Genius Author:Patrick Dennis The story is set in Mexico City. Its hero (the word is used loosely)is Leander Starr, one of the world's most famous directors and the world's most famous deadbeat. — Leander is on the lam (the word is used discreetly) from the U. S. Department of Internal Revenue; from two overdue back alimonies; from the bills for support of his long-distant, ... more »long-unseen daughter; and from a formidable millionairess, Mrs. Worthington Pomeroy, a longing lady between fifty and death who could put Mr. Starr back on Easy Street--if only he could bear the sight of her.
Enter Catalina Ximinez, star of his great film, Yucatan Girl; Lady Joyce, rich and lovely and one of Starr's may ex-wives; Mr. Guber, of Teaneck, New Jersey, and intensely devoted employee of the Department of Internal Revenue; Emily Starr, the great man's beautiful and (almost) grown-up daughter; a dashing (in both interpretations) young American con man; the indefatigable Mrs Pomeroy; and of course, the observant narrator himself, Patrick Dennis, who tells all (or all that the law allows) about them.
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When I first started this book, I felt it was very mean spirited, but I kept reading it, and I became interested in the characters and I was able to get past Patrick Dennis' nasty tone; and I quite enjoyed the silliness of it. There is alot going on in this book, but in a lazy, Mexican resort way. If you liked the antics of Auntie Mame, then you'll like this one too.