The secret diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 years old

by Hendrik Groen | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by dutch-book of Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on 12/31/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by dutch-book from Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Tuesday, December 31, 2019
From the back:

Technically speaking, Hendrik Groen is....elderly. But at age 83 1/4, this feisty, indomitable curmudgeon has no plans to go out quietly. Bored of weak tea and potted geraniums, exasperated by the indignities of aging, Hendrik has decided to rebel--on his own terms. He begins writing an exposé: secretly recording the antics of day-to-day life in his retirement home, where he refuses to take himself, or his fellow "inmates," too seriously.
With an eccentric group of friends he founds the wickedly anarchic Old-But-Not-Dead Club--"Rule #3: No Whining Allowed"--and he and his best friend, Evert, gleefully stir up trouble, enraging the home's humorless director and turning themselves into unlikely heroes. And when a sweet and sassy widow moves in next door, he polishes his shoes, grooms what's left of his hair, and determines to savor every ounce of joy in the time he has left, with hilarious and tender consequences.

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This book is part of the 2019 Favourite Book Roundabout.

The reading order is:
1 Lamilla Belarus
2 Icila France
3 Billbooks Australia
4 Math-Girl40 Canada
5 Mcsar Canada
6 original-slicey USA
7 Valpete USA
8 Dark-Draco UK
9 Earthcaroleanne UK
10 Cross-Patch UK
11 greenbadger UK
12 Estelle1806 Ireland
13 Fifna Netherlands
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Journal Entry 2 by dutch-book at Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Monday, January 13, 2020

Released 11 mos ago (1/2/2020 UTC) at Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands

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Traveling to Lamilla.

Journal Entry 3 by wingLamillawing at Мінск / Minsk, Minsk Belarus on Saturday, January 25, 2020
Received today. Looks intriguing!

ETA: the style is engaging and I could imagine it could be fun to look at our lives from the point of view of an elderly person. However, the reality of living at old people home when retiring is too bleak for me to enjoy the story fully

Journal Entry 4 by wingLamillawing at Minsk, -- Wild Released somewhere in state -- Belarus on Monday, February 17, 2020

Released 9 mos ago (2/17/2020 UTC) at Minsk, -- Wild Released somewhere in state -- Belarus

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Перед тем, как попасть к Вам, она побывала в других уголках света. История ее путешествий записана на сайте, и теперь к ней добавился еще один пункт. Я очень рада, что она нашла нового читателя в Вашем лице.

Journal Entry 5 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Wednesday, February 26, 2020
The books is now with me. Seems promising.

Journal Entry 6 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Sorry. I'm disappointed, not what I was looking forward to reading. Not funny at all for me. Other writers are a lot better with this topic which is fashionable these days.

Journal Entry 7 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Released 7 mos ago (5/6/2020 UTC) at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France

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Sending to Math-Girl in Canada. Hoping for the best.

Journal Entry 8 by wingmathgirl40wing at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Sunday, May 24, 2020
This book has arrived in Canada!

Journal Entry 9 by wingmathgirl40wing at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Parts of this book were quite enjoyable while others were downright bleak. I'm glad I'd read it, though, as elder care has been on my mind lately. My parents, in their mid-80's, are still living independently, but I fear it will not be for long. Also, COVID-19 has devastated many nursing homes here in Canada and exposed systemic problems with how we treat our elderly citizens. The book does a good job of examining these issues from Hendrik's somewhat curmudgeonly point-of-view.

Journal Entry 10 by wingmathgirl40wing at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Monday, June 22, 2020

Released 5 mos ago (6/21/2020 UTC) at Waterloo, Ontario Canada

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This book is on its way to mcsar now.

Journal Entry 11 by wingmcsarwing at Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Book is here. I look forward to this one. I have seen the title on a few bookshelves and have been intrigued.

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Updated August 6, 2020
I like the book. The reality of old age and sickness is depressing, but the friendship and the spirit of the main characters are uplifting.

Journal Entry 12 by wingmcsarwing at Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Friday, August 07, 2020

Released 3 mos ago (8/7/2020 UTC) at Richmond, British Columbia Canada

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On its way to Valpete. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 13 by wingvalpetewing at Walnut Creek, California USA on Friday, August 14, 2020
Since I'm 81, almost as old as Hendrik, I may find this book to be depressing. I'm still living on my own and not looking forward to "old age."

Journal Entry 14 by wingvalpetewing at Walnut Creek, California USA on Friday, September 04, 2020

Released 2 mos ago (9/4/2020 UTC) at Walnut Creek, California USA

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I really enjoyed this book, although it could have been cut by 100 pages or so. Touching, insightful, laugh out loud funny, poignant- Hendrik and his friends felt so real that I fell in love with each and every one of his little band of merrymakers.
Sending it on to the next reader in the Roundabout.

Journal Entry 15 by wingdark-dracowing at Ledbury, Herefordshire United Kingdom on Sunday, September 13, 2020
Received, thank you - not a book I have heard of before, so looking forward to reading it :)

Journal Entry 16 by wingdark-dracowing at Ledbury, Herefordshire United Kingdom on Monday, October 12, 2020
Sorry, not for me.

I stopped reading after about 60 pages. I couldn't find anything particularly funny or even likable about the characters. I've also found over the years that I have a problem with needless animal deaths in books, even worse when it's trying to be funny about it. In those 60 pages, a dog was put down at the pound, a budgie was sucked up by a vacuum and fish were killed being fed cake - I can understand that the author was trying to show how life would be in a care home, but it just made me too annoyed to read further :(

Released 1 mo ago (10/19/2020 UTC) at Book Roundabout , -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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Off to the next reader on the roundabout.

Journal Entry 18 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, October 22, 2020
Just as I thought I was catching up on my reading ... this arrives.

Thank you.

Journal Entry 19 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, November 20, 2020
Sorry but I've given up on this. I made my decision when I reached the sentence "After dinner, coffee. After coffee, TV. After TV, bed. It isn't particularly adventurous or edifying."

Journal Entry 20 by wingearthcaroleannewing at South Croxton, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Saturday, November 28, 2020

Released 3 days ago (11/30/2020 9:00 AM UTC) at South Croxton, Leicestershire United Kingdom

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Sending on in the Favourites Roundabout.

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