It had been a while since we ‘dressed for the occasion’, but reading Capote bought out Holly Golightly, Rusty,  Cat, and of course a whole load of Audreys – all looking fabulous. My outfit was mostly met with bemused looks as the majority of bookies had only read the book and not seen the film.

(Note to film buffs: this is the scene where Holly wakes from a hangover to invite Paul into her home where she wanders around, eventually finding her slippers in the fridge.   I loved applying makeup which contoured and shortened my nose. Another member, Charlotte, had googled the shade of lipstick worn by Audrey Hepburn, REVLON ‘Pink In The Afternoon.’ Gotta love that attention to detail. What else would you expect from a book lover?)

As a group, we mostly loved BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S as well as three other short stories included in our edition and in particular DIAMOND GUITAR.

At Appetite Book Club, we sit in groups of 4, over supper.  At my table, I wanted to talk about a paragraph which struck me, so I took a photograph of it ready to discuss. I was taken aback when another member had referenced the same paragraph.  There were 58 people at book club, sitting in these smaller groups, so it was a huge coincidence for me to find myself sat next to that person.  Of all the people and of all the paragraphs.   Here is an excerpt from it,

Watching her, I remembered a girl I’d known in school, a grind, Mildred Grossman.  Mildred: with her moist hair and greasy spectacles, her stained fingers that dissected frogs and carried coffee to picket lines, her flat eyes that only turned towards the stars to estimate their chemical tonnage.  Earth and air could not be more oppoiste than Mildred and Holly.

Capote continues to talk about Holly and Mildred and, while opposite, he explains what they had in common,

….because they had been given their character too soon; which, like sudden riches, leads to a lack of proportion.

I thought this was an astute observation and something I have considered myself.  Often, during our school years, we are given a label: ‘you’re the funny one, the quiet one, the loud one, the bright one’, and if these labels are stuck down too firmly, too rigidly, we feel obliged to live up to them, and if like Holly and Mildred it grows out of proportion, too quickly, it clings and you are not allowed to experiment with different sides of your character.  Ultimately you can feel compromised.  I had an insightful conversation with my fellow diners about their own experiences of this.

I loved the meeting this month…. the writing of Truman Capote, the images from the film and the soundtrack on loop.  And of course, each and every bookie.

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