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June 16, 2015

Book Notes - Etgar Keret "The Seven Good Years"

The Seven Good Years

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Etgar Keret builds a moving, lyrical, and insightful portrait of his life between the birth of his son and the death of his father in his new memoir The Seven Good Years.

Publishers Weekly wrote of the book:

"Without overplaying any single aspect of a complicated life in complicated times in a complicated place, Keret's lovely memoir retains its essential human warmth, demonstrating that with memoirs, less can often be more."

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.


In his own words, here is Etgar Keret's Book Notes music playlist for his memoir The Seven Good Years:


Year one:
What kind of optimistic advice can you give your newborn baby in a region where people frequently kill each other?
"Kooks," David Bowie

Year two :
Being a writer on the road can put you in beautiful and awkward situations both in your life and in your dreams.
"Dream Operator," Talking Heads (From the soundtrack of the movie True Stories

Year three:
"Any dumb person can teach you how to make a baby but who can teach us how to make a father?" Says Stromae in his song. And he is right, being a father is a demanding job nobody had ever prepared us for.
"Pappoutai," Stromae

Year four:
With every month my son grows, I find myself less able to explain to him the crazy world around us.
"The Boy in the Bubble," Paul Simon, from Graceland

Year five:
I wrote my first story during my compulsory army service. There were probably easier ways to stay sane but I just couldn't think of any.
"Until The End of the World," Nick Cave

Year six:
To lose a father to a terminal disease has the curse of a sad and inescapable ending as well as the blessing for having the time to say your farewells.
"Wish You Were Here," Pink Floyd
 
Year seven:
My father had left me a pair of shoes and a huge belief in the goodness of mankind. I hope that the belief won't wear out as quickly as the shoes.
"Smile," Charlie Chaplin


Etgar Keret and The Seven Good Years links:

the author's website
the author's Wikipedia entry
excerpt from the book
excerpt from the book

Kirkus review
Publishers Weekly review

All Things Considered profile of the author
Atlas Review interview with the author
Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay by the author for Suddenly, a Knock on the Door
PEN America interview with the author


also at Largehearted Boy:

Book Notes (2015 - ) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2012 - 2014) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2005 - 2011) (authors create music playlists for their book)
my 11 favorite Book Notes playlist essays

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics highlights)
Daily Downloads (free and legal daily mp3 downloads)
guest book reviews
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
weekly music release lists
Word Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)


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