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  • Taschenbuch: 228 Seiten
  • Verlag: Da Capo Press; Auflage: Reissue (7. Februar 2002)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0306811049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306811043
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 1,3 x 20,3 cm
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Groucho on romance! Twenty-seven "superbly silly sallies by the master of the double entendre"-Kirkus Reviews. Here are Groucho's improbable tales of true romance, narrated with his characteristic panache and illustrated with splendid New Yorker -esque cartoons.

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As a member of the Marx Brothers, Julius (1895--1977), a.k.a. Groucho, enjoyed a sensational career on Broadway and in Hollywood with such comedy classics as Animal Crackers, Duck Soup, and A Night at the Opera. His solo career included work as a film actor, television game show emcee, and author of Groucho & Me, his autobiography.

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Dan Schreiber am 30. Juli 2000
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ladies and gentleman,its GROUCHO MARX the king of comedy ,the god of comedy.This book is very insightful ,it may not be his funniest or his best but its still one hell of a great book from a great man.In this book grouch speaks of life ,how sex evolved,who his best friend is ,how much chicos got in his bank acount .if you are a true marx fan ,you cant possibly over look this book,if your not a marx fan ....what the hell are you doing reading this review. all in all ,they only let me give it 5 stars ,truefully there is not enough stars in the universe to make up how good this book is .so if you bought the book because of this review .i hope you love it,and if you hated it well......please dont hurt me. LONG LIVE CAPTAIN SPAULDING......even though hes dead
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Von Josep Bonet am 19. August 2013
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Some years ago I would have found this book excellent. Indeed, I bought it because I had good memories of my reading Groucho's books more than 30 years ago. But I couldn't finish it. I couldn't laugh any more. and some of his jokes looked so old and so incorrect in the wrong way of being incorrect!
Bad luck
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Memoirs of a Mangy Marx 8. Juli 2002
Von Andrew McCaffrey - Veröffentlicht auf
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It's almost impossible to read MEMOIRS OF A MANGY LOVER without hearing the distinct voice of Groucho Marx echoing in your head. The writing style in evidence here is very close to Groucho's unique manner of speaking that was so prevalent in his movie, radio, and television careers. His train of thought weaves dangerously, one moment he'll be discussing romance in the dark ages, the next he'll be looping back to earlier sentences, picking apart his own grammar or dragging a double entendre from the brink of reason. The narrative moves quickly and easily, but the reader should be careful, as speedy perusal will cause you to miss some of the subtler jokes.
The subject matter is very much a product of its era and its author. Most of the jokes revolve around how terrible it is to be married, how much of a pain one's wife is, and how much men like to sit around playing poker. Not to say that the anecdotes and remembrances aren't hilarious, because some of them are painfully funny, but the subject matter is fairly limiting. Fortunately, Groucho is clever enough to keep the jokes moving so that it doesn't feel like the same story repeated endlessly. The book is just the right length for the amount of material. Any longer and it would have seemed repetitious, any shorter and it would have been insubstantial.
Not surprisingly, my favorite stories of the bunch were the ones that included cameos from the author's famous siblings. Harpo and Chico do put in short appearances here, which would give one the impression that some of the stories that are written about here actually happened. To be honest, most of the anecdotes seem to have been fairly embellished, so to differentiate between what is reality and what is the result of Groucho's mad mind is a game that simply can't be won. If you're looking for an in-depth and accurate biography of Groucho Marx, then there are loads of other books you should be investigating. This tome may not tell you much about Groucho Marx, but it wasn't meant to. It's a cliché to say that a really funny book will cause one to laugh out loud in embarrassingly public places, but clichés like that come about because of hilarious books like MEMOIRS OF A MANGY LOVER.
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Classic Groucho 9. Oktober 2001
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Fans of the Marx Brothers know that chasing women was a part of their comedy routines. Though Groucho didn't go "honking" after them like Harpo, he got the job done with rich widows (Margaret Dumont). In this book, Groucho tells about his own real life amorous adventures and gives us his priceless look at the history of love.
I'm a relatively new fan of the Marx Bros. and I absolutely fell in love with this book. Its a quick read, but extremely entertaining. Of course, there is plenty of humor throughout the book and I laughed out loud several times. Groucho's view of the opposite sex would be considered politically incorrect today, but it is hilarious (and I'm a woman!). He recounts a few stories about anonymous friends and their exploits, a few of his own exploits, as well as a few stories that aren't related to love but are still funny.
I recommend this collection to anybody that loves witty books (and isn't afraid of a few puns) and has an absurd sense of humor. Its a must for any Groucho fan.
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Groucho at his best. 3. März 1998
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Groucho regales us with hilarity in intimate snippets from his life and his career. You don't have to be a Groucho fan to enjoy this collection. You simply just have to be alive.
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A funny look back at an earlier day 22. Dezember 2010
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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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Interesting as social history, but not a barrel of laughs 3. Februar 2008
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Groucho Marx's Memoirs of a Mangy Lover, originally published in 1963, is a collection of more than 25 essays loosely themed around the subject of love or, more accurately, the pursuit of sex. Groucho writes about unfaithful husbands of his acquaintance and the perks of polygamy, about a potentially amorous evening spoiled by pigeons, about an act of martyrdom that involved his courtship of the homely daughter of a Mexican cook. But there are also stories about his brothers cheating someone at cards, for example, and about the impositions of unwelcome dinner guests.

Groucho doesn't open up much in these essays. We're not given a sense of the man behind the moustache. But to the extent that the author is humanized in the stories it is, well, a little strange: Groucho is such an iconic figure that I've never imagined him as flesh-and-blood human. It is surprising to think of him doing anything so banal as driving a car. The essays are interesting for this reason and because they are the product of a world that, some fifty years on, seems very foreign. Much of the book is arguably sexist, and it contains some racial references that wouldn't escape an editor's pen nowadays. More surprising are the author's casual references to trips with his brothers to brothels, as if such a thing were completely unremarkable, or his account of essentially ordering up a woman from an old acquaintance while in town:

"What I was looking for was a companion--a dazzling, pulchritudinous wench who would hang on my every word and eventually obey my every command."

The essays are interesting as social history, then, but I'm afraid they're not very funny. I did laugh once, when Groucho described getting lost in Bel Air with Clare Boothe Luce, then U.S. Ambassador to Italy. A producer at Twentieth Century-Fox Studios, out walking his dog in the middle of the night, happened upon the pair while they were standing in the bushes on a street corner trying to read a street sign:

"He surveyed us for a moment, unwilling to believe his eyes, then turned and addressed his dog. 'Spyros,' he said, 'up to now I thought I'd seen everything, but if someone had told me I would ever see the United States Ambassador to Italy and Grouch Marx standing in a bush in Bel Air at two in the morning, I just wouldn't have believed it.'"

But in that case the humor lay in the situation. When Groucho tries to be funny the jokes are corny, forced, dated:

"Millions of years ago, love ran wild on this daffy globe of ours. Men were slimy creatures resembling a louse or the fellow your wife almost married. They were called amoeba--until they got money and changed their name to The First National Bank."

Did our forbears in the sixties indeed laugh at this sort of thing? I have to believe they did: this is Groucho Marx we're talking about, after all. And maybe if Groucho were on screen delivering the same lines they would be funny. But don't expect to guffaw your way through this one. Read it for the sexism and antiquated social mores instead!

-- Debra Hamel
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