不過，他在老人安養院，可不只是為了每天悠閒地喝喝咖啡、在日記裡發發牢騷，等待死神降臨而已！他決定成立「老不死俱樂部」（Old-But-Not Dead Club），安排成員每週幾天外出活動，來增加老年生活的樂趣。然後，事情終於出現轉機……Eefje搬進來了！她是Hendrik夢中的女人，他重新找到人生的熱情，擦亮鞋子（還有牙齒）、梳了所剩無幾的頭髮，決定贏得她的芳心！
《The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old》充滿笑料與淚水，沉重中帶有幽默，以住在安養院的Hendrik角度，探討老年安養與安樂死等議題。年長的讀者將會產生深深的共鳴，而還沒步入老年的讀者們，也會感到發人深省！
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'There are many laughs in this book but it's so much more than just a comedy. It's a story about how friendship, selflessness and dignity lie at the heart of the human experience. When I'm an old man, I want to be Hendrik Groen' John Boyne, author of international bestseller The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
'Another year and I still don't like old people. Me? I am 83 years old.'
Hendrik Groen may be old, but he is far from dead and isn't planning to be buried any time soon. Granted, his daily strolls are getting shorter because his legs are no longer willing and he had to visit his doctor more than he'd like. Technically speaking he is ... elderly. But surely there is more to life at his age than weak tea and potted geraniums?
Hendrik sets out to write an exposé: a year in the life of his care home in Amsterdam, revealing all its ups and downs - not least his new endeavour the anarchic Old-But-Not Dead Club. And when Eefje moves in - the woman Hendrik has always longed for - he polishes his shoes (and his teeth), grooms what's left of his hair and attempts to make something of the life he has left, with hilarious, tender and devastating consequences.
The indomitable Hendrik Groen - Holland's unlikeliest hero - has become a cultural phenomenon in his native Netherlands and now he and his famously anonymous creator are conquering the globe. A major Dutch bestseller, The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen will not only delight older readers with its wit and relevance, but will charm and inspire those who have years to go before their own expiry date.