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The Nimrod Flipout: Stories

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  3,052 ratings  ·  321 reviews
From Israel's most popular and acclaimed young writer--"Stories that are short, strange, funny, deceptively casual in tone and affect, stories that sound like a joke but aren't" (Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi)

Already featured on This American Life and Selected Shorts and in Zoetrope: All Story and L.A. Weekly, these short stories include a man who finds equal pleasure
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 2002)
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Jul 27, 2013 Oriana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Oriana by: Josh Honn
Shelves: read-2008
after reading: Right, here's the thing about short stories: I just don't like them. And here's why: short stories (like long stories) are either good –- and you wonder why the writer didn't just keep writing because now you are really interested in these characters/this scenario/the voice/whatever –- or they're not good, and you wonder why you wasted your time.

I definitely put Etgar in the former category. Many of these stories are really good! Super good! But this is the thing: if Etgar can wri
This is most definitely a man's book. The simplicity of emotion, the gentle confusion, the way things that make no sense somehow make absolute sense. Keret is a gentle man. His emotions, friendship, love, family, life, all effortless. His writing is effortless. It’s witty and calm, poignant but simple, pleasurable without being overwhelming. The kind of beautiful I imagine men feel when they feel the word “beautiful”.

Fear: I felt the fear running through my body, from the hard part of my brain
Не знам какво мога да напиша за Керет,освен че съм безвъзвратно влюбена в начина,по който разказва.
Кремена Михайлова
Енциклопедия на преживяванията. Рядко срещан микс от смешно и тъжно. Гласовете сякаш са шегаджийски, нахакани, обаче… Всичко най-сериозно е в сборника. Мисли, които човек има само наум. От тези неща, които се случват, но не винаги им се обръща внимание. Точно такива невидими детайли в отношения, характери и случки харесвам. Анотацията ми звучеше като за прекалено абстрактна книга и се чудех чак такава оригиналност дали е като за мен. Точно като за мен се оказа!

Исках да отбележа кои разкази са ми
Edward Rathke
This is an utterly fantastic collection. I've long been meaning to read some Keret and am so glad that I've finally gotten here. He's capable of doing one of the most challenging things in writing with surprising ease and agility: humor. And not just a smile, but pure laughter, rising on accident, despite suppression and embarrassment at being in public with a bus full of people who don't speak your language.

He gets there through situations. It's not a single sentence that makes you laugh, not a
"Щом стигнете до най-важния кръстопът в живота си и не знаете как да постъпите, просто се отбивате в най-близкия до дома ви офис на "Втори шанс" и подробно им обяснявате дилемата си. После избирате която си пожелаете от алтернативите и продължавате да живеете нея. Не се притеснявайте, другата опция - тази, която не сте избрали, не отпада. Пускат я да върви на един от техните компютри "Дедабях" и грижливо отчитат всички променливи. След като изживеете каквото сте предпочели докрай, тялото ви се д ...more
honestly, this writing style is not for everyone, but i loved his rapid-fire pacing, the way he slams information into the stories line after line. i even liked the freaky, surreal qualities and undeniable male/dude-ish perspectives. reminded me of people who are good at telling stories at parties.

and yes, for anyone who knows about how i spilled nyquil on this book, i did confess to the library, and they said it was ok. they patted me on the back and i cried on their shoulders. like a baby.
Maybe this just got too built up for me or something, but... I get it, the tone sounds flippant but it really isn't. That gets kind of samey. Shrug.
The main plot from Tatia Rosenthal's $9.99 (2008) is technically adapted from several of the short stories here. I said technical because the attraction of Etgar Keret's short stories (besides being ridiculously good looking for a writer) is his ability to construct a fantasy that seems so palpable and possible, and as a result the film differs from it by taking another route into pure abstraction. 'hmm, all the characters and props are the same, but somehow I feel like I'm reading something com ...more
I reviewed this for a class I was in so I thought I'd post my revieweven if it is a little to long:

Young Israeli men, their penises, lovers, pets, and business deals are the subjects of this collection of short and very short short stories. Keret speeds through the lives of his lonely characters barely stopping for plot and refusing conclusions but making plenty of space for some phenomenally funny details of Israeli urban life. His characters “puke chopped liver” and encounter a pest control ma
I both did and did not like this book. I enjoyed it in the same way I enjoy viewing abstract/avant-garde art - the premises and twists and turns in these short stories are so off-the-wall they open your mind in different directions, and that's usually a good thing. However, more often than not, these extremely short stories (typically no more than 3 pages long) depend upon some perversion as their hook, which gets boring and predictable. In many cases, a story starts out solidly with an almost t ...more
Assem Salih
المرة الأولى التي أقرأ فيها لروائي إسرائيلي. هذه مجموعة من القصص القصيرة و القصيرة جدا و في بعض الأحيان العجيبة جدا. هنا تمتزج القصص اليومية لأبناء الطبقة المتوسطة "الليبرالية إجتماعيا" في إسرائيل مع خيال خصب و فانتازيا غريبة. من الشخص الذي إكتشف حيلة لحبس الأخرين في قوارير زجاجية إلى الشاب الذي كلما أزداد طوله كلما قصر طول أمه و أبيه. مجموعة قصصية مميزة جدا لمؤلف يعتبر من جيل مابعد الإنتفاضة الفلسطينية. و بالمناسبة، هنا القصص لا تحمل اي ابعاد او رسائل سياسية و هذا ما دفعني لقرائتها
Very strange but captivating stories brimming with assuredness, slyness, pessimism, and fantasy. No yawners here. Parents shrink in proportion to their son's growth, a man orders a talking fish at a restaurant, a man loves a woman who turns into a soccer-loving guy by night. I thoroughly enjoyed this collection, probably even more so than a more recent collection by Keret (The Girl on the Fridge), which I also really liked. I quite appreciated the short short-ness of these stories, which I was a ...more
Es increíble la habilidad de keret para sacar historias de todos lados. De las situaciones más cotidianas saca fantasías que suelen ser bastante divertidas. De el ser pareja, o no serlo, de los niños, de los adultos, de todos lados parece encontrar humor y fantasías que a veces pueden ser aterradoras. Pero siempre contadas con tal naturalidad que no saltan, sino que parecen hasta lógicas. Porque aún cuando esta contando algo que parece no tener sentido, en el fondo parece estar dándote un retrat ...more
I read this at the same time as Aimee Bender's short story collections The Girl in the Flammable Skirt and Wilful Creatures.

They are both good with the surreal and accessible language but I prefer Etgar Keret's minimalist style (in translation of course). The stories are more varied and much more surprising.

I felt like I got Aimee Bender after a few stories and then the language/themes got very predictable. Not sure I need any more of her books.

But I am still understanding Keret. I want more.
Jan 13, 2009 Caris rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
"It's amazing how people can sound like retards when they're talking to their girlfriend, especially if they love her a lot."

Everything comes out of nowhere. I never have any idea where he's going. And every time I think I do, he spins me around and makes me feel foolish. Bravo, Mr. Keret, bravo.
Svetlozara Kabaktchieva
Смешната нежност на абсурда или нежният абсурд на смеха...и щипка тъжно!...след като я прочетеш, започваш да откриваш сюжети за кратки разкази навсякъде:)...ужасно ми хареса, както беше преди време и с "Автобусният шофьор, който искаше да бъде бог" и "Момичето на хладилника"!
Shortest shorts of all
Stories, I mean – not Nair legs
Fun funny sad weird

Review Haiku for Those with Short Attention Spans
Anastacia Karnauh
Виждането и четенето на разказите се промени с 90% след срещата с Керет, но определено този трети сборник е много по-различен от предишните. Много добър! Толкова силни парченца, които те карат на моменти да спреш, за да можеш да се осъзнаеш...
Керет си е Керет. Странен, непредсказуем, циничен, шантав. Един от разказите ме жегна дълбоко. И го прочетох три пъти. И ревах... От ония разкази, които, сякаш описват теб. Или поне отрязък от живота ти. Запазвам името му за себе си.
Много хубав Керет. Стори ми се още по-личен и близък, може би заради комбинацията от предговор и послепис/последна глава, които са си съвсем приятелски и чупещи граници.
Great selection of short stories, which felt less like reading and more like sitting in a bar listening to the funniest guy you know tell you stories. Not even very funny stories in particular, but... The kind that, given the right storyteller, suddenly become humorous. Also, because it's like listening to your friend tell you stories, it feels so familiar that you kind of sit back and accept everything as it comes. Even when it comes to talking fish, shrinking humans and people giving birth to ...more
My second collection of short stories by Keret this year (see my review of The Girl on the Fridge). As in the other book, The Nimrod Flip Out is a set of thirty ultra-short “stories” categorized as quirky, absurdist, and minimalist. These stories often present slices of life (or in some cases, slices of slices of life) filled with strangeness meant to emphasize the absurdities of life and life’s situations and the emotions that fill these situations. Overall, I found this to be a stronger collec ...more
Yair Bezalel
Within Israeli letters Etgar Keret apparently occupies a sphere of his own. Kind of Raymond Carver like in not only his use of the short story but also in the somberness of tone and subject matter Keret also has definitely learned some things from the schools of magical realism and absurd fiction, and all to his benefit.

Keret's stories, while not all equally brilliant are all substantive and intriguing as all hell. Starting from a basic premise and giving it a simple but integral dark twist Kere
Like a box of chocolate truffles, each bite sized, complex, and mouthwatering

I am at a loss for how to describe Etgar Keret’s work to those who’ve yet to have the pleasure. To comment merely on his stories brevity – the longest I believe comes in at perhaps eight pages and thirty fill this slim volume – would make him seem too much the trickster, a writer with a gag instead of the extraordinary story teller one will meet in “The Nimrod Flipout.” Perhaps instead I might offer examples of a few of
I had no expectations when I picked up this collection of short stories. It was, along with other books, a surprise gift from a friend–would I like the books? Would I like the stories? I wondered. And oh boy–I certainly do like the stories in this collection!

Etgar Keret is now on my radar–his writing reminds me of Aimee Bender’s short stories, whimsical and so reminiscent of fairy tales, only with a very dark twist. (For instance, a story entitled “Pride and Joy” is about a boy who keeps growing
brian tanabe
I hate to be lazy and quote a critic’s review of a book I just read, but it’s this or nothing. Anyway, Joseph Weisberg in the newest NYT Book Review critiques Keret’s “latest” collection (early work recently released in the US), “The Girl on the Fridge.” Near the end of his review Weisberg states, “If you haven’t read Keret, start with his 2006 collection, “The Nimrod Flipout.” It shows him more fully in command, better able to connect his style to the emotion that lies beneath.” Having only rea ...more
I know I'm naive and American (but I'm not ignorant) but Israel's got some funny writers going on. Etgar Keret isn't as hard-hitting and poignant as, say, Sam Lypsite, but he does have that sly hetero-in-love "buddy humor" thing like the narrator Teabag and his friend drug dealer friend Gary in 'Homeland', and a perfect sense of comic timing. The stories in this are usually no more than 3 pages, but each has some delicate bit of truth in it that keeps such a story in your head. Keret writes kind ...more
Laura Cowan
What to say about this, one of the only books from Farrar Straus & Giroux that I haven't cared for? I studied lit in school before becoming an editor and then writer, so I've been around literary fiction for a long time, and it seems to run in two primary streams: stories about the beauty of the subtleties of life and that explore the tragedy and hope of the human condition, and stories that come across as crass, sensationalist, and even glorifying of the underbelly of human existence, wheth ...more
Uyuyan Adam
Kesinlikle orijinal, eğlenceli, ve okurken zevk veren öykülerle dolu bu kitap. Fakat bu son cümledeki "okurken" sözü, bir yandan bu kitaba 5 yıldız vermemi engelleyen şey. Bir arkadaşımın dediği gibi, sabun köpüğü gibi öykülerin çoğu; okurken etkilese de, kitabı kapattığınızda sizde derin bir iz bırakmadıklarını hissediyorsunuz. Size dokunmadan, veya olur olmadık bir yerde aklınıza düşmeden, geçip gidiyorlar. Bu da eserin gücünü azaltıyor.

Yine de zekice yazılmış, basit gözüken ama derinlikli öy
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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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