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A Wolf in Frog's Clothing: The best of Alphonse Allais

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Alphonse Allais, who was born in 1854 and died in 1905, was probably the first man in history to paint an abstract picture. His totally white canvas, 'Anaemic Young Girls Going to their First Communion through a Blizzard', was only one of a series of such trail-blazing works. He was also one of the finest humorous writers France has ever produced -Jean Cocteau called him t ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 13th 1989 by Pan Books
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Davidg
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am struggling to realise that I first read this book in the mid-1980s, well over 30 years ago. I know that I have dipped into it from time to time but this is the first complete reread.

It is wonderfully, cynically funny. I can't imagine that British (or American) humourists of the late 1800s would be so cynical or open about sex and death. So many pieces involve somebody dying or being unfaithful and that doesn't fit with the sentimentality of Dickens and Victorian writing.

Allais feels much mo
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A collection of stories by the French absurdist humourist, Alphonse Allais (1854-1905). The translation is by the English humourist, Miles Kington.

Not as dry as it might sound. Some great stories here. In his lifetime, Alphonse was criticised by some as having a sense of humour that was 'too English'. It shows; it's funny.
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very funny! i wish i spoke french so i could understand the rest of his work...
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Alphonse Allais est un journaliste, écrivain et humoriste français né le 20 octobre 1854 à Honfleur1 (Calvados) et mort le 28 octobre 1905 à Paris.

Célèbre à la Belle Époque, reconnu pour sa plume acerbe et son humour absurde, il est notamment renommé pour ses calembours et ses vers holorimes. Il est parfois considéré comme l'un des plus grands conteurs français
Alphonse Allais est fils d'un pharmac
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