Getting Even is the first book I’ve read from Woody Allen. I like his films so much, and now that I’ve read his stories, I like him a little more. This is a very entertaining and enjoyable book. I remember laughing a lot and trying to explain the characters to people. I’ll definitely read his other books one by one.
Each story is hilarious in their unique ways. I’m going to turn into a story-loving person just because of these stories. This book reminded me that we need to read the right books at the right time. So if you want to take a break from work and read something funny, this may be for you. I can image seeing people reading this on their lunch breaks and laughing.
I also think this would make a fantastic beach read. At the same time, if you don’t have time for a big book this will do the trick. If you want to know Woody Allen not only from his films but also from his books, there is plenty of clues about how he thinks. Even though we see more or less what kind of person he is in his films, his personality reveals more in these stories. So, enjoy and hopefully laugh a lot.
After three decades of prodigious film work & some unfortunate tabloid adventures, it’s easy to forget that Woody Allen began his career as one heck of a great comedy writer. Getting Even, a collection of his late ’60s magazine pieces, offers a look into Allen’s bag of shtick, back when it was new. From the supposed memoirs of Hitler’s barber: “Then, in January of ’45, a plot by several generals to shave Hitler’s moustache in his sleep failed when von Stauffenberg, in the darkness of Hitler’s bedroom, shaved off one of the Führer’s eyebrows instead…” Even tho the idea of writing jokes about old Adolf–or addled rabbis, or Maatjes herring–isn’t nearly as fresh as it used to be, Getting Even still delivers plenty of laughs. At his best, Woody can achieve a level of transcendent craziness that no other writer can match. If you’re looking for a book to dip into at random, or a gift for someone who’s seen Sleeper 13 times, Getting Even is a classic, with 316,000 copies sold to date.
Heywood “Woody” Allen is an American director, writer, actor, and comedian whose career spans more than six decades. He began his career as a comedy writer in the 1950s, writing jokes and scripts for television and publishing several books of short humour pieces.
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