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The Nimrod Flipout by Etgar Keret
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Mar 20, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: absurd, short-stories
Read on March 20, 2011

Well, first off you need to know how hard it is to write a short story to appreciate the beauty and craft of these. Not that I could do it, but looking at the reviews by people who say Keret "just doesn't care" is infuriating to me…

These are beautiful and kooky and hurtful. I cried more than once, which was more than I laughed. I loved this book. I wanted to read through the whole thing in a night, but it requires time to digest, even the really short stories. I know I didn't understand all of them, but I FELT something every time I picked up this book.

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Jeanne-Erin …and all that time, while he was looking at her to see if she could tell, Himme's wife was having thoughts of her own.

Jeanne-Erin A typical thought by way of example: at night, when we say we're going to sleep, and we get into bed and shut our eyes, we're not really asleep. We're just pretending. We shut our eyes and breathe rhythmically, pretending to be asleep, until the deceit grows slowly real. And maybe that's how it is with death. Himme's dad hadn't died right away either. And the whole time when his eyes were shut and he wasn't moving, you could still feel his pulse. Maybe Himme's dad had been dying just like someone going to sleep—pretending, until it became real. And if so, then it was altogether possible that if only Himme had interrupted him in the process, jumped on his bed like a little kid, opened one of his eyes to make sure, shouted "Dad!" and tickled him—the whole deceit would simply have fallen away.

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