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The Nimrod Flip-Out

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  3,708 Ratings  ·  380 Reviews
In this collection of brilliant, bite-sized satiric tales, Israel's bestselling Etgar Keret chronicles the strange ironies that suffuse his characters' lives. Daring, illuminating, intense and poignant, these stories are as painfully funny as they are brief and cover a remarkable emotional and narrative terrain, confirming Keret's status as Israel's national conscience.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Vintage (first published 2002)
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Jun 06, 2008 Oriana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 17, 2013 Nefariousbig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
Feb 19, 2013 Sve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
If you've been friends with me on Goodreads for long enough, you know that I obsess over the sheer hilarity and flippant style of Israeli writer Etgar Keret. Despite suffering from what may be the most bizarre cover art in the history of literature (please challenge me on this), The Nimrod Flipout is an excellent short story collection full of reality-bending romps.

The title story will be familiar to experienced Keret readers: a bunch of young-ish guys stuck in the doldrums of life, and you don'
Feb 19, 2008 Imogen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Edward Rathke
Aug 07, 2011 Edward Rathke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 25, 2013 Slavena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keep-it-short
"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
Bernard Batubara
Nov 28, 2016 Bernard Batubara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barusan selesai baca bukunya Etgar Keret, "The Nimrod Flip Out". Saya suka banget sama Keret karena dia berhasil ngasih lihat kalau tulisan bagus itu enggak perlu panjang-panjang. Lewat cerpen-cerpennya yang super pendek, Keret ngasih lihat tulisan bagus harus hemat dan efektif. Kalau yang pengin diomongin bisa disampaikan lewat 500 kata, ya sudah, enggak usah dipanjang-panjangin jadi 5.000 kata. Tulisan panjang belum tentu berisi. Sebaliknya, tulisan pendek juga kalau cara nulisnya enggak oke, ...more
Ένας συγγραφέας που γνώρισα μέσω μιας φίλης μου που τον αγαπά πολύ και πλέον συμμερίζομαι την άποψή της στο έπακρο. Ο Έτγκαρ Κέρετ στη συλλογή ιστοριών Ο Εκείνος (θεωρώ την τιτλοφόρηση της ελληνικής έκδοσης καλύτερη από την αγγλική καθώς η εν λόγω ιστορία είναι και η μεγαλύτερη και η σημαντικότερη στο βιβλίο) μας γνωρίζει πολλούς και ετερόκλητους χαρακτήρες, τον Νιμρόντ που τρελαίνει τους φίλους του ακόμα και μετά το θάνατο του, ένα ψάρι που μιλά, ένα πόνι που γεννιέται από μια γυναίκα και πολλο ...more
Dec 24, 2015 Denz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: шорти
Не бил там въпросът. Не бил и в онзи холандец, нямало никакъв повод за ревност. Той и без това сигурно вече бил пукнал от свръхдоза или се въргалял мъртвопиян по някой амстердамски тротоар, или, още по-лошо, бил взел магистърска степен по нещо си.
Apr 21, 2008 Cheri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 25, 2007 Susie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-commented
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.
Feb 16, 2007 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Yair Ben-Zvi
Nov 21, 2011 Yair Ben-Zvi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 26, 2009 Mon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-hipsters, po-mo
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
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
Mar 12, 2013 julieta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 08, 2012 Marcus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Assem Salih
Jan 06, 2015 Assem Salih rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Анастасия Карнаух-Теодосиева
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...
Mustafa Şahin
Bilemiyorum Altan, bilemiyorum. Belki de Keret'in ilk dönem çalışmaları benim için değildir. Arada gayet güzelleri de yok değil ama genel olarak vasat bence bunlar. Ama bırakmayacağım peşini, kronolojik gitme çabamdan kaynaklanan bir memnuniyetsizlik olabilir bu.
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"!
Feb 26, 2013 sj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shortest shorts of all
Stories, I mean – not Nair legs
Fun funny sad weird

Review Haiku for Those with Short Attention Spans
Feb 26, 2013 Emanuella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 20, 2013 Albena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 14, 2014 Nikolay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short stories with proper (for me) level of absurdity and enough meaning (for me), so that I wouldn't define them just as funny cynicism.
Heather Buchanan
Jan 26, 2016 Heather Buchanan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Reading this book is a little like dozing off when you really shouldn’t be. You wake up, startled and confused, probably a little sweaty, and not sure how much time has gone by. You glance at a clock and determine only a few minutes have gone by even though it felt like longer. The agitating dream, though brief, lingers. It seemed to make sense when you were asleep, but the more you try to go over it and untangle it in your mind, the further away it gets. What you saw follows you the rest of the
Oct 17, 2007 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 07, 2011 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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