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Ode to Happiness Hardcover – April 21, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Steidl; Slp edition (April 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3869302097
  • ISBN-13: 978-3869302096
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Los Angeles based artist Alexandra Grant uses language and words as the basis for her paintings, drawings and sculptures. Grant has exhibited at institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, and the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore. She has collaborated with artists and writers including Michael Joyce and Hélène Cixous, and is a founding member of the Watts House Project in Los Angeles.



Keanu Reeves, born in 1964 in Beirut, is a celebrated actor and writer. Reeves' films include Point Break (1991), Speed (1994), The Matrix (1999) and the upcoming Jekyll (2011). His theatrical roles include an acclaimed portrayal of Shakespeare's Hamlet.

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I think he's having a laugh with it.
Amelie Rivers
There was no evidence of any effort at all towards producing an interesting book.
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I have the book and I am glad to have it handy.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By ARYA on May 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have the book and I am glad to have it handy. Whenever I start to feel self pity I pull it out and go through the 20 pages. The words are more of a picture poem than just a stand alone poem. I am not exactly sure of the reasons this book was published but I don't really care. I have found it invaluable in changing my mood. And this is not exclusive of knowing who wrote the words. He is iconic, ineffable & magical and I have learned to accept that without needing to know every "why".
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lealing on May 13, 2011
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Ode to Happiness is a picture book with drawings by Alexandra Grant and text by Keanu Reeves. I was intrigued to see that Keanu Reeves had written a book so ordered it from Amazon US for it to be shipped to the UK. A massive box arrived and when I opened it up I saw a thin grey hardback book. I must say I was a little disappointed. The book was expensive for what it was at 20 pages thick and under 100 words long but then again I guess most people buy the book because they are fans of Keanu Reeves and not expecting deep meaningful literature.

Once I took the book out of its sleeve , I was rather surprised by the content itself. It starts off with the text "I draw a hot sorrow bath..." and carries on in the same vein. Everyday actions accompanied by a word description of misery or sorrow in plain black ink. Above the text are pictures also in black ink, smudged, plain and not difficult to paint. The type of painting that you think that you could do but then again you hadn't thought of doing so. Therefore not a big fan of the artwork although it did remind me of the Chinese paintings that are done in black ink.

I'm not sure whether the author is really sad or whether he is poking fun at the recent media assumptions of his perceived sadness. I guess it must be a bit of both. You couldn't write such melancholy phrases without feeling some of those emotions.

In conclusion I would say buy the book if you a big fan of Keanu Reeves as it is an expensive book. I was impressed by the author's humouristic tortured soul way of writing. And although I didn't think highly of the artwork they did compliment the writing. The book has a slight intimate feel to it. The question I pose is, does the author really wear "silk pajamas" and wear "face cream"???

Lea Ling Tsang
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amelie Rivers on October 1, 2012
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There are a lot of meaningful and insightful reviews here but this isn't one of them.
I pre-ordered the book as soon as I heard about it and yes it's because I admire Keanu Reeves.
I didn't have any preconceived notions about it and and hearing how it came to be thought it would be a fun addition to my library.
I was completely charmed by the fact that it's the first left handed book I've ever had. By putting the title on the spine of the book jacket you remove the book left handed. Anyone who follows Mr. Reeves career knows he's left handed and also quite playful. He seems to enjoy mind games but he's not obvious about it , you either get him or you don't. I like to think I get him.
First of all the book didn't evolve around the rampant speculation of "Sad Keanu". I mean I don't know how you're supposed to look eating a sandwich sitting on a bench but it looked normal to me. I think he's having a laugh with it.
He and a friend were playing about in his kitchen one night and voila' created "Ode To Happiness" Of course it wasn't that simple but that's part of his charm,making things look easy.
The pictures and accompaning text aren't meant to be taken literally but more metaphorically I believe.
My personal favorite is the misery candle for my own reasons but I enjoy the whole book.
Don't buy it expecting a great work of art or literature because that's not what it's about. He did this because it was fun. It's also a beguiling book to have a glass of wine and pass a few pleasant moments.
There may be other left handed books but I don't know of any so that alone makes this lovely book a worthwhile investment.
But mainly it's just Keanu.
You either get him or you don't.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sadsue on February 25, 2012
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Tongue-in-cheek sarcasm that seems to be motivated by all the talk of Mr. Reeves' sadness. The artwork is beautiful. The book appears to be handcrafted like we used to do as kids but with an artisan's skill. "Ode to Happiness" is tactile pleasure for the physical presentation of a not-so-private joke on us. Thank you!
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Randi on July 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I saw this book and instantly had to have it because of how many Sad Keanu cut outs I've put around the office. To those congratulating his poetic genius, his deep and meaningful thoughts, you missed the mark and are probably behind the times. This was a book written to play off the Sad Keanu internet meme, which it did very well. The further into the book the more self pitying he becomes. It's pretty obvious that he is reflecting the angsty writings of a high school drama student, which makes it even more humorous. When paired with the appreciation for his Sad Keanu internet 'stardom' this works perfectly. This book is for the people who get it, not people who are looking for a poetic savant in a movie star. I have to give him credit for taking the jests in stride, which will make him lots of money. The only downside is the insane cost of this short book, which I'm sure took him about an hour to complete. You'll be seeing these books at college campus shops and Urban Outfitters soon.
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