Has there been a film version?
A play was based on the novel and a film was based on the play. It was released in 1958 and nominated for several Academy Awards.
Who are the important characters?
Patrick Dennis: an orphan who is placed in the care of his eccentric Aunt Mame Dennis
Mame Dennis: the guardian and aunt of Patrick, very eccentric, she throws herself wholly into whatever venture she finds interesting at the moment
Mr. Babcock: the man in charge of Patricks money
What is it about?
Patrick finds himself in the guardianship of his Aunt Mame when he is 10 and recently orphaned. Mame has ideas about raising children which vary drastically from Mr. Babcock and Patricks father. Patrick finds himself caught up in the wild life of Mame, which includes expirimental schools, flashy random redecorating schemes, fancy dinner parties with actors and directors and dictators and artists. Mame and Mr. Babcock are in constant conflict over Patricks welfare and eventually Patrick, as much as he loves his aunt, struggles with her newfangled ideas and plans.
Why is this book a classic/bestseller?
Because it is interesting, hilarious, intriguing, and entertaining. It set records on the New York Times Bestseller list in 1955 by staying at the top for 112 weeks.
Do you recommend I read this book?
Why did this book make your list?
I love the movie with Rosalind Russell!
Has it won any awards?
“There was a kind of up~and~at~`em spirit of a speak easy Girl Scout to my aunt.” p 19
“By one o clock there were more than a hundred and twenty relatives milling around Peckerwood, all talking, and all talking loud. Mrs. Burnside indicated her disapproval of all this with a fanfaronade of flatulence.” p 69
There is a sequel to this book called “Around the World with Auntie Mame.”
I love this movie starring Rosalind Russell, and I didnt even know it was first a book. I spotted it on the library shelf and was ecstatic. And I wasnt disappointed. The book is just as enchanting as the movie, more so even, because it includes scenes from the escapades of Patrick and Mame which werent included in the movie probably due to time and controversy. Mame is an effervescent whirl of a woman who knows exactly how to make someone feel special and wanted, whether it is recently orphaned Patrick or the reader. Some of her adventures were absurd, some unbelievable, but all entertaining.