Hendrik Groen decides to write a diary of his life in his care home. He plans it as an expose of how the care home is run as well as his feelings at being old. Hendrik introduces a wide range of memorable characters from the business like care home director to his close friends in the Not Dead Yet Club. Through a twelve month period we follow Hendrik and his friends growing old disgracefully and Hendrik’s thoughts on old age.
This is a bit written with great wit,it is poignant yet very funny. At time it reads like a manifesto of how to grow old disgracefully. There are many anecdotes on life and death, in particular euthanasia as well as discussions on current events, making this a very relevant novel.
The characters, especially his close friends in the Not Dead Yet, are very endearing and face old age in their own unique way whilst facing the reality of dementia, diabetes, bladder problems and general aches and pains.
This is a book that, although about being old, will appeal to readers of all ages. There is a lot of sarcasm and humour that will have you crying with laughter, but there is an underlying message about the facts of growing old and how treat our ageing population.
I highly recommend this book [I have got it for my dad as he and his friends will love it]. With Christmas around the corner it would make a great present.