The classic tale of leaving the city and building a house in the country, only to find country life isn't so simple. But it is hilarious. Mr. Blandings, a successful New York advertising executive, and his wife want to escape the confines of their tiny midtown apartment. They design the perfect home in the idyllic country, but soon they are ...Read MoreThe classic tale of leaving the city and building a house in the country, only to find country life isn't so simple. But it is hilarious. Mr. Blandings, a successful New York advertising executive, and his wife want to escape the confines of their tiny midtown apartment. They design the perfect home in the idyllic country, but soon they are beset by construction troubles, temperamental workmen, skyrocketing bills, threatening lawyers, and difficult neighbors. Mr. Blandings' dream house soon threatens to be the nightmare that undoes him. This internationally bestselling book by Eric Hodgins is illustrated by William Steig and was made into a film starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy -- and a later film starring Tom Hanks called "The Money Pit."Read Less
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I saw the movie first (about 10 times), then had to buy the book that Melvyn Douglas holds up in his beginning monologue (same dust jacket). There are SO many addition bits of detail that really makes this a truly enjoyable, yet light read. Looking for an escape? This could be it. Be prepared for several good chuckles though!
Apr 28, 2010
Are you building a home, or stepping into Hell?
Eric Hodgins passed away in 1971, but left us with a wonderful legacy entitled Mr. Blandings builds his dream house. Although fiction, it closely follows the experiences he had when he built a home in New Milford, CT at the very beginning of the movement of city dwellers into the suburbs.
Not only is the book a very good read, but the lessons Mr. Hodgins and his wife learned about dealing with the construction of a home are invaluable even today.
The book was made into a movie starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy, and is still funny to this day.
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