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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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. I hunted down reviews when I was done and found that they all lauded Moggach for writing something so witty and insightful and touching.
Moggach is one of that much more welcome breed – “a reader’s writer”.
But that, too, can be an illusion. Evelyn Greenslade Tom Wilkinson I fooliwh left at a loss for words. Goodreads win – ARC We have noticed that there is an issue with your subscription billing details.
Sonny hotel proprietor in the movie was wonderful, Sonny in the book gave me the skeeves. Jean Ainslie Maggie Smith So I created an Indian whizz-kid called Sonny who sets up a retirement home in Bangalore and fills it with Brits.
If your characters — your sympathetic characters, the ones that readers are supposed to relate to and feel affection for — are raging and unrepentant bigots who are omggach as racist thesw the end of the book as they were at the beginning, you are not writing a comedy of manners. Then that may not be so gratifying to you as the 60s begin, but then I find that in your 60s, everything begins to look sort of slightly magical again.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Very depressing in places – the author pulls no punches in painting a bleak picture of what life is like for many of the UK’s ageing population and India Wonderfully vivid, it had me laughing in places, and feeling depressed in others but mostly it left me feeling strangely unsettled. Once there, the residents of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel begin to make new lives for themselves.
I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. I really liked Dorothy, the clever, retired woman from BBC who had grown up in Bangalore in some of the self-same places where the modern story takes place. A retirement home in India, with cheap, plentiful labour, low costs, and sunshine, to accommodate the elderly people for whom Britain no longer has a place.
All in all, if you haven’t seen the films or read the book, I suggest starting with the story. Practically every thespian played a part counter to the novel’s character.
The jacket describes it as the story of Dr. There is an interesting comment in the book, made by someone from the Indian culture into which they are thrust in Bangalore, to the effect that the elderly are valued in India and that families care for their older folk.
And India changes them profoundly, in ways they would never have expected. And then it becomes a full-time job pretending you’re not going to die, and then you accept that you’ll die.
Ravi’s English wife, Pauline is persuaded it’s good idea and they do there best to encourage Pauline’s thinga Father, Norman to move out there as one of he first guests.
The characters they chose for debborah film seemed quite different than the book. As the new arrivals touch down on Indian soil the plot takes a breather. Around the Year i Deborah Moggach’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel originally a different title was the basis for the famous movie of the same name.
At the time, I had no idea it was based on a book. 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?
These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach
Nobody could accuse Moggach of mystic tosh. But still, I had to wonder why the author bothered with some of the characters at all. Ravi’s brother-in-law is cowed and miserable before his wife and his mother.