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Oct 13, 2020
Someone recommended this book to me and I am so glad they did. What a fun look at this man's life. What a sad look at his life. What an interesting look at his life. As I am 78, I see my future if it is not already here.
Mar 18, 20204 out of 5 stars
You'll laugh and cry when you read about the hijinks of the Old But Not Dead Club, a group of older adults who refuse to pass their twilight years doing nothing but instead doing something. Fans of A Man Called Ove, try this.
Feb 3, 20205 out of 5 stars
Excellent, absolutely excellent!
Jan 24, 20205 out of 5 stars
I *loved* this book, and the sequel. Wonderful characters, laugh-out-loud moments, tenderness, pathos, thoughtfulness... I'd give it five stars, but it seems all I can do is add a comment. (Edit--okay, I think I managed to give it its…
Dec 14, 2019
83 Year old Hendrik Groen has decided to live the last years of his life to its fullest- so he and his friend form the Not Dead Yet Club.
Sep 24, 20194.5 out of 5 stars
I found this book rang very true about the dreary lives of many in seniors' facilities. Fortunately Hendrik and his gang decide to tackle this problem for themselves. An interesting read.
Sep 3, 20193 out of 5 stars
It's a clever conceit that examines very real implications of aging, death and how do you best manage both. Hendrik is a delight.
Jul 25, 20195 out of 5 stars
This book is a pure delight, one of the most amusing things I've read in many years. Gruen is a sly, mischievous old guy with a sardonic view of his world and those around him. He is waging a full time battle against the seemingly endless…
May 5, 20194.5 out of 5 stars
I really enjoy these old-people-as-protagonists books, and this one is no exception. Funny and sort of heart-breaking, totally recommend.
Oct 9, 2018
This book brought me so much joy (and, admittedly, a little bit of melancholy). Hendrik Groen is the grandpa we all wished we had. He's fastidious in his ways, compassionate, and just a little bit grumpy. His "secret diary" reveals the…
Apr 26, 20185 out of 5 stars
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…
Apr 6, 20185 out of 5 stars
"Reading" this book on library audio narrated by Derek Jacobi. It's a jolly rousing performance. A great companion for this aging patron.
Feb 5, 20183.5 out of 5 stars
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!
Oct 18, 20174 out of 5 stars
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.
Sep 20, 20172.5 out of 5 stars
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.
Mar 28, 20175 out of 5 stars
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.
Feb 28, 20172.5 out of 5 stars
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…