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The Girl on the Fridge

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  2,599 Ratings  ·  288 Reviews
A birthday-party magician whose hat tricks end in horror and gore; a girl parented by a major household appliance; the possessor of the lowest IQ in Mossad -- such are the denizens of Etgar Keret's dark and fertile mind. The Girl on the Fridge contains the best of Keret's first collections, the ones that made him a household name in Israel and the major discovery of this l ...more
Paperback, 171 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 2006)
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Ian "Marvin" Graye
Nov 06, 2011 Ian "Marvin" Graye rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews, read-2011
Short Short Stories

Etgar Keret was born in Tel Aviv in 1967.

This is the third book of his short stories that I’ve read and I’ve loved them all.

To give you one idea of why I like them, there are 46 stories in this collection, and the whole thing is only 171 pages long.

Most stories come in at 1 to four pages, which means you can read two while you’re waiting for your bread to toast, or your partner to warm your side of the bed for you, or your children to finish in the bathroom (well, maybe I'm
Dec 16, 2008 Terence rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Chekhov & similar writers
I don't know how I discovered Etgar Keret but I've always been happy that I did. As I'm also in the midst of reading a couple of Chekhov collections, I think I can understand why I like Keret: He reminds me a great deal of Chekhov, and not just because most of their stories are very short. Both authors write in a style that, on the surface, is comedic, cynical and superficial but upon reflection reveals an insight and depth of empathy few writers can excel.

This is the weakest of the three Keret
Lisa Vegan
Apr 04, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it did not like it
Recommended to Lisa by: Rachel
Many readers seem to think this author is a genius and his stories are wonderful. Perhaps, but my opinion differs. They were not to my taste.

This book has 171 pages and there are 46 stories; they’re obviously very short. Thankfully, for me, they were short and the book was short.

As I read I had a sheet of paper handy with loved, liked a lot, and liked as categories, for writing down short stories that fit each one. The results?: none that I could wholeheartedly put on any of those lists, althoug
After hearing an interview with this author as well as excepts from some of his shorts on NPR I rushed to buy this book. Etgar Keret has written a collection of slightly dark and sometimes surreal short stories about the human condition. Individually these stories can be surprising and thought provoking, but as a whole I found the experience of reading this book to be exhausting. This 137 page novel features no less than 46 individual stories. Fourty-six. In case math is not your friend, each sh ...more
Apr 19, 2009 Rick rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Salman Rushdie calls Keret “the voice of the next generation,” a boldly meaningless statement. Most of us will eventually recall the contentious convention of the next generation, to be so relentlessly covered in USA Tomorrow, in which Salman Rushdie will narrowly defeat Simon Cowell and Donald Trump for the office of Decider of the Voice of the Next Generation. We will recall it as soon as it occurs. But while we are waiting for the Next Generation to form, define itself or be defined, and Mr. ...more
Ksenia Anske
Aug 26, 2014 Ksenia Anske rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is the awesomest minimalistic weirdness I have ever read, both in terms of word scarcity and stories themselves, some as short as half a page, yet packed with so much juice and life and magic and absurdity of every day life and sorrow and hope and sexual fantasies and violence and poetry and…oh, I can’t continue, I have to catch my breath. Can you fix a relationship with super glue? Like, real super glue, really glueing two people together? Can you be parented by a fridge? Can you vacuum ...more
Bernard Batubara
Dec 19, 2015 Bernard Batubara rated it really liked it
his short stories are super-short, only 3 until 4 pages long, yet they're unbeatably effective in delivering their goal. the stories are hilarious, and sometime surreal too. like when a wife glued her feet to the ceiling and hanging upside down like a bat because, according to the husband, maybe she knew something about his hidden affair with another woman. etgar keret has a unique sense of humour. his way of telling stories reminds me of junot díaz, a writer from dominican republic who wrote ...more
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
This was an impulse grab at the library. Its rather interesting full of short stories that are kind of funny, kind of creepy to down right boring. It was an okay read.
Dec 28, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it
I'm so glad I randomly stumbled across this book at my local bookstore. Etgar Keret's style of storytelling feels fresh and new, playful and smart; and he's very perceptive when it comes to both the dark and lighter sides of human nature. Some of the stories were stronger than others, but I liked them all. And, for at least half of them, I finished the story, closed my eyes, and mentally shouted the equivalent of "BRAVO!" Which is to say, I really really liked the story. :) Also, the writing (in ...more
Claire Roth
Nov 15, 2013 Claire Roth rated it did not like it
Thank God it's over.
That is the first thought that pops into my head when I am finally finished with this sad excuse for a book. I must admit, I had no idea whatsoever as to what I was getting myself into when a classmate of mine handed it to me with the genuine promise that I was going to love it. I am never trusting him again.
Most of the reviews I read before digging into the book were praises, absolute, unquestionable praises, which undoubtedly raised the bar of my expectations. Alas, almos
Apr 16, 2010 Bobby rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
On the cover of this book, there is a quote by Salman Rushdie saying that the author, Etgar Keret, is "The voice of the next generation." I don't know which generation Rushdie had in mind, but my feeling is it must be the Twitter Generation...because these stories are short...really short...with the shortest being one smallish paragraph. Not being a Twitter person, I can't vouch for it's effectiveness, or lack thereof, to convey meaningful/moving ideas, but these stories, for the most part, ...more
Ethan Amarant
May 31, 2008 Ethan Amarant rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone who doesn't need a happy ending
Though not as good as The Nimrod Flipout there are many stories in this collection that still blow me away. This collection feels darker then his other collection I've read. The story, "The Bet", is a great example. It's short, powerful, and the last sentence will stay with you long after you've finished it, but where you could feel the hope resonating throughout most of the stories in The Nimrod Flipout, Keret seems much more cynical in this collection. Still a great read.
Aslihan Fer
Aug 27, 2015 Aslihan Fer rated it really liked it
Shelves: alınacak
Bu adamın hayal dünyasına, yaratıcılığına, üslubuna bayılıyorum. Tanrı Olmak İsteyen Otobüs Şoförü kadar hayran olmasam da beğenerek, yüzümde aptal bir gülümsemeyle okudum kitabı. Keşke daha uzun öyküler olsaydı dedim yine, tadı damağımda kalan çok.
Sherif Nagib
Jan 06, 2016 Sherif Nagib rated it liked it
ثاني مجموعة قصصية أقراها لإيتجار كيريت. نفس الخيال العظيم اللي بهرني في المجموعة السابقة كان متواجد في نصف الكتاب الأول. ثم بدأ في الخفوت حتى نهاية الكتاب، ربما كثير من القصص كانت مرتبطة بتفاصيل محلية زيادة عن اللزوم. وربما كانت سيئة فحسب، مش عارف! بس قشطة، مش وحش بس مش عظيم.
Gülhan Güllü
Çehov'u ayrı tutarak söylüyorum, sanırım Türk öykücüleri daha çok seviyorum. Daha yakın, sıcak geliyor; bir fincan sahlep gibi.
j. ergo
Jul 25, 2012 j. ergo rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: you
Keret's moody, semi-fabulist tales are not miles away from George Saunders, excepting that he can pop off a one or two-page story here and there and he seems much more preoccupied with the subject of love, maybe as a possibility, but more evidenced in obsession with the past, seemingly the only place one can be certain it actually existed. Still, politics often drive the stories and this is where I see a kinship with the two. I won't stretch the Keret-Saunders much further lest it snaps like a ...more
Stephanie Villalpando
Jun 16, 2016 Stephanie Villalpando rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of short stories. I didn't know what to expect with this one; the cover caught my eye (shame on me) and the description on the back pulled me in pretty quickly, so I thought I'd give it a whirl. Finished it in less than a week, and wow. I love stumbling across books like this one on accident. The stories come in bite-sized portions; I think the shortest one was 3/4 of a page and the longest was probably six pages. The story topics include: brain cancer, crazy glue, people pissing ...more
Aug 11, 2015 Γιώργος rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Είχα μια αμφιβολία για το πόσα άστρα να δώσω σε αυτό το βιβλίο μα τελικά αποφάσισα τα 4* γιατί τα διηγήματα μου άρεσαν τόσο πολύ λόγω της παράνοιας που έχουν και της συντομίας τους. Ένας συγγραφέας που γράφει μεγάλη λογοτεχνία με λίγες λέξεις και σίγουρα έχει να δώσει πολλά ακόμη.
Jan 09, 2009 Shirley rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-fiction, 2009
Israeli writer Keret does a lot with a few words. This collection of short-story espresso shots (emphasis on short - each story was no more than a few pages long) is dark and fairly messed up - but distinctive and compelling.
Nov 27, 2008 Robert rated it it was amazing
These stories are flawless fucked up gems. I can't describe them any other way. Not EVERY story is solid, but with almost fifty stories, what can you expect?
Aslı Dağlı
Feb 02, 2016 Aslı Dağlı rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 25, 2009 Jean rated it liked it
Recommends it for: short story lovers, non-squeamish, dry chucklers
Shelves: short-and-sweet
I first came across Etgar Keret in Four Letter Word: Invented Correspondence from the Edge of Modern Romance, a collection of love letters from today's leading fiction writers. After making a note to look him up later and then entirely forgetting about it, I was reminded when I saw the striking cover of this book at Barnes & Noble. After reading the first short story, I immediately put it on my library queue to read the rest.

This collection of short stories feature some of the shortest I've
Jan 04, 2013 Aad rated it liked it
Shelves: literary
Setelah membaca cerita-cerita Etgar Keret, membuat apa yang dia katakan mengenai sebuah cerita di cerpennya yang berjudul Suddenly, a Knock in the Door, menjadi sebuah definisi yang tepat untuk ciri khas cerita-cerita yang dia tulis.

He misses the feeling of creating something out of something. That’s right—something out of something. Because something out of nothing is when you make something up out of thin air, in which case it has no value. Anybody can do that. But something out of something m
Adrianne Mathiowetz
Jul 11, 2008 Adrianne Mathiowetz rated it liked it
Recommended to Adrianne by: This American Life, book club
As with most collections of short stories, this is a mixed bag in terms of breathtakability.

Favorites were Asthma Attack, Crazy Glue, Hat Trick (!!!), Vacuum Seal, and The Night the Buses Died. A little magical, a little horrifying: think Calvino plus Twilight Zone. Maybe occasionally a dash of David Lynch (a dash being, I think, the perfect amount of David Lynch. But then, I like to sleep at night).

But about half of these stories just didn't grab me. And that's the main job of a 2-page-long st
Apr 16, 2009 Tung rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
There’s a certain genre of short stories where the two main adjectives I’d use to describe them are “quirky” and “surreal”. This genre is not for everybody; personally, I’m a fan and try to read a collection or two of such stories each year (last year it was No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July and Insects are Just Like You and Me Except Some of Them Have Wings by Kuzhali Manickhavel). These stories often present slices of life (or in some cases, slices of slices of life) filled ...more
Apr 08, 2016 George rated it liked it
Shelves: 20th-century
Πρώτη φορά που διαβάζω βιβλίο Ισραηλινού συγγραφέα, δεν μπορώ να πω ότι ενθουσιάστηκα. Ο Κέρετ είναι από τα μεγάλα ονόματα της λογοτεχνίας της χώρας του αυτή την στιγμή, κάτι που φαίνεται και από τις αξιολογήσεις στο Goodreads.

Το θέμα είναι ότι διαβάζοντας την μικρή αυτή συλλογή πολύ μικρών διηγημάτων, δεν ένιωσα κάτι. Κάποια διηγήματα ήταν καλούτσικα, κάποια άλλα αδιάφορα, κάποια είχαν ωραίες ιδέες και λίγο χιούμορ, όμως μετά το τέλος της ανάγνωσης του βιβλίου δεν μου έμεινε τίποτα. Ούτε συναι
Aug 18, 2009 Akemi rated it really liked it
I bought this book because it had a tag on it from someone who works at the bookstore that read simply, "This is a really good book." Convincing enough for me. Plus it has a cool cover design!

The tag did not lie to me. These stories were incredibly unique, unlike anything I've read before. Probably because I spend most of my time reading Victorian novels. Regardless, each story is only two or three pages long, but they pack a punch. They all have a feel that something isn't quite right- like the
Jan 02, 2011 Julie rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It was a good, fast, neat clean read. It reminded me a lot of Kafka; that is, a 21st-century Kafka that listens to MGMT and wears lots of bright colors. I like how only one of the stories in this collection are more than 4 pages long. My favorites are "The Real Winner of the Preliminary Games," the title story, "Cheerful Colors," "So Good," "The Summer of '76". Some of the stories are a little cutesy ("The Night the Buses Died," "Monkey Say, Monkey Do") and read ...more
Mar 19, 2013 L rated it liked it

2.5 stars.

I'm sorry Etgar Keret, I love your writing style, your quickiness, your originality, but only a few stories impressed me here. I loved 'Crazy glue' 'The girl on the fridge' 'world champion' 'best friend' 'knockoff venus' and liked 'an exclusive' 'one hundred percent' 'journey' 'the night the buses died' and 'boomerang.' The other stories, of which there are many, i thought lacked substance. I didn't like them. It's a real shame as Keret is already one of me favourite authors after read
Chris DeGuire
Aug 05, 2009 Chris DeGuire rated it really liked it
I saw Etgar Keret read at one of the last Story Week 2009 events at Columbia College Chicago. Even though his flight had been seriously delayed and he battled rush hour traffic to get there, he was still very professional, although admittedly very tired.

I don't remember the story he read, but it was funny and sweet and I knew I had to buy a book, this one and the Nim-rod Flip-out.

Most of the stories in The Girl on the Fridge are very short, yet he packs them so full of life it makes me jealous.
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Etgar Keret is an Israeli writer known for his short stories, graphic novels, and scriptwriting for film and television. His books had been published in more than thirty languages.

Keret has received the Prime Minister's award for literature, as well as the Ministry of Culture's Cinema Prize. The short film Malka Lev Adom (Skin Deep, 1996), which Keret wrote and directed with Ran Tal, won an Israel
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“And she loved a man who was made out of nothing. A few hours without him and right away she’d be missing him with her whole body, sitting in her office surrounded by polyethylene and concrete and thinking of him. And every time she’d boil water for coffee in her ground-floor office, she’d let the steam cover her face, imagining it was him stroking her cheeks, her eyelids and she’d wait for the day to be over, so she could go to her apartment building, climb the flight of stairs, turn the key in the door, and find him waiting for her, naked and still between the sheets of her empty bed.” 27 likes
“Maybe in the general scheme of things he couldn't find any meaning in life, but on a smaller scale it was okay. Not always, but a lot of the time.” 22 likes
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