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Around the World with Auntie Mame

(Auntie Mame #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,564 ratings  ·  138 reviews
Encore, Encore! The brilliant sequel to the smash bestseller Auntie Mame is back and the reviews are in ...
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 16th 2003 by Broadway Books (first published 1958)
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Richard Derus
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4 rollicking stars of five

Oh dear, oh dear, however shall I survive? There is no more Auntie Mame-age available, nor ever shall be, since Dennis is dead these 35 years. The sequel to Auntie Mame appeared in 1958, and was published of the pieces that didn't fit the original frame of "My Most Unforgettable Character." (Remember those? Reader's Digest was such a bland magazine, but those were always fun to read.) This time the frame is Patrick trying to keep his irascible wife Pegeen from k
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, audiobook, lgbt
A good sequel for those who enjoyed the first book (or the film version). Some of their adventures I found a bit flat (Biarritz), and others dark (Venice), but overall the story worked fine for me; although, the first couple of chapters in Paris and London were stronger, with the rest seeming more . . . slapstick or formulaic.

Narrator manages solid voices for Patrick and Mame, as well as the many secondary characters.
Jul 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
read this YEARS ago and loved it-doesn't every child want an Auntie Mame?
Wade WDM
Nov 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs
Around the World picks up where Auntie Mame leaves off: With Patrick and Pegeen saying good bye to their son Michael as he joins Auntie Mame in India for what was supposed to be 2 weeks.

Two years later, nearing Christmas, Michael hasn't returned home and the postcards and letters have stopped coming in. Patrick and Pegeen are besides themselves with worry about where in the world Michael is with Auntie Mame and the trouble they are getting into. Pegeen probes Patrick to tell her what happened on
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of humor and history combined

The most interesting thing about the #4 bestseller of 1958 is its publishing history. The original manuscript included a chapter, "Auntie Mame and Mother Russia." which was not in the 1958 edition. Due to the recent Senator McCarthy and his communist witch hunt, Harcourt Brace deemed the chapter too controversial. The missing episode was found years later by the author's widow and finally included in a 1990 reprint.

That leads to the second interesting feature of this book. It is much funnier,
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look i mean i'm never going to tell you not to read a patrick dennis novel. that being said i'd have to number this among the least essential in the p-denz canon. it's def a joy that the 1st book got a sequel, given that the 1st book slaps, & this one similarly boasts a phenomenal cast of villains (grifters, prigs, boors, literal nazis, &c.). it falls short imo in that, whereas in the 1st book mame's a force bending the universe to her will, here she tends to be blown around by forces out of her ...more
Sarah Sammis
Sep 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
The Auntie Mame movie always seemed to be on when I was at my grandmother's house. She was the only one in our family to have cable and she always seemed to have a hundred or more channels. She was also very liberal with what she let me watch. So there was always at least one playing Auntie Mame and another one showing Monty Python's Flying Circus and one more showing Pink Floyd's The Wall. And if it was late at night, usually one channel somewhere was showing 2001. I've seen all of them more ti ...more
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love these books and could never say a bad word about them! The second book focuses on Patrick and Mame's travel adventures all over the world. Unlike the first book you see a much shorter period of time, right before WWII and also before Patrick is supposed to begin college. Of course nothing ever goes as planned and Mame and Patrick always manage to get themselves into the craziest of situations. Nevertheless Auntie Mame always escapes with grace and style. I wished this book would never end ...more
Manuel Antão
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
Such a witty and sparkling prose!

A greatly enjoyable and captivating reading! Auntie Mame is such a brilliant and sophisticated Lady and such a sweet and loving aunt (but nothing conventional ...) that nobody will resist her!
Set in the '30s and '40s and '50s, it hasn't lost at all its sparkling humour.

Mame representes a counterculture that was almost non-existent at the time the book was written.

She's anti-establishment, anti-bourgeois, anti-racist, anti-bad taste, and anti-pretension...She's
Carl Kleinebecker
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
SO.... OH DEAR LORD HOW HAVE I NOT WRITEN A REVIEW FOR THIS... OK... so after LOVING the original... finding out there was a SECOND book.... OMG... of course I had to search for it alas it was not until its re-released in paperback in September 2001 did I find it :). This book like is predecessor is a scathing and mad cap ROMP across the world... I adored this book as much at the first! Anyone who does not like this book (or Auntie Mame" because it is formulaic needs to WAKE UP... THIS IS WHAT T ...more
Sep 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Patrick's story of growing up with Auntie Mame fills in a missing chapter from the first book -- the tale of their trip to Europe. This book continues in the same vein -- over the top, madcap adventures.

Interesting chapter in here when Mame and Patrick go to the Soviet Union and end up in a commune. Apparently this chapter was not allowed to be published when the book was first published, but they found it and put it in this edition. The book was obviously rewritten (in the 50s) to not include i
Oct 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Why Patrick Dennis's novels are not all in print is a complete mystery to me. One of the great figures and writers from the Island of Manhattan. Superb humor that is almost slapstick but incredibly witty and sometimes bitchy. This is the sequal to Auntie Mame and it is as good as the original. Go for it!
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-library
Truly one of the funniest books I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Patrick Dennis' wonderfully whacky, crazy, live life to the fullest, Auntie Mame stories are always in my top five funny, must reads list.
Jul 23, 2011 added it
Definitely not as charming as the first book, but it is good to "see" Mame again!
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just weep at how happy these books make me. I love them. I want everyone in the world to read them, and I want no one to read them because these characters are all mine.
Jun 12, 2016 rated it liked it
I've been reading a lot lately about the Broadway musical "Mame" which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The Jerry Herman score is topnotch and it gave Angela Lansbury her start in the musical theater. The musical is based on a book, "Auntie Mame" by Patrick Dennis, which I have never read. This offering is a sequel to that book and so I chose to read it when it was put up as a digital download on BARD, the website used by print disabled people to retrieve books which are part of the ta ...more
Ary Chest
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Time and again, I say I don't like sequels. Yet, like the rest of the world, I am drawn to them, every now and then.

I couldn't stay away. I'm too in love with our lady Mame. I needed more of her. So I took the sequel. I don't regret it, but it's not the best it could've been. I really wanted this to be as good as its predecessor, because I NEEDED to have the story continue seamlessly. There were too many hitches.

It started perfectly. Auntie Mame and Patrick are in Paris, with her good friend V
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, humor
Wow. The cover has a blurb on it that says "Funnier than the first book" and I even snorted when I saw that. Pretty bold claim. And you know what? It is. I laughed all the way through this book. When we last saw her, Auntie Mame came back from trip abroad to spirit away Patrick's 7 year old son a trip to India. It's now 2 and a half years later and Patrick is falling apart. He hates his office, because no news from the State Department over his kidnapped son, and hates to go home at night becaus ...more
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not as good as the first book, but ultimately, it rather mirrors its structure, and not simply in the sense that it is based on interconnected short stories. The relationship with Basil Fitz-Hugh seems a bit too dragged out when readers of the first book already know he ends up with Vera and not with Mame, and as with the first book, the climax involves fighting antisemitism. While the first book built toward Patrick's willingness to reject the Upsons as wholeheartedly as Mame does, for this boo ...more
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked it but not as much as the original Auntie Mame book.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
So, the 4 star review is actually more justified this time around.

I can see how this book became the cut bits from book one - while the stories are funny, they're not as funny as the stories featured in the first book.

The race slagging was more prominent, again - Mame does not support that kind of talk/attitude, and she makes it known. Still, I wish it wasn't in the book at all... even though it was the time, at least the people who were nasty got what was coming to them in the form of irritati
Dec 21, 2009 added it
In this madcap sequel, Patrick is dragged around Europe (mostly) by madcap Auntie Mame, who goes native in one country after another and then must flee it, which she always does with aplomb (and devastating hats). It was quite hilarious. I am sorry that this was not also made into a movie starring Rosalind Russell, though that might have been difficult, as it is more risqué than the original and features very many changes of scene. My copy was the 1958 original from the library, and I've since l ...more
Greg Kerestan
Jan 24, 2016 rated it liked it
More of the same isn't so bad when the same is pretty much what you want and expect, so Patrick Dennis's globe-trotting sequel to "Auntie Mame" delivers the goods. This isn't the delightfully zany mother figure theatre people know from the musical "Mame." This Mame is a little rougher around the edges and a little darker, a self-deluding, hypocritical, alternately loving and frightening MILF before there were such a word. (Think Mary Louise Parker, not Angela Lansbury.) This book is a great and ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
While returning to familiar characters proved amusing, the episodic structure of Patrick and Mame's misadventures in different countries seemed more like an acidic absurd TV show. This week: Egypt!

Patrick's already soured by Mame's antics and eccentricities, yet he refuses, through one mishap or another to be able t leave here without his conscience dragging him back. Many lines, particularly descriptions of gloomy castles and recherché decor, make it all enjoyable, despite the "It's a Small(Min
Jan 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Another book that I would like to give 3.5 stars to. Some parts were quite clever and I was pleasantly struck by the openness of scenes & comments about minor drugs, massive alcohol consumption and premarital sex (let's not forget this was written mid-century). Auntie Mame was no prude! However, I also found the humor style dated in parts. My one word description is "madcap". And I just don't think of madcap as a current humor style that really makes you laugh. ...more
Just like the original book, this sequel is madcap, zany, spirited, hilarious, and everything that a wandering romp around the world should be. Mame’s sheer enthusiasm combined with Patrick’s supremely dry observations and the mind-boggling cameos, special guests and random bystanders make for a book that is dizzying, discombobulating and divalicious all at one. A rip roaring good time!
David Szatkowski
Dec 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Patrick Dennis actually wrote several books, but "Auntie Mame" is by far the most famous today. This is the same narrator, but is a more a series of episodes than the first book. While the humor is quite similar, you can see some differences. If you enjoyed the first, Auntie Mame book, this book is worth reading as well.
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
First read this when I was in high school, after reading "Auntie Mame" I love that character so much! Mame Dennis is someone I would have enjoyed knowing. Everyone needs a flamboyant big hearted 'aunt' figure in their life!!!!

Highly recommend (along with The Joyous Season also by Dennis and my personal favorite of all his books)
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x2014-15-season
Along with its predecessor Auntie Mame, this book serves not only as a window into the realities of Pre WWII travel, it also acts as a rather pointed reminder of the old adage 'the more things change the more they stay the same'. the characters are just as fresh as they were when first written over a half-century ago, and but for the lack of modern technology could have been written yesterday.
Emily Von pfahl
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, humor, new-york
A wonderful read, featuring a wonderful cast of characters. I truly wish that Mame had been a real person, and in a way she was, seeing as she was a composite of the author and people in his life. Funny, and at times touching, full of witty dialogue and Mame's joie de vive. Just a delightful read.
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