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Without Feathers

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  8,531 Ratings  ·  403 Reviews
Here they are--some of the funniest tales and ruminations ever put into print, by one of the great comic minds of our time. From THE WHORE OF MENSA, to GOD (A Play), to NO KADDISH FOR WEINSTEIN, old and new Woody Allen fans will laugh themselves hysterical over these sparkling gems.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 12th 1986 by Ballantine Books (first published 1972)
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Luís C.
Book of notes, Without Feathers allowed me, as a fan of the comedian, who became one of the greatest filmmakers ever, to know some of his notes. Some would come to give rise to some of his cinematographic works that we have all had the opportunity to see by the time they have become timeless. Others are mere drafts, notes with biting humor, ironic and rich as Woody Allen always gifted us.
Sofia
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το Χωρις φτερά αποτελείται απο μια σειρά μικρών διηγημάτων και 2 θεατρικών. Τα διηγήματα ηταν κατα την γνώμη μου μετριότατα με καποιες εκλάμψεις χιούμορ. Τα θεατρικά ηταν εξαιρετικά! Σίγουρα θα ξαναδιαβάζα κάτι από τον Γουντυ Άλλεν γιατί ακόμα δεν έχω καταλήξει πόσο μου αρέσει στο ρόλο του συγγραφέα..
Manny
Nov 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 appr
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فرشاد
یه اثر خیلی متوسط از وودی آلن.. اصلا شبیه به کارهای جالبش نبود.. شاید خیلی سرسری نوشته شده بود..
Nicholas
May 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Tristan
Sep 17, 2016 rated it liked it
An occasionally highly amusing compilation of slices of absurdist humour and satire by that most famous of neurotic Jews, Woody Allen. As quite the fan of his directorial efforts, my recognition of his idiosyncratic brand of comedy was instantaneous. It reminded me in particular of his delightful Love and Death (1975), which came out in the very same year as this book.

However, rating this is tricky indeed. Some pieces rightly deserve to be called comedic genius ( The Whore of Mensa, Death - A P
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Ana Paula Gonzalez Toledo
A todas luces pasa a ser uno de mis favoritos, sólo por "alienarme" aún más al hacerme reír a carcajadas en plena sala de espera del aeropuerto, en el avión, y cuartos lúgubre s de hospital, provocando que más de alguno se molestase, me alegró días por demás tristes, e impregnó en mi con declarada simpleza ideas de colosal envergadura tales como; el por qué de los principales psiquiatras judíos y el porque de la muy necesaria y buena dicción de Dios.
Anne
Aug 19, 2007 rated it did not like it
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.
D.A.
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I practically memorized this entire book when I was a sophomore in high school, so it probably brings a lot of bad memories to people who knew me then. But seriously, this was the funniest book I'd ever read up until that point. The humor is a strange mix of borchst-belt one-liners and sophisticated critiques of man's faculty for reason and speculation. It's an odd mix, that manifests in truly odd, esoteric pieces of intellectual inquiry. What, for example, would be the main difference if the Im ...more
Ted
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Was about to toss this book, then realized that shit who knows when a day might come when I'm really down and this could cheer me up. If you have it unread, take it on a vacation sometime and enjoy yourself. (That's what my beach-fun-fiction shelf is for.)
Ensiform
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, stories
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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Erik Graff
Apr 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Amene
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
خدایا چه جوری یک ادم انقدر نابغه میشه!
Bill Adelson
Jul 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
Ef Grey
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bez peří jsem naposledy četla dva roky zpět. A dala tomu jednu hvězdičku, bohužel jsem si v té době asi ještě nepsala review, takže kdo ví, proč jsem to vlastně nesnášela...
Každopádně teď jsem se k tomu náhodou dostala znovu a je to fakt super! Krátké povídky tak nějak o všem a o ničem. To si takhle chlápek jde ven z bytu a pak si zčistajasna namočí rukáv do nádobky s omáčkou - třeba. Ale působilo to dost funkčně a pobavila jsem se, takže jsem zcela změnila své původní stanovisko a je možné, že
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Mads
Jul 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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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Leo Robertson
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Woody Allen does The Day Today a day days and days before The Day Today. Today remains a day The Day Today and these stories are still funny.
Rodrigo
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maravilloso... e inquietante. En cada página, en cada cuento, es evidente que el autor es el mismo escritor y director de películas que hemos disfrutado tanto. El humor ácido, el absurdo que, de repente, parece casi posible, es casi imposible por lo perfecto. Sin embargo, pasa algo que me ha estado pasando también con sus películas: ¿se repite? Woody Allen, genial como es, al parecer también es susceptible de ciclarse y, así como en algunas de sus últimas películas parecería que estamos viendo l ...more
Rodrigo Gómez Morales
This is the first Woody Allen book I've read. At times, it does feel like one of his movies. It reminded me of "To Rome with Love", where we get to see different stories, some of them quite good, and some of them quite cheesy. It got time before I could understand the tone and humor of each story, but once you get into them, most of them are quite enjoyable. I especially loved "The Whore of Mensa"; I've never payed for sex, but I could consider paying for a smart girl to talk to. That's actually ...more
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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MiLi
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 :)
Veronika Sebechlebská
Čirá Anarchie sa mi páčila veľmi, takže očakávania boli vysoké. Neviem či je to Woodym, mnou alebo prekladom (nejkým strašným omylom som si zadovážila slovenský preklad namiesto českého) ale túto knihu som na nakoniec pretrpela. Niektoré nápady boli geniálne, ale ako celok ma to nudilo. Jendu hviezdičku dávam preto, že menej sa dať nedá a druhú za intelektuálne radodajky.
Jesse A
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Funny stuff that is definitely early Woody.
Anh Dũng
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, humor
Tóm tắt việc sử dụng não của mình cho quyển này:
- 30% thời gian sử dụng não một cách có thành ý, bị tác giả xoắn não vài cú ngoạn mục và rõ ràng là có để lại vài nếp nhăn, đồng thời với việc bị xoắn não là miệng bị méo vì cười không đúng cách :)_). Điển hình là chương "sách cuộn" với ông "Chúa" level nói đùa với tổ phụ Abraham, hoặc trong "chỉ dẫn ngắn nhưng hữu ích về bất tuân dân sự", "đừng đùa với thanh tra Ford",...
- 30% thời gian ráng sử dụng não hết công suất mà chỉ cảm thấy não hơi "ong o
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Suriel
Apr 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
1.5, la verdad. Lo bueno es que terminó.
Sebastian
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are two ways one can go about reviewing this book; either try to match its top-notch absurdist humor and witty wordplay (and fail miserably), or write the most mind-numbingly humdrum review ever. So I'll do neither.
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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Lukasz Pruski
Dec 31, 2014 rated it liked it
I have recently read and reviewed here "Side Effects" by Woody Allen - perhaps the funniest book I have read in my entire life. Allen's "Without Feathers" is also very funny, but it is far from the greatness of his other work. The humor feels belabored. Let me quote: "On March 16, 1882, Mr. J.C. Dubbs awoke in the middle of the night and saw his brother Amos who had been dead for fourteen years, sitting at the foot of his bed flicking chickens. Dubbs asked his brother what he was doing there, an ...more
Amir ali
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 نمیشود. او خیلی
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Tony
Nov 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: essays
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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