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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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 thinvs happy or not, and in fact doesn’t like her at all and has never really loved her. I’m glad I did too. Expect warmhearted culture clashes, poignant moments and a few deft comic touches. Where to even begin?

Some of the characters showed promise, but none seemed to live up to that potential. A disenchanted doctor in a busy London hospital, Ravi is encouraged by his brother Sonny to invest money in opening I saw the trailer for the film version of this book at the cinema a couple of months ago and decided I would like to read the book first.

The first three-quarters of the mmoggach were setting the scene for a plot that lasted barely a dozen pages. One occurred on page of my edition. The book had only hints of that. It has been re-titled with the name of the movie, but this is the original book, published in Nov 20, marissa sammy rated it did not like it Recommends it for: These elements, however, were just not enough to make me appreciate this book.

I found Moggach’s initial portrayals of the different characters sympathetic, the novel fast-paced, engaging, lighthearted and often humerous, that is – until about three-quarters of the way through. A lucky few of these characters wind their way through the book and end up someplace better, with a possibility of a happily ever after if only for a couple of years or a potential to salvage a relationship or lifestyle. But, as they soon discover, life and love can begin again, even in the most unexpected circumstances.

My mouth hung open for that one. Which comes, the Marigold Hotel, a retirement home where the elderly can leave the dreary weather and high costs in the UK to move to India.

Review: Fiction: These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach

I think this is true – though the theme – of getting old and how the elderly are valued – is a common theme between film and book – as are motifs of regret, friendship, reconciliation and second chances. I thought as I read the book that she could have been describing almost anywhere, throwing in a few local terms to remind the reader that it was India rather than anywhere else.

I needed a complete change of pace which this certainly supplied.

I wouldn’t read it agai A nice enough little story about about some elderly English living out their senility in India. At the front of the queue is Norman, followed by Evelyn, who “doesn’t want to be a burden”, Jean and her despairing husband, Douglas.

Ravi’s brother-in-law is cowed and miserable before his wife and his mother. Aged people from all walks of life, facing declining financial situations, wandering offspring with their own lives and feelings of no longer having value.

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The good doctor is not alone in his suffering. There is a wonderful cast of characters – I am glad that finally after a very long time on mnt toobie – I have got around to reading this novel. I saw the film first, on a miserable rainy day, and came out totally wrapped up in the lives of the characters, and I really felt transported to India.

Already a subscriber or registered access user? I know that realism perhaps dictates that people of these characters generation were not quite as sensitive to those of other races and though it was done in an almost tongue in cheek kind of way and some would argue it was necessary I couldn’t help but find the almost casual racism of some of the characters a bit disconcerting.

I love reading anything about India and Indian culture.

Go east, old folks

Click here to see more Tap here to see more Tap here to see more. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. If I hadn’t seen the movie I would never have picked this book up. Just killed off in a fairly cruel way, really.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach

If you’ve seen and loved the film, do yourself a favour and leave the book alone It didn’t surprise me to find out that the author is in her 60s. A doctor, from India, who wants to get rid of his annoying father in-law and the doctor’s cousin, who is always looking for a new business. Jun 04, Ailish rated it did not like it Shelves: Ravi plans to turn it into a home away from home for the elderly folish Britain. Despite the criticism thes, it was a good read with a satisfying conclusion and I would probably read more of her writing.

Norman’s the guy who basically gets the ball rolling in this book when he moves foplish with his daughter and son-in-law, Ravi.

Deborah Moggach’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel originally a different title was the basis for the famous moggzch of the same name. A disenchanted doctor in a busy London hospital, Ravi is encouraged by his brother Sonny to invest money in opening up a retirement home for British pensioners in an old building just off the airport road in Bangalore, India.