Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Review: The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen. Hendrik Groen.



Gifted this by the publishers as an ARC 

What strange little gemstone of a book. This man is a geriatric genius.  His comedic voice in the face of  some grim realities make what might have been quite the depressing subject matter  much more palatable.

Wisdom and observation make this more than a humorous diary there is much here about the state of Modern Europe and our treatment of seniors. The setting maybe in the Netherlands, but the realities discussed herein are universally recognisable by anyone who has the elderly  family or has experience of care homes and other social care provision for the elderly. 

Long gone is the time when older family members were taken on by younger family in their homes, so we will be sending more and more folk into similar group scenarios.

A lack of identity,  a loss of individualism for the older citizen seems to be common place so can it be any wonder that the elderly take every opportunity to be naughty, subversive and rebellious? The stories are gently funny,but the realities for older people are sobering. Here a Golden Oldie here has scope to speak to all manner of current affairs issues and his brain is sharper than a tack.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who has elderly parents just a reminder that old does not mean spent even if energy and or joints are flagging a tad.

This book is published on 24/08/2016 by Penguin Random House.

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