Translated by: Hester Velmans
I picked this book up because I saw this great review by Yvonne @ It’s all about books. It tipped me in favour of reserving the book immediately instead of later and luckily it was available at the library. I have seen other reviews of this in passing over the last few years but this time around, I actually went and got myself a copy.
It was a delightful read. I was a little suspicious in the beginning when we were being introduced to the surroundings that Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 years young who is very aware of his own physical infirmities. It took me a while to warm up to his own special brand of humour and his take on the kind of lives they have as people living in an old age home. By the time I turned the last page, my heart was heavy but in a good way. We are given snippets into his life through (almost) regular diary entries. He indulges in small misbehaviours and has his own small adventures and he even bands together with a few like-minded individuals to start their own ‘club’. Most of the story jumps from one topic to another with a standard backbone of the quality of life that Hendrik leads. It is a very rich story and a whole new perspective on a section of people who are probably similar in thought process and ailments as well as the strength to deal with said ailments anywhere in the world!
I will definitely be on the lookout for the next book by the author!