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

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Auntie Mame is back in print, the novel that introduced the world to America's most madcap, fun-loving, and irresistible aunt.
Paperback, 299 pages
Published September 11th 2001 by Broadway Books (first published 1954)
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Nick Pageant
Jul 22, 2014 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 rated it really liked it
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
Reto 43: con un familiar en el titulo.

Cuando Patrick Dennis queda huérfano a los 10 años quedando a cargo -excepto financieramente- de la hermana de su padre, la tía Mame en Nueva York pasa de un ambiente conservador a uno muy diferente. Las ocurrencias de su tía y toda la gama de gente con que ella se rodea y la vida de una socialité de los años antes y pos-depresión son relatados desde el punto de vista de Patrick mientras crece.


El libro esta lleno de palabras de doble sentido y comentarios
Carl Kleinebecker
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 25, 2016 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
Mar 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Leslie Hickman
May 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
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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
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library-haves
Absolutely loved it! An easy and enjoyable read. I also felt really connected to some parts of the book.
خيلى كتاب جالبى بود. آسان خوان بود، پراز لغات و اصطلاحات آشنا و غريبه، با انواع تم ها: ژاپنى، نيويوركى، اروپايى، هندى و غيره و غيره. انقدر عمه ميم درماجراجويى هاش تنوع طلب بود كه بعد از هر فصل كتاب احساس ميكردم داستان جديدى رو دارم با شخصيتهاى جديدى ميخونم. جذاب بود.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
Auntie Mame sure is one quirky, crazy character, but I loved her and this book! I love how light and easy to read this book is, and I have already ordered Around the World with Auntie Mame. Very pleasurable read.
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Libros Prestados
Apr 16, 2015 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
Mar 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Mariaelena Di Gennaro
"Caro libraio,
quel cialtronello di mio nipote Patrick ha scritto un libro su di me che trovo estremamente scurrile. E soprattutto per niente veritiero. Pensa, racconta che una volta mi sarei fatta beccare nuda in un dormitorio di Princeton. Smentisco nel modo più categorico: non era Princeton, era Yale. Dunque, sappi che farò causa a Patrick. Farò causa all'editore. E, nel caso tu venda una sola copia del libro, farò causa anche a te.
Baci, baci, baci.

In realtà questo libro di copie ne ha v
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 18, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Antonio Arch
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Want to read everything by Patrick Dennis.
Serena.. Sery-ously?

Probabilmente a me è sfuggita l'essenza del romanzo, offuscata dall'antipatia e il fastidio che Zia Mame mi ha procurato :(
speravo di trovare un personaggio frizzante, geniale e sopra le righe.. E dove forse almeno in parte l'ultima cosa è veritiera, per il resto ho trovato una donna frivola e sciocca (non priva di intelligenza, solo sciocca!), assurda e terribilmente egoista.
Se poi da una parte ho apprezzato la brevità delle storie raccontate, dall'altra questa divisione mi ha un po' distur
A fun, OTT read. Liked that the vocabulary usage was extensive. So many modern books use a stripped down word choice. Sure they tell the story but English has so much more to offer. Some social commentary that seems just as relevant today as when it was written in the 1950s. Some pretty good double entendres.
Mireille Lapensee
Sep 11, 2011 rated it liked it
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 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 rated it liked it
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
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*The Roaring Twenties*
Finalmente ho letto questo deliziosissimo Adelphi che stava nella mia wishlist da tempo immemore!
Zia Mame è un libro dalla storia travagliata: scritto da Edward Everett Tanner III, sotto lo pseudonimo di Patrick Dennis, fu rifiutato dapprincipio da ben diciannove editori, poiché ritenuto invendibile. Il motivo di ciò era da andare a ricercare nel fatto che il libro fosse zeppo di capitoli scollegati fra loro, nonostante i protagonisti fossero sempre gli stessi, ergo tutt'al
• Frannie •
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eccentrica, irriverente, completamente pazza. Ma sotto sotto tutti vorremmo una zia così. Divertentissimo e un'ottima lettura da fare sotto l'ombrellone, l'ho apprezzato più di quanto non mi aspettassi!
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