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Author: Laurent Graff Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781481539777
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Within the bizarre course of one man's life, Graff poses some of life’s most basic philosophical questions, making this short, briskly paced novel a thought-provoking pleasure.”

    Booklist

  • “There is a little bit of Merlin in Graff, or Mary Poppins. This novel is supercalifragilistic.”

    Marie-France

  • “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.”

    AudioFile

  • “Moments of gorgeous prose leaven a sharp, dark and very French quasi-comedy about a man whose life revolves around death.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 12/6/2013

    " A 35 yr old man decides to join the aged at a rest home and live out his days. Odd, silly, and humorous at times but a 2 1/2 rating.. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacey | 9/20/2013

    " I picked it up on a whim. I knew nothing about it, but it seemed interesting. 1 star because I actually finished. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam | 2/9/2013

    " Paint-by-numbers storytelling. This one's concept leads it around by the nose, and most everything feels forced, uninspired. I gave up halfway through. I hoped it might be a little like Jean-Philippe Toussaint's masterly Monsieur--no such luck. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margriet | 3/14/2012

    " Ik vond dit boek heel fijn. vooral het einde. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 4/7/2011

    " An interesting yet often depressing, quick read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacey | 9/20/2010

    " I picked it up on a whim. I knew nothing about it, but it seemed interesting. 1 star because I actually finished. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam | 7/26/2010

    " Paint-by-numbers storytelling. This one's concept leads it around by the nose, and most everything feels forced, uninspired. I gave up halfway through. I hoped it might be a little like Jean-Philippe Toussaint's masterly Monsieur--no such luck. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 | 6/14/2008

    " A 35 yr old man decides to join the aged at a rest home and live out his days. Odd, silly, and humorous at times but a 2 1/2 rating.. "

About the Author

Laurent Graff was born in 1968. Happy Days, his first novel to be published in English, was awarded the Prix Millepages. He lives on the outskirts of Paris.

About the Narrator

Bronson Pinchot, Audible’s Narrator of the Year for 2010, has won Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards, AudioFile Earphones Awards, Audible’s Book of the Year Award, and Audie Awards for several audiobooks, including Matterhorn, Wise Blood, Occupied City, and The Learners. A magna cum laude graduate of Yale, he is an Emmy- and People’s Choice-nominated veteran of movies, television, and Broadway and West End shows. His performance of Malvolio in Twelfth Night was named the highlight of the entire two-year Kennedy Center Shakespeare Festival by the Washington Post. He attended the acting programs at Shakespeare & Company and Circle-in-the-Square, logged in well over 200 episodes of television, starred or costarred in a bouquet of films, plays, musicals, and Shakespeare on Broadway and in London, and developed a passion for Greek revival architecture.