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Grapefruit: A Book of Instructions and Drawings by Yoko Ono Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, October 10, 2000
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When I count the good things, I feel like smiling and I do.
Then I think, "well, it's not all that bad."
Life is not a bowl of cherries.
But when I see myself smiling in the mirror, I like myself more.
Life is a roller-coaster. That's what I now think.
Recently, I got a message that I was a king, and I should stop the battle, and appreciate my victory.
Well, I should listen to that one.
And you, too, my friend.
We are all kings.
The battle is the battle of goodness winning WORLD PEACE.
At all times, find something that makes you laugh.
Laughter is the best workout!
Chimpanzees are wise to it. Are you?
I love dancing. I think it's better to dance than to march through life, don't you?
Top Customer Reviews
"Grapefruit" is filled, for the most part, with short, koan-like "pieces" such as "Wall Piece for Orchestra." Yoko directs the piece as follows: "Hit a wall with your head." In "Overtone Piece," Yoko writes, "Make music only with overtones." In the painting pieces section, she instructs her reader, in "Painting for the Wind," to "Make a hole. / Leave it in the wind.Read more ›
I loved the book and kept it rather than follow Yoko's instructions to burn it afterward.
Yesterday I read it again. It is funny how one's perceptions change over thirty years for better or for worse.
My conclusion is that this book is a Master Piece.
Please experience this book. SERIOUSLY!
(I freely admit that, as a fan of her music, I am somewhat biased. I was also lucky enough to experience an entire museum full of her films, sculpture, and other art, in Houston, in 2001.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yoko utilized the most powerful and effective mediium of communicating across the world... images. great book!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A curiously strange little book. Only Yoko Ono could have gotten away with this.
This book is not for just ordinary folks. It is for those who have freedom of thought.
I've made a resolution to actualize as many of these pieces as I can before I die.Published 7 months ago by andrae gonzalo
Get this book. It's the best way to "get" Yoko Ono. A true artist. Her marriage, children, politics and the Beatles stuff are just part of her. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mass Observer
As other U.S. reviewers have noted, it is an advantage to have a baseline knowledge of Fluxus, Dada and Surrealism to gain a better appreciation for this book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by BeatleBangs1964