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The Complete Prose of Woody Allen Hardcover – March 29, 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 473 pages
  • Publisher: Wings Books; 1st edition (March 29, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517072297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517072295
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Born in 1935, Allen Stewart Konigsberg (better known as Woody Allen) is today one of the most influential figures in cinema. He has written and directed such memorable films as Annie Hall and Manhattan, and has acted in over 40 films. He is also the author of three books--Getting Even (1971), Without Feathers (1975), and Side Effects (1980). The Complete Prose of Woody Allen brings these memorable titles together for one bumper collection--a must-have for Allen addicts.

Getting Even is a collection of 17 of Allen's magazine pieces from the late 1960s discussing such bizarre topics as the invention of the sandwich, laundry lists, death, obesity, and, of course, rabbis.

Without Feathers delivers more of Allen's New Yorker-style humor. Worthy stand-outs include "If the Impressionists Had Been Dentists," a genius piece that puts oral surgery in a whole new, much more exciting, light.

Finally, Side Effects compiles Allen's best New Yorker essays from the late 1970s. Although not as outrageously funny as his previous books, this is still a classic piece of comedy. --Naomi Gesinger

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'It's no secret that Allen's short stories are just as entertaining and accomplished as his films... Allen's witty stories satirise contemporary society and classic modern literature in a style that is characteristically breathless, off the cuff and brilliant' OBSERVER --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is genuinely hilarious and intelligent prose.
BC
Woody develops his style gradually and toward the end of the collection manages to produce a few more organized and longer short stories.
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This is a great way to start your reading of Woody Allen.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By PAD-YO@MSN.COM on May 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I must admit I'm a sucker for the silly side. The thing with Woody is that he'll have you laughing out loud like a fool one sentence and the next he's got you staring off into space thinking, "Yeah, yeah...that's true." Conversations with Death, the supernatural explained, the story of one man's pathetic attempt at a life of crime, and the single best description of sex I've ever read- "...executing with total emotional commitment the absurd choreography of human passion," it's all in there. I was always afraid of Woody Allen because I thought you'd have to be Jewish to get it. Rather, you'd have to be dead not to.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As it says on the jacket (or sleeve?) of one of these 3 books, it is dangerous reading on a bus because its nearly impossible to not burst out laughing. I was waiting at a bus stop recently in San Francisco and a lone young man reading a paperback book was unable to suppress his laughter. I took a surreptitious look at the title and I wasn't suprised to discover that it was 'Side Effects'! I treasure my copy of "The Complete Prose.." and I highly, strongly recommend it to everyone! I've given it as a gift and the recipients have always been amazed at how incredibly, ceaselessly, mercilessly funny it is. READ IT! READ IT! READ IT! -the empress of adverbs
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Hatmaker(mhatmake@conc.tdsnet.com) on April 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Woody has said that his prose is influenced by two past masters--Robert Benchley and S.J. Perelman. I believe Woody has surpassed these giants and created laugh out loud prose that will last for ages. Where Perelman often loses his readers in baroque construction, Woody brings his crisp, well-honed stand-up structure to the written word. Benchley is hard to beat, and I suspect he was only beaten here because Benchley had to turn out pieces like a comedic assembly line, and Woody had the advantage of taking each piece and honing it to perfection before submission. Benchley's fingerprints are all over this work--just compare Woody's academic parodies with any of Benchley's. Do yourself a favor and read this book--you will laugh out loud. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RTGame@aol.com on May 7, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Woody's short humor is hilarious. It simply has to be read by anyone who appreciates prose humor. If you are about to get run over by a bus, postpone doing so and go out and buy this book. If you have jumped off a bridge, put off hitting the ground until reading this book. You will not be disappointed. Even if you don't like his movies (I myself am only a fan of his earlier work in the 70s) give his fiction and articles a try, because they are nothing like the whiny humor he does on film. How can you do that on the page anyway? Completely different kinds of humor, the written humor far surpassing the filmed humor, in my opinion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 25, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I'm amazed and a little sad that there are so few reviews here for such a hilarious book. Check out the reviews for the 3 prose books separately. Almost none! These books, comprised in this volume, are the best ever
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Happy Chappy VINE VOICE on August 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Three great books all in one fun filled volume of sheer funny. Including:

Getting Even is the comedic genious at his ludicrous best. The reparte between the two chess playing opponents, via e-mail, is worth the price of the book alone. Very funny.

Side Effects was released in 1980. It is a very funny collection of Allen's work, much of which first appeared in the New Yorker and other publication. The books is pretty even, and rather funny. The high point here is The Kugelmass Episode which features a professor named Sidney Kugelmass who is, via a magician, tranpsorted into the novel Madame Bovary.

Without Feathers is a witty humorous book with 15 or so short essays/stories on a variety of topics. The humor here is very funny and not dated at all. You most pay close attention as the one-liners fly off the pages. Simply hilarious stuff. Hard to believe this was released in 1975.

A 5 star book, well worth the price... enjoy!

Note: This collection is also available in paperback and titled The Insanity Defense: The Complete Prose
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BC on August 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is genuinely hilarious and intelligent prose. My favourites are "Mr Big", "Viva Vargas!" and "Reminiscences, People and Places". Prepare to convulse. People will stare at you while you gasp for oxygen. Pure genius. The only mystery is why Allen isn't as well recognised for his writing as his movies. If you read this you will also wonder.

Allen sometimes seems to step over the line separating sharp satire from outright cynicism, especially in the later writing - but who cares? It's still a class apart. Highly recommendable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Halston on February 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I read this book on occasion when I need cheering, and in our world that is pretty much everyday. This book is filled with timeless and luminous insights into the poignant insignificance of existence. Mr. Allen is a true master of unyeilding despair. Although his humor appeals to a more gentler time, is less coarse and more humane than that of our time, it is still worth reading. Even my analyst says this is to be read before and after my next suicide attempt. And yes, I will have to pay for all the sessions I miss. Alas.
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