumnal scene of the first chapter seems to suggest a passing, as if the light and warmth of Holly presence is passing into Autumn – – suggestion of death, decay. I get the feeling that when the writer uses the technique of flashback to present the past in the present tense, it’s spring and summertime.
NB> In Eng. Lit studies the use of weather to reflect a mood is called pathetic fallacy. Has the author intended this mood of Autumn to suggest decay? – or seeing I guess with only 100 pages to work with Capote means every word to carry immediate effect.
‘but now the leaves were yellowed and mostly down.’
Holly Golightly says pg 76 ‘they’ve had the old clap-yo-hands so often it almost amounts to applause’. I found this rather amusing and it brings to mind many other euphemisms. Charlotte
Mr Yunioshi – Sid Arbuck – Harry – In chapter 2 there seems to be a string of men all on Holly’s trail.
Is the narrator’s first impression of Holly the same as ours is likely to be – I quite like her at this point as the men she fools seem to be fools themselves – even our narrator starts having his bell rung – maybe Holly didn’t let Mr Yunioshi take the pictures, she just moves onto the new guy; he seems equally naive about this.
I didn’t know what this phrase meant so I looked it up – I think he was a gossip columnist in 40/50s famous for street slang – urban-speak in USA. his column would have been the ideal place to Holly spot – I suppose it was the Heat of its day.
Joe’s Bar seems interesting – like a place stuck in time – I’m intrigued by his bowl of fresh flowers which he ‘matronly’ takes care of. For some a bilious man ‘always sucking on a Tums’ it seems incongruous – why have the ‘large bowl of fresh flowers when everything else seems so drab – ‘two large mirrors reflect the weather from the street’? Any thoughts.
Joe Bell reminds me of the barman from the Simpsons selling Duff beer and whose name escapes me.
pic of Winchell
There seems to be a ‘street’ interest in Holly – still creating a stir when she seems so obviously past tense at the start of the book. ‘Holly and I used to go there’ – Joe’s bar.
Hello everyone – thanks for your attendance this afternoon. I think we’ll have some fun with our reading. I hope you enjoy B@Tiffany’s and that I haven’t put you all off it too much – I’ve got the Earl Grey on order for next time.
Dates for the next meeting will be on an email on Monday.
Good luck blogging – try not to give away the ending if you post, but it would be interesting to collect your initial responses to the story and its characters before you get too involved in the wider reading.