Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade

Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade

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Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I defy anyone to read this book and not burst into giggles, snickers, chuckles, snorts or guffaws! Actually, the entire book can be summed up in just one word: fun! The story is obviously very well-known, thanks, not only to the popoularity of the book in its hayday, but to the Broadway adaptation and movies as well. I will quickly summarize the book, though, for those, like me, who had never had any experience with the book, play or movie. Patrick Dennis was 10 years old when his father died suddenly. His mother had died long before. According to his father's will, he is sent to live with his wildly eccentric Auntie Mame, with a few restrictions -He is to be raised in the Episcopal faith, and sent to a conservative school. Auntie Mame's upbringing of Patrick is to be supervised by his stodgy trustee, to ensure that Mame's eccentricity is reigned in if necessary. Auntie Mame is one of the most delightfully funny characters I've ever read. Eccentric doesn't begin to explain her. A drama queen to the nth degree. Mame lives life on the grandest scale possible with more flair and panache than an entire chorus line, all the while dragging her nephew Patrick into her elaborate, kooky schemes. The story is told in a series of vignettes, as insprired by the Reader's Digest's feature 'The Most Unforgettable Character.' Auntie Mame certainly is unforgettable! I adored this book, and would now like to see the movies and play for comparison. This book would leave a smile on the face of the most hardened grouch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like 'Forest Gump' and 'Addy Pray' (aka Papermoon) this is an episodic semi-satirical trip, this time with a wealthy anything but old spinster aunt. Visit Auntie Mame in the raw- before she was cleaned up for the stage, neutered for the movie, and sent to a nunnery for a musical version before becoming said old spinster aunt in the movie musical. The additional episodes that didn't make it into the Lawrence/Lee/Russell play are worth the price of the book. Mame's affair with a college student, an amourous 16 year old war orphan with the hots for Auntie, and Patrick's attraction to 3 hypnotic sisters didn't make it to the stage. You will also find out what became of Agnes Gooch. Why was Uncle Beau standing behind a horse before being kicked in the head and died? Read, read, read!
Mrs_Hart More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed the films or musical you will love the novel. The amazing characters will seem larger then the pages they are on. Its also a quick read and lots of fun.
michele1025 More than 1 year ago
this book was so enjoyable. i was a fast read. very entertaining and fun. anytime reading. relax and enjy the ride.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read 'Auntie Mame' when I was in 8th grade (mid 1960's) and it changed my life! It is not only a delightful novel, it's a great social survey of the first half of the 20th Century - all the buzz words are sprinkled into the narrative, along with the flavor of each period in the first half century. After I read it three or four times, I pulled out a pad (not foolscap) and wrote down all the names and references I didn't understand. It enriched my appreciation of American cultural and social history. I'd love to give it as a gift - in an annotated edition!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is hilarious! Its also brilliant social commentary. Patrick Dennis was a genius. Highly recommended. Watch the movie too.....its just as funny!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best stories ever written! An elegantly bawdy romp!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anutie Mame is funny and very clever. If you haven't ever read it you should read it now. If you have read it re-read it anyway.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a very good book. It is filled with exciting things. I recommend this book and after you read the book I recommend watching the movie too (make sure you get the original movie with Rosalind Russell) :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite fictional character ever
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This novel is a classic and a wonderful read. My rating is based on that alone. BUT it has been around for decades and sold for very little. NOW BN has decided to reprint it for $14.99??? That rates an F for you!
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Please in top bar ^ put micah .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the movie. Now loved the book
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Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic. Like the title says - An Irreverent Escapade. Some may find parts of this book offensive when it references certain ethnic and religious groups. But, you have to take into account that the language used was typical of that time period. Mame is truly one of a kind. Told with droll sense of humor that will have you laughing out loud at times. Highly recommend this one. Well edited.
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I first read 'Auntie Mame' back in the 50's. It is as entertaining today as it was then! A great, enjoyable lighthearted classic that should be in everyone's library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I had an Aunt like her. A couple of parts were predictable like the fate of Agnes Gooch and Pegeen Ryan. I loved the story but I did not like Pegeen. She was always trying to put Auntie Mame in her place and she just seemed flat out rude and jealous of her. I think that's why Auntie Mame stayed away for so long. I wished Pegeen was kind and accepting like Auntie Mame but she was the opposite. She ruined the story and the ending for me.
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