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Kneller's Happy Campers by Etgar Keret

Kneller's Happy Campers (edition 2009)

by Etgar Keret (Author)

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Title:Kneller's Happy Campers
Authors:Etgar Keret (Author)
Info:Chatto & Windus (2009), 96 pages
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Kneller's Happy Campers by Etgar Keret

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Etgar Keret. Good lord, that man can write so much with so little. As with all his short stories, this was a fantastic read. The characters are so well created, their situations such a pleasure to read and digest. Keret is a master of the genre, and as a fellow author, I can only hope to one day approach a fraction of his skill.

If you've never read Keret, this is an excellent place to start. You can also see how it translates to the screen in Wristcutters: A Love Story (also an excellent film). ( )
  Scott_Baron | Jun 13, 2017 |
Weird and wonderful collection of very short chapters, almost vignettes, that take place in an afterlife exclusively populated by people who killed themselves. Oddly, the hereafter looks a lot like modern-day Israel. It's a really short book, full with wry wit, that nonetheless leaves the reader pondering existential questions. Think Gary Stheyngart's earlier novels, but funnier and better. It made me very curious to read other works by Etgar Keret. ( )
  fist | Jul 14, 2014 |
This is an oddly sweet novella about the afterlife in the place reserved just for people who've commited suicide. This other world is actually rather like ours (people still have boring jobs, girl troubles and go out drinking), but with a few surreal twists. Each chapter begins with the chapter number and a sentence to describe what is going to happen which was a nice little device. Despite the potentially morbid subject matter, I found this book quite delightful and oddly comforting. ( )
3 vote sanddancer | Jan 29, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0701184310, Paperback)

Master short story writer Etgar Keret turns his hand to a longer tale, Kneller’s Happy Campers, which was recently turned into the cult film Wristcutters: A Love Story, starring Tom Waits and Shannon Sossamon.

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'Kneller's Happy Campers' is a strange, dark but funny tale set in a world very much like our own but it is an afterlife populated by people who have killed themselves. Many of them are young, and most of them bear the marks of their death bullet wounds, broken necks (those who have over-dosed are known as Juliets).… (more)

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