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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2000
Even for people who do not like Woody Allen's films, his satiric books must give a great laugh!
This man is so intelligent that he allows himself to un-taboo'ize just about everything. He makes fun of religion without being blasphemic, about stereotypes without being prejudicial, and so on.
This is the most sophisticated fun any American has ever come up with!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 16 August 2013
This collection of short stories, essays and sketches written by Woody Allen during the late 1970s and published in 1981 is a mixed, but on the whole, satisfying, and frequently hilarious, read (running to around 160 pages). Throughout the 17 entries in the book, Allen (as is his wont) has peppered the writing with many of his trademark one-liners, and, even though one obviously loses the added bonus (for Allen fans) of seeing the man deliver the lines, there is more than enough here to keep the face distorted into a near constant smirk.

Not everything here is intended to be wholly comic, however, and in the entries The Shallowest Man, an engaging tale of deception between 'friends', and Retribution, a table-turning tale of a man's obsession with his girlfriend's mother, Allen conjures up highly readable material, which suggests he may have been able to pursue a non-comic literary career should he have chosen to do so. Of the other entries, my favourites are The Kugelmass Episode, in which Allen's protagonist travels back in time to date Emma Bovary (and which reminds me conceptually of Allen's film The Purple Rose Of Cairo), The UFO Menace, in which Allen lampoons the UFO phenomenon, and Fabrizio's: Criticism and Response, in which Allen parodies critics (film or otherwise) by reference to products sold in an Italian restaurant (reminding me of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's - as Derek and Clive - hilarious sketch The Critics).

Not side-splittingly funny therefore, but well worth reading for Allen fans. One of my favourite lines comes from Allen's philosophising in My Speech to the Graduates: 'Am I my brother's keeper? Yes. Interestingly, in my case I share that honour with the Prospect Park Zoo'.
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VINE VOICEon 20 February 2004
In it's own right, this is a fabulously funny book, made up of short stories that Allen originally wrote for the New Yorker magazine. But it's totally obsolete, as 'Side Effects', 'Without Feathers' and 'Getting Even' are available in their entirity in 'Complete Prose', which is the same price as either one of these individual books!
The only conceivable reasons you may need to buy this book alone include:- 1) You own 'Complete Prose' already, but spilt your coffee over the final third of the book, and now needs replacing. 2) You are unable to hold books that weigh more than 20 grams for protracted periods of time 3) You have too much space in your new bookshelf and want to buy the three books individually so as to fill the space 4) You are Woody Allen. Well, I'm clean out of reasons why you should buy this book and not 'Complete Prose'... the decision is yours.
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on 21 August 2009
In each story Woody Allen goes on a stylistic adventure. And in each adventure a bunch of ridiculous things, that will make you smack yourself on the forehead, happen.

I advice you to get The Complete Prose which contains this book and two books of the same kind.
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on 31 August 2014
Exellent
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on 31 October 2014
Classic
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