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Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis
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Jun 16, 2011

it was amazing

Auntie Mame is one of the most dazzling characters I've ever come across in literature. Spreading her charms at the centre of this fictional memoir of a boy orphaned at ten and raised by his rich, eccentric aunt in 1920s New York, Mame is a socialite slightly ahead of her time, who turns her nephew's life into a mad ride of one outrageous adventure chasing the next.

Told in the author's sarcastic, down-to-earth voice, Mame's airy, naively radical ideas and attitudes turn into comedy of the finest kind. But Dennis' very detailed observations of the fashion, the mindsets and the manners of the time add a distinct shine to the slapstick, sweeping you up in a sensation of the glamour and luxury of an era that you'll find yourself struggling to step out of again. This book is an exquisite treat - it's that feeling of eating a whole box of fancy chocolates that you know you can't afford.

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