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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At times I did feel uncomfortable about the portrayal of India and Indians by a westerner – though obviously some of the statements and thoughts were those of the characters and the portrayal of Ravi is sympathetic. She has also written two collections of short sto Deborah Moggach is a British writer, born Deborah Hough on 28 June Ravi Kapoor 3 4 Oct 15, And then it becomes a full-time job pretending you’re not going to die, and then you accept that you’ll die.

They set up a retirement home currently a run down guest house into a home for the more discerning customer.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Then I had a brainwave. Browsing during my library book sale I came across this book and snatched it up.

thingd View all 6 comments. The movie was wonderful. You are not writing an acute observation of humanity unless to you, “humanity” refers only to white people, which I suspect it does.

Well, it never comes. Jean and Douglas Ainslie are envied as the only married couple at the Hotel and they seem to have the perfect marriage. A story about a motley crew of English senior citizens who, for a thesr of different reasons, decide to move to India to spend their twilight years in what turns out to be a somewhat dilapidated ‘retirement hotel’. Jul 15, Melissa rated it did not like it Shelves: I was actually quite disappointed with this book.


This book was very, very just so.

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htese Now that is something tnese look forward too! Do not try a sample chapter. Nov 20, marissa sammy rated it did not like it Recommends it for: It made me want to go and stay at the Marigold Hotel myself, or even th Better than the movie! View all 7 comments. 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 Rhings, India.

Because I came away from the cinema with a warm glow, I was really excited to read the book, because, well books are always better than the films, right? It made me want to go and stay at the Marigold Hotel myself, or even the Hotel Balmoral.

Not everyone gets a happy ending, after all. It felt too messy, there were lots of unlikeable characters, most changed beyond recognition from those I had grown to love in the film.

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 woul I thoroughly enjoyed this book – as usual, it went much more into each character’s personality and back story than the movie did.


Feb 16, Jacquelynn Luben rated it liked it. 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. Your subscription will end shortly.

Moggach references Black people in two ways — thugs who attack one of the old women, and multiple uses of the word “nigger” — thsse includes many casually scornful references to Jewish and gay people and of course uses “Muslim” as synonymous with “terrorist”.

Jan 22, Kandice rated it it was ok.

Doesn’t say anything good, but a lot none the less. Enticed by advertisements for a newly restored palatial hotel and filled with visions of a life of leisure, good weather and mango juice in their gin, a group of very different people leave England to begin a new life in India.

Better than the movie! I wanted to explore questions of race and mortality, but I also wanted it to be funny.