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Memoirs Of A Mangy Lover

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  785 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
In Memoirs of a Mangy Lover Groucho turns his manic eyebrows and spirited cigar to the ever-perplexing affairs of the heart while fully addressing the Marxian passion for poker. This wacky, eclectic book includes Groucho's improbable tales of true romance; his irreverent observations on talent, luck, and what this country really needs; the battles with pigeons and hotel de ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 214 pages
Published 1974 by Manor Books Inc. (first published November 30th 1962)
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Chuck LoPresti
There's not too many people I love more than the Marx Brothers but this book could cure anyone of such an affliction. If you've read Lardner, Thurber or Benchley you've read these sentiments handled with greater literary skill. Sure it has its moments but it's hard to feel sorry for Groucho and the decisions he made that led him to this point, and if you know how his life ended then you'll really be scratching your head trying to figure out why it let it happen time and time again. If you don't ...more
Ali Tehrani
I really love Groucho Marx. I've spent hours youtube-ing as many of his interviews I could find, just to get a taste of his sharp-cheddar tongue and unparalleled wit. In fact, I went out to get this book right after I saw a clip of him plugging it on some T.V. show. I expected this book to by funny and to have his trademark wit. But, I was disappointed. I think the book's preface says something about how the reader is likely to be disappointed; Groucho knew his audience. For a set of memoirs, th ...more
Ana Díaz
Jan 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Ingenioso, gracioso, interesante y machista, así es este libro. Me hubiera gustado darle más puntuación porque me ha entretenido mucho, me ha hecho esbozar una sonrisa e incluso reír, pero me ha hecho desesperarme e indignarme.
Al margen de la manera deplorable en la que se pintan a las mujeres en este libro lo recomendaría como una lectura ligera y entretenida, porque en el fondo Groucho Marx es Groucho Marx y hace gracia.
Rui Alves de Sousa
Selecção de crónicas hilariantes escritas pelo "one and only" Groucho Marx. A filosofia e as memórias do cómico são dissecadas numa série de dissertações geniais, que versam sobre todos os grandes temas, como a vida, a morte, o amor e tudo o resto. Uma preciosidade!
Darío Carrillo
«¡Mundano! ¡Vaya palabreja para calificar la gloriosa experiencia que la Madre Naturaleza improvisó para tener a la humanidad de pie, y, ocasionalmente, acostada!» Groucho Marx
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Memorias de un amante sarnoso de Groucho Marx. Reírse de uno mismo

Mi hermano siempre recuerda la primera vez que vimos Sopa de Ganso, y lo recuerda porque no exagero al decir que estuve riéndome durante la hora y un poco más que dura la película a carcajada limpia, hasta un punto en el que me acabo doliendo la tripa; un momento gozoso, de esos que nunca olvidas, esta película consigue encadenar sin descanso un montón de gags, a cual más divert
Un libro que para mi gusto a envejecido mal en algunas partes, el trato que se hace de la mujer puede resultar humillante y resulta difícil creer que este fuera el pensamiento de la sociedad en los años 50 o 60. Quitado esas pequeños matices, es pura genialidad, haciéndote reflexionar desde el humor. Ay, Groucho, Groucho...
Franklin Arbour
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first allegorical autobiography? Whatever it is, Groucho's snarling wit and autodidact's love of language make for great bus stop lit. Readers expecting an actual memoir deserve to be disappointed.
Billie Cotterman
I think I should have started with one of Groucho's other books. While this book has some laugh out loud moments and some chuckles, it's mainly like reading your male relative's opinion on women: loves to have sex with them, but otherwise doesn't like them. By then end I was skimming a bit because I wanted it over.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anobii, en-castella
Poques coses suporten pitjor el pas del temps que l'humor. I a més, els jocs de paraules característics de Groucho són difícilment traduïbles (el traductor de la versió catalana del llibre fa uns esforços sovint ridículs per estalviar-se una oportuna N. del T.). Tot i així, el llibre es deixa llegir, i té moments hilarants.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esperaba un libro más ambicioso y divertido.
Ste Pic
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amerikani
Non riderebbe neppure Dylan Dog

Ero molto ben disposto prima della lettura di questo libro perché i non-sense, le esagerazioni, l’ironia, la messa in ridicolo delle istituzioni, il vaudeville dei fratelli Marx (cho ho scoperto essere veramente fratelli e non sodalizio artistico) mi sono sempre piaciuti, da “la guerra lampo…” a “una notte all’opera” e via citando. Pellicole e gag che hanno aperto la strada allo straordinario “Hellzapoppin” e, molto più tardi, ai Monty Python. Sapevo che non sarebb
Sofia V.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hace años me gustaba Groucho Marx, pero es que este libro es soporífero.
Jul 29, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: da-capo-press, humor
I'm giving this a slightly low rating simply because I had expected to like it much, much more than I did. I stuck with it about halfway, which is more than I'd give most books that didn't grab me. On display is Groucho's trademark style of wit, and while I am a big fan of it in general, it tends to wear on you when stretched out over the length of a book. There are still gags that work well, despite the years since the book was published, but of course there are also phrases that haven't weathe ...more
Lance Lumley
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Groucho fans
Recommended to Lance by: Library find
This book wasn't as funny as "Groucho and Me," but it was still an enjoyable book. There are several stories about Groucho and his brothers during their stage act tours about women and some misadventures he and people he knew have had in relationships.
One funny section is his history of men and women, where he writes "the earliest men and women used to meet under a stone, which ..explains why their era was known as the stone age.Now they have the whole thing on the rocks-usually with bourbon or
Nov 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Groucho Marx has a very unique sense of humor, and it saddens me because I find it hard to believe that there are many people out there who would understand his wit (maybe I don't understand it all, myself...) I grew up watching his movies, and that helps, but even his film works seem to be slipping into the past. I found his anecdotes charming and funny - sometimes a little hard to believe, but the meaning was clear. He has a way of spinning a story towards a particular "moral of the story" eve ...more
Pep Bonet
Jun 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Is it me getting old or is it old Groucho showing his age? I can't understand what happened. FGor years I've been a declared fan of the Marx brothers and, most specifically, of Groucho. I keep fond memories of my reading 'Groucho and me'. So, what's happened? I couldn't laugh a single instant, I was wanting that pages turn and I finish the book. It is a rather short book and I couldn't finish it. I declare failure. Is it possible that now I'm an old serious guy? By the way, I remember a similar ...more
Miguel Jiménez
Buena oportunidad para poder conocer o darse una idea de lo que fue Groucho Marx. Y de su humor también.

El libro consta de crónica o relatos que —supongo— le sucedieron al humorista, abundan las relaciones amorosas —por lo regular sin éxito—, aunque también habla de otras cosas, apareciendo como un personaje un tanto perdedor, con un humor esperanzado pero que todo le termina saliendo mal.

Hay historias (y frases) que te sacan la sonrisa, sí, unas a veces la carcajada. Menciono las que más me hic
James Perkins
I have always admired the Groucho Marx of the Marx Brothers movies, with his sparkling wit and gleeful anarchy. Unfortunately that doesn't come across in this book. It may be because the book was written 45 years ago and the cultural references are no longer relevant, but it may be more due to the fact that the anecdotes recorded here are monologues rather than the witty repartee of his celluloid exploits. With a few exceptions, such as the tales about his brothers, I didn't find this book parti ...more
Jun 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was, like its author, cute, witty and a fun distraction. I like to think I got about 85% of the jokes, not bad considering how dated they are, and even the aging stories that no one in the current century could relate to were charming. There was a large chunk in the middle, an essay on the history of sex, that just wasn't that funny or well-written, but the rest was pretty fun. Honestly I would have preferred something more autobiographical, but this was probably as serious as anyone c ...more
Mar 20, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I read this because I wrote a paper on A Night at the Opera, and while I didn't love the movie (nor do I find the Marx Brothers especially funny onscreen), I'm fascinated by their lives and their characters. And Groucho is quite hilarious on paper. In fact, I only gave this 3 stars because I couldn't help being put off by the sexism. But I was laughing out loud during a few of the essays, especially his longer section on the history of love. Recommended, for a slightly different side of Grouc ...more
Shekhar Ruparelia
Who hasn't heard of a witty quote by Groucho? It was on this basis that I bought 'Memoirs of a Mangy Lover'.

Groucho doesn't disappoint.

The book is filled with humorous anecdotes and many of them present the cheeky side of Marx's character. His take on everything from what he calls 'the unnatural history of love' to the landscape of Bel Air is filled with the unconventional humour that we associate him with.
Aug 14, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horses and boobs
I picked this book up in desperation for something to read, and, I must say. It's pretty lame. It's just one long gassy joke. The best thing about it is there are some amusing illustrations in this edition of Groucho Marx doing things like staring at a woman's cleavage or talking to a horse. Maybe that's the intended audience. I've got to get to the bookstore sometime soon...
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While it sounds like this is about sex, it was written in the 60s when that was not "allowed" in memoirs. So the purpose of this book is humor. And Groucho had that in spades. These are short sketches on many subjects and are delightful to read. If you like Groucho in the movies, you'll love him here.
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
Un libro corto, ameno, ideal para leer a ratos ya que tiene estructura de capítulos cortos e independientes.

Me resultó especialmente curioso el reflejo del pensamiento de aqwuella época en cuanto a las relaciones y el cortejo y los papeles pre-asignados de hombres y mujeres todo ello descrito con un lenguaje muy fluñido, culto y bastante divertido tan característico de Marx.
Juan Morán
Hubiera disfrutado mucho este libro si hubiera conocido más de Groucho Marx, conocido en América, pero en México no creo que haya sido tan famoso, o más bien no creo ser de la generación cautivada por su actuación. Sin embargo, algunas de sus anécdotas suelen ser entretenidas y humorísticamente bien narradas. Si en verdad conoces de Groucho Marx, este libro te entretendrá.
Dec 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent collection of essays, mostly of an auto-biographical nature and dealing with Groucho's numerous encounters with the fairer sex.
Light weight read, but Groucho is always entertaining. Though, I doubt I'd be eager to take relationship advice from somebody that managed to rack up three divorces.
Alejandro Ortega
Groucho tiene humor fino, también era muy misógino pero entra una pregunta: ¿no es válido que el arte transgreda incluso lo socialmente estipulado? La lectura es sencilla y la traducción un tanto débil, el humor de Marx no está siempre al alcance y no cuenta mucho de Groucho, pero se pasa un buen rato al leerlo.
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es un libro de memorias, anécdotas más o menos divertidas y una visión desde dentro del mundo del bodevil y del cine de principios del s.XX
A destacar el capítulo sobre como vivieron los Hnos. Marx el crack del 29
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, humor
I love Groucho's humor, but I was less than impressed with this one. It really was not his best work, and to make it worse, there's a definite feeling of bitterness that runs through the whole thing.
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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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