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Mere Anarchy

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  2,624 ratings  ·  209 reviews
Here, in his first collection since his three hilarious classics Getting Even, Without Feathers, and Side Effects, Woody Allen has managed to write a book that not only answers the most profound questions of human existence but is also the perfect size to place under any short table leg to prevent wobbling.

In hysterical flights of inspirational sanity we are introduced to
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published 2007)
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Tung
Imagine being in an elevator with Woody Allen for three minutes, and he tells you a funny anecdote about buying a pair of pants. You’d find him witty and hysterical and you’d laugh out loud as you walk out of the elevator. OK, now imagine instead of three minutes it’s three days in an elevator with Woody Allen, who doesn’t stop talking for three whole days, and in those three days, he’s still talking about just buying pants. At some point, you’d probably turn to him and say “Enough with the pant ...more
Milka
For a long time, Woody Allen has been one of my favorite movie directors. His movies, which many times show the absurdism of the life of normal people, have fascinated me and they are one reason why I have decided to seek an education in film.


Browsing the database of the local library I found this collection stories by Woody Allen and decided to give it a try. And I am so happy I did so, because these stories fascinated me so much with their absurdism. Allen truly is a creative genius who can m
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Edmole
Woody Allen has a tap in his head. When he turns the tap on, out pour gags. Complex sentences setting up simple jokes, by the thousand. You might have read Getting Even, Without Feathers or Side Effects. They are books where Woody takes a single, silly premise, gets all Noo Yoik on its ass, via a few pages of first person narration and a metronomic set-up/punchline rhythm so exacting it's like a Drill Sergeant in clown shoes is shouting at Woody as he types.

Well Woody hasn't marched this yard si
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Mel
I think to get all the jokes you need a street map of Manhattan and then a dictionary of obscure little used words to get the punch lines. This book is more for those considering becoming criminally insane.
Jane Stewart
2 ½ stars. This was ok but not as funny as I expected.

I had a few chuckles but no laugh-out-louds. Sometimes my mind wandered. I like his weird mind. Woody Allen has a strange relationship with food. Several times he mentioned something odd with food. Many of the vignettes did not have endings. He just sort of stopped.

Woody Allen narrated this. It was better than his narration of some of his earlier works. In those he spoke too fast, not pausing enough for ideas to settle and for a laugh.

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Claire
I wanna preface a nasty review with this: I love me some Woody Allen...films. I'll take Annie Hall, Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters, even new offerings like Match Point and Vicky Christina Barcelona any day! But we all know that sometimes dear ole Woody takes a misstep. Curse of the Jade Scorpion? Getting with the stepdaughter? Yes, indeed, this collection of short stories was a disaster on that level. Ok, ok, I did like one thing about the stories - they were very short. The characters, event ...more
Stipe
A huge, huge disapointment for me! I love Woody Allens movies, I liked his short story collection Side Effects so I took this book from the library. Luckily for me, I didn't bought it because it would be waste of money, like reading this book is waste of time. I'm sure you wonder: 'Is this book really THAT bad?'. And yes, it is. First and most important - THIS ISN'T FUNNY AT ALL! When you start reading collection that is advertised as humorous than you assume it contains some humorous stories. A ...more
Doug Clark
In the 1970s Woody Allen wrote short humorous pieces that often appeared in The New Yorker. These pieces were collected into three acclaimed volumes, Getting Even (1971), Without Feathers (1975), and Side Effects (1980). For many years after that, he didn’t publish any short pieces, only his screenplays. However, at some point in the 1990s, he began to once more write these short comic pieces. These have now been collected into a volume published this year, Mere Anarchy. Having just finished it, ...more
Lisa
Though I typically remember how I come into the possession of a book, I cannot for the life of me remember how I came to own Woody Allen's "Mere Anarchy." It isn't surprising for me to have a Woody Allen book on my bookshelf (I actually have another I remember getting). I happen to like the man in a purely artistic way. I just don't remember buying or receiving "Mere Anarchy" as a gift.

Regardless of the unsolved mystery, I had Woody Allen on the brain recently because I had read Diane Keaton's
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Maria
Jan 02, 2011 Maria marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
- ¿Eres de Woody Allen?
- Pues... no mucho...
- Con este libro, lo serás.


Bueno, discrepo con mi amigo invisible y sus sentencias lapidarias (este libro fue un regalo navideño).
Cuando tenía trece y catorce años me encantaba Woody Allen. Pelis como La última noche de Boris Grushenko y El dormilón; las densas no las conocía. Leí Como Acabar De Una Vez Por Todas Con LA Cultura/Getting Even, y Without Feathers, que me descubrió a Emily Dickinson. Apelaban a mi necesidad adolescente de tener frases sarc
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Sowmya
Just as hilarious as 'The complete ...' though the average reader will need a dictionary to get through this one. With words like 'panatela' used to describe a cigar you've got some work to do before you can get to the humor , which works out well if you can't stop laughing at his jokes which run unabated line after line, consistently.
A master of satire, I think his talent lies in the way he turns his sentences subtly taking them one way, when they start out seemingly heading some place else. Li
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Mika Auramo
Woody Allenin novellikokoelma on suomentanut Juhani Loponen (Pelkkää anarkiaa), ja kirja koostuu nimensä mukaisesti melko absurdeista tai yllätyksellisistä 19 kertomuksesta (169 sivua).

Suurin osa näistä anarkistisista novelleista sijoittuu New Yorkiin, ja aiheina on aika usein jokin lehtijuttu tai jollekin julkkikselle sattunut tapahtuma tai kommellus.

Kokoelmana kirja on aika epätasainen. Muutamien täytenovellien lisäksi siinä on poskettoman hauskoja ja tragikoomisia kertomuksia. Jos lukija jaks
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Tucker
Oct 04, 2007 Tucker rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people recovering from throat surgery, as I was when I actually bothered to read the whole thing
Shelves: finished
The jacket calls this “a book that not only manages to answer the profound questions of human existence but is also the perfect size to place under any short table leg to prevent wobbling.” After completing the book, I’d agree more with the second part of the statement. The book does not aspire to do more than entertain, and that is notoriously a matter of taste.

The best part is his word-smithing, which includes such gems as “connubial holocaust” for divorce (p. 7) and a translation of the Ameri
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Almuerto Velorio
posmodernidad con un tinte dramáticamente cómica.
Alison
I didn't really like this collection of stories. Overall I felt they were very similar -- the pacing was mostly the same (frantic), and they all had the exact same aura of oddball ridiculousness. Lots of show-biz patter from the characters, and every single one had some preposterous name. The ridiculous was laid on too thick for my taste, and that meant that some truly funny lines just didn't shine because they were surrounded by so much nonsense.

But if you like stuff that's over the top, you'l
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Paula Dembeck
This is a collection of stand-alone individual vignettes that have been compiled in a “pick me up and put me down anytime” book. In this volume Woody continues to be witty and clever, offering us twenty-eight absurd and quirky tales some of which have been inspired from real life news or events. Only a man like Woody Allen could create these original stories from his imagination. Who else would think about auctioning off prayers on eBay?? Or going to a tailor to order a suit that can recharge yo ...more
Lucy
Sep 07, 2009 Lucy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: die hard allen fans and word lovers
As I read this book I told myself, " I am as big a fan of synonyms as the next bibliophile but c'mon!"
Here is an example of that which I speak, "a quincunx* of loyal minions scurried forward" "a salivating lycanthrope*". This one I had to admit was funny, "my son from a previous connubial holocaust".

*quincunx=five objects
*lycanthrope=werewolf

So, at times, it was funny but most of the time it was tenebrous, obtuse and pedantic.
Mauro
I started the book with that automatic half-smile a fan of many of his films would understandably wear, ready to laugh or at least chuckle at the first sign of wit. But this book and its stories (as far as I could read into it anyway) are simply too unattractive. Remarkably BORING.

Ps - I read some of his other books, and they're far better than this.
Megan
This was not great. I skimmed it and I love his screenplays. The humor was pedantic and common. Like he put all the big words he never gets to use in his movies into a fish bowl and drew them one by one at random and then created a story around the vocabulary and not the plot.

Reminds me of that Family Guy episode with the manatees...
Fernanda
Un libro que me ha hecho reír y sonreír. Los cuentos que posee ésta recopilación son joyas de la irónica realidad. Cuentos llenos de incautos que ponen su destino en manos de lobos feroces. Más de uno se sentirá en sintonía con estos cuentos. Son una joyita. Mi cuento preferido: Tira muy fuerte de la cuerda. O algo así.
Jamie Bradway
Sometimes you see something that makes you smirk a bit and you think "There's a joke in there somewhere." Sometimes Woody Allen comes along and proves you wrong. "Nope, I've fully explored that one, wrote a whole piece on it, and published it. There wasn't really anything funny about it after all."
Bookaholic
Întotdeauna am avut o slăbiciune pentru ridicolul tragic al personajelor care nu știu când să iasă din scenă, care se ţin cu dinţii de o glorie demult apusă, inadaptaţii care bat scândurile prăfuite chiar și după ce toate reflectoarele s-au stins – personaje ca Barrymore, sau Măscăriciul, sublime prin persistenţa în inadecvare. De-aceea l-am apreciat pe Woody Allen când a renunţat să mai apară în filmele sale și de-aceea am fost curios când mi-a căzut în mână cel mai recent volum al său de poves ...more
Jessica Beckett
My vocabulary has increased by 129%. I don't know where Woody keeps all his words.
Guillermo Flamerich
Me reí mucho con este libro.
Bruce
Jun 01, 2013 Bruce rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lexicographers, thesaurians, and Woody-fundamentalists
Going to the library to find Mark Twain's travel books, I was directed to the humor section. There I came across the three thin volumes that form the basis of this triple review. Generally speaking, it's probably not fair to the authors to compare their respective works, but I'll exercise the prerogative anyway because these are all so similar (and who's gonna stop me). Each of these books weighs in at a squidge over 100 pages, with about 20 short essays that achieve absurdity mostly by putting ...more
Jenny Brown
What does is say that up until the moment that I wrote this blurb, I thought that the title of this book was Mere Anxiety, which I actually think is more fitting. I adore Woody Allen. I always have. He was the first director I really followed, he's what I've aspired to, he's always been my filmic hero (and I chose not to pay attention to his personal life. I'm of the mind that you need to separate the personal from the art). Interviewing him while I was working at Amazon was probably the editori ...more
Mira
I loved this book so much I'm buying it - and you know me! Mira "Advocate of Public Libraries and Book Swapping or Loaning" Manga very rarely sheds the sheckles for literature and I'm always trying to thin down the vast piles of books that spring up all over my residence.

Woody Allen has a crackling sharp, snappy turn of phrase, his own Allensian language that is a delight to unravel even though all your synapses are forced to speed up to take in all the good stuff in the process!

I know that Mr A
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Andrew
Mere Anarchy? More like sheer agony! I love Woody Allen's humour...& I have often been accused of being a London-born version of the New York comedy rabbi! (It's the horn-rim glasses,unruly mop of reddish hair & chronic logorrhoea{'verbal diarrhoea'!}). The oxygen-seizing verbiage & badinage in its witty relentlessness is over-powering; peoples' heads swim with faintlessness ('Someone stop him!...please!')...women go into premature orgasms with its ticklish prurience...mens' fists cu ...more
Pete Young
Picked up on a whim, I was rather impressed with this collection of shorts, mostly because it was a discovery that the Woody Allen you read in print bears little if any resemblance to the Woody Allen you see on the big screen, or even the Woody Allen who used to do stand-up. It’s still absurd neurotic comedy, intellectually engaging and (often very) linguistically dense, and throughout he adopts the style of his feuilletoniste literary hero S.J. Perelman who preceded him as a humourous writer fo ...more
Marija Atanasova
Генијалниот Вуди Ален, еден од основоположниците на идеолошките системи цинизам и куроболие, автор на безброј шеги на сметка на светото хебрејско племе, сопственик на голем дел од хипстерските facebook статуси со најголем број лајкови од страна на политички коректни, полово освестени омладинци реализирани низ бројни работилници и инсталации.Зарем има подобар начин да му се покаже среден прст на системот и шаблонот од култните “Бисексуалноста автоматски ги дуплира твоите шанси за состанок во сабо ...more
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Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Königsberg) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, jazz musician, comedian and playwright. His large body of work and cerebral film style, mixing satire, wit and humor, have made him one of the most respected and prolific filmmakers in the modern era. Allen writes and directs his movies and has also acted in the majority of them ...more
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