Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
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
My initial reaction to finding out the national treasure who is Tom Hanks had been diagnosed with the Coronavirus was . . . .
But then I got distracted when the news started showing clips of some of his movies and mentioned that this fave . . . .
Was a remake of another old fave . . . .
Which I should have been smart enough to realize, but somehow never put two-and-two together. When threats of the library shutting down tem ...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
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
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
I made it to the part where Mr. Blandings is explaining to Mrs. Blandings how the well was being dug, how the expense was charged, and mathematically how much water was expected to gush forth per minute. Mr. Blandings stated that after explanation Mrs. Bl ...more
It starts slow. It is better when you read it with sarcasm as Mr. Blandings has trouble with the seller, the architects, and the builder. It becomes extremely funny in Book 2 when I read Mrs. Blandings' journal entries about it. The ownership of the house is funny also as Mr. Blandings figures out how much this house cost him and now he is responsible ...more
I picked up this novel published in ...more
Mr and Mrs Blandings decide to move to the country. They find a house they love, although it could do with a little updating. Well, so they think, until the engineer and architect get to work. The repairs will cost so much that they decide to replace it with a new house. Oh dear! We follow them through the increasingly painful experiences ...more
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House was written by Eric Hodgins and was published in 1946. This comic novel follows a man and his wife as they attempt to build their dream house. They run into all sorts of unforeseen circumstances and it ends up costing them much more than they thought it would!
Did I Like It?:
I picked this book up because I like the film that was based on this book starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy. The movie is a cute and funny old black and white. The story in the boo ...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
The book didn't have the same pace as the movie; but I couldn't help but envision Cary Grant and his delightful expressions throughout. All in all an enjoyable romp through the trials and tribulations (and mostly trials) of tr ...more
I would certainly have a hard time deciding whether this is a good book to read before embarking on home ownership, or whether it might be sufficient to make any prospective homeowners to resign themselves happily ...more
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