Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
The classic tale of leaving the city and building a house in the country, only to find country life isn't so simple. But it is hilarious.
Mr. Blandings, a successful New York advertising executive, and his wife want to escape the confines of their tiny midtown apartment. They design the perfect home in the idyllic country, but soon they are beset by construction troubles,...more
What a letdown the book was. Not even a fraction as funny, charming and endearing as the movie. The coarse language came as an added (and unwelcome) surprise considering this was written in the 1940's. At times, I even found it a depressive story; rather ironic considering it's supposed to be a humorous story of the trials and tribulations of home ow ...more
Made me feel better about my own real estate fumblings. It was also highly quotable, as when Mr. Blandings learns that he must pay the full balance of the mortgage because he didn't get the consent of the mortgage holder before tearing down the house to build a new one:
"I make it a point not to criticize your drinking habits, even when I do not ...more
This book is essentially a comedic tale of a naive advertising executive and his wife in New York City who buy an old country home in Connecticut. As things turn out they have to tear down the house and have a new one built. By the ...more
I didn't even know it was a book until recently, and immediately checked it out from the library. If you're familiar with the movie - and liked it - take heart, because the script paid close att ...more
Written in the mid-1940s, it was made into a movie in the early 50's with Cary Grant and Myrna Loy that virtually used the book as a script, not merely a story line. Both are hilarious.
To escape the tiny Manhattan apartment, the Blandings decide to buy a house in suburban Connecticut - a creaky old house that they quickly decide (or is decided for them) to tear down. The modest house Mr. Blandings envi ...more
On a more positive note, the language i ...more
This book inspired the movie "The Money Pit", although the story lines are quite different. Enjoy for a quick read when your attention spam is short.
I love finding these old treasures at book sales….1946!! The illustrations (William Steig) make this book a bit more special for me.
The book was good. I have to say, rare for me, the movie is better. But they are different enough that the book was well worth reading.
Guess you just can't beat Cary Grant and Myrna Loy though...going to pick up the DVD from the library soon.
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