The Complete Prose of Woody Allen Hardcover – 1 Nov 1991
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'It's no secret that Allen's short stories are just as entertaining and accomplished as his films... Allen's witty stories satirise contemporary society and classic modern literature in a style that is characteristically breathless, off the cuff and brilliant' OBSERVER --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Comprises three classic works: Without Feathers, Getting Even , and Side Effects --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Many of Allen's gripes and themes surface here- the student mentality he satirises in 'Annie Hall' & 'Husbands & Wives', the European novel, 'A Twenties Memory' takes the **** out of Hemingway's 'A Moveable Feast' and predicts the iconic imagery of 'Zelig' . One of the most familiar stories is 'Death Knocks'- which recurs in Allen's play 'Death' and pops up (as a reference to Bergman's 'The Seventh Seal', of course) in both 'Love and Death' and 'Deconstructing Harry'.
A lot of these pieces are succinct and laugh out loud funny, one to commute with or read last thing at night. This budget collection is vast proof that Allen is up there with the great comics and a work such as 'Retribution' predicts the world between comedy and tragedy that he has mined for several decades. A classic collection, even if it just ends up in the toilet!
So why one star? From the product description: "Comprises three classic works: Without Feathers, Getting Even , and Side Effects".
I already had Without Feathers and Getting Even, but got them so long ago they're yellowing and literally falling apart. I decided to buy the "Complete Prose" on the assumption that it meant what it said: at minimum, all the contents of both the earlier volumes, plus Side Effects, which I hadn't got. Turns out that only selected pieces from Without Feathers and Getting Even are included here. Some of his very best stuff, such as "God, A Play" in Without Feathers, is omitted. This is NOT his complete prose. I feel cheated, and resentful, which is the antithesis of how I want to feel when reading Woody's stuff.
Later edit: well, my review was pretty grumpy. I've calmed down a bit. It's a good collection, but not exactly what is described. If people are happy with this, then fair enough. I suspect that Woody (who doesn't own a computer for a start) is unaware of the situation. It's the publishers who are responsible. Incidentally, anyone curious about "God, A Play" might get a result from an online search :)
Surreal, ridiculous, witty, and at times just plain silly, these short pieces will have you in pieces after a few paragraphs. My favourite bits include a story about Dracula, and how come he knows when it's dark if he stays in a coffin all day? When he senses it is dark one day, he pays a visit to some neighbours, intent on blood. When he turns up at their house, they ask if he has come to watch the solar eclipse with them, at which point he immediately runs into the house and hides in a cupboard until nighttime. Another example is a story about organised crime, and how one technique for bumping people off was to lock them in a wardrobe and then suck all the air out through a straw.
I think an alternative title for this book could have been 'Complete Nonsense' and still be accurate, but a more flattering title could be 'Complete Brilliance'.
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Too bad he doesn't write a book like these a year instead of the films (sorry, movie buffs, sacrilege, I know, but I do prefer his writings). Read morePublished 12 months ago by AMPV