What kind of man buys his grave at the age of eighteen and chooses to spend the rest of his life in a rest home at thirty-five? Meet Antoine, the curious hero of Laurent Graff's Happy Days, an odd young man who somewhat prematurely acquiesces to his terminal destiny. The ultimate fatalist, Antoine decides to play hooky from life by retiring to the Happy Days Retirement Home. Despite the pronounced difference in age, the residents accept him, and he quickly settles into a routine as the life of the party, the sex toy of the nurses, and the best friend of an Alzheimer's patient called Al. It's a carefree life, until the arrival of a dying woman with whom Antoine forms a close bond and goes on a very special journey.
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by Tim Powers
by Laurent Binet
by Lisa Graff
by Jim Graff
by Patrick Modiano
by Richard Brautigan
by Robert Conroy
by Patricia Highsmith
by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
"Imagine retiring from the daily grind at the age of 35 and opting to live out the remainder of your days in a retirement home filled with moody senior citizens. This is exactly the life that fatalist Antoine chooses for himself. It's a philosophical experiment--he wants to see what life is like "stripped of all diversions." Narrator Bronson Pinchot is a solid choice to portray the larger-than-life persona that is Antoine. Calling for empathy from the listener, Pinchot's voice is at once personable and oddly heroic, that of an ordinary man living out an extraordinary existence that many listeners will surely have longed for. This is the first book from this French author to be translated into English. L.B. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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