The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old

Book - 2016 | First U.S. edition.
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"Hendrik Groen may be old, but he is far from dead and isn't planning to be buried any time soon. Granted, his daily strolls are getting shorter because his legs are no longer willing and he has to visit his doctor more than he'd like. Technically speaking he is . . . elderly. But surely there is more to life at his age than weak tea and potted geraniums? Hendrik sets out to write an exposé: a year in the life of his care home in Amsterdam, revealing all its ups and downs--not least his new endeavor, the anarchic Old-But-Not-Dead Club. And when Eefje moves in--the woman Hendrik has always longed for--he polishes his shoes (and his teeth), grooms what's left of his hair and attempts to make something of the life he has left, with hilarious, tender and devastating consequences."--Amazon.com.
Publisher: ©2016.
New York, NY :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2017.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016.
ISBN: 9781455542178
Characteristics: 378 pages ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Velmans, Hester - Translator
Summary: "Hendrik Groen may be old, but he is far from dead and isn't planning to be buried any time soon. Granted, his daily strolls are getting shorter because his legs are no longer willing and he has to visit his doctor more than he'd like. Technically speaking he is . . . elderly. But surely there is more to life at his age than weak tea and potted geraniums? Hendrik sets out to write an exposé: a year in the life of his care home in Amsterdam, revealing all its ups and downs--not least his new endeavor, the anarchic Old-But-Not-Dead Club. And when Eefje moves in--the woman Hendrik has always longed for--he polishes his shoes (and his teeth), grooms what's left of his hair and attempts to make something of the life he has left, with hilarious, tender and devastating consequences."--Amazon.com.

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PimaLib_SamR Apr 26, 2018

Translated from the Dutch by Hester Velmans, The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen 83 ¼ Years Old describes life in a retirement home in Amsterdam. Hendrik Groen points his pseudonymous pen, with much mirth, at his co-residents, himself, the staff, and the government at large by recounting the banal and the eccentric.
Amid the antics of this aging community, Groen doesn’t hesitate to tackle tough subjects like dementia and euthanasia with a spot of humor and much tenderness.
This fictional diary had me laughing out loud. You don’t have to be older to appreciate it, but it helps. I am looking forward to the sequel: On the Bright Side: The New Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen.

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sharonh12
Apr 06, 2018

"Reading" this book on library audio narrated by Derek Jacobi. It's a jolly rousing performance. A great companion for this aging patron.

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Einer2
Feb 05, 2018

It made me laugh and feel sad at the same time. I hope I have Hendrik's gumption when I get to his age and better yet have a group of friends like his!

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thebritlass
Oct 18, 2017

Lots of laughs, but incredibly believable at the same time, and more truth than we might want to admit about the difficulties associated with getting older.

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lola_jane
Sep 20, 2017

Perhaps I've read too many books with a similar concept recently, but I felt this was a bit too drawn out and lacked the heart that made other books special. The theme was done better elsewhere.

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Susanone
Mar 28, 2017

Really enjoyed this book, so many insightful and thought provoking details about daily life for the 80plus in a rest home.
Loved the setting in Amsterdam North too.

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Blabbermouth
Feb 28, 2017

I'm surprised at how popular this book is. Old Hendrik keeps a diary this year.... a revelation about aging & retirement homes. It felt as if he was a stand up comic trying to do a performance on paper. It was very average & didn't seem very sincere.

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