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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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There is an interesting comment in the book, made by someone from the Indian culture into which they are thrust in Bangalore, to the effect that the elderly are valued in India and that families care for their older folk.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach

The marriage of Ravi and his wife teeters on the brink until the end of the book, mkggach while it appears to be improving, there is no indication that it will foolishh. Care homes are closing, pensions are dwindling, and life expectancy is rising. I wanted to explore questions of race and mortality, but I also wanted it to be funny.

There are many characters in the book, each with a reason for going to India: What follows is a hilarious heart warming story of cultural differences, new found love, shared experiences and sadness. Some of the retired English people in the hotel in Bangalore used email. I’m going through my fave books and posting mini-reviews of those I folish others would really like. To view it, click here.

I found the book thought-provoking, if not conversation-provoking. What I did like about this book was the initial presentation of the gentle widow Evelyn, the cockney racist Muriel, and the retired Dorothy. They performed some other also enjoyable movie, which I think was supposed to be about outsourcing the care of the elderly to India. With the book, I had to make notes when I was being introduced to this multitude of characters, so that when they reappeared I could remind myself who they were.


Motgach Ainslie Maggie Smith Jul 15, Melissa rated it did not like it Shelves: Still, it’s not all gloom and doom. Peopled by a wonderful array of characters who range from the merely foolih to the totally ‘batty’, the antics of these pensioners had me quietly chuckling to myself – the antics of the impotent Norman, though ultimately sad, being nothing short of hilarious. Where are we all going to live?

I hesitate perhaps out of politeness to call it a racist view of India and Indians, but it certainly does leave me feeling uneasy.

Read the full article. Do not even read the blurb on the back of the book.

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

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

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

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Just killed off in a fairly cruel way, really. It seems that this is supposed to be funny. At the end of the book Jean returns to England while Douglas gives Evelyn a happy ending by marrying her.

It has been re-titled with the name of the movie, but this is the original book, published in Practically every thespian played a part counter to the novel’s character. So now, I’m trying to read the books I own and picked this up.

Several retirees are enticed by the promise of indulgent living at a veborah price, but upon arriving, they are dismayed to find that restoration of the once sophisiticated hotel has stalled, and that such amenities as water and electricity are.

The attitude to marriage is almost entirely negative. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a story about an eclectic mix of British pensioners moving out to a retirement thigs in the Indian city of Bangalore. No aspect of India escapes Moggach’s derisive, Othering, patronizing pen: Just as so many other things are being outsourced to India, why not aged care?

These Foolish Things

There are many revelations, and crises aplenty, but the book never really manages to rise out of the category of pleasant diversion.

Evelyn was the only character in the book that retained some of the movie character’s charm. Nov 20, marissa sammy rated it did not like it Recommends it for: One often hears the term “a writer’s writer”.