Apropos of Nothing - Woody Allen

Apropos of Nothing

By Woody Allen

  • Release Date: 2020-03-23
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
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Description

The long-awaited, enormously entertaining memoir by one of the great artists of our time.
 
In this candid and often hilarious memoir, the celebrated director, comedian, writer, and actor offers a comprehensive, personal look at his tumultuous life. Beginning with his Brooklyn childhood and his stint as a writer for the Sid Caesar variety show in the early days of television, working alongside comedy greats, Allen tells of his difficult early days doing standup before he achieved recognition and success. With his unique storytelling pizzazz, he recounts his departure into moviemaking, with such slapstick comedies as Take the Money and Run, and revisits his entire, sixty-year-long, and enormously productive career as a writer and director, from his classics Annie Hall, Manhattan, and Annie and Her Sisters to his most recent films, including Midnight in Paris. Along the way, he discusses his marriages, his romances and famous friendships, his jazz playing, and his books and plays. We learn about his demons, his mistakes, his successes, and those he loved, worked with, and learned from in equal measure.
 
This is a hugely entertaining, deeply honest, rich and brilliant self-portrait of a celebrated artist who is ranked among the greatest filmmakers of our time. 
 
 

Reviews

  • Pure nonsense

    1
    By Shartncpa
    If it were free it still would not be worth the price
  • Woody the wit

    5
    By geo dowd
    Who knows woody better than woody? Imagine if Jesus wrote a tell all book and was excoriated by the me too son of Sinatra ? Mia’s mea culpa is to not let go and move on. Don’t let one man imprison you. Woody is a great American story and his should be told the master.
  • Badly written

    2
    By Rufus Nash
    I am astonished at how badly-written this book is. I’ve read Allen's writing before, and thought he was a decent-enough writer, but his attempt at a memoir is terrible. First of all, the very first line has an obscure reference to Holden Caulfield. Does he not realize that Catcher in the Rye is not the touchstone it once was? Or is Allen's inability to see the changes in the world one of the reasons his last number of movies have been terrible? The book could have used a strong editor, or an editor at all. Some sentences are so labored and confusing that they have to be read a number of times to be understood. And his writing is just…bad. Perhaps age has diminished his writing ability or his ability to form coherent sentences, and his vanity prevented him from seeking an editor who could have corralled it into a wonderful book. This ain't it. I’m very disappointed.