Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House


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 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.

Title:Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780743262323
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  • Hannah

    I've been wanting to read this for ever (it seems), as the Cary Grant movie based on the book is one of my favorite black and white "oldie-goldies".What a letdown the book was. Not even a fraction as ...

  • Emily

    This is a hard book to know how to rate. It's a story of a husband and wife who decide to buy a home in the country so they can have an idyllic life away from the noise and bustle of the city. You cou...

  • Mike

    One summer in my middle school years I frequently stayed up late, watching on television the movie being shown on "The Late Show" (there was a different movie every night). I remember seeing the film ...

  • Alyse

    Laugh-out-loud funny. I only wish there were more entries in Mrs. Blandings Diary. ...

  • Darla

    Hilarious! Just as good as the 1948 Cary Grant movie based on it. The major difference between the novel and the movie is that the movie's time line is majorly compressed (the whole story takes place ...

  • Sarah

    Hysterical!! 1930s semi-screwball comedy of errors in which a Manhattan couple decides to build a house in the country. Everything that can go wrong... Made me feel better about my own real estate fum...

  • Robert

    A few stylistic bits are off-putting but understandable - switching viewpoints from Mr to Mrs halfway through and a much larger vocabulary than most current authors use being the most prominent; and t...

  • Jessica

    I don't know if you've seen the old Cary Grant movie made from this book, but my advice is to watch the movie and not worry about the book. It was really stressful--one catastrophe after another, with...

  • Deborah

    This was a nice little trip back in time, but it also shows the more things change the more they stay the same. Home renovation/redecoration never goes the way you plan & it NEVER costs what you think...

  • Lisa Brantly

    It would be funnier if it wasn't quite as frighteningly accurate ­čś│(I wonder if folks who didn't care for it ever built or remodelled a house?)...