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“An ugly book, with some very creative sparks mixed in. I marked it as "I've read it," although I stopped reading it, because it was too ugly for me. Interesting and creative ideas mixing with perjorative and blasphemous stuff, like iron and clay, it does not work.”see full review » see other reviews »
Wow, this was a great find! I never heard of this book, but needed an audio and it was short and available from the library (and I liked the title) so I grabbed it. This is an Israeli author so most if not all the stories take place in Israel. The audio is read by an all star cast; mostly authors - and I'm guessing mostly Jewish. I got to hear Gary Schtyengart's cute voice!
The stories were funny and sad and weird. Dark (I really don't tire of the darkness.) For example, one story was a guy who met the lies he told. So if said, "I have to care for my sick uncle" he then met that uncle, who was naturally, sick. One was a guy who had breakfast with random people in a diner. He'd look for people looking around the room as if meeting someone, and wave them over, and just try to act like he was the person they were meeting.
Very good writing, great stories, and perfect for audio because most of the stories were so short if you drifted off, you could listen to it again. I'll be looking for more of this authors work. I'd recommend this for those who like: Dark, Jewish, or surreal stories, it's not for everyone.
I'm including the narrators in case anybody is interested:
Audio Track listing: "Suddenly, a Knock on the Door", read by Ira Glass; "Lieland", read by Adam Thirlwell; "Cheesus Christ", read by Dave Eggers; "Simyon", read by Nicole Krauss; "Shut", read by George Saunders; "Healthy Start"; read by Ben Foster; "Teamwork", read by Mathieu Amalric; "Pudding", read by Aimee Bender; "Unzipping", read by Miranda July; "The Polite Little Boy", read by Ben Marcus; "Mystique", read by Willem Dafoe; "Creative Writing", read by Stanley Tucci; "Snot", read by John Sayles; "Grab the Cuckoo by the Tail", read by Gary Shteyngart; "Pick a Color", read by Robert Wisdom; "Black and Blue", read by Stella Schnabel; "What Do We Have in Our Pockets?" read by Michael Chabon; "Bad Karma", read by Lorin Stein; "Ari", read by Rick Moody; "Bitch", read by Nathan Englander; "The Story, Victorious", read by Scott Shepherd; "A Good One", read by David Rakoff; "What, of This Goldfish, Would You Wish?" read by Gary Shteyngart; "Not Completely Alone", read by Michael Chernus; "One Step Beyond", read by Shea Wigham; "Big Blue Bus", read by Josh Charles; "Hemorrhoid", read by Michael Buscemi; "September All Year Long", read by Neal Stephenson; "Joseph", read by Mark Duplass; "Mourners Meal", read by Shalom Auslander; "Parallel Universes", read by Todd Hasak-Lowy; "Upgrade", read by Josh Radnor; "Guava", read by Ira Glass; "Surprise Party", read by Scott Shepherd; "What Animal Are You?" read by Jonathan Safran Foer; and "Asthma Attack", read by Etgar Keret.”
“An ugly book, with some very creative sparks mixed in. I marked it as "I've read it," although I stopped reading it, because it was too ugly for me. Interesting and creative ideas mixing with perjorative and blasphemous stuff, like iron and clay, it does not work.”Marie wrote this review Wednesday, March 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ok I was randomly looking at audio books and picked this one up... no clue it focused on Israeli / Jewish short stories... How did I do that I will never know.
some are excellent - some just bizarre ... but I did enjoy many of them...
I especially liked "what of this goldfish,would you like?"
Many were momentarily amusing/entertaining but forgettable... fine distraction read... ”
“I only read 2 stories. I didn't care for them. Sort of depressing and I couldn't relate or care about the characters.”Liz Hoffman wrote this review Tuesday, February 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Beautiful. I'm just getting started with this, but Keret has been my favourite author since first reading The Bus Driver who wanted to be god. To any fans of Keret, you won't be disappointed. I was immediately blown away in the same way as when I read his other translated work, just reading Suddenly, A Knock on the Door it threw me right back into the world he creates around his stories.
To anyone who hasn't yet read Keret, I'd push you to give it a try. His stories are singularly short so it's easy to pick up and drop when you have the time, but when you get through them you really do get something mind blowing. The quoted "Keret can do more with a sentence than most others struggle to do throughout an entire book" isn't just marketing patter, it really is brilliant.”
“Clever twists at the end of each story!”Debra S wrote this review Monday, January 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“More great super short stories from Keret. His typical range is all here from magical realism/surrealism to momentary character studies and explorations of tiny drops of fate.”beelzefuzz wrote this review Tuesday, September 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another awesome collection from Mr. Keret. These stories are more melancholy than some of his earlier work, but he's still got a great flair for merging absurd, unexpected scenarios and all too familiar emotions.”Courtney M wrote this review Thursday, May 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No