Patrick Dennis Booklist Patrick Dennis Message Board. 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. In chronological vignettes, the narrator — also named Patrick — recalls his adventures growing up under the wing of his madcap aunt, Mame Dennis. Not in Library. Seen one way, including these books seems a pathetic attempt to build my public shelf. in English - 1st Broadway Books trade pbk. Auntie Mame Book Summary and Study Guide. This book by Patrick Dennis is about his Auntie Mame. But not a lush, I can't hold my liquor at all. I guess it started out with entries to the Readers digest. I probably read the book when I was about 15 and loved it. … Little Me book. Patrick c. This book by Patrick Dennis is about his Auntie Mame. It was apparently one of the bestselling books of the 20th century. His novel Auntie Mame: An irreverent escapade (1955) was one of the bestselling American books of the 20th century. They showed it in two parts and I couldn't WAIT for the next afternoon to see the second part! 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. I love how light and easy to read this book is, and I have already ordered. 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. 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). Auntie Mame is the perfect balance of laugh-out-loud comedy and heart-tugging, genuine emotional depth. 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. In fact, I found it downright silly and formulaic. I just love it. Free with your Audible trial: Hardcover "Please retry" $15.50 . Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published We should all have an Auntie Mame in our families. Read 54 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. I will definitely have to find those movies to watch now!! lost him but still inherited the money. " Auntie Mame is the American Alice in Wonderland. Amazon Price New from Used from Kindle Edition "Please retry" £5.49 — — Hardcover "Please retry" — £122.95: £33.50: Paperback "Please retry" £7.99 . I loved the 1953 film of Auntie Mame and I really wanted to love this book. 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? I enjoyed reading Patrick Dennis' book. --Charles Busch, author of The Tale of the Allergist's Wife and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom "Auntie Mame is the American Alice in Wonderland. I LOVED this book! Penguin Books Australia A Penguin Random House Company. I've been an AUNTIE MAME fan for over 40 years, since I first encountered the Roz Russell film accidentally one afternoon. It was made into a play, a Broadway and a Hollywood musical, and a fabulous movie starring Rosalind Russell. It is also, incidentally, one of the most important books in my life. A fun, OTT read. soon she met Beau Burnside one of the richest men from the south. How had I never heard of this book before? Book 1 of 1 in the Auntie Mame Series. Adventures ensue. Either Rosalind Russell is so firmly entrenched in my psyche that not even the written character can compete with her. Auntie Mame: an irreverent escapade 1994, G.K. Hall in English - Large print ed. While this book had some entertaining moments, I just couldn't get into it. Ugh... this is probably more of a 2.5 star sort of deal. To see what your friends thought of this book, Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade (Auntie Mame, #1). I was a bit surprised because I do not think that Mame comes off 'bigger than life' or totally irresistable in the book. $10.50 : $2.25: Audio CD, Audiobook, CD, Unabridged "Please retry" $11.60 . Start by marking “Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade (Auntie Mame, #1)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. I was enchanted and fell in love with the character as portrayed by Ms. Russell. [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. 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. I have always loved the movie Auntie Mame with Rosalind Russell and I have the soundtrack from the musical with Angela Landsbury. 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. A lot of the chapters ended up in the stage version and movie. Despite being a "big personality," Auntie Mame seems to have very little personality of her own, adapting like an actress to a role, conforming to whatever fad or whatever man or whatever friends dominate her life in a particular episode. I can't say I wish I had an Auntie Mame, but I kind of wish my children had one! I've seen the movie of Auntie Mame countless times, struggled through the dreadful movie musical version Mame, and read the original novel by Patrick Dennis. 0816159874 9780816159871 zzzz. Price New from Used from Kindle "Please retry" $12.99 — — Audible Audiobook, Unabridged "Please retry" $0.00 . Dennis has the ability to create wonderfully vivid scenes in his writing. The book has elements from both and goes even further. HIGHLY recommended. But as the episodes wore on -- there is no plot here, just a series of episodes spanning a couple of decades of the narrator's life -- the tales got repetitive, the misogyny grew very tiresome, the narrator became more and more shallow and unlikable, and Auntie Mame became more of an air-headed narcissist control freak than the delightful bohemian she was in the beginning. soon it became a play. I loved the 1953 film of Auntie Mame and I really wanted to love this book. Even some of the reviews on this site are less than flattering and I want to answer them all by suggesting that the authors (and readers) read the book again. . ' I wasn't as drawn to her and did not fall in love with her character. We’d love your help. 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). 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. It was very predictable, but that's ok because Dennis entertained me anyway. I guess it started out with entries to the Readers digest. Want to read everything by Patrick Dennis. Sure they tell the story but English has so much more to offer. So I ended up getting the sequel and this one for giggles and grin! $96.47: $14.99: Paperback "Please retry" $14.50 . Now I'm pleased to have read the play which was a big hit in the 50s with Rosalind Russell (who also starred in the movie). Sparklingly witty, irreverently satirical, this 1955 novel manages to remain timelessly relevant in its cutting send-up of conformity, conservatism, and cupidity. Loved it. Mame Dennis — irrepressible, adoring, easily distracted, utterly down-to-earth — is the guardian any sensible child would love to have. 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. 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. 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. Auntie Mame, the story of an orphan who comes to Manhattan to live with his eccentric aunt, was the best-selling book of 1955. Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis, 9780141194127, available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Sparklingly witty, irreverently satirical, this 1955 novel manages to remain timelessly relevant in its cutting send-up of conformity, conservatism, and cupidity. 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. 05. $10.50 : $2.25: Audio CD, Audiobook, CD, Unabridged "Please retry" $11.60 . See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. “Within the last two years it had been called Tony's, Belle's Bar Sinister, The Ole Plantation, Tony's, … But the humor goes too often into hyperbole. the time was 1929 just right around the stock market crash. 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?). I read this for book group and ended up enjoying it more than I expected to. Looking for a fictional meet-cute in the new year? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. As it went on, the narrative grew more and more disjointed and left the reader wondering what. Patrick Dennis ; Buy from… Amazon Apple Books Google Play Kobo Booktopia eBooks.com. While there were some hilarious moments in this book, I found the eccentric escapades of, I enjoyed reading this book as it was amusing, particularly at the beginning. I discovered this book while strolling through the shelves at the library looking for my book club book by Dickens. I had to be around 10 when I first saw the movie. 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. 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. ”, [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. Mame was an eccentric woman who loved life and parties. I sqeeeeealed like a thee year old getting a tickle me Elmo doll! $96.47: $13.00: Paperback "Please retry" $14.50 . By clicking subscribe, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to Penguin Books Australia’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I wasn't as drawn to her and did not fall in love with her character. 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. “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). I enjoyed reading Patrick Dennis' book. After selling millions of copies of his books, he became a *butler*... for Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald's! Married him was rich again. 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. Mame is one of the iconic figures of American literature and the novel was one of the best-selling books of the twentieth century. I was enchanted and fell in love with the character as portrayed by Ms. Russell. “Life is a banquet and most poor s.o.b. I can only say that with a few(!) 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. I would still classify it as a chick-lit or beach/vacation read due to the main subject matter is his Auntie Mame and her raising ofhim and all her episodes. 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. It's almost as if Dennis was releasing a lot of pent-up hostilities toward his real aunt in the character of this book. 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. 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. Amazing!!!! and I had not much of an understanding the adult incidents, despite this I still enjoyed it. 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. a pretty fun read for the most part. The Rosalind Russell film is a gem, but the book takes everything wonderful about the film and multiplies it about ten times over. Book 1 of 2: Auntie Mame. 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. Written in 1955, this is an absolutely hilarious story about a young boy who's adopted by his wealthy, slightly insane aunt. I can see why his books fell out of favor. On a scale of 1 to 10, this book is a solid 12!!! This is not the loving relationship that is depicted in the film but something much more like combat. Its witty Wildean phrases ring in my mind, and its flamboyant characters still enamor me. It was OUT of print!!! 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). And Kroc had no idea. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Mame is one of the iconic figures of American literature and the novel was one of the best-selling books of the twentieth century. . go through world war 2. take in some orphans{ six horrible little monsters}. I probably read the book when I was about 15 and loved it. Rosalind Russell will always be Auntie Mame to me. Tanner said that his book was based on his aunt, a real-life bon vivant and eccentric named Marion Tanner. I had no idea that several plays and movies were based on his books, including this one! Strangley enough after reading this book I want to go through ALL my other ratings and lower them by one! On a scale of 1 to 10, this book is a solid 12!!! 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. I am definitely a half of century too late to the party. The characters my god!! You can imagine how pleased I was to find this book and to know that the adventures went even further than the film. Not in Library. It was a huge bestseller and ended the year, 1955, at #2 on the bestseller list. So many modern books use a stripped down word choice. Read at age 10(?) 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. Auntie Mame: Run along to Ito and tell him to bring me a light breakfast - black coffee and a side … Auntie Mame An Irreverent Escapade (eBook) : Dennis, Patrick : With a wit as sharp as a vodka stinger and a heart as free as her spirit, Auntie Mame burst onto the literary scene in 1955--and today remains one of the most unforgettable characters in contemporary fiction. Her helter-skelter charm was, after all, notorious . 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). Like I always say "Never Judge a Book by Its Movie." If anyone loves the Auntie Mame movie or stage play they may enjoy reading the book written by her nephew Patrick. soon it became a play. 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. Exaggeration is of course a great tool of humorous writing but when it's overused it becomes overkill and no longer funny. But as the episodes wore on -- there is no plot here, just a series of episodes spanning a couple of decades of the narrator's life -- the tales got repetitive, the misogyny grew very tiresome. Free with your Audible trial: Hardcover "Please retry" $13.00 . 's are starving to death." £7.99: £5.28: Audio CD, Audiobook, Unabridged "Please retry" £19.73 . That her amazing personality would attract me, just as it had seduced thousands of others, was a foregone conclusion. "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." Here, read this," and she handed me "Auntie Mame.". Back in print at last! Read this book! Strangley enough after reading this book I want to go through ALL my other ratings and lower them by one! This book continues in the same vein -- over the top, madcap adventures. This was a fun read. we see Patrick grow up, go through various girlfriends. Patrick came to live with her when he was ten after his father's death. But the humor goes too often into hyperbole. 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. I recently got into a screaming match on an airplane over the topic of Mame's relevance today. 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. However, I didn't feel like the book lived up to the great expectations created by so many of the reviews. I saw there was a lot in the book that ended up on stage. Some social commentary that seems just as relevant today as when it was written in the 1950s. So I grabbed it read the cover. This book is absolutely hilarious, hands-down one of the funniest, most charming books I've ever read. I thought I had read the book a long time ago, but once I started reading it, I realized I hadn't. A quick preface: I’m never sure if including comments on books read in the distant past is strictly kosher on this list. Interesting chapter in here when Mame and Patrick go to the Soviet Union and end up in a commune. 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