Friday, February 07, 2014

Book: Without Feathers By Woody Allen

The comical “Without Feathers” was written by Woody Allen way back when in 1972, and is bound to bring a smile to your face if you appreciate Allen’s unique movies and enjoy his comic absurdities.

There is a great deal of material in this book including: two plays; several essays; excerpts from notebooks (a fiction); and various other accountings and investigations. The writings didn’t all tickle my funny bone but so long as a book like this strikes well in parts, it is a success, and it did, so it is. My favourite pieces are “Selections from the Allen Notebooks”, “Examining Psychic Phenomena”, “Match Wits With Inspector Ford”, and “The Whore of Mensa”. The Whore of Mensa in particular, is a five-star work of genius.

Memorable passages and quotes will be posted in a couple of days.

*** ½  - Without Feathers doesn’t include any outright duffers and provides surreal light relief, with several laugh out loud lines. The stories noted above all score four stars or higher.

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