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Without Feathers by Woody Allen

Without Feathers (original 1975; edition 1986)

by Woody Allen (Author)

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Title:Without Feathers
Authors:Woody Allen (Author)
Info:Ballantine Books (1986), Edition: Ballantine Books ed, 224 pages
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Without Feathers by Woody Allen (1975)



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A collection of pieces and two plays from very early in Woody Allen's career. I think it was pretty much what I expected, sometimes funny, often quirky, occasionally (God (a play)) just plain weird.
1 vote amyem58 | Jan 12, 2018 |
Woody Allen is as funny in writing (or maybe funnier on average) than his best films. This is a collection of pieces of various lengths and it is well worth your time. ( )
1 vote datrappert | Oct 22, 2016 |
The book has its moments of humor but most of the time the stories are so disjointed and rambling that the don't make sense and they don't hit their punch lines. ( )
  pussreboots | Aug 9, 2014 |
Without Feathers is a collection of short pieces and two plays by Woody Allen, written in the 1970’s, when he was a frequent contributor to The New Yorker. The short fiction pieces are mainly in the absurdist vein, which I love. The plays are another matter. The first, “Death” will seem very familiar to those who haven’t managed to erase Allen’s movie “Shadows and Fog” from their memory. A Kafkaesque comedy, it was quite possibly Allen’s worst movie, and the play is dreadful – I longed for it to end. The second play, “God” is better, but because most of the major characters are referred to by three different names, it would be better visually than written – it is simply too confusing to maintain its comic impact. This is not an Allen book that I’d recommend, despite the gems like “The Whore of Mensa.” ( )
  wdwilson3 | Aug 22, 2010 |
"Today I saw a red and yellow sunset and thought, how insignificant I am! Of course, I thought that yesterday too, and it rained.". Brilliant. And now I know where the Whore of MENSA comes from. But I didn't get on with the plays, I rarely do. ( )
  joellalibrarything | Jan 28, 2010 |
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Berberian, CathyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Hope is a thing with feathers... - Emily Dickinson
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Following are excerpts from the hitherto secret private journal of Woody Allen, which will be published posthumously or after his death, which ever comes first.
What if nothing exists and we're all in somebody's dream? Or what's worse, what if only that fat guy in the third row exists?
The lion and the calf shall lie down together but the calf won't get much sleep.
It's not that I'm afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens.
And Abraham awoke in the middle of the night and said to his only son, Isaac, “I have had a dream where the voice of the Lord sayeth that I must sacrifice my only son, so put your pants on.”

And Isaac trembled and said, “So what did you say? I mean when He brought this whole thing up?”

“What am I going to say?” Abraham said. “I’m standing there at two A.M. I’m in my underwear with the Creator of the Universe. Should I argue?”

“Well, did he say why he wants me sacrificed?” Isaac asked his father.

But Abraham said, “The faithful do not question. Now let’s go because I have a heavy day tomorrow.”
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'Cuentos sin plumas' no se corresponde a la edición original 'Without feathers' y no es el mismo libro que 'Sin plumas' sino que es una recopilación de tres obras: la mencionada 'Without feathers', 'Side Effects' y 'Getting even'.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345336976, Mass Market Paperback)

The title of Woody Allen's second collection of New Yorker-style sprint humor is a sly comment on Emily Dickinson's famous quote, "Hope is the thing with feathers." Without Feathers delivers Allen's hopeless schlub persona--you remember, what he used to be before he was either a lecher or an auteur, depending on your politics. In addition to being as funny as anything published since, to read Without Feathers is to return to a simpler time, when being a fan of his work was common, not controversial.

Though each piece is funny, two of them are particularly notable examples of Allen's distinctive style (borrowed in large part from S.J. Perelman by way of the Borscht Belt, but distinctive, nevertheless)--"The Whore of Mensa" and "If the Impressionists Had Been Dentists." Here's an excerpt from the latter:

Mrs. Sol Schwimmer is suing me because I made her bridge as I felt it and not to fit her ridiculous mouth! That's right! I can't work to order like a common tradesman! I decided her bridge should be enormous and billowing, with wild, explosive teeth flaring up in every direction like fire! Now she is upset because it won't fit in her mouth! She is so bourgeois and stupid, I want to smash her! I tried forcing the false plate in but it sticks out like a star burst chandelier.
Without Feathers is fine, funny prose, from an American master. If you're a fan, seek it out immediately. It's a document from the days when Woody was not important, but merely hysterically funny. --Michael Gerber

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:50 -0400)

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