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Memoirs of a Mangy Lover (Inglese)

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  • Copertina rigida: 224 pagine
  • Editore: Chivers Press; New edition edizione (4 dicembre 1990)
  • Collana: Firecrest Books
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ISBN-10: 0862206790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862206796
  • Peso di spedizione: 789 g
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5.0 su 5 stelle He plays with words and pokes fun at the various human conditions 19 settembre 2016
Di Stephen P. Lopez - Pubblicato su
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Not so much a biography, but a book filled with Groucho-isms. He plays with words and pokes fun at the various human conditions. As for the collection of essays themselves...are they real? Is he just pulling our legs? Does it really matter? Just have fun reading 'Memoirs of a Mangy Lover! My I also recommend a book by one of his brothers called, 'Harpo Speaks'. Now that is a truly wonderful autobiography.
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3.0 su 5 stelle Groucho, not at his wittiest 23 novembre 2015
Di CynDS - Pubblicato su
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I'm a huge Marx brothers fan, and have read many books, both by and about them. This one by Groucho is kind of a tepid written version of what would have been a witty verbal exchange, if told as raconteur during an in-depth interview with someone to play off of (Dick Cavett comes to mind). It's amusing enough if you haven't read other accounts of the Marx Brothers' early adventures in vaudeville, matrimony, and affairs of the heart, but kind of repetitive if you're already conversant in things Marxian.
2.0 su 5 stelle Very funny in parts but boring in others and in general ... 6 marzo 2017
Di Philip Greco - Pubblicato su
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Not really a memoir but a series of anecdotes and essays with a tangential reference to his life. Very funny in parts but boring in others and in general uneven.
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5.0 su 5 stelle A funny look back at an earlier day 22 dicembre 2010
Di Brent Butler - Pubblicato su
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"Memoirs of a Mangy Lover" is an episodic look at some funny moments in the life of Groucho Marx. Could he possibly have pushed beyond the bare facts of each story? Almost certainly. If you ever watched many Groucho interviews where he launched into funny stories, it was easy to tell that many were more comedy monologue than faithful recitation of events. Who cares? In speech and in print Groucho never failed to entertain and amuse, and this book falls right into his success in those goals.

Many of the stories may require you to remember or imagine what lifestyles were like back in the days in which these stories took place. In a very amusing story about a romantic assignation ruined by an invasion of pigeons, you must realize that at one point hotels were not air conditioned, and open windows on warm days was not only common, but required for survival!

I was actually informed of the existence of this book while viewing an old interview with Groucho, possibly by Dick Cavett, though its been several years so I'm not certain at this point. However, in the interview Groucho was asked about some of the books he'd written, and in his answers he mentioned a couple and told a story from each. I was amused enough in the interview that I decided to try to find the books ... now of course decades out of print. At one time that would have been a difficult and very random process, and I might not have even attempted it in the first place. With the advent of Amazon Sellers and eBay, such searches today are almost trivially easy.

"Memoirs of a Mangy Lover" is a light, amusing read, just what Groucho intended it to be. It's perfect for a story at a time each evening in bed before you go to sleep.
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3.0 su 5 stelle "MEMOIRS OF A MANGY LOVER" has the zippy title . . . 29 luglio 2007
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. . . but the better book of Groucho memoirs to begin with is GROUCHO AND ME, published in 1959, several years earlier than MEMOIRS OF A MANGY LOVER (1963). In each book Groucho Marx's unique wordplay, jaundiced viewpoint and occasional tracks into surrealism entertain. But in GROUCHO AND ME there is no "me" other than Groucho himself, and not only is his wit enteraining, we get a coherent family picture of the Marx parents and their five boisterous children, growing up in near-poverty in the early 20th Century in the Yorkville (upper East Side, but too upper ever to be posh) district of Manhattan. Later on Groucho touches -- with some skips and jumps but chronologically -- upon the other places the gradually more successful family troupe lived, from Chicago to Broadway to Hollywood, where they hit the celebrated American "instant stardom" after paying dues for nearly thirty years, most of it not in the first-class venues.

Now, I will not maintain that MEMOIRS OF A MANGY LOVER is "that's left-overs" in any derogatory way. Groucho's essays definitely entertain, but they are merely that, comic sketches or essays, usually arranged around the subject of Sex (Men chasing women, almost always), with occasional forays into politics and society, but only in an abstract way. Only the person with a flair for the artwork in this book and in Groucho's engaging but occasionally crotchety tone would put this book down as a product of the turn of the Sixties (as said, 1963).

The actual product I read -- the paperback edition from Da Capo Press -- has a printing error which is what led me to take my estimation from four stars down to three. The very end of the book is entitled "A Note on the Author by Groucho Marx," and it surely was meant to be short, but I can't say how short. My edition of MEMOIRS OF A MANGY LOVER -- the only edition available new that I know of -- snaps off at mid-sentence at the end of the page: turn the page and there is nothing there but the publisher's UPC code! Now, Groucho loves to talk about himself by talking around himself, so to speak; and he certainly had a talent for setting us up for puns, situational follies and quick turns of speech ("Last night I shot an elephant in my pajamas; how he got into my pajamas I'll never know.") But it wouldn't in any way be a Marxian touch for a book to end in mid-sentence. Beyond transferring data, are these things still proof-read these days for line intergrity and page coherence? We, the reader, deserve more for our $15.95 than 213 pages that end with what could only charitably be described as a production blunder. After all, in memoirs as well as Vaudeville, the closing act has to be strong.

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