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Suddenly, a Knock on the Door

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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  5,463 ratings  ·  649 reviews
Bringing up a child, lying to the boss, placing an order in a fast-food restaurant: in Etgar Keret's new collection, daily life is complicated, dangerous, and full of yearning. In his most playful and most mature work yet, the living and the dead, silent children and talking animals, dreams and waking life coexist in an uneasy world. Overflowing with absurdity, humor, sadn ...more
Paperback, 1st American Edition, 208 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published 2010)
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Donna
Dec 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: short-stories
First I loved the title and I needed to read a collection of short stories for a reading challenge. So that is how this book entered my life. These short stories are very, very short. There are many glowing reviews for this book, and sadly, I'm not one of them. When I finished this I couldn't help but think that I missed something because this was a bit of a yawner for me.

I liked the surreal quality of some of his stories. That alone kept me going to the next page. And I can honestly say, I've
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Ana Itza
Mar 23, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sobrevaluado. No lo disfruté , al contrario, sufrí cada cuento esperando que éste sí tuviera final y no se quedara en la incógnita o la imaginación. No recomendado.
Tomáš Mihalčiak
Na malom - často až primalom - priestore autor pracuje s netradičným nápadom, s každým odstavcom prihadzuje niečo nové a rozvíja príbeh, čitateľovi sa nadšením roztvárajú oči, cíti blízkosť vyvrcholenia a zrazu... nič. Uprostred rozprávania sa autor zdvihne zo stoličky a ide si zafajčiť, prebaliť dieťa či nakŕmiť škrečka. Alebo mu počas písania týchto poviedok naozaj neustále niekto klopal na dvere a on potom jednoducho nemal chuť sa k nim vrátiť a dokončiť ich. Inak si nedokážem vysvetliť absen ...more
Kolumbina
Jun 04, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a horrible book. Stories without any meaning. Cannot see in the book all those excellent reviews. Wouldn't recommend this book to anyone
Kotai Gyuri
Jan 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Humanitas Fiction 2018
Susie
Jun 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-club
This was a book club selection, and I don't think short stories, especially stories THIS short, are a good fit for book club discussion. I found most of the stories to be strange, and there was a misogynistic undertone. The women are cruel, and the men are downtrodden, and in trying to determine the point of most of the stories, I kept reading, "Women treat men badly" as the theme. I also felt that the stories were so short that I didn't become attached to the characters as a rule, but if I did ...more
mnhrzbrnnt
Jan 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
A pesar de que le he dado una puntuación muy baja, he de reconocer que los cuentos son ingeniosos, divertidos y están bien escritos, con un estilo marcado y personal. Tal vez sea esa la razón por la que no me han entretenido ni enseñado nada, no he conectado con el escritor.
Shelby Lea
Aug 24, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disliked
He's a great writer. But this book wasn't for me. I found that I would be reading the words and I'm not taking in any of the text. I skipped a few stories but forced myself to read most of them
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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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“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 means it was really there the whole time, inside you, and you discover it as part of something new, that’s never happened before.” 30 likes
“The fact is that everything I have in my pockets is carefully chosen so I’ll always be prepared. Everything is there so I can be at an advantage at the moment of truth. Actually, that’s not accurate. Everything’s there so I won’t be at a disadvantage at the moment of truth.” 11 likes
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