The book that inspired the box office hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and this year’s The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith . Compre o livro These Foolish Things na : confira as ofertas para Deborah Moggach is the prize-winning author of numerous screenplays and. 20 Feb These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach. Old flames burn in an Indian summer. By Barbara Trapido; Friday 20 February

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I would probably give it 3. I have never before encountered something so blithely, smugly cruel that didn’t actually identify itself as hate literature up front. The marriage of Ravi and his wife teeters on the brink until the end of the book, and while it appears to be improving, there is no indication that it will last. I still fail to understand why so many of these OAPs from Britain made the trip to the nursing home in India when they clearly despised and feared anyone with darker skin.

I found the book thought-provoking, if not conversation-provoking. Wonderfully vivid, it had me laughing in places, and feeling depressed in others but mostly it left me feeling strangely unsettled.

I wouldn’t read it again.

This isn’t your conventional story; Moggach makes you laugh in the wrong places, gasp in shock and then smile, and completely refreshes your pallet for future stories. This book is billed as being comic, but, while it has flashes of humor, I didn’t find it funny at all.

I fooliwh an excerpt and it bore no relation to the movie I had seen. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Moggach is one of that much more welcome breed – “a reader’s writer”.


And yes, I know that people who enjoyed this book would probably say, “Oh, but you’re supposed to think the old people are racist! You are Here Jenny Lawson.

These Foolish Things

Already a subscriber or registered access user? What I did like about this book was the initial presentation of the gentle widow Evelyn, the cockney racist Muriel, and the retired Dorothy. Then in your 50s everything is very thin.

Your subscription will end shortly. Jun 10, Dale rated it really liked it. Looking for beautiful books? Ravi Kapoor 3 4 Oct 15, What country has a peculiar empathy for British charm and 50s decor?

Review Text “It is characterisation at which Moggach excels. The Storied Life of A. In fact most of these elderly residents seem to get a new lease of life by making this bold move and one even reads that one of them considers seventy to be the new forty. I needed a complete change of pace which this certainly supplied. I enjoyed it just as much as I did the film, although, as others have noted, it differs in substantial ways. They set up a retirement home currently a run down guest house into a home for the more discerning customer.

On arrival, however, they discover the palace is a shell of its former self, the staff are more than a little eccentric and the days of the Raj appear to be long gone. If I hadn’t seen the movie I would never have picked this book up. This is a multi-viewpoint novel and Deborah Moggach is very skilled at getting inside the heads of her many characters. Some of the staff are considerably more aged and decrepit than the residents. There were more characters in the book, but the ones in the movie were more developed.


I should have stopped there. Some of the characters showed promise, but none seemed to live up to that potential.

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A new source of strength. This is careless in a best seller. The reason that Dr Gaya included the sad outcome of his degree is, I believe, to tell the recipient of his business card that he managed to gain admission into a university, which in itself was an achievement to be proud of. Normal People Sally Rooney. The full extent of how repugnant his father-in-law is, isn’t clear until the reader is exposed to his thoughts once in India. Towards the end of the novel he gathers up the resolve to escape, remaining in India to take up with an Indian hotel-greeter, however within the month he is collected by his bossy wife and returns home.

Several retirees are enticed by the promise of indulgent living at a bargain price, but upon arriving, they are dismayed to find that restoration of the once sophisiticated hotel has stalled, and that such amenities as water and electricity are. This book caused me actual, literal pain.