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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Random; First Edition edition (1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394759788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394759784
  • ASIN: B001ZTXV5G
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,941,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

These aren't short stories--more like scenarios, or poems in the form of scenarios.
James Hercules Sutton
These stories are deeply disturbing, they reminded me of some of the writings of Ray Bradbury, yet they lack his intensity that somehow softens them.
Charles Ashbacher
It had been mentioned soon after he had passed away so it was wonderful to be able to read it!!!
Bonnie

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Chris Gross on February 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
What a wonderful book. You would expect a book by a comedian to be full of laughs (and this one is definitely full of laughs), but there is a serious note to many of the stories; it's the kind of book that puts you into a state where you don't know whether to laugh or cry. Jonathan Winters writes like O. Henry; you never know how his stories will turn out, but you know there will be a twist in the end. These stories beg to be read aloud; I hope that someday a spoken-word version will be released.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James Hercules Sutton on June 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
These aren't short stories--more like scenarios, or poems in the form of scenarios. Jonathan Winters impersonates children, a baby robin, a migrating duck, a tiger, a lunatic from an asylum on a picnic, a bear cub that becomes a teddy bear, a child going to an asylum, the President of the United States hosting a boring reception, a man attacked by a bear, soldiers, an alcoholic Navaho artist looking to his Medicine Man for a cure, a test pilot, orphans, Santa Claus & a turkey, among others. He has it in for Admiral Byrd--maybe the name, because birds appear often. Each "take" has a twist at the end, more for surprise than irony. His tone is more screwball than bizarre, as if he were trying to bean the reader with a wild pitch. His method is to strew stimulation everywhere, but he also deals with serious subjects--love, war, loss. His mood is plaintive rather than deep, like a kitten crying. He searches for value & finds none except laughter, as if he were Kafka scripting an episode of "The Twilight Zone." If the book gets thin in places, it's because the written word is less effective for a performing artist than the spoken word. Listen to the casette first.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Osgood on March 29, 2013
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Winters is one of the comedy giants to come along; the book - yes, it's a bit twisted and odd - but it is a very worthwhile read - not for kids - and will take you on a journey you did not expect from him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mori on July 15, 2013
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I was surprised at the content. This guy was an absolute genius at comedy. I love Jonathan Winters, but for the most part it reveals the true sadness that is internalized by many comedians. It's a shame his parents never recognized the jewel that they had. Fortunately his wife and children did as well as the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie on May 17, 2013
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Loved this book by Jonathan Winters. It had been mentioned soon after he had passed away so it was wonderful to be able to read it!!! A must for Jonathan Winters fans!!!
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By Jbarr5 (julie Barrett) on February 3, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Winter's Tale by Jonathan Winters
Collection of winter stories that are quite unusual.
Short stories about winter months and related from the comic who made Mork and Mindy.
Liked the dance one and the pheasant hunting with his grandfather the best.
Military ones were quite somber and sad.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
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If you love and value the highs and lows of what is "Humor", then you must read this book, by someone who is by no doubt, one of the greatest comedians of modern times. Humor can only be slap-stick, knee buckling, heartbreaking, and wonderfully witty and silly simultaneously by someone who has walked a very different road. I recommend this book highly.
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A nice diversion from the lengthy novels I normally prefer. Of course the fact that I’ve been a Jonathan Winters fan since I was a kid made the morals of these short stories a window into his views of the world. I mean, how often have you been presented with a view of Thanksgiving through the eyes of a turkey?
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