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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There are many revelations, and crises aplenty, but the book never really manages to rise out of the category of pleasant diversion. Admitting that no love is involved on either side, she is affirmed by fooliwh sexually desirable, by the experience of ‘rapture’ and by accepting that the best attitude is one of ‘easy come easy go’ instead of trying to form ‘relationships’, an attitude which has previously hampered her in the past.

When Jean is prostrated by grief on discovering her son’s homosexuality Douglas, after more than 40 years of marriage suddenly discovers that he doesn’t care whether she is happy or not, and in fact doesn’t like her at all and has never really mogggach her.

Kapoor appears only to bookend the story. Ffoolish was a quick and engaging read, in a captivating setting, but it really seemed like it contained far too many missed opportunities to Say Something.

But she’s rather tragic throughout, and then she connects with her childhood, and then she dies. And then suddenly you’ve got this huge new territory inside you, which is the past, which wasn’t there before.


So I created an Indian whizz-kid called Sonny who sets up a retirement home in Bangalore and fills it with Brits. But I’m glad it didn’t put me off or stop me from reading. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. No aspect of India escapes Moggach’s derisive, Debirah, patronizing pen: Jul 15, Melissa rated it did not like it Ghese The proof-reader and the editor failed to spot the subject of the sentence: You are currently logged out.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach

As the new arrivals touch down on Indian soil the plot An excellent examination of the business of growing old this highly original tale centres around a retirement home set up in Bangalore with the intention of attracting British pensioners. Ravi plans to turn it into a home away from home for the elderly of Britain. Return to Book Page.

Evelyn’s desperately lonely 49 year old daughter, Theresa, who has been wandering round India seeking spiritual solace and enlightenment finds ‘happiness’ and a new self in a two-week torrid fling with a dodgy English stranger.

Douglas Ainslie Penelope Wilton Costly, clinging, embarrassingly old-fashioned – the old can’t die soon enough these days. But some of the characters have a story line that roughly translates to “life sucks, and then you die. Estate Agent Bill Nighy As the new arrivals touch down on Indian soil the plot takes a breather. The Debotah Exotic Marigold Hotel is a story about an eclectic mix of British pensioners moving out to a retirement home in the Indian city of Bangalore.

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Staff Nurse Paul Bhattacharjee The book opens with Dr Ravi Kapoor hatching the scheme to set up the retirement home in Bangalore, India primarily to rid himself of his noxious father-in-law. I’m glad I did too. I have no good words. The good doctor is not alone in his suffering.


Well, it never comes. This is a book that’s mainly about the characters and their relationships, and in fact, almost the first half mooggach the book seems to be taken up with introductions, leaving not too much space for denouements.

Better than the movie! While the movie deals thinggs with the lives of the old folks, the book brings in the equally complicated emotions of the children. There are also some stories revolving around family members and hotel employees, all with messed up lives and dysfunctional relationships.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The thinfs to Evelyn, Muriel and Dorothy was also beautifully presented. Deborah Moggach’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel originally a different title was the basis for the famous movie of the moggzch name.

The first section of the book provides a series of realistic portrayals of the fears of elderly retired people facing rejection by the younger generation and also anticipating their gradual decline towards death. Keith, Theresa’s find, has managed to lose track of his fifth wife and her children in his sudden flight from the British police for shady business dealings, and isn’t remotely interested in finding her.