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Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade (Auntie Mame #1)

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Inspired by his own eccentric aunt, Patrick Dennis's Auntie Mame is a madcap comedy, published with an afterword by Matteo Codignola in Penguin Modern Classics.

'Auntie Mame and I learned to love one another in as brief and painless a period as possible. That her amazing personality would attract me, just as it had seduced thousands of others, was a foregone conclusion. Her
Paperback, Penguin Modern Classics, 336 pages
Published August 5th 2010 by Penguin (first published April 1st 1954)
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Nick Pageant
Jul 22, 2014 Nick Pageant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giulio-books, classic
BR with my girl Mishy and my boy Giulio!!! WOOT!!!


This book is part of Giulio's continuing efforts to give Mishy and I a little culture so we don't embarrass him at parties. Is Giulio always right? Yes, he is. This book is hilarious!

The plot concerns a boy who is orphaned and sent into the questionable care of his Auntie Mame. Mame is probably my favorite character in any book EVER. You cannot keep this crazy bitch down! Mame takes her young charge firmly in hand by deserting all forms of tradi
Richard Derus
Nov 15, 2011 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sparklingly witty, irreverently satirical, this 1955 novel manages to remain timelessly relevant in its cutting send-up of conformity, conservatism, and cupidity. Mame Dennis first swam into my ken during the long, hot, boring summer of 1973, an anodyne to the astoundingly dreary Watergate hearings on TV. I complained to my mother about the absence of entertainment, and she snorted mightily: "How can *anyone* be bored in this house full of books? Here, read this," and she handed me "Auntie Mame. ...more
Carl Kleinebecker
So... There I was quietly minding my own business...growing up in New England when who... one snowy night... should land square in my lap on the "late late movie," but Mame Dennis herself wrapped in the incomparable roz russell... I stayed up until 3:00 am watching and enraptured ... the next morning I pounced on my mum first thing and told her I had a new favorite movie... She told me if I liked that I would love the book... We checked at the local book store and alas... It was OUT of print!!! ...more
Leslie Hickman
May 20, 2008 Leslie Hickman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to laugh
Recommended to Leslie by: strolling the library shelves
On a scale of 1 to 10, this book is a solid 12!!! Strangley enough after reading this book I want to go through ALL my other ratings and lower them by one! I discovered this book while strolling through the shelves at the library looking for my book club book by Dickens. I was scanning the shelves with my eyes looking for a name of the author to guesstimate where to stop and the spine of the second in the series (Around the World with Auntie Mame) jumped out at me. So I grabbed it read the cover ...more
Jun 21, 2016 Cuoricina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bellissimo. Ben caratterizzato. Ironico. Coinvolgente
Mar 29, 2009 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always been a fan of the Rosalind Russell film, Auntie Mame, and after recently watching the dreadfully sub-par Mame, starring Lucille Ball, I decided it was finally time to read the book and discover madcap Mame's true story for myself. This book is absolutely hilarious, hands-down one of the funniest, most charming books I've ever read. The Rosalind Russell film is a gem, but the book takes everything wonderful about the film and multiplies it about ten times over. The book is quite a bit ...more
Jun 03, 2012 Simona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Provate a immaginare cosa vi accadrebbe se alla morte di un vostro genitore doveste ritrovarvi con una zia che non conoscete e non sapete che faccia abbia? E' proprio quello che succede a Patrick, il protagonista di questi racconti. Patrick si ritrova sballottato a New York da zia Mame, una zia eccentrica, particolare, che indossa abiti strani e che cambierà la vita di Patrick, nel bene e nel male.
Mi sono divertita tantissimo a leggere le storie di questa zia che trascina il nipote a feste, bal

Attenzione attenzione: abbiamo trovato un nuovo preferito! *___*
Ho ADORATO e DIVORATO questo romanzo. E' divertente senza essere stupido, anzi è molto sagace in alcuni punti. Che dire della zia più pazza e comica del mondo letterario? Che è un vero spasso. Mame e Patrick sono diventati di diritto uno dei più bei nuclei familiari che abbia mai letto. Le vicende narrate in prima persona da Pat sono tutte oltremodo fantastiche ed irriverenti.
Consigliatissimo per ridere, sorridere
Dec 25, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ero indecisa tra 4,5 e 5 stelline, ma alla fine ho optato per le cinque stelline perché a Natale siamo tutti più buoni e perché mi è piaciuto tanto e non ricordo un momento durante la lettura in cui mi sono annoiata.

Zia Mame era uno dei romanzi che occupava la mia wishlist infinita, ma in una posizione non abbastanza alta da spingermi a comprarlo rispetto ad altri. Un caso fortuito - mio padre, pescando a caso dalla biblioteca - ha fatto arrivare questo libro nelle mie mani e che fai, non lo leg
Jun 19, 2011 Melora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 12, 2009 Philip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I've been an AUNTIE MAME fan for over 40 years, since I first encountered the Roz Russell film accidentally one afternoon. They showed it in two parts and I couldn't WAIT for the next afternoon to see the second part!

Not very long after, equally accidentally, I came across the original Patrick Dennis novel in the 25-Cent bin at a used bookstore. Both serendipitous events signaled the introduction of a character who has remained with me ever since in her various incarnations, a love affair that c
A quick preface: I’m never sure if including comments on books read in the distant past is strictly kosher on this list. Seen one way, including these books seems a pathetic attempt to build my public shelf. Seen another way, including them seems a perfect way to introduce to others material no longer in the public popular eye but still a wonderful reading experience. Until someone tells me to “shut up”, I am going to continue to add the odd personal blast from the past as seems useful to do so. ...more
May 26, 2014 Dianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like I always say "Never Judge a Book by Its Movie." You had better beleive nothing can be less true that with this book.

If you have ever seen the movie "Auntie Mame" made with Rosalind Russell and enjoyed it - you will enjoy this book just as much. Perhaps a little more actually!

Although at times it is difficult to follow, since we are talking about the late 1920's and we only go about 20 or so years into the future from there, that means a lot of the language and expressions may be a little di
If there was a way I could have given this 2 1/2 stars I would have, but gave it 3, to round up...and make it an "average" read.

Oddly, this book made me feel like I was reading a story very similar...or something that I could compare it to, Breakfast at Tiffany's..but with a kid thrown in.

I've read Breakfast at Tiffany's and seen the movie adaption staring the late and great Audrey Hepburn. Maybe it was just me, but the eccentricities of Mame, and her approach on life reminded me a TON of Holly
Libros Prestados
Apr 16, 2015 Libros Prestados rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una lectura descacharrante. Me he reído muchísimo.

Nos habla de cómo Patrick Dennis (el autor utiliza un seudónimo para escribir este libro) se queda huérfano a los 10 años y queda bajo la tutela de su tía Mame. Y la tía Mame es un personaje. De hecho, es un personajazo. Es una mujer loca, bastante inconsciente, hiperactiva, que puede llegar a sacarte de quicio... pero también es una mujer culta, generosa, valiente a su modo, y no discrimina a la gente por razón de religión, raza o sexo. Es impos
Apr 25, 2016 Kandice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read. It was very predictable, but that's ok because Dennis entertained me anyway. I can't say I wish I had an Auntie Mame, but I kind of wish my children had one!
Laurie Notaro
Jun 11, 2012 Laurie Notaro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Want to read everything by Patrick Dennis.
Antonio Arch
Jan 30, 2012 Antonio Arch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Since it was reprinted, the topic of Mame Dennis has crept into a lot of online reviews and conversations over cocktails. I recently got into a screaming match on an airplane over the topic of Mame's relevance today. Even some of the reviews on this site are less than flattering and I want to answer them all by suggesting that the authors (and readers) read the book again.
Mame is an icon, even today. She is our Alice in Wonderland all grown up, smarter, wittier and more interesting than Mary Pop
Mireille Lapensee
Sep 11, 2011 Mireille Lapensee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I enjoyed reading this book as it was amusing, particularly at the beginning. Dennis has the ability to create wonderfully vivid scenes in his writing. However, I didn't feel like the book lived up to the great expectations created by so many of the reviews. The novel was largely episodic, and like many, I found the 'Reader's Digest' portions were boring and didn't succeed in tying the stories together. As it went on, the narrative grew more and more disjointed and left the reader wondering what ...more
Jan 31, 2016 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, audible
Maybe I really am too much of a curmudgeon? While parts of the story were, indeed, very funny, I detested some sections as well (Alice Gooch for one). Then again, I really liked the nasty little boy in Georgia a lot. Patrick wasn't very likeable to me, nor particularly bright, but a rich kid with limited common sense. Right off the bat, I had trouble swallowing disbelief that Mame didn't attend Patrick's dad's funeral in Chicago, which would've minimized the boy's unexpected appearance in New Yo ...more
Jan 18, 2015 Randee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Rosalind Russell will always be Auntie Mame to me. I had to be around 10 when I first saw the movie. I was enchanted and fell in love with the character as portrayed by Ms. Russell. I thought I had read the book a long time ago, but once I started reading it, I realized I hadn't. I enjoyed it, but... I was a bit surprised because I do not think that Mame comes off 'bigger than life' or totally irresistable in the book. I wasn't as drawn to her and did not fall in love with her character. Either ...more
Christopher Hicks
This was a completely fantastic book from start to finish. I've always loved the movie starring Rosalind Russell and the musical starring Lucille Ball. The book has elements from both and goes even further. I will totally read this book again in a couple years. It was a super fun, entertaining read.
Dec 13, 2015 Jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
I read this for book group and ended up enjoying it more than I expected to. We should all have an Auntie Mame in our families.
Feb 03, 2017 Eliza rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cartaceo, biblioteca
Sono 2 stelle e mezzo!

Quando Laura mi ha proposto questa lettura ho accettato, ben felice di leggere 'sto benedetto Zia Mame (che ho intercalato in tutti i modi: zie Mama, zie Mamme, Mamma Zia, zia cosa lì... ). Essendo un periodo da "mah si leggiamolo in cartaceo" sono andata nella mia simpatica biblioteca e ho recuperato credo la copia più disastrata esistente in natura (l'esterno lo vedete in foto... per l'interno ho avuto pietà di voi, o lettori sensibili).

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Jan 15, 2017 Kiwi rated it it was ok
The amusing but improbable adventures of an eccentric aunt, appointed as guardian of an orphan boy. It’s definitely not a book for the easily offended, the novel was written in the 50s, society at that time had a different sense of humor, some of the throwaway comments are painfully politically incorrect today.
I didn’t gel with the characters, to be honest, I found both auntie Mame and Patrick conceited and pretentious. Even if there were some good laughs in there, I was expecting something bet
Apr 21, 2015 Baylee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, humor
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Zia Mame è indubbiamente uno dei romanzi più divertenti che abbia mai letto nella mia vita. È formato da undici episodi che narrano di fasi diverse della vita di Patrick, rimasto orfano, con l'eccentrica Zia Mame, sua unica parente rimasta in vita e in grado – più o meno – di prendersi cura di lui.

Eppure Zia Mame non è semplicemente stramba: è un mix di intelligenza, sprezzo per le convenzioni sociali ipocrite, orrore per
Oct 26, 2010 Wendi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book! The Rosalind Russel version of the movie is one of my all time favorite movies. I just love it. I think it's because, in a weird way, I relate to Auntie Mame. I long ago, after seeing the movie for the first time, that I was going to do everything possible to be like the Auntie Mame in the movie - charismatic, outgoing, crazy. But not a lush, I can't hold my liquor at all.

Anyway, I learned that the movie was based on a book. I was so excited to find out because I knew that the
Jun 16, 2012 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
This book by Patrick Dennis is about his Auntie Mame. it is based on his life with her. I have always loved the movie Auntie Mame with Rosalind Russell and I have the soundtrack from the musical with Angela Landsbury. I was curious to read the book. I guess it started out with entries to the Readers digest. soon it became a play. I enjoyed reading Patrick Dennis' book. A lot of the chapters ended up in the stage version and movie. Mame was an eccentric woman who loved life and parties. Patrick c ...more
Linda Baker
I don't know what prompted Brilliance Audio to bring back one of my favorite books ever in a sparkling new audio edition, but all I can do is say...Thank You! Anyone who has seen the stellar Rosalind Russell movie or the smash hit Broadway show knows the story well; the orphaned 10-year-old Patrick Dennis goes to live with his madcap New York socialite Auntie Mame and begins an upbringing unlike any other.

Mame is one of the iconic figures of American literature and the novel was one of the best-
Nov 26, 2016 Almost_18 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After "Pippi Longstocking" (Astrid Lindgren) and "Daughter of Fortune" (Isabel Allende) "Auntie Mame" became my third favorite book because of the eccentric and strong main female character. In Auntie Mame, there is something similar to the adventurous spirit of Pippi, there is something similar to the strength of Eliza and there is something similar to the peculiarity of Mary Poppins.

While reading the book I started dreaming of becoming the same weird aunt to my nephews teaching them about the
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