Around the World with Auntie Mame

Title: Around the World with Auntie Mame
Author: Patrick Dennis (pseud. for Edward Everett Tanner)
Genre: fiction
ISBN: none (1958 ed.)
Pages: 275
Year Published: 1958
Source: public library
Rating: 5/5

Description, as found on

Narrated once again 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 seminudity 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.

Just like the original Auntie Mame, this novel was delightfully humorous. I have to say that these two books are great for summer reading, because they are very straightforward and thinking beyond what is presented in the book is not required.

As the description states, this sequel to Auntie Mame actually takes place during Auntie Mame. Essentially, Auntie Mame takes place from the 1920s-1950s, while Around the World with Auntie Mame takes place in the 1930s-1940s. It is just a recollection of what was passed over the first time. And it actually worked well, the way it was set up. The narrator Patrick didn’t tell his wife about his own trip–he was reminiscing about all of the things he wouldn’t tell the wife, because Auntie Mame practically kidnapped their own 7-year-old son and has been traveling with him for the past 2.5 years.

As with Auntie Mame, I recommend this book to any who 1) liked Auntie Mame and 2) want a funny read and go around the world in the mid-1900s 🙂


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