Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Around the World with Auntie Mame - Patrick Dennis

Around the World with Auntie Mame Synopsis:  Narrated by Mame’s fictional deadpan nephew, Around the World with Auntie Mame takes readers on a first-rate if not always first-class voyage to intriguing locales around the world—including Paris, London, and Lebanon. Setting sail aboard the Normandie, Mame soon finds herself pursued by Interpol and rescued from semi-nudity by a pack of Irish wolfhounds. Next, Mame’s antics lead her to a gunrunning ship on the eve of World War II, causing luxury accommodations to be forfeited for the sake of action. But not to worry—she doesn’t rough it for long. If you thought her Manhattan parties were superb, you’ll want to put yourself on the guest list for her splashy Venice bash featured in this equally tipsy and titillating romp.


When I turned 50 three years ago, my father blessed me with a memory. He remembered reading Around the World with Auntie Mame to my mother when she was in labor with me.  So of course I had to read it.  The story is told as a series of vignettes as Patrick tells his wife Pegeen of his crazy adventures with his Auntie Mame while they are waiting and  have been waiting for many many months in hopes she will return their son for Christmas.  Mame had a habit of throwing money around and jumping from the fire pan into the fire and escaping to do so again in another country.  I made it about 2/3rds of the way through Mame's madcap travels before I couldn't take it anymore and just skipped to the end.  It's full of the type of hilarity and stupidity and slap stick humor that just makes me nervous, but if you like that type of thing, you'll enjoy it.
 
Released:  Originally released 1958
Pages:  322
Setting: London, Venice, Austria, etc
Challenge: Dusty book
Rating: 2
YTD: 3