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Getting Even by Woody Allen

Getting Even (original 1971; edition 1978)

by Woody Allen

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Title:Getting Even
Authors:Woody Allen
Info:Vintage (1978), Edizione: Vintage Books ed, Mass Market Paperback, 128 pagine
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Getting Even by Woody Allen (1971)

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Allen's short pieces are intellectual and laugh out loud funny. Some of them might have been written by Borges had been a Jewish American comedian. ( )
  datrappert | Oct 24, 2016 |
Save for the bathroom, or while waiting in line/car, etc. Not bad, but was hoping for LOL funny. ( )
  GettinBetter | Jun 27, 2016 |
His first collection. Hilarious short pieces ( )
  unclebob53703 | Jun 4, 2015 |
I decided to read this because I am a big Woody Allen fan and it came up in an article I read. If you are a fan then it is a good read but it also feels somewhat dated. The book consists of short pieces that he wrote for the New Yorker in the 60's. It was published shortly after his first 2 movies and it is heavy on the absurdist humor that dominated his work at that time. It was a quick read and a way to see Woody Allen for those that only know him through his movies. ( )
  nivramkoorb | Feb 10, 2015 |
Fun stuff - and a quick read. I especially enjoyed the card game with the grim reaper as well as the long distance chess match. Some parts fall a bit flat but on the whole this is highly humorous and entertaining. ( )
  JohnCouke | Jan 16, 2014 |
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After three decades of prodigious film work (and some unfortunate tabloid adventures as well), it's easy to forget that Woody Allen began his career as one heck of a great comedy writer. Getting Even, a collection of his late '60s magazine pieces, offers a look into Allen's bag of shtick, back when it was new. From the supposed memoirs of Hitler's barber: "Then, in January of 1945, a plot by several generals to shave Hitler's moustache in his sleep failed when von Stauffenberg, in the darkness of Hitler's bedroom, shaved off one of the Führer's eyebrows instead..."

Even though the idea of writing jokes about old Adolf--or addled rabbis, or Maatjes herring--isn't nearly as fresh as it used to be, Getting Even still delivers plenty of laughs. At his best, Woody can achieve a level of transcendent craziness that no other writer can match. If you're looking for a book to dip into at random, or a gift for someone who's seen Sleeper 13 times, Getting Even is a dead lock.

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