On the Bright Side: The New Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 85 Years Old

On the Bright Side: The New Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 85 Years Old

Hendrik Groen / Sep 23, 2019

On the Bright Side The New Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen Years Old In the acclaimed follow up to the international bestseller The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen everyone s favorite curmudgeon is back and as funny and charming as ever with the newest adventur

  • Title: On the Bright Side: The New Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 85 Years Old
  • Author: Hendrik Groen
  • ISBN: Zolang er leven is: het tweede geheime dagboek van Hendrik Groen, 85 jaar
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  • Page: 283
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the acclaimed follow up to the 1 international bestseller The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, everyone s favorite curmudgeon is back and as funny and charming as ever with the newest adventures of the Old But Not Dead Club for fans of Frederik Backman and Graeme Simsion.Everyone s favorite octogenarian is back and, together with his pals in the Old But Not Dead Club, h In the acclaimed follow up to the 1 international bestseller The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, everyone s favorite curmudgeon is back and as funny and charming as ever with the newest adventures of the Old But Not Dead Club for fans of Frederik Backman and Graeme Simsion.Everyone s favorite octogenarian is back and, together with his pals in the Old But Not Dead Club, he is determined than ever to wreak havoc and turn a twinkly eye on the brighter side of life.After a year spent mourning the death of his beloved friend Eefje, Hendrik may be older and a little wobbly, but his youthful appetite for mischief hasn t diminished When fears arise that the home is set for demolition, it s up to Hendrik and the Old But Not Dead Club to intervene Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 448 pages Expected publication March 19th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing first published January 27th 2016 More Details Original Title Zolang er leven is het tweede geheime dagboek van Hendrik Groen, 85 jaar ISBN 1538746638 ISBN13 9781538746639 Series Hendrik Groen 2 Literary Awards Publieksprijs voor het Nederlandse Boek 2018 Other Editions 26 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book On the Bright Side The New Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 85 Years Old by Hendrik Groen Release date Mar 19, 2019 Enter for a chance to win an early galley of ON THE BRIGHT SIDE by Hendrik Groen NO PO BOXES In the acclaimed follow up to the 1 international bests Enter for a chance to win an early galley of ON THE BRIGHT SIDE by Hendrik Groen NO PO BOXES In the acclaimed follow up to the 1 international bestseller The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, everyone s favorite curmudgeon is back and as funny and charming as ever with the newest adventures of the Old But Not Dead Club for fans of Frederik Backman and Graeme Simsion.Everyone s favorite octogenarian is back and, together with his pals in the Old But Not Dead Club, he is determined than ever to wreak havoc and turn a twinkly eye on the brighter side of life.After a year spent mourning the death of his beloved friend Eefje, Hendrik may be older and a little wobbly, but his youthful appetite for mischief hasn t diminished When fears arise that the home is set for demolition, it s up to Hendrik and the Old But Not Dead Club to intervene Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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to mention having great fun along the way.For those of you not familiar with Hendrik, he s now 85 years old and lives in a care home in Amsterdam, where he s one of the founding members of the Old But Not Dead Club They re a determined bunch, arranging day trips and sampling fine dining at various themed restaurants, amongst other things They also cause mayhem within their care home, resulting in some hilarious moments Hendrik and his friend Evert are akin to a pair of naughty schoolboys the proverbial pain in the posterior of the care home manager Evert doesn t care what others think of him, and comes out with the most outrageous though amusing comments Hendrik on the other hand has a gentle, caring side, and displays a charm that s something of a rarity today He s made a pledge to be assertive but he remains a thoughtful, giving person and he and Evert complement each other perfectly It s only natural that a book about octogenarians will have its share of sad and moving moments, but the main message it conveys is that however limited life expectancy is, the Old But Not Dead Club will do its utmost to enjoy it It s been a priviledge to share another year in Hendrik s life, and I ve experienced a whole range of emotions with him, from the laugh out loud outrageous escapades, to the inevitable sad farewells along the way Hendrik possesses a level of humility and dignity that brings a lump to my throat, and he makes the invisibility of old age a little less so Bravo Hendrik Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin UK Michael Joseph for my ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 127 likesLike see review View all 54 comments Dec 29, 2017 Paromjit rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves contemporary fiction, humour comic fiction, netgalley It is a huge pleasure to return to the endearing company of 85 year old Hendrik and his coterie of friends and companions at the Amsterdam care home for their second outing We learn through Hendrik s diary that the Old But Not Yet Dead club is in rude health and it s comforting to find that our elderly cohorts are hellbent on enjoying life no matter what They go on enlivening day trips, visits to restaurants and Evert, Hendrik s best friend continues to shock, and there is mischief and m It is a huge pleasure to return to the endearing company of 85 year old Hendrik and his coterie of friends and companions at the Amsterdam care home for their second outing We learn through Hendrik s diary that the Old But Not Yet Dead club is in rude health and it s comforting to find that our elderly cohorts are hellbent on enjoying life no matter what They go on enlivening day trips, visits to restaurants and Evert, Hendrik s best friend continues to shock, and there is mischief and mayhem involving the two friends Hendrik remains a charismatic and thoughtful character imbued with depth The travails of old age hit harder than before with declining health, infirmity, cancer, and the ever looming presence of death, rendering this book a darker, and sorrowful read whilst highlighting the strength that friendships provide The care home itself is under threat and global contemporary issues such as the harrowing refugee crisis are raised On the Bright Side continues to raise the profile of a sector of the population that is often considered invisible and does it with humour, verve and wit The realities of getting older cannot be escaped in their inevitability and are represented with authenticity and the accompanying sadness and grief that ensues This is an engaging, moving and emotionally touching read with a strong sense of joie de vivre Hendrik continues to provide a strong role model on how to live life as you get older Long live Hendrik Many thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph for an ARC flag 56 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Jan 15, 2019 Rebecca Carter rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2019 reads, cultural the netherlands, fiction, humour, netgalley On the Bright Side The new Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 85 years old, is the follow up to the super funny first diary of Hendrik Groen aged 83 1 4 years old Readers of the first book will be relieved to hear that a second book means the sweet and funny Hendrik is still around We also get to find out what the other loveable characters are up to, and whether life has changed for the residents of the care home Although this is the second book in the series, I don t think it s imperative that On the Bright Side The new Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 85 years old, is the follow up to the super funny first diary of Hendrik Groen aged 83 1 4 years old Readers of the first book will be relieved to hear that a second book means the sweet and funny Hendrik is still around We also get to find out what the other loveable characters are up to, and whether life has changed for the residents of the care home Although this is the second book in the series, I don t think it s imperative that you need to read the first book to read the second Hendrik starts his diary with a catch up of the characters from the first book, which brings old readers up to date and brings new readers into the loop It s really difficult to say too much about the story without giving much away it s written in a funny, yet touching and moving way It is insightful into the life of many elderly people, and although I m quite a long way off retirement, it does make you ponder slightly about your future care and of your parents grandparents There are funny anecdotes galore from pieces of fruit turning up in peculiar locations a mysterious apple in the aquarium, a tangerine in the lift, a pineapple in the gym , to Mrs Schansleh s creative proverbs Hendrik is such a warm and genuine character you do really feel for him I can only hope there is a third diary you do begin to care for Hendrik and hope he has many tales to tell and adventures to go on Many thanks to NetGalley and Penguin U.K Michael Joseph for the opportunity to read this ARC, in return for an honest and unbiased review flag 51 likesLike see review View all 19 comments Dec 28, 2017 Louise Wilson rated it really liked it review of another edition This is the sequel to Hendrik Groen 83 and a quarter years old Hendrik keeps a diary He is determined to grow old with dignity and to rise up against the care homes director He dreams of escaping the confines of his care home.Hendrik Groen is a marvellous character He is like a naughty schoolboy There are some very funny parts in this book but it is also very touching I could actually see some of the events playing out in my head as I was reading some of the antics Hendrik and the members This is the sequel to Hendrik Groen 83 and a quarter years old Hendrik keeps a diary He is determined to grow old with dignity and to rise up against the care homes director He dreams of escaping the confines of his care home.Hendrik Groen is a marvellous character He is like a naughty schoolboy There are some very funny parts in this book but it is also very touching I could actually see some of the events playing out in my head as I was reading some of the antics Hendrik and the members of the Old But Not Dead club got up to.I would like to thank NetGalley, Penguin UK, Micheal Joseph and the author Hendrik Groen for my ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 24 likesLike see review Dec 29, 2017 Paromjit rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves contemporary fiction, humour comic fiction, netgalley It is a huge pleasure to return to the endearing company of 85 year old Hendrik and his coterie of friends and companions at the Amsterdam care home for their second outing We learn through Hendrik s diary that the Old But Not Yet Dead club is in rude health and it s comforting to find that our elderly cohorts are hellbent on enjoying life no matter what They go on enlivening day trips, visits to restaurants and Evert, Hendrik s best friend continues to shock, and there is mischief and m It is a huge pleasure to return to the endearing company of 85 year old Hendrik and his coterie of friends and companions at the Amsterdam care home for their second outing We learn through Hendrik s diary that the Old But Not Yet Dead club is in rude health and it s comforting to find that our elderly cohorts are hellbent on enjoying life no matter what They go on enlivening day trips, visits to restaurants and Evert, Hendrik s best friend continues to shock, and there is mischief and mayhem involving the two friends Hendrik remains a charismatic and thoughtful character imbued with depth The travails of old age hit harder than before with declining health, infirmity, cancer, and the ever looming presence of death, rendering this book a darker, and sorrowful read whilst highlighting the strength that friendships provide The care home itself is under threat and global contemporary issues such as the harrowing refugee crisis are raised On the Bright Side continues to raise the profile of a sector of the population that is often considered invisible and does it with humour, verve and wit The realities of getting older cannot be escaped in their inevitability and are represented with authenticity and the accompanying sadness and grief that ensues This is an engaging, moving and emotionally touching read with a strong sense of joie de vivre Hendrik continues to provide a strong role model on how to live life as you get older Long live Hendrik Many thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph for an ARC flag 20 likesLike see review Oct 05, 2017 Brenda rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 release, arc, net galley, humour, contemporary fiction, 5000 books, own read, read on kindle Hendrik Groen is 85 years of age in this, his second episode of life in the slow lane, living in the care home in Amsterdam and writing in his diary daily with his various exploits The Old But Not Dead Club is still going strong, although one or two members have left a couple of new things have also been added to their agenda Going to different restaurants every three weeks for a culture change and the planning of a trip away, where the eight elderly members will stay overnight in a hotel f Hendrik Groen is 85 years of age in this, his second episode of life in the slow lane, living in the care home in Amsterdam and writing in his diary daily with his various exploits The Old But Not Dead Club is still going strong, although one or two members have left a couple of new things have also been added to their agenda Going to different restaurants every three weeks for a culture change and the planning of a trip away, where the eight elderly members will stay overnight in a hotel for two nights Hendrik and his best friend Evert continue to get up to mischief their stirring of trouble delights the group Well something has to brighten their day, doesn t it With death getting closer to them all, a lot of the residents spend time going to funerals But Hendrik no longer goes he ll be at his own soon enough he thinks Light hearted and humourous as well as sad and sometimes depressing, Hendrik shows everyone that age is only a number live each day to the fullest then rest the next day to catch up before starting all over again On the Bright Side is an entertaining and enjoyable follow up to The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old which I recommend.With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read and review flag 17 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 15, 2017 Gary rated it really liked it review of another edition This is the 2nd book in the Hendrik Groen series following the octogenarian as he records his escapades throughout the year After reading and enjoying the 1st book in the series I was always going to read this one These books are certainly different from the normal books I read and they bring on lots of different emotions while reading, mainly joy but also a touch of sadness.Hendrik records the goings on inside the care home and also his thoughts on the world outside Hendrik is a lovable old This is the 2nd book in the Hendrik Groen series following the octogenarian as he records his escapades throughout the year After reading and enjoying the 1st book in the series I was always going to read this one These books are certainly different from the normal books I read and they bring on lots of different emotions while reading, mainly joy but also a touch of sadness.Hendrik records the goings on inside the care home and also his thoughts on the world outside Hendrik is a lovable old man who has a streak of devilry and his writing gave me many laugh out loud moments as he recounts his exploits with the aptly named group of residents called Old But Not Dead Club This book is at times sad as he writes about the autumn years of him and his friends but it is often hilarious as he encounters new adventures This book is so well written and although its subject is perhaps difficult to imaging being so entertaining and witty, the author brings it to life with charm I would like to thank both Net Galley and Penguin UK for supplying a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 12 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 06, 2016 Marije rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favorieten Lieve Hendrik, wil je mijn bonus opa zijn Wat een mooi,puur, ontroerend, verdrietig, krachtig maar vooral betoverend boek Ik heb genoten, met een lach en een traan flag 10 likesLike see review Dec 02, 2017 SueLucie rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley Review copy courtesy of Penguin UK, Michael Joseph via NetGalley, many thanks.When I was given the opportunity to read this sequel to The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old I hurried to read the first book before I embarked on the second Wondering now whether the second would work as a stand alone I am inclined to think it would but a great deal of the poignancy of Hendrik s story would suffer When On the Bright Side opens, one of his friends has died and one is suffering from dementi Review copy courtesy of Penguin UK, Michael Joseph via NetGalley, many thanks.When I was given the opportunity to read this sequel to The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old I hurried to read the first book before I embarked on the second Wondering now whether the second would work as a stand alone I am inclined to think it would but a great deal of the poignancy of Hendrik s story would suffer When On the Bright Side opens, one of his friends has died and one is suffering from dementia and has been moved to a different part of the home His friendships with both continue to be very important to him and that doesn t quite come across in the sequel Nor do the experiences he has already shared with the other members of the Old But Not Dead club Read the first one first is my advice.Hendrik and his friends are still keen to have as much fun as they can manage given their advanced years and infirmity, and I found their camaraderie and exploits endearing Stop spending so much time studying life s instruction manual Just do it Yes, you may fall down a few times, but so long as you get up again, you ll be ahead of where you were Hendrik writes with humour, insight and charm about often painful subjects quite an achievement and hints that his next project is to be a novel, I can t wait for its publication.I think I enjoyed this book than the first, though it is considerably darker in tone the future of the home is insecure for one thing and that uncertainty affects the residents deeply Hendrik also writes about political issues, internal Netherlands preoccupations especially where care of the elderly is concerned interspersed with tragic overseas events, the refugee crisis in particular I d recommend it highly, though for readers of retirement age as I am the situation it describes might be just a little too accurate for comfort flag 7 likesLike see review Sep 03, 2017 Linda rated it it was amazing review of another edition Dit is een boek wat je in 1 zitting uit kan lezen, en in die zitting een hele mix van emoties kan beleven Verdrietig om de kwaaltjes die komen bij het ouder worden, verontwaardigd om de ouderenzorg hier in Nederland, gelukzalig door de verhalen van de OMANIDO club en vooral geamuseerd door de droge humor van Hendrik en niet te vergeten Evert Dit is een boek wat je in 1 zitting uit kan lezen, en in die zitting een hele mix van emoties kan beleven Verdrietig om de kwaaltjes die komen bij het ouder worden, verontwaardigd om de ouderenzorg hier in Nederland, gelukzalig door de verhalen van de OMANIDO club en vooral geamuseerd door de droge humor van Hendrik en niet te vergeten Evert flag 7 likesLike see review Nov 22, 2017 Stephen Clynes rated it really liked it review of another edition The New Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 85 Years Old is his diary for 2015 detailing his life in a care home in Amsterdam This book follows on from The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old, which was his 2013 diary Hendrik did NOT publish a diary for 2014 This book can be read as a stand alone and covers similar ground to the first book.I found On the Bright Side an easy book to read There is some humour about life around the care home and I particularly liked the saga of the appearin The New Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 85 Years Old is his diary for 2015 detailing his life in a care home in Amsterdam This book follows on from The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old, which was his 2013 diary Hendrik did NOT publish a diary for 2014 This book can be read as a stand alone and covers similar ground to the first book.I found On the Bright Side an easy book to read There is some humour about life around the care home and I particularly liked the saga of the appearing fruit I can imagine what havoc some fruit appearing at random would cause in my father s care home in Cardiff.I liked how things were put into perspective by how Hendrik swapped his daily entries from pressing global and international issues to the very parochial trivia that consumed the residents of his care home The joviality of the first book was still there in places but the overall take I got from this book was of a sadness brought about by coping with declining health, death of residents and a negative outlook on old age The optimism of the first book has gone and I felt like the residents were just hanging around waiting to die.A lot has changed for Hendrik in those 2 years He still tells a good tale but this is not a comfortable and cosy read The first book was quite bright and happy but this book although realistic is a shade depressing Hendrik is clearly not enjoying his old age as much in 2015 as he did in 2013.I found On the Bright Side to be a GOOD read and pleased that I have read it I liked Hendrik s world view of things and how different generations react to everyday life However, I did not enjoy it anywhere near as much as I did the first book I read for pleasure and On the Bright Side gave a rather negative view of old age It makes you think that although life expectancy is increasing, what little have we to look forward to as our health declines and we may be awaiting our death On the Bright Side does leave some fond memories but all the sadness including the pet dog made this a GOOD yet 4 star read for me.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher Penguin Random House UK for giving me a copy of this book on the understanding that I provide an honest review flag 7 likesLike see review View 2 comments Mar 07, 2018 Marianne rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves borrowed copy returned On The Bright Side is the second instalment of The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, written by Dutch Care Facility resident, Hendrik Groen, alias Dutch librarian, Peter de Smet Hendrik is now eighty five and, after a year s hiatus due to grief over the passing of his good friend, Eefje Brand, he has once again decided to note down the year s events, starting in January 2015.The Old But Not Dead Club gets back into swing, with two new members replacing one deceased, and one now in the dementia war On The Bright Side is the second instalment of The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, written by Dutch Care Facility resident, Hendrik Groen, alias Dutch librarian, Peter de Smet Hendrik is now eighty five and, after a year s hiatus due to grief over the passing of his good friend, Eefje Brand, he has once again decided to note down the year s events, starting in January 2015.The Old But Not Dead Club gets back into swing, with two new members replacing one deceased, and one now in the dementia ward In addition to their usual outings, they resolve to enjoy ethnic dinners on a regular basis, and make another International foray Despite Director Stelwagen s efforts to minimise all pleasure while maximising her control over all residents, Henk and his cronies manage to stage an almost complete coup of the Residents Committee As well as events of note in his daily life, Groen also remarks on current affairs, including the antics of politicians, the salaries of executives, elections, corruption, the King, the Middle East, and news in the sphere of care facilities Sometimes the anecdotes are probably funnier if the reader is familiar with Dutch personages, but often the commentary is applicable universally just change the names Of course, one hazard of living to a ripe old age like 85 apart from the organ recital, in which those around you detail their ailing organs is that friends and acquaintances begin to drop off the perch Not unexpectedly a member of the Old But Not Dead club gets an adverse diagnosis But perhaps most worrying for the club and the Residents Committee are the empty rooms, usually filled post haste, but now unoccupied Do these spell the closure and demolition of their abode Amongst the spate of books about the elderly in care facilities that are meant to amuse or divert, Catharina Ingelman Sundberg s The Little Old Lady Who , Jonas Jonasson s Hundred Year Old Man Who this one requires the least suspension of disbelief It is realistic and funny without being far fetched, making it the best of that bunch Flawlessly translated from the original Dutch by Hester Velmans, this moving sequel again has humour, heartache and plenty to think about flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Feb 24, 2018 Rebecca rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves lit in translation, old age, read via netgalley, sequels The first Hendrik Groen book was a joy, but this one felt like it would never end It s way too long, by at least a third Did we really need an entry for every single day of 2015 The format means that readers hear about the planning for an event, the immediate preparations for it, and then how it went so instead of one entry every occasion gets three With that sort of pattern, the content is bound to start feeling repetitive Hendrik and his Old But Not Dead club of Amsterdam nursing home b The first Hendrik Groen book was a joy, but this one felt like it would never end It s way too long, by at least a third Did we really need an entry for every single day of 2015 The format means that readers hear about the planning for an event, the immediate preparations for it, and then how it went so instead of one entry every occasion gets three With that sort of pattern, the content is bound to start feeling repetitive Hendrik and his Old But Not Dead club of Amsterdam nursing home buddies keep up a regular schedule of visits to ethnic restaurants and even manage a trip to Belgium, but one member s terminal illness inevitably puts a damper on the fun They re also worried by their home s change in management and the increasing number of empty rooms could there be a secret plan to close the place Once again there are some amusing little incidents involving the other residents, such as the designation of one cafeteria table as an ailment free zone for conversations, but these seemed like feeble attempts to rehash the original I don t remember laughing much, if at all Despite Hendrik s attempts at dark humor e.g Stoically waiting for death whilst enjoying a nice cup of tea , this is a bleak picture of old age Perhaps if I hadn t read the first book and wasn t constantly comparing this one to it in my mind, it wouldn t have felt like a letdown flag 6 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Feb 17, 2016 Dawn rated it really liked it review of another edition Bij vlagen ontroerend maar vooral vol droge humor Weer een pareltje van Hendrik Groen Naar mijn mening nog net iets beter dan het eerste deel, een derde deel zou ik dan ook zeker met open armen ontvangen Ik heb begrepen uit dit tweede deel dat er een roman aankomt, ook niet vervelend flag 6 likesLike see review Apr 10, 2018 Mari rated it it was amazing review of another edition Oh neid pisaraid, mida ma lugedes valasin flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 19, 2017 michelle rated it really liked it review of another edition On the Brightside is the 2nd book in the Hendrik Groen Series I have read the first one and I enjoyed it immensely, so I was looking forward to reading this one.Hendrik is now 85 years old set in 2015 and it tells of the life in a Care home in Amsterdam, and as a founding member of the Old but Not Dead Club It tells of the outings they go on and also the fine dining restaurants and the relationships he has with the other members of the club and the other people in the Care home They still try On the Brightside is the 2nd book in the Hendrik Groen Series I have read the first one and I enjoyed it immensely, so I was looking forward to reading this one.Hendrik is now 85 years old set in 2015 and it tells of the life in a Care home in Amsterdam, and as a founding member of the Old but Not Dead Club It tells of the outings they go on and also the fine dining restaurants and the relationships he has with the other members of the club and the other people in the Care home They still try and have fun and live life to the fullest the best way they can But Hendrik finds out that his best mate Evert has Cancer, an another of the residents has dementia Not only that, they think that home future is unstable and maybe one day close.Like the first book I enjoyed very much but this was a bit serious than the first one It was very emotional as well, sometimes funny and then sad, especially when Hendrik finds out about Evert and how he deals with it.Thank you Penguin Michael Joseph for and ARC of this book flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 05, 2018 Eva rated it really liked it review of another edition I thoroughly enjoyed Hendrik s first diary so I was incredibly excited to be asked to review the follow up and it s every bit as special.A year after events from his previous diary, Hendrik Groen once again picks up his pen After losing Eefje, he hadn t felt like writing but now the time has come to get back into the swing of things, exercise his brain and fill us in on happenings at the care home and the adventures of the Old But Not Dead Club.I must say, I ve never been one for clubs but if I I thoroughly enjoyed Hendrik s first diary so I was incredibly excited to be asked to review the follow up and it s every bit as special.A year after events from his previous diary, Hendrik Groen once again picks up his pen After losing Eefje, he hadn t felt like writing but now the time has come to get back into the swing of things, exercise his brain and fill us in on happenings at the care home and the adventures of the Old But Not Dead Club.I must say, I ve never been one for clubs but if I m fortunate enough to get to the ripe old age of 86 or thereabouts, I would absolutely jump at the chance to join the Old But Not Dead Club Their sheer determination to keep living life to the fullest does really prove that age is nothing but a number as they keep broadening their horizons, stay active as best as they can, laugh and have a good time.New members are joining the fold They will dine out on numerous occasions, try new things and even go on little trips I adore the friendships between these members but the one that will always hold a special place in my heart, is the one between Hendrik and Evert We should all be so lucky as to have a wonderful friend like them in our lives.As in Hendrik s previous diary, his entries are often moving and rather emotional As is to be expected in this environment, some residents won t make it to the end of the book But Hendrik s diary is also inspiring, uplifting and funny with many moments where I found myself chuckling The inclusion of world news and statistics is often thought provoking Especially when talking about the closure of care homes and the amount of elderly people who never receive visitors and spend way too much time on their own.Hendrik remains one of the most fantastic characters I ve had the pleasure of meeting He s intelligent, thoughtful, still rather sharp witted for his age, a fabulous grandfather figure and an even brilliant friend to have in your corner I do so hope there will be a third diary as I am convinced there are plenty stories to tell and I would really love to spend time with the Old But Not Dead Club again in future flag 4 likesLike see review Jul 24, 2017 Annick rated it liked it review of another edition Voor mij was het tweede boek wat minder goed dan het eerste Het was misschien iets te veel van hetzelfde, al heb ik toch genoten van het dagelijkse reilen en zeilen Misschien iets minder hard gelachen met boek 2, ook hier weer wat tranen gelaten Al bij al een goed boek, maar t heeft een mindere indruk nagelaten dan het eerste boek flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 11, 2017 Karen rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favorites Wat een geslaagd tweede deel Met moment grappig, maar even goed moment voor een traantje te laten voor Hendrik en ook voor Evert flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 23, 2017 Marlot Bonte rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2017 Wat is die Evert toch een geweldige vent Weer genoten van Hendrik en de club van oud maar niet dood flag 4 likesLike see review May 05, 2017 Bella Bellas Wonderworld rated it it was amazing review of another edition Rezension Tanztee von Hendrik Groen Beschreibung Der r stige Rentner Hendrik Groen erz hlte in seinem ersten Tagebuch Eierlik rtage von seinem Dasein als Rentner in einem Amsterdamer Altersheim, seinen Freunden, und wie er gemeinsam mit ihnen den Alt aber nicht tot Club Alanito gr ndete Hendrik und Co sind nun etwas lter geworden, strahlen aber noch immer jede Menge Lebensfreude aus und so schildert Hendrik in Tanztee die neusten Ereignisse und Ver nderungen aus seinem Rentneralltag, Rezension Tanztee von Hendrik Groen Beschreibung Der r stige Rentner Hendrik Groen erz hlte in seinem ersten Tagebuch Eierlik rtage von seinem Dasein als Rentner in einem Amsterdamer Altersheim, seinen Freunden, und wie er gemeinsam mit ihnen den Alt aber nicht tot Club Alanito gr ndete Hendrik und Co sind nun etwas lter geworden, strahlen aber noch immer jede Menge Lebensfreude aus und so schildert Hendrik in Tanztee die neusten Ereignisse und Ver nderungen aus seinem Rentneralltag, erz hlt von den Unternehmungen des Alanito Clubs und l sst ganz nebenbei seine Sicht auf die Welt einflie en Meine Meinung Nach dem Erfolg von Hendrik Groen s Tagebuch Eierlik rtage folgt nun mit Tanztee eine weitere Ver ffentlichung eines Tagebuchs aus der Feder des niederl ndischen Rentners F r ein rundes Gesamtbild ist es von Vorteil den Vorg ngerband gelesen zu haben, es ist allerdings nicht unbedingt erforderlich da sich die Tagebucheintr ge mit gegenw rtigen Ereignissen besch ftigen und der Fokus nur selten in die Vergangenheit geschwenkt wird Mit lebhafter und selbst ironischer Stimme betrachtet Hendrik seinen Alltag im Altersheim, von Arztbesuchen ber Tischgespr che hin zu der ungewissen Zukunft des Altersheim selbst Innen und Au enpolitische Ereignisse sowie das K nigshaus bleiben von Hendriks treffender Beobachtungsgabe nicht verschont Im Vordergrund steht aber die Freundschaft zu anderen Senioren in seinem Umfeld und die gemeinsamen Unternehmungen des Alt aber nicht tot Clubs der frischen Wind in das Altersheim bringt Und obwohl mir mein Vater das wunderbare Lebensmotto Nicht rgern, nur wundern mitgegeben hat, kann ich einfach nicht aus meiner Haut und rgere mich dumm und d mlich Seite 367 Ich mag die Erz hlungen des Rentners, der nichts weniger leiden kann als Gemecker und ewige Schwarzseherei unglaublich gerne Gerade weil Hendrik Groen seine Erlebnisse so klar, authentisch und selbstkritisch darstellt, bekommt der Roman eine gewisse Tiefe und Emotionalit t der man sich nicht entziehen kann Die Palette reicht von ulkigen und fr hlichen Begebenheiten ber ganz normale Probleme lterer Senioren bis zu traurigen, aber unausweichlichen, Ereignissen Im Anbetracht dessen, dass Hendrik und seine Freunde am Ende ihres Lebens angekommen sind, und ein Todesfall nichts seltenes sondern etwas unausweichliches darstellt, kann man Hendriks positive Lebenseinstellung nur bef rworten Realistischerweise bekommt man nicht nur das Bild des r stigen Rentners pr sentiert, sondern auch das m gliche Schicksal der Demenzerkrankung wird angerissen sowie einige kleinere Unannehmlichkeiten und Zipperlein die das Alter so mit sich bringen Tanztee ist ein Roman der nicht durch eine besondere Spannung lebt, sondern durch facettenreiche Alltagssituationen aus Hendriks au ergew hnlicher Sichtweise an Reiz gewinnen Fazit Eine gelungener Folgeband voller Alltagskomik, Sarkasmus und Ironie flag 4 likesLike see review Sep 22, 2017 Elke rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves e book s i own Ik heb zeker weer genoten van Hendrik Groen en zijn club De humor in dit boek is weer ronduit hilarisch Toch vind ik het allemaal wel veel van het zelfde Het tempo is een beetje eentonig en het verhaal ook Het lijkt ook heel veel op het eerste boek Echt spannend en verrassend is het niet te noemen Toch kan ik de schrijfstijl en humor in het boek zeer waarderen Het boek krijgt zeker 3 hele dikke vette sterren van mij Als ik er een halve bij kon geven had ik dit zeker gedaan flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 10, 2018 Lynn rated it really liked it review of another edition I loved this even than the first book So many lovely moments and funny ones in a life that is having rather a nice time of it most of the time in the little world he lives in Definitely a glass half full is better to swill from Hendrik s simple reflections on the day s activities and controversies gives you lots to reflect on and laugh at, and a few might bring some tears Lovely flag 4 likesLike see review Mar 09, 2018 Cat rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 sest elul pole abirattaid Uljalt edasi kappa Kuniks elu veel ees J rjekordne s damlik ilus aastaring koos Hendrik Groeniga Lugu, mis hel hetkel on nii naljakas, aga teisel momendil l b sulle Reaalsuse rusikaga makku ning kisub silma veele Aga selline ongi elu Ning oh oleks vaid maailmas rohkem Vakumisu klubiliikmete moodi inimesi flag 3 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jun 17, 2018 Jannelies rated it it was amazing review of another edition What strikes me is that I see so many lovely reviews from people who are not living in the Netherlands This means that the book is really an eye opener for people of old and not so old age all around the world.Living in the Netherlands myself, I see how elderly people are treated here as if they have no right to live any, as if they have nothing left to share, no value Every day, there is some news in the papers about the horrible influence of there living so many old people people in What strikes me is that I see so many lovely reviews from people who are not living in the Netherlands This means that the book is really an eye opener for people of old and not so old age all around the world.Living in the Netherlands myself, I see how elderly people are treated here as if they have no right to live any, as if they have nothing left to share, no value Every day, there is some news in the papers about the horrible influence of there living so many old people people in this country Reading this wonderful book made me laugh and cry at the same time, and strangely enough gave me somewhat hope for the near future After all, I m not much younger than Hendrik I hope this second book will be made into a television series as the first flag 4 likesLike see review Mar 06, 2016 Dani lle rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2016, read in dutch Een geweldig tweede deel Ik ga denk ik heimwee krijgen naar de verhalen van Hendrik Groen Lees mijn volledige recensie hier flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 10, 2018 Abby Slater Fairbrother rated it really liked it review of another edition I was instantly intrigued by the synopsis of this novel I myself have worked in a wide variety of care homes and this includes elderly care and dementia care The novel is told in the format of the diary, of care home resident Hendrik Groen Who I can only describe as growing old, mischievously He is a warm hearted character, that instantly draws you into his little stories.The novel opens in the new year of 2015 and tells the story of the entire year Hendrik recalls the funeral of his belove I was instantly intrigued by the synopsis of this novel I myself have worked in a wide variety of care homes and this includes elderly care and dementia care The novel is told in the format of the diary, of care home resident Hendrik Groen Who I can only describe as growing old, mischievously He is a warm hearted character, that instantly draws you into his little stories.The novel opens in the new year of 2015 and tells the story of the entire year Hendrik recalls the funeral of his beloved friend Eefjes and this really brought home to me the losses the elderly community must feel Hendrik s other friend Grietje is moved to the dementia ward and the novel does depict her steady decline But with a narrator like Hendrik although there are heart touching moments, there are equally giggles galore We laugh a lot about our various miseries It makes living with the restrictions brought on by the body s decrepitude a great deal easier Hendrik Groen Some of the residents of the care home, form the old but not dead club The club s enemy number one, seems to be care home director Mrs Stelwagen Hendrik describes life in a care home in comedic way But he also hit upon many home truths He describes that care homes are supposed to offer comfort, control and companionship But they can also offer infantilizing, dependence and laziness With experience in the sector on a managerial level I can only, whole heartedly agree The rules, regulations and institutionalisation can make living within a care home an unbearable experience But it is one Hendrik is hellbent on fighting Hendrik tells his stories in a blunt, matter of fact manner He tells it, as it is, and makes his voice heard When I did work within this sector, I met many characters similar to Hendrik and I always encouraged their empowerment and freedom to live as they please As I often told the residents, we work for you, not to control you I would have adored a resident like Hendrik and I would have quietly encouraged his mis behaviour If you keep treating people like little children, in the long run most of them will start acting like them too Hendrik Groen.Hendrik weaves into the diary various topics of conversation From life as elderly resident, weighing up the options of euthanasia To external issues in the local national media When the gang get together to debate Sir Cliff Richard, Islamic terror, the British royal family or the refugee crisis You see that they are REAL people, with REAL opinions and REAL feelings There is bickering amongst the residents aplenty This is also very realistic and true to life When Hendrik lists their top ten subjects of conversation I was in absolute stitches They were all so very, very true I really enjoyed this book and even though I have worked within the sector It reaffirmed what I have always known and believed, elderly residents can be hilarious, philosophical, emotionally deep and offer a listening ear, a wealth of life experience, if you just give them a chance and LISTEN I look forward to reading of Hendrik and what the other inmates get up to in the future 4 flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 01, 2018 Sorrow Hanka the bookworm rated it liked it review of another edition Tenhle sympatick sta k se prokradl do m ho srd ka a m prost a jednodu e bav sledovat osudy cel t bl zniv parti ky Star ch, ale ne mrtv ch Tenhle d l je o n co smutn j , zase p ijdeme o jednoho lena, ale objev se i nov koum ci P idanou hodnotu m kniha rozhodn t m, e nen siln e moment ln politickou situaci, probl my s byrokraci v domovech d chodc , vztahy, kter na takov m m st panuj Dozv te se n co ze sv ta sportu a dal ch odv tv a hlavn nakouknete do ivota star c Tenhle sympatick sta k se prokradl do m ho srd ka a m prost a jednodu e bav sledovat osudy cel t bl zniv parti ky Star ch, ale ne mrtv ch Tenhle d l je o n co smutn j , zase p ijdeme o jednoho lena, ale objev se i nov koum ci P idanou hodnotu m kniha rozhodn t m, e nen siln e moment ln politickou situaci, probl my s byrokraci v domovech d chodc , vztahy, kter na takov m m st panuj Dozv te se n co ze sv ta sportu a dal ch odv tv a hlavn nakouknete do ivota star ch lid , kte si cht j sv posledn m s ce roky dosyta u t P esto e hodnot m pr m rn mi t emi hv zdami, na procenta bych dala klidn 65, a pokud n s Hendrik pot n jak m dal m den kem, budu ur it mezi prvn mi, kdo se k jeho vypr v n m vr t Audioknihu kr sn namluvil Jarom r Meduna, jeho hlas je neskute n p jemn , klidn a hod se k Hendrikovi snad je t v ce ne hlas pana ka, kter namluvil p edchoz d l Tento faktor m zpo tku trochu vyd sil, nicm n zm na nar tora mi nakonec v bec nep ek ela a mysl m, e byla dokonce k lep mu Hudebn p ed ly jednotliv ch m s c m tentokr te nikterak nezaujaly, ale ru iv nejsou Audioknihu jako celek ur it doporu it m u flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 07, 2018 Steve rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves non fiction Five stars for the simple reason that I couldn t put it down I very quickly managed to recall the major players from the first years diary, and enjoyed reading about their adventures, and their zest for life, interspersed with real world events, politics and their take on anything and everything There were one or two sharp shocks, and as with the last dairy, I was disappointed at not getting a resolution to some of my burning questions, but I will very much have to keep an eye out if this auth Five stars for the simple reason that I couldn t put it down I very quickly managed to recall the major players from the first years diary, and enjoyed reading about their adventures, and their zest for life, interspersed with real world events, politics and their take on anything and everything There were one or two sharp shocks, and as with the last dairy, I was disappointed at not getting a resolution to some of my burning questions, but I will very much have to keep an eye out if this author does it again at age 87 flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 28, 2017 Tamara rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves read 2017 Leuk boek om zo even tussendoor te lezen flag 2 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Play Book Tag On the Bright Side by Hendrik Groen 4 stars 1 9 Nov 18, 2017 05 14PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Other books in the series Hendrik Groen 2 books Books by Hendrik Groen More Trivia About Zolang er leven i No trivia or quizzes yet Add 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        Hendrik Groen, pseudonym of Peter de Smet, is a Dutch writer He is the author of the book Pogingen iets van het leven te maken Het geheime dagboek van Hendrik Groen, 83 jaar The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old published in 2014 That book was awarded in 2016 with the Audience Award for the Dutch Book The sequel Zolang er leven is het tweede geheime dagboek van Hendrik Groen, 85 j Hendrik Groen, pseudonym of Peter de Smet, is a Dutch writer He is the author of the book Pogingen iets van het leven te maken Het geheime dagboek van Hendrik Groen, 83 jaar The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old published in 2014 That book was awarded in 2016 with the Audience Award for the Dutch Book The sequel Zolang er leven is het tweede geheime dagboek van Hendrik Groen, 85 jaar On the Bright Side The New Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen appeared in 2016.For years it was unknown who was hiding behind the pseudonym This led to speculation about who it could be Names from Sylvia Witteman to Arnon Grunberg were mentioned Both De Volkskrant and NRC Handelsblad revealed almost simultaneously in 2016 that Peter de Smet was 62 year old De Smet responded with the words that he is not waiting for publicity and has no sense in the fuss about fame.Attempts to make something of life in 2016 won the Audience Award for the Dutch Book This prize was not personally collected by the author.In 2017, the books were filmed and broadcasted by Omroep MAX as the television series Hendrik Groen s Secret Diary Screenwriter Martin van Waardenberg once again confirmed that De Smet was the man behind the pseudonym In 2017, a stage adaptation was also brought to the stage under the direction of Gijs de Lange Beau Schneider played the role of Hendrik Groen


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    1. Book 2 in the Hendrik Groen Secret Diary series, and this octogenarian doesn t let age deter him from keeping his diary up to date and making plans for the future, not to mention having great fun along the way.For those of you not familiar with Hendrik, he s now 85 years old and lives in a care home in Amsterdam, where he s one of the founding members of the Old But Not Dead Club They re a determined bunch, arranging day trips and sampling fine dining at various themed restaurants, amongst ot Bo [...]


    2. It is a huge pleasure to return to the endearing company of 85 year old Hendrik and his coterie of friends and companions at the Amsterdam care home for their second outing We learn through Hendrik s diary that the Old But Not Yet Dead club is in rude health and it s comforting to find that our elderly cohorts are hellbent on enjoying life no matter what They go on enlivening day trips, visits to restaurants and Evert, Hendrik s best friend continues to shock, and there is mischief and m It is [...]


    3. On the Bright Side The new Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 85 years old, is the follow up to the super funny first diary of Hendrik Groen aged 83 1 4 years old Readers of the first book will be relieved to hear that a second book means the sweet and funny Hendrik is still around We also get to find out what the other loveable characters are up to, and whether life has changed for the residents of the care home Although this is the second book in the series, I don t think it s imperative that On t [...]


    4. This is the sequel to Hendrik Groen 83 and a quarter years old Hendrik keeps a diary He is determined to grow old with dignity and to rise up against the care homes director He dreams of escaping the confines of his care home.Hendrik Groen is a marvellous character He is like a naughty schoolboy There are some very funny parts in this book but it is also very touching I could actually see some of the events playing out in my head as I was reading some of the antics Hendrik and the members This i [...]


    5. It is a huge pleasure to return to the endearing company of 85 year old Hendrik and his coterie of friends and companions at the Amsterdam care home for their second outing We learn through Hendrik s diary that the Old But Not Yet Dead club is in rude health and it s comforting to find that our elderly cohorts are hellbent on enjoying life no matter what They go on enlivening day trips, visits to restaurants and Evert, Hendrik s best friend continues to shock, and there is mischief and m It is [...]


    6. Hendrik Groen is 85 years of age in this, his second episode of life in the slow lane, living in the care home in Amsterdam and writing in his diary daily with his various exploits The Old But Not Dead Club is still going strong, although one or two members have left a couple of new things have also been added to their agenda Going to different restaurants every three weeks for a culture change and the planning of a trip away, where the eight elderly members will stay overnight in a hotel f Hend [...]


    7. This is the 2nd book in the Hendrik Groen series following the octogenarian as he records his escapades throughout the year After reading and enjoying the 1st book in the series I was always going to read this one These books are certainly different from the normal books I read and they bring on lots of different emotions while reading, mainly joy but also a touch of sadness.Hendrik records the goings on inside the care home and also his thoughts on the world outside Hendrik is a lovable old Thi [...]


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