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The most original and influential comic mind of our generation gives us a rollicking tour of his expansive imagination. Alongside the hilarity are intimate, revealing, and poignant recollections of childhood's pains and lost love, as well as remarkable illustrations from Winters' accomplished, surreal pen.Contents: Unusual stories: Artist -- I miss dancing with you -- StolThe most original and influential comic mind of our generation gives us a rollicking tour of his expansive imagination. Alongside the hilarity are intimate, revealing, and poignant recollections of childhood's pains and lost love, as well as remarkable illustrations from Winters' accomplished, surreal pen.Contents: Unusual stories: Artist -- I miss dancing with you -- Stolen flowers -- Wedding --Hijacker -- Well-kept secret -- Roll in the hay -- Conductor -- Black tie -- King who had to be Queen too -- Face-lift -- Table for two -- Niagara Falls -- Halloween -- Snowman --Old Indian buries an old friend -- Postcard -- My hometown is gone-I mean gone -- Money preacher -- Black lunch box -- Cardboard man -- Fisherman -- Lost valley of the Gods -- Marathon runner -- Campers -- Animal tales: Visitor -- Thanksgiving -- Last day the circus came to town -- My bird doesn't sing anymore -- Did anyone see my doggie? -- Ode to a baby robin -- Ode to a sea gull -- Little bear who didn't know who he was -- Easter bunny -- Bird that couldn't fly -- Stung -- My last flight south -- Faces -- Children's voices: Blinding windstorm -- What do you want to be when you grow up? -- Mirage -- I was behind the couch all the time -- Dr. John Wookey to surgery -- How much money did you make today, little man? -- Little boy's Christmas list -- Baby-sitter and why they're weird or turn weird -- Costume -- What are you frightened of, Johnny? -- Of men and war: Blue Hill massacre -- Rebels -- I want to be a soldier -- Ivy-covered castle -- I stand alone -- Observations: We're going out for two whole days -- What it must've been like -- War paint -- Shadows -- My hobby -- Summer -- My definition of love....

Title : Winters' Tales: Stories and Observations for the Unusual
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ISBN : 9780394564241
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 216 Pages
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Winters' Tales: Stories and Observations for the Unusual Reviews

  • Alexandra
    2019-02-10 00:58

    The first couple of stories are really good but then it goes downhill. Most of the times I was like "What does this story supposed to mean?". It was worth a read, nothing life changing, that's all.

  • Tex Roop
    2019-01-20 20:56

    A collection of short stories from an interesting mind. Admittedly some of the stories leave you scratching your head wondering why but most of them just kind of transport you to the other world where the insane is the only thing that seems to make sense.

  • Diana
    2019-01-18 21:55

    Dark, dark humor and, in my opinion, not that humorous. Disappointing because I really enjoyed Jonathan Winters as a performer.

  • Tim Ganotis
    2019-01-18 18:03

    Odd and mildly dark humor. The stories feel unpolished, like a first draft. All include some sort of twist ending, like a punchline, which feels repetitive and crutch-like in a collection like this. Not bad, but certainly not great either.

  • Ace McGee
    2019-01-22 20:03

    Collection of short stories. Read about Four or five. All the stories are about sad people and then really terrible things happen to them.Not enjoyable. Did not finish.

  • Shane
    2019-01-17 21:12

    Jonathan Winters is one of those artists who avoids brands or labels, even though he's best knows as a comedian. Each short story in this book is as idiosyncratically delightful and unique as the author, and it is one of those books that will have to be reread several times. One of the stories that really stood out was "I Stand Alone" - and I decided to typed it out in order to try to understand it a bit better, so here 'tis (hopefully sans errors): "I Stand Alone"Most of my life I was alone -- as a child and all through school.I must admit I truly enjoyed being by myself.But not today - today I dread being alone.I've been in two wars and half a dozen campaigns.I'd never had a brother or a sister. It was only at the front and in the trenches that I met my brothers.First I fought alongside them, bled with them, sang and drank and cried with them.Yes, I even led them and finally died with them.During those wars and campaigns I was never alone except once.I was cut off from my outfit for three days behind enemy lines.I wasn't afraid of the enemy, the thought of being captured or even being killed.It was being alone - away from my men, my brothers that really frightened me most of all.I spent some time in a field hospital and while I was there the nurses - thank God for them - with their quiet voices, their cheery hellos, an occasional kiss on the cheek, that soft hand on my forehead - these angels in white became my sisters.My rest, convalescence, was all too short.My wounds were slight and so it was back to the front.I was a general now - the most decorated man in the calvary, perhaps any cavalry in the world.It wasn't the decorations or the fact that I was a general - a hero.I was back with my men - my brothers.I was mounted on a beautiful white charger, the rain was coming down in torrents.But the men, my men, were singing all around me. Those on horseback, even the foot soilders. They were singing for many reasons - chiefly because we were all together and this war was our last campaign - and then home. The whole regiment was going home together!Suddenly shell fire, rifle shots, cannon, screaming, horses rearing up, everywhere men scattering, looking for cover. And then I felt a sharp pain in my chest and I slumped from my horse onto the muddy, rain-soaked road. We were all being massacred , wiped out - ambushed!A corporal dragged me to a smoldering stump. He put his canteen up to my lips, the cold water sloshed about in my hot mouth momentarily and then trickled out the corners.Then a captain knelt by my side, and then two privates, then another and another. The whole regiment seemed to be around me. Even my horse made his way over and the reins fell across the palm of my hand.We were all going home together, after all. My brothers - the only ones I'd ever known - we were going home for good this time. I shall always remember the singing, and as muddy as the roads had been and as cold and drenched as we were, we suddenly - all of us - looked very clean. For a moment - I would've sworn that the sun had come out. Then it became very dark - black. Today I stand alone - no horses, no men, no singing, nothing!Except it's raining again and I'm in a little town. A ghost town whose inhabitants have all been evacuated. It's another war - another timeAnd I'm just a statue - the only statue in this little town.

  • Julie Barrett
    2019-02-16 19:12

    Winter's Tale by Jonathan WintersCollection of winter stories that are quite unusual.Short stories about winter months and related from the comic who made Mork and Mindy.Liked the dance one and the pheasant hunting with his grandfather the best.Military ones were quite somber and sad.I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).0394564243

  • Nathan Langford
    2019-02-02 23:08

    Had forgotten that I read this book years ago but with his passing, I remembered reading. I agree with many of the comments about some stories as sad and some surreal - but I do remember the book and I do not believe it was a waste of my time to read nor would it be a waste of another person's time to read it.

  • Brad
    2019-02-06 00:00

    What a bizarre book. There are some terrific stories and more than a couple of duds. Though he is a comedian, the best stories are the sad ones. You can tell this is a man who knew life is both tragedy and comedy.

  • Ron Cooper
    2019-01-19 18:57

    Jonathan Winters is one of all-time fave comedians, a master of brilliant impromptu humor. In this clever and well-written book, there are twists and turns and unexpected endings to nearly every story--just what you would expect of one of our nation's comic treasures.

  • Shorewalker
    2019-02-12 20:03

    A series of short stories and in many cases they were short trips into fantasy land. Some were just "for fun" but others carried a message. As the title says, "Observations for the Unusual" and it certainly was that. A quick read that one can put up and down

  • Eyna
    2019-02-08 22:01

    A collection of tales with abrupt endings that may linger in your head for a while. Credits for Winters' wild imagination that makes the readers' thoughts wander -- but some of which, I just find too exaggerated.

  • Kat
    2019-01-21 22:44

    i remember little about this book except the fact that i was really into it back in sixth grade for some reason.

  • Susan Moore
    2019-02-06 19:05

    its so Jonathan Winters! funny, entertaining and sad at times.

  • Patrick Schultheis
    2019-01-27 16:53

    Absolutely, side-splittingly funny

  • Marsmannix
    2019-01-29 22:59

    the world is a sadder place because Jonathan Winters is not here. Granted, his references may be dated, but his whimsical sweet quirky humor is timeless.

  • Barry
    2019-02-13 23:02

    funny, sad, touching, brilliant, sometimes all at once.

  • Ronald
    2019-01-19 20:05

    read some time in 1992