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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Towards the end of the roolish he gathers up the resolve to escape, remaining in India to take up with an Indian hotel-greeter, however within the month he is collected by his bossy wife and returns home.

In fact most of these elderly residents seem to get a new lease of life by making this bold move and one even reads that one of them considers seventy to be the new forty.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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 loved her.

Fortunately this is what Deborah Moggach does best – the development of fascinating characters through sharp and witty observation ‘Look at that Mrs Greenslade, a vision in beige, so well mannered she hardly existed any more Was this book written with a movie in mind? Add to that a patronising and objectifying attitude towards Indian men and women, Indian products, Indian business and industry, and ridicule of the Hindu religion.

Apart from a few character names and a general mashing together of sub-plots, the book and film were quite separate entities. Jul 15, Melissa rated it did not like it Shelves: That sums up the functions of Indian characters in this book. But still, I had to wonder why the author bothered with some of the characters at all.

I’m going through my fave books and posting mini-reviews of those I think others would really like. Gosh, even that sentence bores me. The proof-reader and the editor failed to spot the subject of the sentence: What follows is a hilarious heart warming story of cultural differences, new found love, shared experiences and sadness.


Evelyn is a gentle soul from Sussex. 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? It felt too messy, there were lots I was actually quite disappointed with this book. View all 6 comments. The attitude to marriage is almost entirely negative.

She writes the sort of lively character-based fiction that Kate Atkinson writes with such commercial success, and she has been doing it for years and years. I have a sneaking suspicion I’ll like the movie better than the novel, which almost never happens. I wouldn’t read it again.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach

moggaach 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 would agree with that way of thinking. The book had only hints of that.

It is a real delight, and it I have discovered a writer I had not previously read. Moggach, a prolific novelist, makes it her priority to deliver thoughtful, satisfying stories leavened with wit and humanity, peopled by ordinary characters and packaged in excellent unpretentious prose.

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Wonderfully vivid, it had me laughing in places, and feeling depressed in others but mostly it left me feeling strangely unsettled. While the film is funny, poignant and eminently watchable, the book was filled with queasy moments.

Start your free trial. Although the book is not exactly about India, I felt that the author did not transport me to India. The book is not strong on plot; very little actually happens.

There are many revelations, and crises aplenty, but the book never really manages to rise out of the category of pleasant diversion. The names were not changed but the dynamics of the characters were all flopped around.


Refresh and try again. The worst of them sexually assaults an Indian girl because his head is full of ideas about the tantric wantonness of Indian women backed up by what Moggach banally refers to as the “Karma Sutra”, multiple times ; the supposedly best of them thinks fondly that this same Indian girl’s hair reminds her of her dog’s shiny black coat.

I must say if I could I would pack my bags now and head out to Dunroamin in Bagalore – even though I’m still a little too young it would do me the power of good I think. A new source of strength. There is a wonderful cast of characters – some of whom behave quite badly – but for whom the reader is allowed to feel quite a bit of sympathy.

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.

I started reading this before watching the film and finished it after.

I read the book. This is quite possibly the worst book I have ever read.

I’m glad I did too. There are also some stories revolving around family members and This 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.

The bravest of Britain’s most unwanted are soon being bundled on to eastbound planes. Well, you can read the blurb to find out the thibgs, so i’ll refrain from repeating it. I have visited Bangalore on business, but even before that, I have had a foreigner’s infatuation with all things Indian. It’s not the sort of book I would normally read, so it’s thanks to the film that I picked it up. There are many characters in the book, each with a reason for going to India: