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Blandings' Way

(Blandings #2)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  6 reviews
A great many people have been wondering what happened to the Mr. Blandings who built his dream house in 1946. Now they are in a position to find out.

Let's face it quickly - Mr. Blandings tried to become a Social Force. And Blandings' Way sets forth, with alternations of warm humor and cold terror, the log of this perilous voyage.

Mr. Blandings knew very well how to be a su
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Hardcover, 314 pages
Published 1950 by Simon & Schuster, NY
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Anthony Watkins
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I stumbled across this book in the 1970s when I was a teenager and reading everything I could get my hands on. If I remember correctly, I read it the same summer I read Atlas Shrugged. I found Atlas to be more of a fun escapist tale, while this story seemed all too real at the documentation of a certain life, so often lived by those who has "succeeded" in some sense in winning at the American dream."
(As a side note, I was horrified, a few years later to find that Atlas was seen by my peers, and
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Sue
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As I read books, I mark places that speak to me or inspire further thought. From the Judge Learned Hand quote on the title page (“The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.”) to the entire final paragraph, I marked almost a third of this book. It’s been many years since I read Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, but I enjoyed this one as much if not more.

Selecting among the passages dealing with the decline of good workmanship, a déjà vu trip to past times, be
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Paul
May 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Blanding's Way is a much more serious novel than its predecessor, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, in both tone and approach. Whereas Hodgins's first novel was a cathartic fictionalization of his own foibles at having his dream house built, the sequel gets way deeper inside his alter-ego's head, and also shows things from the points of view of several different characters in the town. There is also a fair bit of social commentary, vis-a-vis the Red paranoia of the time. I enjoyed it just as ...more
Phil
Nov 26, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
A sequel to my all-time favorite book, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, this book merely continues Jim Blandings' whininess, without the "I can relate to that" story of Dream House.

Blandings' crabbyness about the advertising buisness continues, so he looks at becomming a small-town newspaper publisher.
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The sequel to Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House!
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Born 1899, Eric Francis Hodgins was the American author of the popular Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1946). Hodgins served as editor in chief of The Youth Companion, associate editor of Redbook, and then as associate editor of Fortune magazine. He became publisher of Fortune in 1937, and a vice president of Time Inc. in 1938. He quit Time Inc. in 1946 to write full-time.

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