A Love Letter to an Outrageous Aunt and A Lost World of Fun

by Rachel Baker on December 6, 2014

This is a wonderful post about Auntie Mame. If you haven’t read the story, you should.

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The book, in turn, is not as much a novel as a notebook in which a witty and wistful student has written copious notes. Dennis has embellished here and tightened there, all in the name of fun and style and pace.

“I’ve always thought that for all her popularity, her interests, her constant comings and goings, she was probably a little lonely, too.”

In one sentence, Dennis provides cover for his gem.

Don’t expect her to be a real person, he warns. She is a projection screen for dreams and disappointments. She is also an encyclopedia. She is neither a comic nor a tragic figure. If you are looking for a novel, you have come to the wrong place.

You arrive at Mame’s duplex and dance the night away. You’re invited for a brief stay only, as the stock market crashes and Mame must move. Her financial ruin by chapter three is a warning: enjoy yourself, because, to borrow from a song Auntie Mame wouldn’t live to hear, the times, they are ‘a changing.

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