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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  6,132 Ratings  ·  260 Reviews
Before Woody Allen set his sights on becoming the next Ingmar Bergman, he made a fleeting (but largely successful) attempt at becoming the next S.J Perelman. Side Effects, his third and final collection of humor pieces, shows his efforts. These essays appeared in The New Yorker during the late 1970s, as he showed more and more discontent with his funnyman status. Fear not, ...more
Paperback, 138 pages
Published 1981 by Rowohlt (first published 1980)
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Woody Allen has that way of writing awkward attractions and selfish motivations that is forgiving and neat. He ties up the loose ends, but then at the same time, there is always an absurdity to the tying up. The characters will probably never be content, but somehow I, as their audience, am left content through the catharsis of watching Allen’s characters self-destruct. Despite the dissonance in the character relationships, what was secret is now in the open, the bad guy is murdered or permanent ...more
Nino Chachava
ორი სიტყვის თქმა რომ შემეძლოს ვუდი ალენისთვის, ეს სიტყვები აუცილებლად fuck off იქნებოდა
Apr 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
Just finished reading Camus's The Outsider and the book was a peqrfect antidote for the intensity and gloom. Wait a minute, Allen has kind of an existential point of view but through comedy. I recommend pairing the two writers.
Mustafa Şahin
Yer yer muzip ve absürt, yer yer sıkıcı denemelerden ve öykülerden oluşuyor. Yani güzel olanlar gerçekten güzel, kötü olanlar da gerçekten kötü diyebilirim.
May 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As much as I love Woody Allen, I always felt his short stories work best when he isn't going for the serious-with-punchline-style, as evidenced in The Kugelmass Episode. My Apology and The Query are hilarious; Fabrizio's: Criticism and Response is brilliant. A food critic analyzes a restaurant like it's a film or a piece of literature.

The Lunatic's Tale features one of my favorite punchlines: "My first wife was brilliant, but had no sense of humor. Of the Marx Brothers, she was convinced the amu
Hunter Freiburg
Nov 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Woody Allen is one of my all time favorite movie directors, recently I found out that he had several books of short stories and plays, SIDE EFFECTS is the first I read of his. Just like his films, his writing is over the top and hilarious. Side Effects was original because of the way it was done. It's a compilation of short stories, but no two are the same. All over the place with content and style, but all in a good way. Side Effects is definitely the strongest book I have read by him. Highly r ...more
Feb 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After watching many of Allen's movies, I was more than pleased to read this humorous collection of ALLEN's short stories . His prose is the same as the dialogue that gushes from the characters mouths in his films!

An interesting journey through the absurd mind of such an eccentric nervous genius that enables you to think and laugh at the same time!

Oct 23, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Smart? Sure, but just not that funny to me. I was scalded by Allen's apparent hostility and disgust with the whole human race, it just leaks out all over like some caustic material that would require a hazmat team response. Ugh. Rampantly misanthropic.
Aug 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let's just say that his neurotic wit made me forgive the prejudice I held against the perversity of marrying your own daughter... even if she's adopted.

P.S. I'm currently re-reading this for the 10th time.
Clare Bear
Jan 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Clare by: Me
Woody Allen has me laughing out loud long after I have finished reading. Apparently I even laugh in my sleep after reading him.
Yeshi Dolma
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewing all the three Woody Allen books: Without Feather was a work of genius, 5 star! A collection of prose in the form of stories, short plays, articles and essays, each giving me a short laugh and never being short of it. It is simple and filled with matter-of-fact-ly writing of the most bizarre things and conversations. Satirical and utterly hilarious, that first book- and WA won my heart! I swiftly jumped to the rest of his works. If not for anything, read it for- "If the impressionists h ...more
Lukasz Pruski
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Woody Allen’s “Side Effects” is most likely the funniest book I have read in my life. Almost each of the about two hundred pages contains at least one passage that made me laugh out loud, which makes things a bit tricky, especially when you read on the trolley and your fellow passengers look at you suspiciously and move to far-away seats.

Already the second paragraph on the first page is hilarious: “Needleman was constantly obsessing over his funeral plans and once told me, ‘I much prefer cremat
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So Woody makes fun of a lot of things... like food critics, fear of death, intellectuals, infidelity (of course), falling in love, whiny wives, existential crises, and for some reason, Abraham Lincoln's long legs. He makes a lot of heavy references in light manners such as philosophers (good ol' Marx, Schopenhauer), literary kings (Proust, Flannery), and historical events (Holocaust, European invasions).

I don't really find this a light read despite the fact it's under 250 pages. You're going to
Huseyn Bayramov
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bu kitabı oxuyanda bir məşhur hüquqçunun məndən intervyu alması yadıma düşdü. Ona da Woody-nin Freud və Tərəvəz (sebze demişdim o vaxt buna görə biabır da eləmişdi məni) danışmışdım. Çox maraqlı günlər idi.
Non-stop anedotes blasted at the listener, because it is read by the author

The Condemmed

Can't be bothered further in listing story titles...

3* Without Feathers
3* Side Effects
TR Getting Even
TR Mere Anarchy
TR Interviews
4* Zelig
Nov 02, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
He's the last of a dying breed. Some people celebrate that fact, but I don't. Cozy up with a vodka tonic, wrap yourself in a warm blanket of self-loathing, and dig into this.
Jul 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yabancı
Çeviri, kötü çeviri. Yine çeviri.
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
draga buduća beato i ostali. dvoumim se između 4 i 5. nije mi lako. neke priče su vrh (kugelmass i čarobni ormar, putovanje - ne kroz vrijeme, ali u gospođu bovary koje završava progonom udžbenika iz španjolskog za početnike, te scena optičke varke sa ženom u krevetu), neke su ipak malo dosadnije i apsurdnije pa sam ubrzala listove. neka vrijeme izvaže i pokaže
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Woody Allen is still a humungous piece of shit, though)
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Dad gave this book to me many years ago. I'm not a big Woody Allen fan but I really enjoyed this book of short stories. It was oddly funny and a little weird, but thoroughly enjoyable to read.
Apr 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, short-stories
Woody Allen is so good at what he does, whether it's films or books, apparently. He understands slapstick as well as he does solemnity, just as he knows the dance between thoughtful philosophy and throw-away absurdity. This is the first book I've read of his, but I've been a huge fan of his movies for years (as is everyone else who has ever read this book).

The first few stories are wackier than those that come later (still so good), but it seems like Allen figures out what he set out to do prett
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to RØB by: Eric Von Damage
I felt like the overall quality of the stories in SIDE EFFECTS was more even, or more evenly good, but I don't think any of the individual stories is (for me) as good as some I liked from GETTING EVEN. Standouts for me were THE SHALLOWEST MAN (due in part to the ending, which is basically just commentary on the story by a bunch of different people who ultimately throw their hands up at the whole thing), and THE QUERY which begs the important and boggling question of just exactly where some of th ...more
Oct 07, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dreadfully unfunny stuff. The humor is on the level of a slightly clever twelve-year-old, going for obvious gags - but occurring, as much as possible, every single line. That sort of thing might work for a roast, or other live-delivered gigs, but that style is completed unsuited for short stories. Consider the following paragraph:
The trial, which took place over the following weeks, was like a circus, although there was some difficulty getting the elephants into the courtroom. At last, the jury
Nino Frewat
Of course I loved this book. It's Woody Allen. It's incredibly funny but... With Woody Allen, one either gets him or one doesn't and tosses the book aside. The humor is more or less similar to that in Woody Allen's older movies. There are literary and philosophical references aplenty but without Woody Allen being pedantic about them, simply because he doesn't know enough about them. What he does know-and what becomes accessible to the readers- is used quite smartly and makes one laugh hard about ...more
Nov 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
Allen, Woody. SIDE EFFECTS. (1980). ****. This was the last collection of Allen’s pieces from a variety of periodicals – mostly the New Yorker – which tended to be longer and more thought-out than the earlier stuff. The wit and inanity is still there, but it is more under control. These pieces were planned, less spontaneous. This isn’t to say that they weren’t funny, it’s just that – in general – the humor was more mature. This volume gives us pieces like, “The UFO Menace,” which gathers all of ...more
Jane Stewart
Pretty good. Several laugh out loud moments.

My main problem was the narrator Woody Allen who is also the author. He did not pause enough. When I was having a laugh or thoughtful reaction, he sped onto the next item. That was frustrating. Several times I had to stop the tape so I could savor the humor and not quickly forget it. If he were standing before an audience he’d stop for the laughs.

Unabridged audiobook length: 3 hrs and 35 mins. Swearing language: mild with Jesus Christ used about t
Lloyd Scott
Oct 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Either you like woody allen or you don't, I have always liked him and I still do, the man is amazing. This is one of his first books that he ever wrote and I love it, it is like he is reading it to me. The man is a genius and hysterical, I love his vision, his comedic prowess, his dramas, his films and his wit; I went to a high school in Los Angeles in a jewish neighborhood so I can never get enough Jewish jokes from woody allen.
Agbonmire Ifeh
Jun 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Woody Allen is the biggest boss, his wit his legendary and is creativity is above par. "The Kugelmass Episode" was the icing on the cake the story was so enjoyable that I was angry that it finished. I was laughing like a mad man as I read the book in a bus and I was getting puzzling glances. The stories are what fiction should be a beautiful journey, a good summer, a big harvest. This book ranks in my top list of book to reread all the time.
Beqa Margvelashvili
ალენი: ბოლოს და ბოლოს, მოაზროვნე კაცისათვის ხომ სიკვდილი- იგივე საწყისია და არა -სასრული
სიმია: ეგ როგორ?
ალენი: მაცალე და ახლავე აგიხსნი
სიმია: ცოტა დაუჩქარე- რა იცი რა ხდება

აი ასეთი წიგნია ვუდის თანამდევი მოვლენები, რომელიც 17 სხადასხვა, უზომოდ საინტერესო იუმორით სავსე ტექსტისგან შედგება. რაც შეეხება ამ ეპიზოდს, იმტვრიეთ თავი რა ვიგულისხმე :3
უფრო სწორად ვუდიმ რა იგულისხმა
Steven Belanger
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laugh-out-loud funny, as was Without Feathers. "My Speech to the Graduates" is anthologized everywhere, including in serious collections of essays. You have to be able to separate the person from the art in order to truly appreciate his genius, but I can understand those who insist that they just can't do it. But he truly is a genius, a word I don't just throw around.
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Heywood "Woody" Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg) 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 majori ...more
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“Kugelmass, unaware of this catastrophe, had his own problems. He had not been thrust into Portnoy's Complaint, or into any other novel, for that matter. He had been projected into an old textbook, Remedial Spanish, and was running for his life over a barren, rocky terrain as the word tener ("to have") - a large and hairy irregular verb - raced after him on its spindly legs.” 17 likes
“It seemed the world was divided into good and bad people. The good ones
slept better, [Cloquet thought,] while the bad ones seemed to enjoy the waking
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