These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach. Old flames burn in an Indian summer. By Barbara Trapido; Friday 20 February Editorial Reviews. Review. ‘Elegantly read by Nina Wadia’ INDEPENDENT. About the Author These Foolish Things – Kindle edition by Deborah Moggach. Actually I prefer to think that I read These Foolish Things and watched The Best .. Deborah Moggach’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (originally a different title) .

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Aged people from all walks of life, facing declining financial situations, wandering offspring with their own lives and feelings of no longer having value. However, I pressed on with reading this well-paced novel because I knew from the film that things were likely to start looking up as the people, who were being described, were about to take off to spend the rest of their retirement in a hotel in India.

The book had only hints of that. Lists with This Book. Very funny and an excellent statement on how no one should be underestimated because of age. And ends up befriending a young operative who has to pretend she comes from England. The style of the novel is very “British” in regards to some of the things that happens to the characters and how they react, or in fact, how the reader acts when “witnessing” these calamities. The book includes a number of closely intertwined story lines about a number of Britishers seeking to spend their final days in a relatively shoddy retirement home in Bangalore, India.

It is a real delight, and it I have discovered a writer I had not previously read. But still, I had to wonder why the author bothered with some of the characters at all. Where to even begin? I just want to be there. At least I didn’t want to punch anyone. This is a funny and touching comedy of manners set in London and Bangalore, but it has many quite profound things to say really, about ageing, family, and lonliness, and about how important it is to feel a part of something, a family, a group, something to identify with.


Aged people from all walks of life, facing declining financial situations, wanderin Having adored the movie, I was motivated to read the book. Deborah Moggach allows the reader to form a definite and firm opinion of each character due to the changing shift in language and style used when writing from each perspective. May 29, Jeff rated it liked it.

View all 4 comments. This book is billed as being comic, but, while it has flashes of humor, I didn’t find it funny at all. These are vital human beings with a story to tell and much still to offer.

I’m glad I did too. There were deeply sad tales of the diminishing lives of the various characters. Had I not seen the film first, I might have abandoned the book before reading too far into it.

The premise was flimsy at best, and seemed a little cobbled-together for the purpose of getting the characters together in the setting. Being on the threshold of old-age, I understood the thoughts of the characters very well.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach

I found Moggach’s initial portrayals of the different characters sympathetic, the novel fast-paced, engaging, thesw and often humerous, that is – until about three-quarters of the way through. Oct 30, Freda Mans-Labianca rated it really liked it. Open Preview See a Problem? If there is humor in old people trying to find meaning in what is left of their lives while waiting for the axe to fall.

Despite the criticism above, it was a good read with a satisfying conclusion and I would probably read more of her writing.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Norman, whose motive for agreeing to the move to India is his belief that he will find voluptuous sensual women eager to meet his needs, spends much of the book attempting to find them, and gets his comeuppance when he has a heart attack and dies after a nasty shock in a brothel. Some of the staff are considerably more aged and decrepit than the residents. Was she inventing a new temple site or did she incorrectly spell the name Halebid, which is a real temple of some note a few hours drive from Bangalore?


Obviously a bit different from the movie version, but I enjoyed both.

Where it sat for months and months. If you read this expecting it to be like the movie, you will find that it is not.

As is typical for a book version, there is much more depth to the characters, and because you are able to fall more thoroughly into their lives, there is more to consider. I think the readers who were offended by this book did not realize that the author was trying to portray the events through her elderly characters sonewhat ignorant and bigoted perspectives, not her own, and certainly did not assume the reader would agree with that way of thinking.

With the book, I had to make notes when I was being introduced to this multitude of characters, so that when they reappeared I could remind myself who they were. The story brings together disparate characters as their lives intersect in old age.

The people in this book didn’t just decide mofgach move far from their homes to a very different culture on a lark. Oct 20, Danny rated it it was amazing.

Perhaps this is a case of a movie promoting a book. And then it becomes a full-time job pretending you’re not going to die, and then you accept that you’ll die. What country has a peculiar deboraah for British charm and 50s decor? It didn’t surprise me to find out that the author is in her 60s.

There, in the recently established Dunroamin retirement home, they can live much as they did at home: Soon the building is up and running, and filled with quirky and charming old folks.

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