‘Healthy Start’ by Etgar Keret

Story Title: ‘Healthy Start’ by Etgar Keret
Collection/Anthology?: Suddenly a Knock on the Door (Chatto & Windus)
Briefly: Lonely after his girlfriend has left him, Miron takes to eating his breakfast every day in a local cafe. It’s not helping him however, because everywhere he looks there are couples engaged with one another. Worst of all is the chair that sits directly opposite him, empty.
Afterthoughts: Short this tale may be, but it’s pretty much perfect. The idea is simple yet clever – a man becomes so lonely in the cafe that he pretends to be other people’s ‘meet ups’. The end product is a story that’s as hilarious as it is entertaining. Healthy Start is classic Keret, what more can I say?

Rating: ★★★★★

This story was read as part of a review of the Etgar Keret collection, Suddenly a Knock on the Door. If you want to find out more about this collection then I invite you to pop along to my forethoughts post for this title. I also encourage you to make a trip over to the publisher page for this title.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).