Auntie Mame

November 7, 2010

Auntie Mame
By: Patrick Dennis
292 Pages

Mame is a wealthy woman who knows everyone and who's life is one big party. That is until her brother dies and leaves his 10 year old son, Patrick, to her. Mame has her own way of doing things, but you can't help falling in love with her.

This book was one of my used bookstore gems. I've seen the Lucille Ball movie of the book, but I've never read the book, so I was looking forward to reading it. This book didn't disappoint. It was so much fun to enter into the madcap world that is Mame's life. By the time I finished the book I was in love with Mame and all her craziness. We could all use a little Mame in our lives.

How do you do justice when describing Mame? She's a madcap, crazy lady who lives her life by her rules and doesn't care what anyone else thinks. When Patrick enters her life, she immediately embraces him and taking care of him. Together they go on a crazy journey called life and grow up together.

The book is perfectly titled. The best part of the book is Mame. Reading all the things she does and how she handles what life throws at her is great. When she loses all her money in the Great Depression she's forced to get a job. Reading how she handles this is hilarious! The list of jobs she works attempts is equal to the amount of laughs they bring you. Upon marrying her husband she goes down to Texas to meet his family- including the woman he was engaged to prior to Mame. That is full of hilarity. Mame claims to be a thorough horse rider, but scrambles for ways out of having to prove it. When she does have to, you will enjoy the ride.

By the time the book ends you can't help but love Mame. I'm trying not to give too much away. I'm also trying not to give away all the funny parts. Each chapter is one adventure and they will have you laugh. I know this review is hardly doing the book justice, but it was a great book!

Review: Borrow From the Library/Buy It!


Casey (The Bookish Type) on November 8, 2010 at 7:55 PM said...

This book sounds like so much fun! I could totally see Lucille Ball playing this role! I'll have to check out both the book and the film! =)

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read on November 9, 2010 at 5:56 AM said...

Great review! Mame sounds like one of those great, although slightly crazy characters you would just love to meet in real life. I haven't seen the movie! I bet it's fun. I need to check out the book and the movie.

Jen on November 9, 2010 at 9:30 AM said...

Thank you so much for the comments!! I'm glad you enjoyed the review. I hope, if you are able to read Auntie Mame that you love it as much as I did.

Casey, Lucille Ball was GREAT in the movie. Her movie version was called MAME. When I was reading the book, I kept seeing her in my head.

Irena, Mame is such a fun character. I love people like these. I wish I had an Auntie Mame in my life.

Stephanie @ Read In a Single Sitting on November 12, 2010 at 2:55 PM said...

This sounds like so much fun. I'll have to check out both the film and the movie! :)

Jen on November 12, 2010 at 7:27 PM said...

Stephanie- thanks for visiting my blog & leaving a comment! If you do read the book, I hope you like it! I was kind of sad when the book was done and there would be no more Auntie Mame antics to read of.

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