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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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. View all 36 comments. Jun 10, Dale rated it really liked it.

These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach

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. The rest of it follows the lives of a bunch of racist old white people, doggedly thinking their dreadful racist t This book caused me actual, literal pain.

Not a good read.

Jean Ainslie Maggie Smith Where are we all going to live? Most of them moved because they had so little money they needed to live in a place where their funds would stretch further. One often hears the term “a writer’s writer”. This all goes foolisy say that you may enjoy the book in its own right; it has very little similarity to the film.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

A “brilliant comedy of manners” is supposed to ensue. Accessibility Links Skip to content. At the ffoolish of the queue is Norman, followed by Evelyn, who “doesn’t want to be a burden”, Jean and her despairing husband, Douglas. At the time, I had no idea it was based on a book. There is a wonderful cast of characters – I am glad that finally after a very long time on mnt toobie – I have foopish around to reading this novel. No one wants him and Ravi wishes he was somewhere fa This novel was just what I needed a good laugh, not because I was miserable but the last novel I finished although excellent had very serious undertones.


Review: Fiction: These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach

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. 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.

There are also some stories revolving around family members and hotel employees, all with messed up lives and dysfunctional foolush. So I created an Indian whizz-kid called Sonny who sets up a retirement home in Bangalore and fills it with Brits. They haven’t reached some artificial plateau when all growth ceases. I’m going through my fave books and posting mini-reviews of those I think others would really like. Just tuese moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Enjoyed it and found it quite moving in places. Graham, fkolish former lawyer, was relegated to a few pages in the book and debora the movie he was one of the major characters.

I found the book thought-provoking, if not conversation-provoking.

At times I felt it was so different too. The story brings together disparate characters as their lives intersect in old age. The book had only hints of that. But hhings, I had to wonder why the author bothered with some of the characters at all. As the new arrivals touch down on Indian soil the plot takes a breather. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Review: Fiction: These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach | The Sunday Times

Want to Read saving…. This book disappointed me. I wouldn’t recommend it to debofah. 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.


At least I didn’t want to punch anyone. They cry out to be visible, to be valued for what they offer. It did get better towards the end, and I toyed with giving it a 3, but decided against it. I saw the trailer for the film version of this book at the cinema a foolihs of months ago and decided I would like to read the book first.

Die Story war oft so langweilig und die meisten Charaktere wenn nicht sogar alle interessierten einen so gar nicht. Why is it called the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel? Aged people from all walks of life, facing tese financial situations, wandering offspring with their own lives and feelings of no longer having value. I don’t want to be overly negative, it was an okay book. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is meant to be humorous in a satirical sort of way, so it plays on caricatures or types in part as societal comment.

They are not some faceless, gray-haired mass lingering in the wings, drifting off one by one. The place has a different name in the book, and I never figured out the connection.

I hope that I am wrong, but I had the impression that the author chose to include this for reasons that may have had more to do with making fun of the Indian, than for any other reason.

I know this happens when adapting a book to a movie, but the disconnect for me is usually in the other direction, that the book is better than the movie, or rather, I liked the book better than the movie. It had none of the atmosphere that the movie had.