One-Minute Book Reviews

February 6, 2014

A Twitter Chat on the Novel ‘Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House’

Filed under: Classics,Novels — 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom @ 3:28 pm
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An advertising executive is sucker-punched by his desire to own a country home in one of the great comic novels of the middle decades of the 20th century, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, the subject of this week’s #classicschat on TwitterSwept along by his ill-considered vision of a having idyllic retreat not far from his office in New York City, the intelligent but naive Jim Blandings finds himself opposed — if not fleeced — by his real estate agent, his first architect, his contractors, the original owner of his property, and many others. If you’d like to comment on the novel or the movie version with Cary Grant, please jump in at the Twitter chat I’m hosting at #classicschat.


  1. The first time I wish I was on Twitter. I haven’t read the book, but the movie is one of my all-time favorites for so many reasons.


    Comment by D. Fran Morley — February 6, 2014 @ 4:22 pm | Reply

    • So nice to see you here, Fran. Your comment makes me all the more eager to watch the movie on the DVD I’ve checked out of the FHPL. As Jonathan Yardley said in his review, the novel has held up remarkably well (you just have to multiply by ten every figure that the Blandings’ paid), and sounds as though the movie has, too.

      Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — February 6, 2014 @ 11:16 pm | Reply

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