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Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade Paperback – September 11, 2001
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--Charles Busch, author of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom
"Auntie Mame is the American Alice in Wonderland. It is also, incidentally, one of the most important books in my life. Its witty Wildean phrases ring in my mind, and its flamboyant characters still enamor me. Like Tennessee Williams, Patrick Dennis caught the boldness, vitality, and iridescent theatricality of modern American personality. In Mame’s mercurial metamorphoses we see American optimism and self-invention writ large."--Camille Paglia, author of Sexual Personae
"Mame Dennis is the grande dame of grand dames and I, for one, am thrilled that she’s back among us. She is still hilarious, sparkling, and utterly indestructible despite the best efforts of time, neglect, and Lucille Ball."
--Joe Keenan, Emmy-Winning Writer/Producer for Frasier, author of Blue Heaven and Putting on the Ritz
"Auntie Mame is a unique literary achievementa brilliant novel disguised as a lightweight piece of fluff. Every page sparkles with wit, style andthough Mame would cringe at the thoughthigh moral purpose. Let’s hope Patrick Dennis is finally recognized for what he is: One of the great comedic writers of the 20th century."
--Robert Plunket, author of Love Junkie
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The episodic book concerns an orphaned child, Patrick Dennis, who is sent to live with an aunt he has never before seen in 1920s New York--and the aunt is Mame Dennis, a fast-living, intellectually sharp, and decidedly eccentric woman beset by both the fads and fashions of the day and the money and social connections with which to indulge them. Although time has rather blunted the actual way in which Patrick Dennis writes (his framing device of a magazine article is more than a little tiresome), it certainly has not blunted the character herself: madcap Mame runs riot through the roaring twenties, goes through largely self-induced hysteria during the Depression, works for the boys during World War II, and along the way gets involves in art movements, theatrical performances, fox hunts, Southern country society, war orphans, a wealthy husband, an Irish poet, a college lover, and most famously her beloved nephew's unfortunate engagement to the shallow and snobbish Gloria Upson. Each comic disaster is more memorable than the last, and Mame herself lingers in the mind as an inspiration to live life to the fullest no matter the consequences.Read more ›
Of course, reading this sidesplitting chapter with a pair of today's eyes, it's hard to see just how subversive Patrick Dennis was considered to be... But no matter, this chapter sparkles like a fine gem retrieved from a dusty safe-deposit box.
Even if you already own "Around the World," it's worth buying this new paperback edition for this chapter alone. Eric Myers, author of Patrick Dennis' biography "Uncle Mame," and Dr. Michael Tanner, Dennis' droll son and guardian of his literary estate, deserve much credit for bringing Patrick Dennis to the attention of new and old generations of readers.
The story is told in the first person by Patrick Dennis who is adopted in 1928 by his Auntie Mame after being orphaned. Although a flapper enjoying New York society in the Roaring Twenties, Mame makes Patrick an integral part of her life, in her own inimitable and quite irrepressible way.
Unlike most post-War fiction, I think this book more than stands up to the passage of time. Perhaps because Patrick looks back at his childhood, which, even in 1955 (when the book was written) was part of the far distant past, the story is fun, rather than dated. And, certainly, contemporaneous readers have no trouble identifying with the excesses of the twenties, the financial desperation of the thirties or the terrors of the wartime forties.
This book is fun and a good, enjoyable read. I highly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Funny book. I really enjoyed the stories and the time period. There were several chapters that were really short stories in themselves. I wished there were more. Read morePublished 1 day ago by chasmin
I have always loved the movie, which closely follows the book. It was a joy to read. Don't miss this modern classic.Published 5 days ago by L. Harrison
This is a delightful story. I was in a funk, and this book was the perfect antidote. Charming and imaginative.Published 7 days ago by Kindle Customer
The timeless, comedic masterpiece of everybody's favorite aunt. Irreverently contemporary at its writing, now 61 years on it reads as a surprisingly fresh period piece. Read morePublished 28 days ago by J. Phillips