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The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old (edició 2016)

de Hendrik Groen

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A #1 international bestseller in the vein of Fredrik Backman's A Man Called Ove: a funny and tender-hearted tale about friendship, love, and an old man who is young at heart. 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. A bestselling phenomenon that has captured imaginations around the world, The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen is inspiring, charming, and laugh-out-loud funny with a deep and poignant core: a page-turning delight for readers of any age. *Includes reading group guide*… (més)
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Títol:The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old
Autors:Hendrik Groen
Informació:Penguin, Kindle Edition, 376 pages
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Intents de treure suc a la vida. El diari secret de Hendrik Groen, de 83 anys i 1/4. de Hendrik Groen

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This laugh-out-loud funny and yet poignant story is the perfect read, as our country enters a new lockdown. ( )
  HelenBaker | Aug 20, 2021 |
I thought this was an interesting concept with a lot of potential. It is well done, but the story itself is a bit monotonous, but completely realistic. I guess I was expecting something unexpected, rather than a very realistic story of elderly people living out their final years (or even months). ( )
  grandpahobo | Jul 14, 2021 |
Vermakelijk boekje wel. 3,5 sterren maar voordeel van de twijfel. ( )
  tmrps | Jul 1, 2021 |
Hendrik Groen is documenting a year in his Amsterdam retirement home. At eighty-three, he says “almost every name in my address book is crossed out.” He’s witty, highly observant and very aware of the ridiculousness of aging. He doesn’t make it to all the funerals, “either view or be viewed,” and sometimes uses fake migraines as an excuse to disappear. He has an informant in the suspect director’s office.

Hendrik and his friend Evert cause a bit of trouble and may have been involved in a “fish murder” conspiracy after some too-dry cake is deposited in a hallway aquarium. Mainly he documents the indignities of aging. A resident of the dementia unit slips out through an open door and shows off the new bracelet he claims is a gift from his mother-in-law. It says “Do Not Resuscitate.”

He gets frustrated with the pettiness of the residents. “We all ought to live as if every day were our last, but no, we’d rather waste our precious final hours on empty stuff and nonsense.” He shares tidbits from the news. “An eighty-year-old man has managed to climb Mount Everest. I have enough trouble stepping up on the curb.”

Weather commentary: “Hot weather always brings a spike in the death rate among the elderly. The weatherman is predicting ninety-one degrees. I hope I make it through the day.”

Fashion: “The procession of pear-shaped ladies in tight leggings parading through the halls every Monday on their way to the gym is extremely off-putting.”

Hendrik faces the specter of disability, incapacitation and death with gallows humor and practicality. Euthanasia lingers as an option. In the meantime he’s enjoying his life and friends as they face the inevitable together. ( )
  Hagelstein | Jun 8, 2021 |
At first the sense of humor alluded me so I watched A Man Called Ove and was all set to continue. If anyone said books with elderly main characters are dull they haven't read enough books -- this one would be a great start. Clever, honest, relatable, humorous, and well written this book shall be recommended with ease. Thank goodness I had the foresight to use mini post its for marginalia, lending my copy will be easier now. ( )
  SleepyBooksandCakes | Aug 22, 2020 |
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Hendrik Groenautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Kuhn, WibkeÜbersetzerautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Velmans, Hesterautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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A #1 international bestseller in the vein of Fredrik Backman's A Man Called Ove: a funny and tender-hearted tale about friendship, love, and an old man who is young at heart. 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. A bestselling phenomenon that has captured imaginations around the world, The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen is inspiring, charming, and laugh-out-loud funny with a deep and poignant core: a page-turning delight for readers of any age. *Includes reading group guide*

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