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Now in audio for the first time, Without Feathers is narrated by Woody Allen himself. Here they are: 16 of the funniest tales and ruminations ever recorded, by one of the great comic minds of our time. From "The Whore of Mensa", to "Fabulous Tales & Mythical Beasts", to "No Kaddish for Weinstein", old and new Allen fans will laugh themselves silly over these sparkling gems. A small sample: "Getting through the night is becoming harder and harder," writes Allen in his "secret" journal. "Last evening I had the uneasy feeling that some men were trying to break into my room to shampoo me."

Without Feathers delivers more of Allen's New Yorker-style humor. Worthy stand-outs include "If the Impressionists Had Been Dentists", a genius piece that puts oral surgery in a whole new, much more exciting light. Throughout, Allen grapples in his wildly inventive way with the targets that obsess him: death, God (or lack of God), women (or lack of women), intellectuals, the arts, and even wildlife.

There is a distinct romantic strain that runs through much of his writings, which the author describes as "either Byronic or moronic". Allen is forever at war with the universe and claims unequivocally that he is "at two with nature". His artistic ambition, as he puts it, is to "forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race. And then see if I can get them mass-produced in plastic."

Woody Allen's short-story collections Without Feathers, Side Effects, Getting Even, and Mere Anarchy are available separately or together as part of The Woody Allen Collection.

©1986 Woody Allen (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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"Throughout my life, literally thousands of people have made me feel inadequate, but none more so than Woody Allen." (Larry David, Producer, Writer, Actor)
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  • Scott
  • Roseville, CA, United States
  • 08-09-10

Intellectual (and some not so) Silliness

This is Woody Allen who, when not writing a more elaborate project just sits and writes up ANY ideas that come to mind.
I use the word "intellectual" to rule out those hooked solely on pop culture who won't find humor kidding around about Socrates or Kirkegaard which does requires some prior knowledge of them (not much but some).
This is kind of humor where the jokes just keep on rolling...., don't expect any knock out punch lines (which most Americans tend to prefer.) It is more "British" humor in the sense A) the situations themselves are absurd B) the incongruities (a huge part or humor) keep piling up, so soon ONE finds finds amusement.... (however the digit two also been known to have a good sense of humor).
I you "got" that previous minor grammar joke you may "get" this kind of humor. (If you didn't "get it" or just thought it was stupid - both valid opinions :)) then these books are filled with similar sounding little gags (Only better.)
Allen is really the best person to narrate this material and he does a GREAT job...his neurotic sounding voice adds charm and matches the craziness of the many short stories several of the gumshoe private detective type so ripe for parody.
Just don't expect a story plots similar to his better movies. However if you appreciate Allen's very unique style of wit (who has mastered the art of the random non sequitur for comedic effect) then you'll find the COLLECTION (why buy one when you can try/enjoy all four?) worth the credit.
If you're the type that likes slapstick humor or only jokes with punch lines you will likely not enjoy ANY these books. (I'd be more book specific but to me they're all too similar in style) on the other hand if you enjoy absurdity of the most random sort then these books are the ticket. I gave it 3 stars not because it was SO bad the rating seems appropriate for so uneven material written by a bored comedian.

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