Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis

This is a good book for many reasons. Auntie Mame herself is a character and a half. Her actions and the things that happen to her are truly entertaining to read. Also, it’s nice to read stories that take you back in time a little (the 1920’s to 1950’s Manhattan in this case).

This wasn’t a laugh out loud book for me but it was consistently amusing and made me chuckle more than once. The characters are some of the most colorful I have ever read. Auntie Mame superficially appears to be self-centered but you eventually see that she really cares about people and does the right thing(in her own manner). Also, for the time period in which the novel was written, she was extremely open-minded.

The chapters are digestible enough to read one each night in bed before going to sleep. I also like that each chapter opens up with the narrator talking about an old (and unbelievable) lady in an article he’s reading. This causes the narrator to reminisce about a related story starring his Auntie Mame. In the end, the narrator stops the reminiscing and brings the story to the present. I thought this structure was well-crafted.

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