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A brilliant, life-affirming, and hilarious memoir from a master storyteller.

The seven years between the birth of Etgar Keret’s son and the death of his father were good years, though still full of reasons to worry. Lev is born in the midst of a terrorist attack. Etgar’s father gets cancer. The threat of constant war looms over their home and permeates daily life.

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Hardcover, 173 pages
Published June 16th 2015 by Riverhead Books (first published 2013)
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Abby Owens I would say it's definitely worth the read. The book is comprised of little vignettes about Keret's life spanning from the birth of his son to the…moreI would say it's definitely worth the read. The book is comprised of little vignettes about Keret's life spanning from the birth of his son to the death of his father. As an American, it was an interesting look into Israeli culture (at least through Keret's eyes). I especially enjoyed the stories about Keret's son, Lev, growing up. (less)

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Esil
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read most of Seven Good Years on a short flight today. When I sat down, my nosy seat mate eyeballed what I was reading, and started telling me how much she loved Etgar Keret, had recently seen him speak at a book festival, liked his book of stories but liked this short book of memoir essays more, she finds him so funny, he makes her laugh out loud, and did she mention she saw him at a book festival and how lovely he was... And I stonily -- but politely, I swear -- stayed quiet because I just w ...more
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Etgar Keret-is an Israeli author, essayist and filmmaker


Although a few of my GR friends posted great reviews on this book I am not completely sure what moved me to download Etgar Keret's fantastic memoir but I am so glad I did.

A Google search of his name informed me that, as a long time collaborator of the very popular American public radio show This American Life, I had actually listened to some of his stories. I also learned that Keret, who lives in Tel Aviv with his wife
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João Carlos
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Etgar Keret (n. 1967) é um dos escritores israelitas contemporâneos mais divulgados e ”Sete Anos Bons” é um livro que agrupa um conjunto de “pequenas” histórias, curtos relatos pessoais, sobre o dia-a-dia ou sobre acontecimentos e factos que destacam experiências vividas maioritariamente em Israel, mas também, noutros países, na actualidade e no passado, e que contribuem de uma forma emblemática e paradigmática para conhecermos melhor e mais profundamente o escritor, o pai, o filho, o marido, o
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Nat
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it

I've truly missed the experience that an engaging Nonfiction book evokes, so The Seven Good Years arrived in my hands at the right time. This wise, witty memoir—Etgar’s first non-fiction book, and told in his inimitable style—is full of wonder and life and love, poignant insights, and irrepressible humor.

I've read Keret's short story collections (Suddenly, a Knock on the Door & The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God & Other Stories) in the past and enjoyed the experience immensely. With th
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Neva
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Обичам въображението на Етгар Керет, но още повече обичам факта, че има сили, смелост и въодушевление да гледа на реалността с такава бодрост. В едно интервю той ми каза: "Длъжен съм да бъда оптимист", а веднъж, като си представяше поредната книга в България - "Хуморът е оръжието на слабите." Всички сме слаби, всички сме длъжни да бъдем оптимисти, затова тази книга, първата с неща от личния живот на автора си, ми е толкова лична и на мен, нищо че тук сирените не вият за въздушен обстрел, никой н ...more
Elyse Walters
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"So why'd you come all this way to this dump to give birth?" ....( the taxi driver asks Keret)
"We wanted a natural childbirth. The department here---"
"Natural?" He interrupts, sniggering. "What's natural about a midget with a cable hanging
from his belly button popping out have your wife's vagina?"


"Six hours later, a midget with a cable hanging from his belly comes popping out of
My wife's vagina and immediately starts to cry. I try to calm him down, to
convince him that there's nothing to worry
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Chrissie
What an amazing little book! All I know is that I loved this. I want others to read it.

Short little episodic bits of a man's life that speak volumes, all during a seven year period between the birth of the author's son and the death of his father. Short little stories that say so much through humor. Simple little "episodes" of love, of human stupidity, of birth and death and taxi drivers who never get to pee anywhere and nobody gives a damn.

Four or five stars? It moved me. It said important thi
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Diane Barnes
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure how I've missed this guy until now, because this memoir is something special. He is a Jewish writer who lives in Tel Aviv and deals with the possibility of violence and death on a daily basis. This is the best kind of memoir; honest, funny, sometimes profoundly so, and branded with a special, quirky way of looking at reality. He writes of the 7 years between the birth of his son and the death of his father. He really is a genius. And after the kindergarten story, I'm pretty sure his ...more
Ana
Sete Anos bons é um conjunto de trinta e seis histórias da vida quotidiana do autor, repartidas por um período de sete anos, que se inicia com o ano em que o autor foi pai e terminam com o ano em que perdeu o seu.
Foi um livro que me foi cativando aos poucos. Por detrás de uma aparente ligeireza, ou até banalidade, emana algo mais forte e profundo que não consigo definir. Há um humor doce que percorre os relatos, dos mais divertidos aos mais dolorosos, e que nos enternece e faz sorrir. A escrita
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мини тяло
Един мой любим съвременен български писател ме открехна за Керет. Случи се преди две години, през зимата, с един много кратък разказ, който може да се чете и като бележка, и като коментар (в социална медия примерно), и като стихотворение. Става дума за Пристъп на астма. Тогава се впечатлих много и, логично, покупката на първия ми Керетов сборник (а и първия, преведен на български) - Автобусният шофьор, който искаше да бъде Бог - не закъсня. Много. Ако си спомням ясно, в първите седмици на пролет ...more
Betsy Robinson
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A book of richly written, alive, moving, insightful, and funny essays by Israeli writer Etgar Keret. I've never read Keret before, so this little book was a wonderful discovery. I've never been to Israel and Keret's anecdotes are in stunning contrast to my two-dimensional impressions from news reports. This is a sometimes profoundly moving collection of pieces about real life, real people, and the precious mundane. Thank you, my Goodreads friends who posted about The Seven Good Years. You have e ...more
Maria Roxana
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”-De ce ai vrut să mă protejezi?
— Pentru că te iubesc, i-am spus, pentru că eşti fiul meu. Pentru că un tată trebuie întotdeauna să-şi protejeze fiul.
— Dar de ce? a insistat Lev. De ce trebuie un tată să-şi protejeze fiul?
— Uite, i-am zis mângâindu-l pe obraz, lumea în care trăim poate fi uneori foarte dură. Şi corect e ca oricine se naşte în ea să aibă cel puţin un om care să fie acolo să-l protejeze.
— Dar tu? m-a întrebat Lev. Pe tine cine o să te protejeze acum, că bunicul a murit?”
Dianne
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-of-2016
Funny, sweet and insightful collection of brief essays encompassing the years between the birth of the author's son, Lev, and the death of his father. "The Seven Good Years" is an unusual memoir, with ruminations on telemarketers, the dilemma of book dedications, sibling relationships, his parents' courtship, life in Israel lived under the constant threat of war and a son who cadges sweets from his preschool cook by pretending he's a cat (my favorite):

"Meow," Lev answered in a soft, purry voice.
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Vderevlean
inteligent, simpatic, autoironic și lejer.
aștept volumul de proză să se traducă.
Murat Gonul
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yazarın okuduğum üçüncü kitabı. Diliyle ve kara mizah ustalığıyla dikkat çeken yazar, bu kitabında hayatının 7 yılında olanları yine kısa hikayeler olarak anlatıyor. Her zamanki uslubünü korumasına rağmen özgün hikayelerini okduğum kadar zevk almadım. Yine de ortalama üzeri bir kitaptı, eğlenceliydi. Özellikle Şişman Kediler öyküsü çok etkileyiciydi çok beğendim.
mei
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kesukaan
aku menyesal kenapa tidak membaca buku ini sejak lama dan kenapa dulu tiap lihat ini di lapak gudang tumpah ruah selalu mikir ulang mlulu. isinya superbagus!

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sebagai orang indonesia dan muslim, saya seringkali melihat banyak saudara ((saudara)) sesama muslim dan orang indo yang mengalami banyak kesusahan ketika pergi keluar karena kedua hal tersebut. apalagi kalau namanya berbau bahasa arab.

nah, pernah gak sih terpikir kalau orang israel atau selain orang muslim dan dari indonesia, diskriminas
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Sve
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irecommend
Отдавна обичам как разказва Етгар Керет - и на хартия и на живо.
Обичам го като приятел от детинство, с когото сме седели на тротоара и сме си разказвали истории. Истории, които са звучели като небивалици, но след години осъзнаваш, че са били съвсем истински и някак си са станали и останали част, от това, което си.
"Седем добри години", както самият автор признава, е много лична книга.
В нея Керет говори за страховете, тъгите и съмненията като част от собственото си ежедневие.Диалозите и случките,
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Jovi Ene
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Acest volum a venit ca o completare perfectă a concediului meu din Israel. Totul pare a fi scris, în cartea lui Keret, în legătură și despre Israel, totul într-un limbaj foarte precis și antrenant: înrolarea în armată (a lui sau a copilului), condițiile de război, antisemitismul întâlnit în lume, evreii religioși.
Dar, deși unele din teme pot fi considerate grave, totul este scris cu un incredibil simț al umorului, în texte scurte și penetrante, care înlănțuiesc cititorul. Este o carte de memorii
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Jill
Apr 22, 2015 rated it liked it
A memoir is a different animal than a work of fiction. It demands a great deal of self-exposure and vulnerability from the writer without crossing the line into pathos and navel-gazing. It must, I believe, expose the author’s humanity while retaining his core essence.

Etgar Keret is a powerful writer. I was most impressed with his short-story collection, a feat of imagination titled Suddenly, A Knock on the Door. I’ve heard him speak in person and was charmed by his honesty, wryness, and authenti
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Teresa Proença
Etgar Keret é um dos mais internacionais escritores israelitas. Neste conjunto de cerca de quatro dezenas de crónicas relata alguns episódios da sua vida familiar e profissional.
Textos de leitura amena e divertida - mesmo quando as situações relatadas o não são - e reveladores da personalidade um pouco excêntrica de Keret.
Lê-se bem mas não me deixou lastro...
NeDa
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 29
Коктейлът изглежда ведър и забавен, но като разбъркаш надолу, се усеща и горчиво, и сериозно, и лед ...
С многото си съставки може да се брои и за лекарство, с всякакви странични ефекти ;)
Thea
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Първа моя среща с Етгар Керет.
Избрах си точно тази книга заради случайно хванато интервю с него по БНР. Засичам го от момента, в който той на сладкия си английски обяснява как никога не е вярвал в биографичното писане; че за него въображението е най-важното в литературата. Признава си, че нито веднъж не е посягал да прочете нечий мемоар. Пък аз съм точно обратното – винаги съм обичала да чета биографии, ако ще това да е форма на особен вид воайорство. Любопитно ми става какво ще открия при запоз
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Zeren
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sevdim, gerçekten çok sevdim. İddiasız, sade ama bir o kadar güçlü, ironik. İsrail’de yaşayan ailesi soykırım maduru bir Yahudi’nin, kendiyle, çocuğuyla, karısı ile, İsrail-Ortadoğu ve dünya düzeniyle zaman zaman düştüğü çelişkilerle de dalga geçerek yaptığı yedi yıllık bir iç dökme romanı bu. Tespitler, kara mizah, nüanslar çok keyif alarak okumama sebep oldu. Her bölümün kendi içinde bir öykü olma halini de çok sevdim.
Кремена Михайлова
Отново на ръба между смеха и сълзите. Започва с атентат и завършва с бомби. А помежду им вирее любовта. Този път нямам любими разкази. Как да отделиш като маловажна някоя част от живота на един човек (като мен и той малко подценявал биографичните творби (или художествена документалистика по-скоро в случая), но се справя отлично заради начина, по който поднася историите – керетовски разбира се, плюс още една доза откровеност).

Помислям си първо за брата и сестрата на Етгар (като най-впечатлили ме
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Emre
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Etgar Keret'in dünyasına kendimi en yakın hissettiğim kitap buydu. Eğer yazarın bir kitabını tavsiye edecek olsam, kesinlikle bu kitabı seçerdim.

"Askere gitmek ekstrem sporlardan biriymiş gibi konuşuyorsun. İyi de, ne yapabiliriz? Hayatta kalabilmek için buna ihtiyaç duyduğumuz bir coğrafyada yaşıyoruz. Lev sorumluluktan kaçıp tehlikeye atılmadan yaşarken başkalarının çocukları gidip hayatlarını feda etsin, bunu mu diyorsun?

'Hayır' dedi karım. 'Uzun zaman önce barış getirecek bir çözüm bulabili
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Toby
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio
Etgar Keret, teller of minimalist and magical short stories, he often verges on the absurd but possesses a formidable insight in to human nature. Turning his pen on himself and his life in this collection of autobiographical writings that starts with the birth of his son and ends seven years later with the death of his holocaust surviving father, he uses the same style and approach, observing the horror and joy of existence and finding the magic and absurdity of it all. He is a masterful storyte ...more
Sofia
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Irónico e mordaz, "Sete anos bons" é uma coletânea de pequenas histórias autobiográficas que debatem temas tão importantes quanto "o que fazer num atentado" ou "devemos convidar o motorista do táxi a urinar em nossa casa?"
É verdade que adoro uma boa história e Etgar Meter é um excelente contador. Vale a pena a leitura.
Νατάσσα
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Αυτοβιογραφικά, όχι τόσο καλά όσο τα προηγούμενά του, όμως μερικά εξαιρετικά. Ο Κέρετ είναι από τους αγαπημένους μου σύγχρονους διηγηματογράφους.
Célia | Estante de Livros
Etgar Keret, um dos mais populares escritores israelitas da atualidade, esteve em Lisboa no passado mês de novembro, para apresentar aquele que foi o seu primeiro livro traduzido em Portugal. Antes disso, nunca antes ouvira falar dele e, por ter ouvido boas opiniões sobre Sete Anos Bons na Roda dos Livros, achei que seria interessante expandir um pouco as minhas leituras para além dos autores anglo-saxónicos.

Sete Anos Bons traz-nos um conjunto de crónicas escritas por Etgar Keret ao longo de set
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Steven S
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Memoar yang menghibur.

Etgar Keret, penulis cerita pendek asal Israel pertama kali saya kenal dari blog Eka Kurniawan dan Elysa Ng. Keduanya sudah berkenalan dengan karya Keret jauh lebih lama dibanding para pembaca di Indonesia, saya kira. Di buku yang diterjemahkan dengan baik oleh Ade Kumalasari, terasa esai singkat di dalamnya ditulis dengan jujur-apa adanya-tanpa tedeng aling-aling. Beragam isu dibahasnya di sini. Mulai dari kehidupannya sebagai penulis hingga ihwal keluarga dibagikan kepada
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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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“- Не бой се, миличка. Ние сме от хората, които оцеляват при всякакви положения. Какво ли не ни е идвало до главата: болести, войни, атентати... Ако ни чака мир, ще преживеем и него!” 11 likes
“Why does a father have to protect his son?” I thought for a moment before answering. “Look,” I said as I stroked his cheek, “the world we live in can sometimes be very tough. And it’s only fair that everyone who’s born into it should have at least one person who’ll be there to protect him.” 6 likes
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