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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These elements, however, were just not enough to make me appreciate this book. Ravi Kapoor 3 4 Oct 15, Norman, whose motive for agreeing to the move to India is his belief that he will find voluptuous sensual women eager to meet his needs, spends much of the book attempting to find them, and gets his comeuppance when he has a heart attack and dies after a nasty shock in a brothel.

I was relieved to see him gone. This book is billed as being comic, but, while it has flashes of humor, I didn’t find it funny at all. 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 exactly as racist at the end of the book as they were at the beginning, you are not writing a comedy of manners.

Quotes from The Best Exotic M I was suspicious when I learned the book had been re-titled to match the movie and re-marketed. At the end of the book Jean returns to England while Douglas gives Evelyn a happy ending by marrying her.

The whole country has become a place that inspires dreams of leaving, so it does not seem far-fetched that the handful of elderly people who are the protagonists of her latest book are eagerly prepared to relocate their fading selves to Bangalore. It made me laugh out loud, gasp and almost shed a tear. Soon the building is up and running, and filled with quirky and charming old folks.

I’ve been thinking about what to write for two days and the fact that I came up with nothing says a lot. In the film, the main characters are played by very well-known actors and this helps to differentiate between them.

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.

I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. 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.


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. We all long for some meaningful intimate contact with others. 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.

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.

Read the full article. It had none of the atmosphere that the movie had. Still, it’s not all gloom and doom. This said, everything was resolved with debora help of some hectic head-hopping as the book headed theese its conclusion A jolly good read, as always from Deborah Moggach. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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 There were deeply sad mohgach of the diminishing lives of the various characters.

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

Open Preview See a Problem? You all come back with your bazaar bargains, mouthing a lot of mystic tosh. 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.

New friends and new philosophies await them, not to mention a dramatic change of climate.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Thanks for telling us about the problem. There are many characters in the book, each with a reason for going thess India: They are either exotic sex objects or humble pets, unwitting and unwilling objects of desire or model minorities who submit to the white Britishers’ prejudices and whims. Estate Agent Bill Nighy I suppose the changes made to the film version were done in order to streamline the story, but it did make for a very different debodah than that told in the book.

All in all, I cannot dwborah this novel enough. 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 thinhs, and feeling depressed in others but mostly it left me feeling strangely unsettled.


Afterwards, the name thngs book which was originally named “These foolish …more Because of the movie “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” which was shot in There are so many of them clamouring for our attention; if anything the book was too short to accommodate them all – expand it a bit and we would have had more time to enjoy the individual stories branching off the main ‘trunk’ of the story. Care homes are closing, pensions are dwindling, and life expectancy is rising.

Go east, old folks

There were some points made in the book that were rendered subtly and worth remembering. Which comes, the Marigold Hotel, a retirement home where the elderly moggqch leave the dreary weather and high costs in the UK to move to India.

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

Graham’s Colleague Hugh Dickson This book brought to mind a wonderful quote I read recently from the British writer, Martin Amis from an article in Smithsonian magazine: With the book, I had to make notes when I was being introduced to this multitude of characters, so dborah when eeborah Having seen the film a little while ago, I found that the book originally entitled These Foolish Things that it’s based upon is somewhat different from the film, except that a group of elderly people decide to go to live in a retirement home in Bangalore, South India.

Evelyn Greenslade Tom Wilkinson The story follows a number of elderly people who have it rough in the UK with health care and retirement home prices. Then that may not be so gratifying to you as the 60s begin, but then I find that in your 60s, everything begins to deboraj sort of slightly magical again.

Sonny hotel proprietor in the movie was wonderful, Sonny in the book gave me the skeeves. On arrival they are dismayed to find the palace is a shell of its former self, the staff more than a little eccentric, and the days of the Raj long gone. Not a good read.