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by Patrick Dennis

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ISBN: 5553818583
ISBN13: 978-5553818586
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Author: Patrick Dennis
Language: English
Publisher: Books on Tape (August 1991)
ePUB size: 1557 kb
FB2 size: 1783 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 617
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First Impressions: I’ve seen the wonderfully entertaining movie (1958 version) about a million times and it never fails to make me laugh. I choose to forget that gawd-awful 70’s musical, Mame. Sacrilege! I never even got through the whole thing. It was on the strength of the lovely ’58 movie that I finally decided to read this book.

Modern Family: Nine-year old Patrick’s hands-off father drops dead unexpectedly leaving young Paddy in the new-age, swinging twenties hands of his father’s sister…Auntie Mame. Mame is a lovable socialite who somehow manages to be both flighty and genuine at the same time. She’s a rich, charming, free thinking, life-of-every-party type of gal. So she has tons of “friends” and a party every night, but despite all this she takes a genuine interest in her orphaned nephew Patrick…and comes to love him…and visa versa. The greatest irony in this books (which rings true in real life as well) is that Patrick’s father took very little interest in the boy while he lived…and after death had all these stringent rules and regulations about how he was to be raised, educated…right down to what religion he should practice…WTF? While the dad was alive he never saw the kid except at breakfast. Why wasn’t he concerned then about Patrick’s future?? So, long story short, Mame is saddled with the responsibility of raising Patrick, but is given no decision-making power…go figure. The bank manages his money…and his future. Its basically a tug-of-war until he turned eighteen. Paddy gets a equal amount of the sensible along with the ridiculous during the course of his upbringing.

The Love Bug: Mame is bitten multiple times…as is young Patrick. Some minor characters get into the fray as well. Most of the the ensuing romances are all kinds of inappropriate: May-December, Class mix-matches, unwed pregnancies…engagements, flirtations, elopements, casual affairs…you name it, Mame, Patrick, Vera, or Agnes have done it. But the melee that follows each of cupid’s arrows is quite hysterical…and for the most part no one is harmed during their numerous forays into romantic disaster. Or at least, not in any irrevocable way. LOL.

Minor Beefs: It was really nice of the author to make the effort to do the myriad of different accents, speech patterns, and whatnot….but it slows down the flow and gave me a headache after a while. And one other thing…the whole scenario with the Maddox sisters came off as a bit mean-spirited on Mame’s part. I’m not sure why she would take Patrick through that long wild-goose chase..especially with the perfect woman (Pegeen) literally right there. I didn’t quite get what the point was…Patrick was pretty much already his own man by then anyway. I’m really glad that the screen-writer left that part out of the movie. I simply adored all of Mame’s other antics. These are really my only two beefs.

Random Grey Matter: Keep your Wikipedia App at the ready (as well as Google search). There’s tons of obscure references and dated name-dropping. I mean, if I were alive in the fifties when the book was originally published I probably wouldn’t have to look it up, but as it happens my birthday fell a few decades later. Its great fun though because many of the offhand remarks Mame/Patrick makes, the parallels she draws, or metaphors she uses were quite spot-on once I knew who or what she was talking about.

Trigger Guard: A warning…Some ethnic slurs abound, as Mame and Patrick have a run-in with a horde of nasty anti-semites. There were also a few soft-core anti-minority attitudes, more indicative of the time period than any hardcore bigotry. Keep calm and read on.

Cliff Notes: There was a mild bit of unfinished-ness at the end, but I think it stopped at a good point. A natural end to this leg of the story.

The Verdict: I‘m lovin’ it. Bring on the sequel.
Very cool read. I grew up on the Rosalind Russell movie and it was great to read the parts that were similar to that, but the book really is much more daring than the movie was in terms of denouncing racism and anti-semitism (the scene at Upson Downs is 'way more exciting in the book.) The chapter in which Patrick meets his future wife (not like the movie at all) is a wonderful character study. Patrick Dennis was a heck of a writer -- the story is well told with great characters and well-seen detail throughout. The "frame" of a Reader's Digest "My Most Unforgettable Character" story was a little tedious though. That's what happens when publishers insist on "improving" an author's work. Nothing made me laugh out loud, but the book kept a constant smile on my face, sometimes from the comedy sometimes from admiring the author's well-turned prose.
I've known the charming story of Auntie Mame from countless viewings of the ravishing and hilarious 1958 movie version starring the luminous Rosalind Russell. I adore that film! So when I had a chance to grab this book, I couldn't pass it up. Just like the movie, the book is a charmer as well, and I fell in love with Mame Dennis all over again. I enjoyed reliving all the famous parts from the movie that I adored, yet the book strays into many unexpected areas that I had never known about before (like how Auntie Mame tried to raise six unlovable British orphans after the war, and how Patrick ended up meeting his wife Pegeen, for instance). The movie and the book certainly go together hand in hand and quite deliciously so, like a cocktail in one hand and a cigarette holder in the other. I somehow feel that Auntie Mame and her little love Patrick wouldn't want it any other way.
I can't remember the first time I stumbled across Auntie Mame. I do know that it became one of my favorite movies. Rosiland Russell was incredible. The story was soft and sad and joyous and filled with the patina of real.

The circumstances of the adventures are ridiculous. The depth of the emotion are a constant current that sweeps you through the story and leave you, alternately, breathless, elated, distraught, joyous, grief stricken, and, ultimately, satisfied.

I worried, after decades of watching the movie, would the book hold up.

Dear God, yes.

I've passed a love of his movie on to my children and friends. You should do the same.
I always thought this was a true story but it’s not. Auntie Mame is incorrigible. She’s self-centered yet generous, madcap and liberal, well-meaning and always up for an adventure. She’s full of life. She knows nothing about children but is tasked with raising her brother’s ten year old orphaned son, Patrick. How fortunate and unfortunate for Patrick. Auntie Mame is maddening and fun. She manages to get herself into fixes again and again and often drags him along. She sometimes teaches him life lessons by subterfuge but he manages to grow up just fine. I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time. I think we’d all benefit from an Auntie Mame. Life is certainly never boring.
I saw the movie with Rosalind Russell years ago & loved it. Mame was such a great character. When I found the book, I decided to read it. I'm glad I did. I still think Mame is a great character. I don't think you can read the book (or watch the movie) without imagining what it would be like to have an Auntie like Mame