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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 Giroux (first published 2006)
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Ian "Marvin" Graye
Feb 26, 2011 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
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Jonfaith
Jun 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
I bought this at Powell's in Chicago; my wife drove and I read a few stories aloud -- which isn't problematic as most of them were less than two pages and hilariously dry. I finished before we made it to Lafyette. I would read more of his work but have since grown immune to erratic impulses to flash effect.
Irmak
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kütüphanem
Kısa kısa bir sürü hikaye barındırıyor içinde Buzdolabının Üstündeki Kız. Kara mizah sevenlerin seveceğini düşündüğüm bir kitap. Ama benim için ortalama kaldı diyebilirim. Yazarın çok farklı bir anlatım tarzı var. Vermek istediği mesajı fazla kısa hikayeler ile vermeye çalışıyor. Ve ben bu kadar kısa hikayeleri sevmiyorum. O yüzden bazı hikayeler çok hoşuma giderken bazılarını hiç sevmedim.

Terence
May 29, 2008 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
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mei
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kesukaan
*mencoba mbayangin kalau buku ini di terjemahkan ke bahasa indonesia bagaimana*

1 komentar untuk buku ini mungkin begini: tragis.

sampulnya kece, ceritanya penuh tragedi dan sarkas-sarkas tentang kehidupan. ada banyak cerita yang mungkin bisa membuatmu tertawa karena begitu menyindir (mungkin mirip) kisah hidupmu.

semacam pengingat, kenapa saat kita tumbuh dewasa, kita malah berubah menjadi orang dewasa yang menyebalkan yang bahkan sekedar memiliki permohonan saat ada bintang jatuh pun kita tidak b
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Aviendha
Kız arkadaşım Amerika'da birilerinin yalnızlığa karşı bir ilaç bulduğunu söyledi. Dün akşam Gece Hattı'nda duymuş, şimdi de ablasına ona bir kasa yollaması için özel ulakla mektup gönderiyor. Gece Hattı'nda ilacın Doğu Yakası'nda ki bütün eczanelerde bulunduğunu ve New York'ta peynir ekmek gibi satıldığı söylemişler. İki türü varmış, damla yada sprey. Kız arkadaşım damla sipariş etti. Kendini yalnız hissetmesin diye ozon tabakasına zarar vermesinin âlemi yoktu. :)

Hayata dair pek çok noktaya deği
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Megan
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
Γιώργος
Jul 30, 2015 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.
Lisa Vegan
Jan 18, 2010 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
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Bernard Batubara
Dec 19, 2015 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 't ...more
Rick
Apr 19, 2009 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
Jul 26, 2014 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 se ...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.
Rachel
Jan 04, 2010 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
Ethan Amarant
May 31, 2008 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.
Murat Gonul
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo-collection
Yazarın okuduğum ilk kitabı, bir sürü kısa hikayeden oluşan bir kitap. Hikayeler bir kaç sayfa uzunluğunda ve İsrailli yazarın tüm hikayeleri, hafif gerçek üstü ve çok eğlenceli. Az kelimeyle çok şey anlatan akıllıca bir tazı var. Denedim ve memnun kaldım ve başka kitabını da okumak isterim :)
Aslihan Fer
Oct 16, 2014 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 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.
Emre vs.
Bazi oykuler inanilmaz guzel hissettiriyor bazisi ise siradan ve gereksiz.
Bazi arap-israil iliskisine arif yapilan oykulerde insan haklari acisindan kendimi rahatsiz hissettim ancak yazarin hangi saikle hareket ettigi tam olarak anlasilmiyor.
Etgar Keret'in ilk okudugum kitabi ve cok acik bir sey var ki son olmayacagi belli.
Claire Roth
Nov 13, 2013 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
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Stephanie Villalpando
Oct 11, 2011 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 o ...more
Bobby
Apr 16, 2010 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, don' ...more
Solar
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Разказите, включени в "Момичето от хладилника" са може би най-нежните абсурди, които някога съм чела и именно този нежен абсурд обединява всички толкова различни сами по себе си разкази. Имаше два-три разказа,които не успяха да ме докоснат, защото усетих, че може би символиката в тях е предозирана. Търсех скритото в тези разкази и накрая нищо не откривах, което пък може би е една интересна игра на Керет с читателите (все пак във всички разкази витаеше еднин сладък нихилизъм). Другото интересно е ...more
Shirley
Jan 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, short-fiction
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.
Aslı Dağlı
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yorumum icin -> instagram: dagli_asli

:)
Türkü Bakır
Çok övgü almış olmasına rağmen ben pek beğenmedim, zorla okudum. İki sayfayı geçmeyen sonu başı belli değil öykülerle yeni bir tarz yakalamaya çalışmış sanırım, ama sevemedim.
Paul
Oct 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Collection of odd, dark flash fiction. Not every one of the 30 plus stories work, but more than enough are brilliant little jolts. Surrealistic treatments of everyday violence.
Mia Prasetya
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kumcer
Beberapa cerita 'greng' banget padahal cuma 1 halaman. Suka!
Robert
Nov 22, 2008 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?
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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.” 28 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.” 23 likes
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