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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  1,184 ratings  ·  83 reviews
With impeccable timing, outrageous humor, irreverent wit, and a superb sense of the ridiculous, Groucho tells the saga of the Marx Brothers: the poverty of their childhood in New York's Upper East Side; the crooked world of small-time vaudeville (where they learned to carry blackjacks); how a pretzel magnate and the graceless dancer of his dreams led to the Marx Brothers'...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published August 22nd 1995 by Da Capo Press (first published 1959)
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Mads
The best autobiography ever. I agree completely with what Mrs. Calabash says on the blurbs. I wish more people would write their autobiographies this way and enough of the oh-so-serious tones. Let's have no more of the endless boasts about illustrious ancestors and goody-goody anecdotes.
Patti
A fun quick read. I read this book right after I read A tree Grows in Brooklyn, so I had a whole theme thing going with turn of the century.

The stories that Groucho tells about his family and himself are the types of stories that you would tell about the dinner table to tease each other. Groucho tells his stories without making himlook like a saint, too. In fact, it seems like he goes out of his way to show his faults.

There's no bragging in this book, or sugar coating. It's just a fun way to re...more
Wade Grassman
I was a bit disappointed by the book only in that I had hoped to more of the history of the brothers and the act. On the other hand the humour that poured out on every page more than made up it. I laughed at nearly every turn of the page. This was a wonderful read and I whole heartedly recommend it for any fan of the brothers.
Andy
Jul 30, 2008 Andy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: comedy fans
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Groucho's pretty amusing. He makes me grin abut he doesn't really make me laugh.
Casey
I treasure this book. The witticisms actually pour out of this book faster than the reader can savor them. Groucho Marx pens this memoir as only Groucho can, with the same insults and wisecracks that marked his uniquely superior brand of comedy for decades. For example, near the beginning of the book is this nugget of wisdom: "Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough."

You can actually hear his voice ringing through the text. It's d...more
Martin
{This was to be intended to be a collective review of The Groucho Letters, Groucho and Me and Memoirs of a Mangy Lover collectively, but apparently I can't pull up more than one book in a thread. Why what appears to be the cover of an Agatha Christie biography appears in the window where Groucho's dust jacket should, I have no idea, I don't even think they have much in common}


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Perry Whitford
I don't think Groucho wrote a great deal of the Marx Brothers material, certainly not the film stuff anyway, they had a team of Hollywood's finest scripting the gags for those, but by the time you have got about three pages into this autobiography its pretty clear that he might as well have done. Julius Henry Marx show himself to be none other than Groucho Marx!
Here's a sample from the very first page: "Although it is generally known, I think it's about time to announce that I was born at a ver...more
Yoake
No soy de carcajada fácil cuando veo la televisión (ni cuando voy al cine). Sonrío, sí, pero no muchos consiguen que me doble de la risa. Shin-chan siempre me ha hecho reír (el manga más que el anime). Su humor chabacano y fácil hace que me desternille. Algún capítulo de la primera temporada de Friends también. La escena de Two Much en la que Antonio Banderas tiene que entretener a Melanie Griffith y a Daryl Hannah a la vez es otra más. Y en esa de Ocean´s Twelve en la que Julia Roberts se hace...more
Aaron
Sep 04, 2013 Aaron rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Marx Brothers fans
Groucho states at the beginning of the book that he's only writing it at the coercion of the editor. This statement and pretty much every other statement on the 300-some-odd pages in this book should be taken with a salt lick. Julius Henry Marx is reticent to invade his own personal life and I would venture to say that of the 80000+ words in this book only a handful could be considered the bold truth. Which isn't to say that it's not interesting, it's just that the anecdotes may or may not have...more
Joe
I've never seen a Marx Brothers' movie. And, aside from an incident in the first grade, I've never had any circumstances in my life where Groucho Marx had even a moderately influential role on my day-to-day existence. So, I come to this book as neither a fan nor an enemy. Truly neutral on this one.

I found it to not only be incredibly funny but also interesting in an historical aspect. He was born just before the turn of the century, and lived through many of the significant moments of the 20th...more
Deni Erelen
El libro más hilarante que leí en mi vida! Con moralejas geniales incluidas, Groucho por Groucho, su biografía contada con el sentido del humor que caracterizaba a las películas de los hermanos Marx. INCREIBLE. Amo este libro, no me canso de releerlo.
Danielle
Aug 02, 2008 Danielle rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Folks wanting some Marx Bros history
I was really excited to read this autobiography of Groucho Marx and the majority of the book didn't disappoint. Groucho tells some terrific stories about growing up Marx with his brothers. I also loved his tales about Kansas City (it's neat to read what an important tour stop it was back in its hey-day) and what he had to say about living in Chicago for a little while as a teen.

But then...! Then it just turns into a GROUCHy old man (the book was published in 1959) griping about the way things ar...more
Jeff Buddle
This book effortlessly captures Groucho's voice. Not so much an autobiography as a collection of stories/anecdotes, but well worth the short time it takes to read. Recommended.
Gene
I definitely would have liked more details on his life story and accomplishments (he never did tell how he got the name Groucho), but you can't help but enjoy the wit and wisdom of his words. So many of the things he said about the world 55 years ago (including the book publishing/selling world) still ring true. He was a true character in the best sense of the word.
M.R. Dowsing
I enjoyed this "autobiography" despite Groucho's apparent determination to reveal as little as possible about himself! I read Harpo's book many years ago and, from what I remember, it was a more satisfying read. 'Groucho and Me' is well-written, funny and engaging but perhaps a bit too lightweight not to disappoint slightly.
Kahn
Aug 04, 2011 Kahn added it
Groucho goes to great lengths to explain this isn't an autobiography, and he's not wrong. What you have are a series of anecdotes (some with a basis in truth, some without) and musings on such things as marriage and alcohol.
He also explains regularly that he keeps getting pushed by his editor, and that is also easy to believe, as this book runs out of steam two-thirds of the way through, and what starts out as a marvellous collection of Marx whimsy and tales of Delaney's doings finishes feeling...more
Marivl
"Esta obra empezó como una autobiografía, pero antes de enterarme comprendí ya que no sería nada de eso. Resulta casi imposible escribir una autobiografía sincera(...) En casi todos los casos, lo que el público acaba comprando es un discreto volumen con los hechos hábilmente encubiertos, lleno de bazofia y de ambigüedad"
Me encanta el sarcasmo cómico de Groucho Marx, he disfrutado mucho sus anecdotas y ocurrencias, aunque no devela demasiado de su vida personal, nos cuenta con su estilo único las...more
John
One of the most amazing things about reading this book is that it is in Groucho's voice, great read!
Ix
Muy divertido, sabe Dios que es cierto y que no!!,
Christopher Beckett
Was surprised I hadn't read this 25-30 years ago when I devoured all things Marx. From the familiarity of some of the anecdotes I'm not entirely sure I didn't. No matter, it's entertaining all the way through, self-effacing and self-aggrandizing in exactly the right doses. At its worst it can be a bit shapeless: towards the end he includes whole chapters on subjects such as golf and fishing that he admits he has little interest in. The final anecdote is lovely.
Vania Liberoff
Me costó conseguir este libro. Mi papá me dijo que mi abuelo lo tenía y que decía que era una maravilla. Pero en algún momento de la vida, ese libro se perdió. Un día lo veo por PURA CASUALIDAD en una mesa durante una de las Ferias del Libro de Chacao. Milagro.
Adoro a Groucho Marx, y la biografía que él mismo escribió es asombrosa. Tiene un humor inteligente, un tanto negro y en ocasiones cruel, pero maravilloso al fin.
Expresa no sólo momentos de su vida, sino también su filosofía de vida. ¡Y q...more
flannery
Sick with the flu and this is all I could stand to read. Inspired to read it after Paul Krassner's account of dropping acid with Groucho Marx (on Marilyn Monroe: "I got a hard-on just talking to her.) I don't know, something about the idea of Groucho Marx with a chubby made me want to read his biography, and guess what? It totally delivers. A "rollicking jaunt" that bounces along like a jalopy on a country road. Up next: what the hell is this?!?!
Angelle
A highly enjoyable read. If you like the Marx brothers, or just sharp wit and silly puns in general, you'll enjoy this book. While occasionally I would find myself asking "Is this a real story, or just a properly set up joke?" I found overall it didn't matter. If you're looking for intimate details about Groucho and his brothera, you're not really going to find it here. You will find some amusing stories about them growing up, his associations in show business (with the names often changed), and...more
Timbeaux
"I think I can best sum it up by relating what happened to me not so long ago. I was walking down State Street in Chicago when a middle-aged couple came up and began circling me. They went around two or three times, looking me over as though I were a creature from outer space. Then the wife hesitantly came over and asked, "You're him, aren't you? You're Groucho?"

I nodded.

She then touched me timidly on the arm and said, "Please don't die. Just keep on living."

Who could ask for anything more?"

- Gr...more
Sasha
"The comic intuition gets to the heart of a human situation with the precision and a velocity unattainable in any other way." S.N. Behrman

"Many people get a good night's rest by counting sheep. If possible, it's advisable to have the sheep in the bedroom. However, if you are allergic to wool, you can also court sleep by counting panthers. Of course, there is always the danger that the panthers may eat you, but if you suffer from insomnia that really is the best thing that can happen to you" (202...more
Chelsea Rebman
I've never liked autobiographies or biographies, for that matter, but I've read this one several times. It's filled to the brim with Groucho's wonderful wit. Wisecracks abound, and Groucho brings humor to every situation. The books gives some really interesting information about the origins of the comedy family and their rise to fame. Groucho tells his story like only Groucho can. This is a must read for any Marx Brothers fan. I wish more autobiographies were written like this.
Grass_Roots Books and Music
What could be funnier than Groucho Marx? Nothing perhaps, except his autobiography! Groucho Marx, as his real-life alter ego Julius Marx, tells the crazy story of his life with typical Groucho flair: the story of his brothers, his loves, and the secret to his success. There is not a serious word in his book; as Groucho himself said, "From the moment I picked book up until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend on reading it."
Sarah
I'd just read Harpo Speaks! a few days before I read Groucho's autobiography, and while Groucho's work is the wittier of the two, it isn't as detailed, and it lacks the sweetness of Harpo's work.

But Groucho is a brilliant, hilarious writer, and it is always a joy to read his thoughts and witticisms.
Mercedes
Con esta autobiografía me declaré marxista.

Los hermanos Marx crearon un humor único para mí. Zeppo y Groucho siempre me parecieron los más chistosos, y un día mi viejo cae a casa con esto. It was Christmas, ladies and gentlemen, fucking Christmas.

Groucho me dejó una gran frase: "Nunca sería miembro de un club que acepte gente como yo". Pensalo.
Christopher
A truely fun and funny read.Groucho details how he...and his brothers came up thru the ranks of Vaudeville,Theatre,Broadway to Movies and beyond in his own inimitable witty style..Its as good as Duck Soup and Horsefeathers!:o)..Best part is the first, as Groucho paints a pretty picture of turn of the century show life and travel...
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Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx, was an American comedian and film star. He is famed as a master of wit. He made 15 feature films with his siblings, the Marx Brothers, and also had a successful solo career, most notably as the host of the radio and television game show, You Bet Your Life. He had a distinctive image, which included a heavy greasepaint moustache and eyebrows, and glasses.

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“I sent the club a wire stating, PLEASE ACCEPT MY RESIGNATION. I DON'T WANT TO BELONG TO ANY CLUB THAT WILL ACCEPT ME AS A MEMBER.” 1687 likes
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