Mere Anarchy, Paperback Book
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'I am greatly relieved that the universe is finally explainable.

I was beginning to think it was me.' Thus begins 'Strung Out', Woody Allen's hilarious application of the laws of the universe to daily life.

Mere Anarchy, Woody Allen's first collection in over 25 years, features eighteen witty, wild and intelligent comic pieces - eight of which have never been in print before.

Surreal, absurd, rich in verbal play, bitingly satirical and just plain daft in the mode we have grown to love from his finest films, this flight-of-fancy collection includes tales of a body double who, mistaken for the film's star, is kidnapped by outlaws; a pretentious novelist forced to work on the novelisation of a Three Stooges film; a nanny secretly writing an expose of her Manhattan employers; crooks selling bespoke prayers on eBay; and how to react when you're asked to finance a Broadway play about the invention and manufacture of the adjustable showerhead.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
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  • Category: Anthologies (non-poetry)
  • ISBN: 9780091920326

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The choice word for the short stories of Woody Allen is 'Absurd'. But in reading this collection I did not find much to be absurd. What I found there instead was a biting attack on those absurd parts of our society that have made life in our times seem ridiculous. This collection more than Without Feathers seems grounded into our society, in order to critique it. A story like Whore of Mensa, from Without Feathers, seems like an absurdists revision. It is a fine story indeed, but less grounded in what one could consider the reality of the times. The stories in this collection seemed to function like the best of mythology, revealing inner truths about our society. These stories were, in their absurdity, far from absurd.

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