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The 50th anniversary edition of Edward Streeter's heartwarming classic, "Father of the Bride." Poor Mr. Banks! His jacket is too tight, he can't get a cocktail, and he's footing the bill....He's the father of the bride.Stanley Banks is just your ordinary suburban dad. He's the kind of guy who believes that weddings are simple affairs in which two people get married. But whThe 50th anniversary edition of Edward Streeter's heartwarming classic, "Father of the Bride." Poor Mr. Banks! His jacket is too tight, he can't get a cocktail, and he's footing the bill....He's the father of the bride.Stanley Banks is just your ordinary suburban dad. He's the kind of guy who believes that weddings are simple affairs in which two people get married. But when daddy's little girl announces her engagement to Buckley, Mr. Banks feels like his life has been turned upside down. And any man with a daughter can appreciate Mr. Banks's feelings.Kay: Now, Pops, please. If we're going --Mr. Banks: -- and what's his last name? I hope it's better than his first one.Kay: Pops, I'm not going to sit here --Mr. Banks: -- and where the hell does he come from -- and who does he think is going to support him? If it's me he's got another guess coming. And who in God's name --To say the least, Mr. Banks isn't taking it well, and to make matters worse, he must host cocktail parties with the in-laws-to-be, initiate financial planning talks with Buckley, and moderate family conferences on who will be invited to the reception.Who can blame him when he sinks so low as to offer Kay $1500 to elope?But Mr. Banks holds his peace, and when the last wedding guest has departed from his confetti-matted house, he has his memories, and you have a merry record of his tribulations....

Title : Father of the Bride (Classic Edition)
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ISBN : 9780684863542
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 234 Pages
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Father of the Bride (Classic Edition) Reviews

  • Tony
    2018-11-24 18:40

    FATHER OF THE BRIDE. (1948). Edward Streeter. ***1/2.This was a best seller in the year of its publication, and became even more famous when a few years later the movie version was released starring Spenser Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor. Since that time, the book has become a touchstone of the times. The themes of the events surrounding a wedding have become so often done that going back to the original does not provoke any laughter. Since this book, the trials of the father of the bride have been so over-worked that they are trite. We also encounter the experience of humor changing with time. What was funny sixty years ago is barely smile-making today. What we are facing, of course, is the radical change in the composition and behavior of the family unit. In any event, it’s worth taking a look at this original to get a measure of how far we have come to our present grouchy days. It is certainly a light read, and will give you a chance to catch up on all of the expressions used by the author to develop his story line. I was going to start listing all of the similes used, but decided that it would be more fun if you found them all yourself.

  • Lizzy
    2018-11-27 23:49

    This is very, very sweet, and really quite funny. Reminded me of Wodehouse, but without his bite.It's also comforting to know that people have been stumbling blindly through wedding planning for a long time.

  • Danya
    2018-12-18 00:57

    This had a pleasantly old-fashioned feel to it, conveyed by both the writing and the accompanying illustrations. I must admit I prefer the movie (what can I say, Steve Martin is hilarious), as I did not find the book nearly as funny; nevertheless, there were still occasional lines that tickled my funnybone and gave me a chuckle. The only character that truly gets fleshed-out is the titular one, Mr. Banks, the "father of the bride" -- the bride herself is an extremely flat, vague stereotype that I'm sure would drive me bonkers in real life, and her husband-to-be is sketched in even fainter lines. Perhaps this was intentional? Anyway, this results in the book being not remotely about the bride and groom's relationship, but instead solely about the actual process of putting on a wedding -- and how Mr. Banks feels about the whole thing. While the actual costs and perhaps some of the elements of a wedding are different nowadays compared to 50 years ago, the amount of work that goes into planning and carrying it out is undoubtedly still overwhelming! This book conveys that message in spades. At the end of it all, one can't help but think, "poor Mr. Banks." The narration so realistically portrays Mr. Banks's emotions throughout this process -- everything from dismay and resistance to bewilderment and resignation -- as he is carried along on a tide of wedding planning.

  • Pontiki
    2018-11-21 01:01

    I think what I liked best about this fun little novel is its old-fashioned setting. All the funny situations and foibles of Banks make this a light, fast read. I really like illustrations as well. The newer movie was similar, but different enough that I could judge it independently from the book. Unlike so much comedic writing now, which is like reading a standup routine, this is more in the vein of PG Wodehouse, funny situations and interactions. A good sunny afternoon book.

  • Kris
    2018-11-21 00:39

    I am in the middle of a tear of reading the original books from movies I have loved, and this one not only fit the bill but I enjoyed it immensely! Streeter has a wonderful way with humor. He made the character of Stanley Banks likable, mischievous and sympathetic. It was a briskly read that covered all aspects of the story very well. The vintage illustrations were absolutely charming and added to the whole experience. It's a shame that Streeter did not write more novels but at least we have this one to cherish.

  • Lynn Demsky
    2018-11-29 22:59

    This was a wholesome amusing read! All the poor dilemmas this Dad runs into while getting his daughter married off(and not wanting to give her up) are just hilarious! A smidgeon over-exaggerated but just plain humorous --- I was laughing so hard that I had tears running down my face. As I was reading I could picture Spencer Tracy in this spot and that spot along with Steve Martin! Every time I think of the book I’ll have smiles all over my face --- the book is hundred times better than either of the movies I have seen! A great humorous read!

  • Sarah Rieder
    2018-12-20 00:48

    I discovered this one day while I was at work in the library. I delightful, quick-read book.

  • Crystal Ellyson
    2018-12-01 01:40

    This book was so funny!!!!!! I love it!!!!!!

  • Megan Nigh
    2018-12-05 23:57

    Really cute and fast read. Pretty much nails wedding planning even by today's standards although it was written in the late 1940s, I believe. I rewatched the Steve Martin version of the movie after finishing this and actually preferred this novel to the movie adaptation--although I enjoyed that as well. Haven't seen the original movie adaptation yet. Maybe someday!

  • Jenni V.
    2018-12-15 21:43

    The book was originally published in 1948 and I read a first edition. I love the style of older books with illustrations; there was a lot of care put into the whole 'experience' of reading, not just getting the words on the page.That being said, I'm not sure why my library still had this on their shelf. I don't believe the author is well-known and nothing really holds up, from the dollar amounts to the constant drinking to the traditions. But it was a fun look at the past (even if I can only picture Steve Martin as I'm reading since he played the dad in the Father of the Bride movie).I guess this funny quote shows one thing about large weddings hasn't changed with time - there is often no room for the groom or his opinion, haha! "It struck Mr. Banks that the accepted belief that men married women was a colossal hoax - they were merely married by women." A Few Quotes from the Book"The only recognition he received was when Kay occasionally pushed him aside with "Please, Pops. Can't you see you're right in the way? Why don't you go downstairs and read? You just don't understand." At those moments he would be in full agreement with his daughter for the first time in days.""What an innocent he had been! His original wedding budget had included a case or two of champagne, a couple of hundred water cress sandwiches, a wedding dress (if he was unfortunate enough to have reared a daughter who couldn't slip into her mother's), a handsome present to the bride, some miscellaneous tips and that was about all (although bad enough). The church was free. What else was there?""A moment later Mrs. Banks entered the room and Mr. Banks forgot everything else. He knew that he would never be able to remember what she was wearing. He knew also that, to his dying day, he would never forget her as she stood, framed in the doorway, waiting for his approval - slim, graceful and lovely.""They lapsed into exhausted silence. In the brain of each a projector was unreeling the film of the day's events. It would have amazed them if they could have known how different the films were."Find all my reviews at:

  • E.H. Nolan
    2018-12-19 00:58

    Dozens of jokes have been inspired by the proverbial “nervous bride”, but what about the man in the wedding? No, not the groom. You know, the guy paying for it. The father of the bride. Well, thanks to ­­­­Edward Streeter, an entire book has been written to honor, understand, and well, make fun of, the star of every wedding.The novel, written in 1949, is hilarious and timeless. Fathers dote on their daughters, and they feel jealous and sad when another man comes in the picture. Daughters don’t listen to their parents, but when the advice is reiterated by their main squeeze, they take it as the gospel. Weddings are stressful, and not only for the bride.If you enjoyed the 1950 film version, you’ll probably like this book. The 1991 version doesn’t have an old-fashioned feel to it, and although the basic principles Streeter wrote about are still relevant today, there is a distinctly classic feel to the written language.If you’d enjoy reading a book showered with cute illustrations that resemble Mr. Moneybags from Monopoly—ironic, since he’s paying for the wedding—head on out to the bookstore. Gluyas Williams’s illustrations really are darling, the perfect icing on the wedding cake in a novel written almost entirely with tongue-in-cheek about the ridiculousness of fathers.

  • Elyssa
    2018-12-11 23:38

    Father of the Bride was good, the end was rather depressing, though. It is hard because they had such a different view of marrige back then, and I found some of the happenings a little boring. I also had a hard time relating with this book, though I think if I read it again someday, I might find it a little bit more entertaining.

  • Trish Boese
    2018-11-30 23:58

    4* This book is a comedy. Complete with the illustrations it is a funny little book, if somewhat predictable. Journey with Mr. Stanley Banks as he gives his daughter away, trying to plan prudently, and then being swept along with the proceedings beyond his control.

  • L. (Your Migraines Are Podcasts Trying To Be Produced)
    2018-12-09 20:49

    "He now began to wonder whether he possibly had not overdone things a bit and conveyed to the world the impression that he was rearing a brood of alcoholics."You are, Stanley. You are. Instead of planning a wedding, these people need to be planning an intervention. What a bevy of boozers.

  • Liz
    2018-11-29 20:35

    Cute as a button!

  • Donna Nimmo
    2018-11-20 18:40

    Pretty much like the movie!

  • Cassidy
    2018-12-05 21:49

    Father of the Bride is my all-time favorite movie!! I didn't enjoy the book as much as I enjoy the movie but it was still fun to see the similarities.

  • AlixJamie
    2018-12-05 20:39

    A clean and hilarious telling of the trials and woes of Mr. Stanley Banks, who is caught up, against his will, in the arrangements and final ceremony and reception of his daughter's wedding.

  • Amy
    2018-11-29 19:57

    Pretty sexist and pretty good. Maybe you should just watch the movie? The Elizabeth Taylor version. Geez. I just need a break from my Cormac McCarthy/Jose Saramago postapocalyptic nightmares.

  • Stephanie
    2018-12-12 00:41

    I really loved the book since I know the remake of father of the bride