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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  6,167 ratings  ·  261 reviews
Allen ha dato alla parodia, che per sua natura tende alla mancanza di una forma, la struttura rigorosa di uno sketch comico. Uno dopo l'altro, tutti i classici del modernismo sono passati attraverso il prisma del suo talento e ne sono usciti trasformati. Allen ha parodiato Kafka, Camus, Kierkegaard, Hemingway, Bellow, le lettere di van Gogh, la biografia di Ibsen, la criti ...more
Paperback, Tascabili Bompiani #928, 163 pages
Published 2004 by Bompiani (first published 1972)
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Manny
If you haven't already read The Whore of Mensa , then do so now! Here's a trailer:
"Hi, I'm Sherry." They really knew how to appeal to your fantasies. Long, straight hair, leather bag, silver earrings, no make-up.

"I'm surprised you weren't stopped, walking into the hotel dressed like that," I said. "The house dick can usually spot an intellectual."

"A five-spot cools him."

"Shall we begin?" I said, motioning her to the couch. She lit a cigarette and got right to it. "I think we could start by appro
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Nicholas
May 23, 2010 Nicholas rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone.
Recommended to Nicholas by: A friend.
"I ran into my brother today at a funeral. We had not seen one another for fifteen years, but as usual he produced a pig bladder from his pocket and began hitting me on the head with it. Time has helped me understand him better. I finally realized his remark that I am "some loathsome vermin fit only for extermination" was said more out of compassion than anger. Let's face it: he was always much brighter than me--wittier, more cultured, better educated. Why he is still working at McDonald's is a ...more
Ensiform
A collection of Allen’s comedic writings. This is for the most part solid, laugh-out-loud Allen parodies and absurdity. Allen is at his best when parodying, say, the great Russian writers (“Should I marry W.? Not if she won’t tell me the other letters in her last name.”) or Ibsen, as in “Lovborg’s Women Considered,” or just being plain absurd, as in the superbly useless “Slang Origins.”

Throughout, the neurotic Allen themes resonate – fear of death and intimacy, etc. There are a couple of low poi
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Anne
Loved the title! (a take on "hope is the thing with feathers" from Emily Dickinson). Disliked pretty much the rest of the book. I disliked it for apparently the same reasons that someone else liked it... the book is self-indulgent and weird.
Mads
I first read this in high school and I've been re-reading this for years--and I must say the humor is still effective. It doesn't sound dated at all. If I were stranded on an island with a choice of one book: I'd probably choose this or Groucho Marx's. Lines that still make me laugh after all these years:

"Scholars will recall tht several years ago a shepherd, wandering in the Gulf of Aqaba, stumbled upon a cave containing several large clay jars and also two tickets to the ice show."

"Of all the
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Ginny_1807
A me Woody Allen piace, ma assunto a piccole dosi.
Il suo umorismo è di un genere tutto particolare: brillante, acutissimo e spesso talmente cerebrale e astruso da sfociare nel nonsense. Alcune delle sue battute più riuscite sono diventate meritatamente famose, in quanto riflettono, sia pure in chiave ironica o paradossale, le aspirazioni, le debolezze, le fobie e le nevrosi dell’uomo contemporaneo.
Come scrittore non lo conosco, tranne che per questo libro che ho trovato piuttosto mediocre. In
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Amir ali
تئوی عزیز،
راستی، زندگی هیچوقت نمی‌خواهد با من درست تا کند؟ نومیدی مرا از پا درآورده! سرم دنگ دنگ صدا می‌کند! خانم سل شوویمر از من ادعای خسارت کرده است؛ چون که روکش دندان‌هایش را آن طور که دلم می‌خواست ساختم، نه آنطوری که به دهان مضحکش بخورد! درست است! من نمی‌توانم مثل یک کاسبکار معمولی طبق سفارش کار کنم! من به این نتیجه رسیدن که روکش دندان‌های او باید بزرگ و موج‌دار باشد؛ دندان‌هایی نامنظم و درهم برهم که مثل زبانه‌های آتش از هر طرف بیرون زده‌اند! حالا طرف دلخور است، چون توی دهانش جفت و جور نمی‌ش
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MiLi
No he leído nada que sea tan gracioso, original y ocurrente como esta recopilación. Se trata de una serie de cuentos e historias escritas por el autor a lo largo de varios años, algunas con su característico estilo y otras que parecen venir directamente de otro planeta.

Es un libro ideal para aquellos que buscan algo divertido, pero con muchísimo nivel y chispa, perfecto para releer por partes o completo.

Indispensable en cualquier biblioteca, ya sea física o virtual :)
Bill Adelson
I didn't quite know what everything meant, but I remember sitting in the back of the room at school when I first bought this book and laughing maniacally at each and every page.
Tony
Allen, Woody. WITHOUT FEATHERS. (1975). *****. I’m a big fan of Woody, and was glad I read this one again. The plan is to reread all of his writings. It’s been a long time. Being a fan, I can’t help but give this one a five-star rating. Where else will you find essays on such diverse subjects as the Dead Sea Scrolls,
“Scholars will recall that several years ago a shepherd, wandering in the Gulf of Aqaba, stumbled upon a cave containing several large clay jars and also two tickets to the ice show
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Jane Stewart
3 ½ stars. I laughed several times, but not as much as I hoped.

I like to hear his odd weird thoughts. The biggest problem was W. Allen did not pause enough. I had to stop the tape frequently to think about what was said or to laugh. It’s like rushing from one joke to the next with no time to laugh.

DATA:
Unabridged audiobook length: 2 hrs and 13 mins. Swearing language: none that I recall. Sexual content: nothing explicit. Book copyright: 1975. Genre: humorous thoughts.
Swapnil
I am a big fan of Woody Allen and this book seemed his masterpiece of sort for me. Classic Woody Allen style humor !! This book literally makes you laugh out loud while reading ! It is a collection of hilarious essays and plays. The plays Death and God are filled with insanely funny dialogues. Examining Psychic Phenomena, A Brief Yet Helpful Guide to Civil Disobedience, The Early Essays, No Kaddish for Weinstein, If the Impressionists Had Been Dentists, are short essays written in typical Woody ...more
Erik Graff
Oct 15, 2010 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: Lin Illwitzer
Shelves: literature
I believe this was read just after graduation from Union Theological Seminary in New York, during the first visit back to the Michigan cottage in four years. At that time Dad was on his second marriage. Her name was Lin, she was right between his age and mine and, so, easy to relate to. She was also a Scott Foresman and freelance editor, the author of a successful Spanish textbook and polylingual--quite an impressive person! In any case, I think the book was hers and I read it with much enjoyme ...more
Slim Khezri
I love Woody Allen's work (films, books, scripts etc), the man is a comic genius. This book (Without Feathers, 1975) is like a comic book for grownups; short stories, lots of laughs! Woody Allen's humor in this book, is in the same vein as his early films, the usual crazy mix of sex, the metaphysical, and philosophical pondering. Great blend of intelligence and silliness! Without Feathers, is a witty & humorous with 15 or so short essays/stories on a variety of topics (everyday life). Withou ...more
Kye Alfred Hillig
This is one of the funniest books I've ever read. There wasn't a second of it that I was bored. Allen throws away all the bullshit and hands you a real gem. He has a keane eye for how people operate and the funny flaws that make up us all. I especially enjoyed the two plays that are contained in this book one titled 'Death' and the other one 'God'. Woody has an intelligence that he uses to sell you deep spiritual views in a very entertaining way.
Misty
I was disappointed by Without Feathers. I am a big Woody Allen fan -- I've seen all of his movies from the last 20 years or so (oy, that makes me feel old). But maybe it's because I am familiar with his more darker material that I couldn't quite get into this book, which harkens more to his earlier style of flat out comedy and one liners. Also, the audiobook format didn't quite work for this book, because I would miss the one liners, which rely to some extent on nuance and need closer examinatio ...more
Dang Ole' Dan Can Dangle
Mar 16, 2014 Dang Ole' Dan Can Dangle rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Woody Allen fans
Shelves: fiction, plays
Well what can I say about Woody Allen? I've watched nearly all of his films, and found at least some joy in each one. He's probably my first choice for funniest contemporary filmmaker, and he truly was the natural evolution of the Grouchos and Chaplins of early cinema. But I'm not here to review him as a filmmaker.

If you like Woody Allen's films, and his absurd, 1970s New Yorker humor, you'll obviously enjoy this book. Allen never fails to take the most mundane of things and turn them into some
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Lorenzo Berardi
There is a moment around mid 1990s in which I discovered Woody Allen and at the same time lost track of everything else he subsequently did as a director (he worked quite a lot with Scarlett Johansson, didn't he?). It happened just after the release of "Bullets over Broadway".

It was 1994 and I remember how I was having Easter vacations in Rome with my parents. We were caught in a rainy Easter in typical Roman fashion and one evening we decided that it was pointless strolling around under downpo
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David
This was actually a Spanish translation of three of Woody Allen's books: "Getting Even", "Without Feathers", and "Side Effects". The Paul Auster boom which was prevalent in Madrid when I was here two years ago seems to have been replaced with Allenmania - in VIPS, the ubiquitous kind-of-upscale-7-11 chain, there is a seemingly eternal promotion of all his books and movies - you can take home a DVD of any of his movies for only 6.95€ (and I mean, ANY of then - they are all prominently featured, f ...more
Evanston Public  Library
I first read Allen’s short pieces about thirty years ago. They’re still hilarious, and you’re in for a treat if you know him only from his movies. He’s unmatched at rendering familiar styles absurd. In “The Scrolls” he mimics a biblical voice: “And soon Job’s pastures dried up and his tongue cleaved to the roof of his mouth so he could not pronounce the word ‘frankincense’ without getting big laughs.” In “The Whore of Mensa” he imagines a tough private-eye narrating a noir story about cracking a ...more
Jill
Jun 29, 2009 Jill rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who needs a good laugh
Shelves: own, favorites
I'm a fan of Woody Allen's films, so I picked this book up from the bookstore, to see if his prose was as good as his screenplays. I think I read the whole thing that night, doubling over with laughter. I couldn't stop reading. Almost every sentence contains a punch line. Most of the jokes make no sense at all, but that's what makes this book so funny. You just can't take it too seriously. Most of the pieces are short, so they're perfect for revisiting time and time again whenever you need cheer ...more
Maria
This book is hilarious. If you like Woody Allen's humour I would highly recommend it. It's totally ridiculous, but brilliant at the same time — which sums up Woody Allen as a comedian. This is a book to make you laugh out loud. It's a collection of short essays, short plays and other strange observations. I was lucky enough to find it outside someone's house in a box of books they were throwing away. It's quite an old book, written back in the '70s, so some of the references are out of date, but ...more
Jim
"Today I saw a red-and-yellow sunset and thought, How insignificant I am! Of course, I thought that yesterday, too, and it rained . . . "

Should I marry W.? Not if she won't tell me the other letters in her name . . .

How wrong Emily Dickinson was! Hope is not "the thing with feathers". The thing with feathers has turned out to be my nephew. I must take him to a specialist in Zurich . . .

Welcome to Woody Allen's world . . . and I will dare anyone to read this book in public and not laugh out loud.
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Benjamin
The second collection of Allen's prose continues the themes/style of Getting Even, with a lot of parodies of essays covering "Lesser Ballets," ancient Biblical scrolls, the history of civil disobedience, and slang. There's also parodies of other formats, including the artist's notebooks (here, filled with ridiculous worries and ideas from Allen's own notebooks), Two-Minute Mysteries-style "solve the puzzle with the detective" stories, and oral history from the 1920s/Jazz Age. There's also a coup ...more
Scott
Barely even 2 stars. I read this short book of short bits at night, while I can't sleep. Woody's humor is predictably irreverent and off-beat, often almost formulaic. But the play about Death alone makes it worth a read... but the rest is actually quite forgettable. It's hard for me to imagine this fluff was a NY Times best-seller. Yeah, it's funny, but not ROTFLMAO funny. Nope. Maybe I've lost my sense of humor. Well, not the greatest loss for me for sure...
Michael
Aug 24, 2009 Michael rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans
Recommended to Michael by: serendipity
Shelves: drama, satire
I picked this book up for free when I was working at Powell's bookstore, mostly out of curiosity. I must have read it six or seven years ago, and now I don't remember a thing about it. I think it demonstrates what I always say about written humor: without timing, humor is nothing. Allen is quite an accomplished comedian, and was certainly funny enough at the beginning of his career, but looking at his humor written on a page turns it into - well - nothing.
Rich Meyer
This is one of my favorite books of all time, and really one of the last times that Woody Allen could actually be called uproariously funny. This collection features his plays "God" and "Death", which are hilarious ("Death" was partially adapted into his movie Shadows and Fog). The urbane, intelligentsia humor is here in full force, with arcane references and twists that get you right in the funny bone.
Carl
Oct 26, 2008 Carl rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyonw who likes to laugh with abandon
Recommended to Carl by: me
The first time I read this little book when it was on the market, I was convulsed. It is brilliantly funny with a very sharp intellect consistent throughout. If you love vintage Woody Allen and need a bucket of non stop laughs, get it and read it. Verging on the absurd, as much of Allen's books do, it takes you to a great place of fun. Humor is a lifeline. If we lose it we lose all.
Mom
I was at a disadvantage when I read this book; I was in traction. It hurt to laugh. My sister gave it to me to read. It was a painful experience because there was no way not to laugh out loud. Worse still, I would remember images and expressions and laugh when I wasn't reading. Only give this book to a person who can laugh without pain. I have since forgiven my sister.
Liz
The first Woody Allen book that I read and still my favorite. Whenever I need a quote, I always turn to this book and the best line; "How wrong Emily Dickinson was! Hope is not 'the thing with feathers.' The thing with feathers has turned out to be my nephew. I must take him to a specialist in Zurich."
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