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March 12, 2008

And the Most Famous American Novel About a Call Girl Is …

Filed under: Classics,Novels — 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom @ 4:39 pm
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The answer to this morning’s pop quiz …

Were all of your English teachers squeamish about assigning books about prostitutes? Or were you just distracted by Eliot Spitzer’s resignation?

It took more than 12 hours to get the answer to this morning’s pop quiz, “What’s the most famous American novel about a call girl?” But Impreader nailed it: It’s Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Modern Library, 176 pp., $14.95).

Yes, Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) is a party girl instead of a call girl in Blake Edwards’s 1961 movie. But the Hollywood standards of the pre-Klute era required the sanitizing. Holly’s life has a sadder, if no less interesting, cast in Capote’s short novel. As the filmmaker and short story writer Garth Twa puts it in 101 Books You Must Read Before You Die (Rizzioli/Universe, $34.95):

“Pushing the boundaries and paving the way for the revolution to come, Holly is a gamine — sexually free, hedonistic, a prostitute. She lives for the moment, damns the consequences, and makes up her morality as she goes along. Like her cat without a name, she is unfettered, untameable.”

(c) 2008 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.

8 Comments »

  1. PRETTY WOMAN by Fern Michaels?

    Comment by ggelliott — March 12, 2008 @ 5:48 pm | Reply

  2. The movie is famous, but is the novel?

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — March 12, 2008 @ 7:30 pm | Reply

  3. LOL – after spending about 1.5 minutes on it, I just checked to see if there was, indeed, a novel at all…and voila! Goofball answer!

    Comment by ggelliott — March 12, 2008 @ 11:01 pm | Reply

  4. Yes, I was distracted by the whole Spitzer thing. A circus. Sadly.

    Comment by ggelliott — March 12, 2008 @ 11:03 pm | Reply

  5. I’d love to recommend a great novel about such a political circus. The critics’ favorite seems to be “All the King’s Men,” which I tried once to read and didn’t make much progress on. Wish I’d stuck with it.

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — March 12, 2008 @ 11:29 pm | Reply

  6. It’s also on my pile of Books I Didn’t Finish.

    I keep meaning to back and give them a second try.

    Now there’s a fun subject: (one which I guess you might have already covered) “What’s in your quit-reading-it pile?”

    Comment by ggelliott — March 13, 2008 @ 8:37 am | Reply

  7. Actually I have a whole list of those, which I’ve written about and saved in the “Books I Didn’t Finish” category at right.

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — March 13, 2008 @ 10:58 am | Reply

  8. o-o-oh…that’s going to be more yummy than a clandestine hot fudge brownie sundae.

    Can’t believe I never noticed it…

    Comment by ggelliott — March 13, 2008 @ 3:09 pm | Reply


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