First of all, maybe my favorite title ever. Allen's humor is, in my opinion, even more effective on the page than it is on the screen. I've never laughed so loud while reading prose, and it may have Allen's favorite personality-the bemused neurotic, the perpetual worrywart, the born loser-dominates his plays, his movies, and his essays. A native New Yorker, Allen attended local schools and despised them, turning early to essay writing as a way to cope with his Since his apprenticeship, writing gags for comedians such as Sid Caesar and Garry Moore, the image he projects-of a "nebbish from Brooklyn"-has developed into a personal metaphor of life as a concentration camp from which no one escapes alive.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Brings together three hilarious pieces by America's comic genius: Without Feathers , a secret journal that addresses life's "big" questions; Getting Even , Woody as psychologist, historian, and philosopher; and Side Effects , Woody's take on UFOs and more.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 07, Mario the lone bookwolf rated it really liked it Shelves: humor-and-comedy.
With or without seeing the movies a pleasure and study of society. One wonders if one interprets too much into it. Or if really so many subtle allusions are hidden, as one suspects. Unfortunately, such entertainment has become a scarce commodity.
Works focused on a character and deeper drawing would be an addition to the conventional movie business. Man fragt sich, ob man zu viel hinein interpretiert. Oder ob wirklich so viele subtile Anspielungen versteckt sind, wie man vermutet. Derartige Unterhaltung ist leider zur Mangelware geworden.
He kills for food. There is also an inspiring story of the futile race to beat Dr. Grasping the mouse firmly by the tail, I snapped it like a small whip, and the morsel of cheese came loose. If we can transfer the procedure to humans, we may have something.
Too early to tell. Surprisingly Unsurprisingly Woody Allen's prolific imagination is always surprising us with the most absurd surreal kind of thoughts! However, since craziness means businness to him, we'll easily picture him signing every ludicrous, lunatic thought on Earth.
View 1 comment. View all 7 comments. Woody Allen practices humor version prolo - but apparently only. So try out his jokes at kebab Victor Hugo at the time of ralouf and white sauce. Not sure we will understand the subtle allusions to Schopenhauer, Marlowe or Shaw. He is not a prolo who wants and Woodywood may have regretted not having this rope his bow. Already, one felt without his films that he had never really known the dirt of poor neighborhoods, garbage dumps and depressed workers.
It's not a reason for him to want it. Pride Woody Allen practices humor version prolo - but apparently only. Pride flattered, seizing his jokes as if Schopenhauer was no more difficult to grasp than, philosophizing on his tricycle, his absurd humor can almost compete with that of Monty Python. Jul 15, Lee Klein rated it really liked it. This is worth it if just for "The Whores of Mensa". I've finished this book and believe me when I say, I'm really sad that it has gotten over.
However, I console my heart with the fact that this book is a keeper. I know that I can pick it up anytime and it will make me laugh. Not the loud howling kind, but a subtle philosophical kind of laugh that I will shake my head over.
Woody Allen needs no introduction, and if he needs one for the uninitiated, well I recommend them to get familiar with his movies first and then go for the book. Because the wa I've finished this book and believe me when I say, I'm really sad that it has gotten over. Because the way Allen writes can be quite mesmerizing yet can be easily misunderstood or not understood at all.
Each book is a collection of short stories, essays and hobnobs. I really can't find words to describe the writings other than to quote what Daily Telegraph had to say about the book, " No five hundred page book ever contained a laugh a line, but this one gets pretty close.
His observations range from philosophy to sports to movies and everything. Readers of humor and connoisseurs of witty conversations would do well to seize this gem of a book. For the rest, as Allen himself says, " Getting through the night is becoming harder and harder.
Without Feathers is the funniest of this trilogy, with Getting Even a close second. The other selection was great too, and I maybe should have read this in shorter bursts rather than all at once. My sides are currently damaged beyond repair. Allen writes stories with deeper philosophical meaning. He asks searching questions that scratch through the absurdity of life, with way more laughs than Nietzsche or Sartre.
I'm catching up with his movies too. Zelig is currently sitting in my disc drive. Apr 08, Jigar Brahmbhatt rated it really liked it. Short pieces of absurd pseudo-intellectualism in a typical Woody Allen style! He affirms a notion I once came across about the human condition: "loose your sense of humor, and you're in trouble" On the book cover of Picador edition, Will Self praises the book as "an ideal bedside companion".
I can't disagree. Sep 10, Parniyan Araghi rated it liked it. View all 3 comments. Humour is a hugely important thing in literature because the most laughable thing is a book without a sliver of relief. A book that is all relief, on the other hand, doesn't seem like what literature is for.
And from Woody Allen, whose films are filled with insight and tense interactions, that his stories contain not a smidgen is triply disappointing. I was hoping for shorter collections of scenes that resembled his screenplays adapted into short stories. Instead I got The Day Today in short story form, which I was initially pleased with anyway, but I eventually handed the book to a friend who said 'You finished already?
But I got the point. This a collection of short stories, many dealing with issues and subject matter that Allen's films deal with - sex, fidelity, existence, art, music, etc.
What struck me most was the inconsistency of the quality of his stories. I'm giving this book three stars, but if I could rate each story, there would be several five stars and several one star stories.
Some were extremely creative and delightful to read. You felt like these stories could have been expanded into full length films. The sci-fi st This a collection of short stories, many dealing with issues and subject matter that Allen's films deal with - sex, fidelity, existence, art, music, etc. The sci-fi story about a magician's box that can transport Allen into his favorite books for sexual reason, of course is creative and well-written. The story about a man that visits a dying friend to hit on the nurse is equally enjoyable, as are a handful of others.
Funny, dark, introspective - classic Woody Allen. Others were unreadable. Perhaps it is the absurdity genre that I had an issue with, rather than the stories themselves. For ex. Another attempted to analyze the life of an author by his laundry list.
The Complete Prose of Woody Allen