The Complete Prose

The Complete Prose

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Although Woody Allen is best known for his cult movies, he is also a writer of outstanding wit and skill. Dip into this collection of fifty-two pieces for hilarity, deadpan weirdness, and some extremely outlandish ideas. Do you want to hear about the time Hitler went for a haircut? Or why Woody reveres Socrates? Have you ever wondered what would have happened if the Impressionists had actually been dentists? You can learn much about history -- the piece on the invention of sandwiches is eye-opening -- or modern life in this laugh-out-loud collection of thoughts, observations, diaries and stories from one of the most original minds and wonderfully comic voices of our time. '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' Observershow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 32mm | 381.02g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English, Spanish
  • 0330328212
  • 9780330328210
  • 89,310

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Over 50 pieces from the author's three prose outings between 1971 and 1980 make up this collection. As you might expect, Allen's chief concerns revolve around matters cerebral: whether he is sending up Ibsen, parodying 19th-century spiritualist tracts or spinning a hard-boiled detective yarn that revolves around intellectual women selling their minds to men desperate for high-brow stimulation, Allen is hilarious. The great thing about much of the writing in this volume is the way he manages to reveal a deep understanding and affection for his targets, while simultaneously laying into them with sharp, punchy observations and a razor wit. Read it from cover to cover and you might hurt yourself giggling. (Kirkus UK)show more