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View Diary: What are you reading? April 3, 2013 (67 comments)

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  •  Suddenly, A Knock on the Door by Etkar Keret (12+ / 0-)

    I was in Barnes and Noble on Rittenhouse Square a couple of weeks ago, on the third floor.  For some reason, the one area which used to be populated with tables and chairs has been emptied.  So, unless you wish to sit in the cafe area on the second floor, you have to spy out and claim one of a very limited number of chairs and step-stools interspersed throughout the store.

    It so happened that there was one unpopulated step-stool in the fiction section on the third floor, hard upon the shelving for books by authors whose surnames begin with the letter "K".  Having finished whatever it was that I had claimed the step-stool in order to do, I decided to look at the books on the shelving directly next to me.  One book was by this author, and was entitled The Nimrod Flipout.  It consisted of several short stories, most of a length of between 4-7 pages.  

    The first story I read concerned a man who had a beautiful girlfriend.  Except that, at night, she transformed into a short, stocky man who loved to drink and watch soccer matches.  After that, I couldn't stop reading.  I was going to buy the book, but having already read so many of the stories, I bought the above-mentioned book instead, which is his most lately published book of short stories.

    What to say about these stories...just this.  Keret does more in three or four pages than most writers can do in twenty pages.  Without detriment to the story itself, he is able to craft his writing like a fine jewel.  The stories are funny, tragic, surreal, surprising, personal.  It's the best thing I've read in a while.

    Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

    by aravir on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 05:35:54 AM PDT

    •  a couple of possibly similar writers (5+ / 0-)
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      Sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing this. I'll try to look for it.

      Your description immediately reminded me of Ray Vukcevich, who I think is an unappreciated genius. His short story collection, Meet Me in the Moon Room, is a favorite of mine. He wrote a novel, too, but I didn't think his style worked as well in the longer form.

      I just finished reading Kelly Link's anthology, Magic for Beginners, which also has a similar style. There are some gems in that collection, too.

      Thanks again. Cheers,

      Most models are wrong, but some are useful.

      by etbnc on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 07:43:00 AM PDT

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