Liked that the vocabulary usage was extensive. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I was enchanted and fell in love with the character as portrayed by Ms. Russell. Dennis has the ability to create wonderfully vivid scenes in his writing. "I reread and study Auntie Mame like a hilarious, glamorous bible where, among other wise lessons, one learns that true sophistication and innocence are two halves of the same glittering coin." $96.47: $13.00: Paperback "Please retry" $14.50 . Mame is an unconventional individualist socialite from the roaring 20's. a pretty fun read for the most part. Auntie Mame was first published almost fifty years ago, and although clearly describing times 75 long past (the book sees Mame through the twenties, the Depression and the War,) it is still charming, witty and absolutely hilarious. I guess it started out with entries to the Readers digest. I was a bit surprised because I do not think that Mame comes off 'bigger than life' or totally irresistable in the book. Auntie Mame Book Summary and Study Guide. You had better believe nothing can be less true that with this book. Auntie Mame”, “Oh, darling, you know we writers must occasionally stretch a point to heighten the dramatic situation. Patrick Dennis ; Buy from… Amazon Apple Books Google Play Kobo Booktopia eBooks.com. Like I always say "Never Judge a Book by Its Movie." It became a Broadway play and movie starring Rosalind Russell and a musical (Mame) starring Angela Lansbury. Its witty Wildean phrases ring in my mind, and its flamboyant characters still enamor me. As it went on, the narrative grew more and more disjointed and left the reader wondering what had happened to certain characters who had suddenly disappeared with no explanation, or why problems resolved themselves artificially and suddenly. soon it became a play. I was enchanted and fell in love with the character as portrayed by Ms. Russell. See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. This book continues in the same vein -- over the top, madcap adventures. I've always been a fan of the Rosalind Russell film, Auntie Mame, and after recently watching the dreadfully sub-par Mame, starring Lucille Ball, I decided it was finally time to read the book and discover madcap Mame's true story for myself. Adventures ensue. Ugh... this is probably more of a 2.5 star sort of deal. Auntie Mame: Run along to Ito and tell him to bring me a light breakfast - black coffee and a side … Price New from Used from Kindle "Please retry" $12.99 — — Audible Audiobook, Unabridged "Please retry" $0.00 . ed. Mame is one of the iconic figures of American literature and the novel was one of the best-selling books of the twentieth century. and I had not much of an understanding the adult incidents, despite this I still enjoyed it. Each episode is "framed" by Patrick reading about the "Unforgettable Character" in the Digest, prompting him to compare the Digest's Unforgettable Character with his own Auntie Mame. Written in 1955, this is an absolutely hilarious story about a young boy who's adopted by his wealthy, slightly insane aunt. Either. . I am definitely a half of century too late to the party. This book's opening chapters are a delight, chock full of fun references to 1920s popular culture (I read with Wikipedia at hand and it was lots of fun), and presenting a wide-eyed kid's perspective on the larger-than-life character of Auntie Mame. Mame Dennis first swam into my ken during the long, hot, boring summer of 1973, an anodyne to the astoundingly dreary Watergate hearings on TV. Patrick's story of growing up with Auntie Mame fills in a missing chapter from the first book -- the tale of their trip to Europe. There are definitely some hilarious bits and Auntie Mame comes off as a more complex character here without the dumbed-down sentimentality of the film (not that I hated that sentimentality - it worked brilliantly for the film). Little Me book. After selling millions of copies of his books, he became a *butler*... for Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald's! I had to be around 10 when I first saw the movie. As it went on, the narrative grew more and more disjointed and left the reader wondering what. Mame was an eccentric woman who loved life and parties. A fun, OTT read. It is a book for the ages and one that should NEVER be out of print again!! I will definitely have to find those movies to watch now!! Tanner said that his book was based on his aunt, a real-life bon vivant and eccentric named Marion Tanner. I get that part of the misogyny of the character was one more way to use hyperbole for the sake of humor but I don't find sexism funny. The book is quite a bit. Honestly, I wish I could recommend this but I can't. 0767908198 9780767908191 cccc. The Rosalind Russel version of the movie is one of my all time favorite movies. So I grabbed it read the cover. Auntie Mame is a witty, hilarious and charming skewering of all that was conventional and pretentious in American life from the 1920's until the 1950's. By clicking subscribe, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to Penguin Books Australia’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Patrick c. This book by Patrick Dennis is about his Auntie Mame. It was a super fun, entertaining read. lost him but still inherited the money. I discovered this book while strolling through the shelves at the library looking for my book club book by Dickens. You can imagine how pleased I was to find this book and to know that the adventures went even further than the film. His novel Auntie Mame: An irreverent escapade (1955) was one of the bestselling American books of the 20th century. In 1955, a US editor finally saw the potential of Patrick Dennis's Auntie Mame, a comic Depression-era novel about a 10-year-old orphan and his irreverent, madcap Manhattan aunt. I enjoyed reading Patrick Dennis' book. 'Auntie Mame and I learned to love one another in as brief and painless a period as possible. Auntie Mame sure is one quirky, crazy character, but I loved her and this book! In fact, I found it downright silly and formulaic. in English - 1st Broadway Books trade pbk. Free with your Audible trial: Hardcover "Please retry" $15.50 . Here, read this," and she handed me "Auntie Mame.". A bisexual, he had a wife and family, but also pursued relationships with men on the side. Like Tennessee Williams, Patrick Dennis caught the boldness, vitality, and iridescent theatricality of modern American personality. A lot of the chapters ended up in the stage version and movie. Some social commentary that seems just as relevant today as when it was written in the 1950s. Auntie Mame July 2, 1994, Ballantine Books Mass Market Paperback in English 0345376501 9780345376503 zzzz. When shy young heir Patrick is orphaned at the age of ten, the only family he has is his wealthy and eccentric aunt, a New York socialite named Mame. From progressive schooling and Mame's search for a husband to her short-lived literary career and the puncturing of some of Patrick's romances, Auntie Mame is the most magnificent and hilarious work of love, style, wit and the life of a modern American. Also, there is something very misogynistic about the nephew character. Auntie Mame is just the sort of novel that leaves you dancing for more. Not in Library. I complained to my mother about the absence of entertainment, and she snorted mightily: "How can *anyone* be bored in this house full of books? And Kroc had no idea. I loved the 1953 film of Auntie Mame and I really wanted to love this book. I was curious to read the book. The stories of him with Mame as a child are delightful but when he gets older, he becomes incredibly sexist in the way he treats all women (not just Mame) and his behavior toward his aunt becomes so bullying and hostile that he sometimes reduces her to a whiny baby. It was at times very predictable, over-the-top, and so dated, that I found myself wishing I was reading the author's true biography, which sounded much more interesting (popular author, bisexual man, husband and father, and then a butler?). Loved it. Auntie Mame is a witty, hilarious and charming skewering of all that was conventional and pretentious in American life from the 1920's until the 1950's. They showed it in two parts and I couldn't WAIT for the next afternoon to see the second part! … $10.50 : $2.25: Audio CD, Audiobook, CD, Unabridged "Please retry" $11.60 . If there was a way I could have given this 2 1/2 stars I would have, but gave it 3, to round up...and make it an "average" read. I can only say that with a few(!) To help us recommend your next book, tell us what you enjoy reading. While this book had some entertaining moments, I just couldn't get into it. The novel was largely episodic, and like many, I found the 'Reader's Digest' portions were boring and didn't succeed in tying the stories together. Wildly successful when it was first published in 1955, Patrick Dennis' Auntie Mame sold over two million copies and stayed put on the New York Times bestseller list for 112 weeks. Looking for a fictional meet-cute in the new year? I was curious to read the book. Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Auntie Mame; Young Patrick Dennis, orphaned at the age of 9, is sent to live with his only living relative: his father's sister Mame, a free-spirited bachelorette in New York City. I probably read the book when I was about 15 and loved it. This book's opening chapters are a delight, chock full of fun references to 1920s popular culture (I read with Wikipedia at hand and it was lots of fun), and presenting a wide-eyed kid's perspective on the larger-than-life character of Auntie Mame. However, Patrick's father has designated an executor to his will to protect the boy from absorbing too much of Mame's rather unconventional perspective. Prone to dramatic costumes, flights of fancy and expensive whims, Mame will raise … It was a huge bestseller and ended the year, 1955, at #2 on the bestseller list. Mame is flamboyant and exuberant, hosting frequent parties with a variety of guests and free-spirited friends including the frequently-drunk actress Vera Charles; Acacius Page, who runs a nudist school; and Lindsay Woolsey, a book publisher. It was made into a play, a Broadway and a Hollywood musical, and a fabulous movie starring Rosalind Russell. There are definitely some hilarious bits and Auntie Mame comes off as a more complex character here without the dumbed-down sentimentality of the film (not that I hated that sentimentality - it worked brilliantly for the film). Patrick's inheritance is managed by D… The heart of the story is Patrick's relationship with Mame - as he gets older he may get a little more frustrated with Mame's unconventional ways, but underneath it all the one thing that never changes is their love for each other. There is an attempt to redeem her toward the end, through an elaborate ruse that actually makes no sense, but after that she's right back to her old emotionally manipulative tricks. We’d love your help. I guess it started out with entries to the Readers digest. Dennis wrote a sequel, titled Around the World with Auntie Mame, in 1958. Auntie Mame, the story of an orphan who comes to Manhattan to live with his eccentric aunt, was the best-selling book of 1955. Well, this is classical chick-lit style, yet by a man. I will definitely be reading more by him. I discovered this book while strolling through the shelves at the library looking for my book club book by Dickens. Edward Everett Tanner III spent the last years of his life as a butler, in spite of having been one of the most popular novelists of the 1950s and 1960s. How had I never heard of this book before? A lot of the chapters ended up in the stage version and movie. I was scanning the shelves with my eyes looking for a name of the author to guesstimate where to stop and the spine of the second in the series (Around the World with Auntie Mame) jumped out at me. 05. Until someone tells me to “shut up”, I am going to continue to add the odd personal blast from the past as seems useful to do so. This was a completely fantastic book from start to finish. [The last scene in the book depicts Patrick, now married and respectable, being persuaded by Mame to let his seven year old son join her on a trip to India: although the book's chronology would indicate that she was by this point in her seventies, she had not changed a bit. Mame was an eccentric woman who loved life and parties. It was OUT of print!!! I think it's because, in a weird way, I relate to Auntie Mame. Patrick reminsces his way through life with Mame in the glittering Roaring Twenties, surviving the Great Depression, her marriage and widowhood, World War II, and my favorite episodes - Patrick's "punctured romance" with the snobbish Gloria Upson and Mame's "golden years" when she starts to long for Patrick to settle down and have kids. When shy young heir Patrick is orphaned at the age of ten, the only family he has is his wealthy and eccentric aunt, a New York socialite named Mame. In chronological vignettes, the narrator — also named Patrick — recalls his adventures growing up under the wing of his madcap aunt, Mame Dennis. I wasn't as drawn to her and did not fall in love with her character. This device helps make the book an extraordinarily fast read - as soon as one escapade is finished, you want to dive right into the next. Interesting chapter in here when Mame and Patrick go to the Soviet Union and end up in a commune. The novel was largely episodic, and like many, I found the 'Reader's Digest' portions were boring and didn't succeed in tying the stories together. 04. I long ago, after seeing the movie for the first time, that I was going to do everything possible to be like the Auntie Mame in the movie - charismatic, outgoing, crazy. Penguin Books Australia A Penguin Random House Company. I was first introduced to Auntie Mame through the Rosalind Russell film, which is just wonderful. We should all have an Auntie Mame in our families. they go from well to do, then poor with Auntie Mame tried out various jobs. Rosalind Russell will always be Auntie Mame to me. Or...and I suspect this may really be the reason....I have lived several decades of life and have befriended many 'wild and crazy' people who make Auntie Mame look positively tame in her zest for life. go through world war 2. take in some orphans{ six horrible little monsters}. Wildly successful when it was first published in 1955, Patrick Dennis’ Auntie Mame sold over two million copies and stayed put on the New York Times bestseller list for 112 weeks. To see what your friends thought of this book, Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade (Auntie Mame, #1). Sparklingly witty, irreverently satirical, this 1955 novel manages to remain timelessly relevant in its cutting send-up of conformity, conservatism, and cupidity. I saw there was a lot in the book that ended up on stage. The Rosalind Russell film is a gem, but the book takes everything wonderful about the film and multiplies it about ten times over. Read at age 10(?) ”, [Poll Book Tally] Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis 2 stars, (POLL BALLOT) Auntie Mame / Patrick Dennis - 4****, Auntie Mame: An irreverent Escapade - Patrick Dennis - 2 stars. It was OUT of print!!! Some pretty good double entendres. I enjoyed reading Patrick Dennis' book. I recently got into a screaming match on an airplane over the topic of Mame's relevance today. This also sets up Dennis' second novel, Around the World with Auntie Mame. Amazon Price New from Used from Kindle Edition "Please retry" £5.49 — — Hardcover "Please retry" — £122.95: £33.50: Paperback "Please retry" £7.99 . This book is absolutely hilarious, hands-down one of the funniest, most charming books I've ever read. £7.99: £5.28: Audio CD, Audiobook, Unabridged "Please retry" £19.73 . I just love it. The characters my god!! Seen another way, including them seems a perfect way to introduce to others material no longer in the public popular eye but still a wonderful reading experience. On a scale of 1 to 10, this book is a solid 12!!! It was made into a play, a Broadway and a Hollywood musical, and a fabulous movie starring Rosalind Russell. However, I didn't feel like the book lived up to the great expectations created by so many of the reviews. Rosalind Russell will always be Auntie Mame to me. it is based on his life with her. Borrow Listen. Refresh and try again. See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. the time was 1929 just right around the stock market crash. Welcome back. So many modern books use a stripped down word choice. I wasn't as drawn to her and did not fall in love with her character. Exaggeration is of course a great tool of humorous writing but when it's overused it becomes overkill and no longer funny. I will totally read this book again in a couple years. It reminded me of all these current chic-lit books out there that their style of writing and storytelling are what people are calling fresh and invigorating. See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. I stumbled on the reprint edition when it came out in 2001 at my local Barnes & Noble, and the cover caught my eye (yes, I did judge this book by its cover, and I'm so glad that I did, since it caused a love affair with Mame that has lasted for twelve years now). Wildly successful when it was first published in 1955, Patrick Dennis'. soon she met Beau Burnside one of the richest men from the south. Mame is one of the iconic figures of American literature and the novel was one of the best-selling books of the twentieth century. Sign up to our newsletter using your email. Amazing!!!! Also, the author himself had a fascinating life. Madcap is not my favorite genre and madcap this is. However, I didn't feel like the book lived up to the great expectations created by so many of the reviews. it is based on his life with her. I can see why his books fell out of favor. But the humor goes too often into hyperbole. Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade is one of my favorite books. This book by Patrick Dennis is about his Auntie Mame. Strangley enough after reading this book I want to go through ALL my other ratings and lower them by one! HIGHLY recommended. Ugh... this is probably more of a 2.5 star sort of deal. I can't say I wish I had an Auntie Mame, but I kind of wish my children had one! I sqeeeeealed like a thee year old getting a tickle me Elmo doll! Start by marking “Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade (Auntie Mame, #1)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Married him was rich again. I just wish he wasn't dead. If you're looking for a wacky kind of humor, there are many other books you can read (like P. G. Wodehouse and Evelyn Waugh). Free with your Audible trial: Hardcover "Please retry" $13.00 . I enjoyed reading this book as it was amusing, particularly at the beginning. The Rosalind Russell film is a gem, but the book takes everything wonderful about the film and multiplies it about ten times over. I have always loved the movie Auntie Mame with Rosalind Russell and I have the soundtrack from the musical with Angela Landsbury. Prone to dramatic costumes, flights of fancy and expensive whims, Mame will raise Patrick the only way she knows how - with humour, mishaps, unforgettable friends and lots of love. Patrick came to live with her when he was ten after his father's death. I have always loved the movie Auntie Mame with Rosalind Russell and I have the soundtrack from the musical with Angela Landsbury. “Auntie Mame” was based on the novel of the same name by Edward Everett Tanner 3d, who wrote under the pen name Patrick Dennis (the same name as Mame’s nephew in the play). Back in print at last! Strangley enough after reading this book I want to go through ALL my other ratings and lower them by one! This book is absolutely hilarious, hands-down one of the funniest, most charming books I've ever read. Either Rosalind Russell is so firmly entrenched in my psyche that not even the written character can compete with her. Not in Library. But the humor goes too often into hyperbole. This book had me in complete stiches with its wit and charm. Eventhough it was published in the 50s it was so hard for me to realise that fact. Exaggeration is of course a great tool of humorous writing but when it's overused it becomes overkill and no longer funny. some of the stories were new to me. I've been an AUNTIE MAME fan for over 40 years, since I first encountered the Roz Russell film accidentally one afternoon. $96.47: $14.99: Paperback "Please retry" $14.50 . Book 1 of 1 in the Auntie Mame Series. Read this book! soon it became a play. 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