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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: A Novel (Random House Movie Tie-In Books) [Kindle Edition]

Deborah Moggach
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Book Description

Now a major motion picture starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Billy Nighy, and Dev Patel
When Ravi Kapoor, an overworked London doctor, reaches the breaking point with his difficult father-in-law, he asks his wife: “Can’t we just send him away somewhere? Somewhere far, far away.” His prayer is seemingly answered when Ravi’s entrepreneurial cousin sets up a retirement home in India, hoping to re-create in Bangalore an elegant lost corner of England. Several retirees are enticed by the promise of indulgent living at a bargain 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 . . . infrequent. But what their new life lacks in luxury, they come to find, it’s plentiful in adventure, stunning beauty, and unexpected love.

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Editorial Reviews


"She writes beautifully, as always, and the phrase-making is as good as the characterisation... brilliant." Sunday Telegraph


These Foolish Things, a kind of less savage version of Kingsley Amis's unbearably funny novel Ending Up. Moggach's prose is markedly more graceful than Agatha Christie's, her moral world is not dissimilar', The Times .'It is characterisation at which Moggach excels. Her gift is to perceive and describe our confusions about life-and to write with feeling about the continual quest for love and happiness that is part of the human condition', Sunday Times

Product Details

  • File Size: 1284 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0812982428
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005S6VPAU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,859 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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194 of 200 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The India effect April 15, 2005
These Foolish Things

From every angle you discuss the matter, old age is a very un-sexy issue. Surprisingly, as you move along in your reading of "These Foolish things" sex is in fact quite a subject.

The book starts with a story that sounds familiar - wasn't it just last winter when I read this tale in the newspapers - an old lady lying in a hospital corridor does not get treated by the medical staff and the newspapers are out, once again, to blame the system ...

Ravi Kapoor, the over-worked Indian doctor in charge of the elderly woman gets a lot of bad publicity. He himself knows the truth, Muriel Donnelly, the old lady, did not want to get treatment from "those darkies". This whole affair comes at a very bad time for Ravi. His father-in-law, a typical "dirty old man" is staying at his house, after being thrown, again, from another retirement home. Here however comes the unexpected twist. Ravi's cousin comes out with a genius idea: move a group of British senior citizens, just like Ravi's father-in-law to India where labor is cheap and elders are treated with respect, and create a Little England in India. The old folks will never know the difference. The cousin is very convincing, he knows just the right place and the right people to manage the establishment...he is a man who dwells on "arranging". What if the ends are not loosely tied...Ravi is captured in his enthusiasm.

This is a story about old age but also about personal revelation and self discovery that sometimes need the mediation of a different place. This is what India manages to do in this book and its influences on the group of elderly people and one doctor is the essence of this lovely story.

Deborah Moggach is funny and gives you a very detailed and understandable description.
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167 of 173 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the movie. April 24, 2012
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I purchased this book after reading that it was the basis for the movie "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel". Having loved the movie I thought I would also enjoy a more in-depth exploration of the characters and the background. However, I was sadly disappointed as the book is really nothing like the movie. Some of the character's names are the same, but that is where any similarity with the movie begins and ends. It is actually quite a depressing story of the suffering and neglect of the elderly in modern-day Britain, which forces the characters to seek a better life in India, in much the same way that the health care system for the elderly in the UK has been out-sourced to India. Don't read this book if you're looking for more of the sparkling wit of Maggie Smith, the stoicism of the magnificent Judy Dench and the dry humour of Bill Nighy.
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98 of 103 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An affectionate view of the elderly April 19, 2005
There have been other novels set in old age homes - Muriel Spark's Memento Mori, Alan Isler's The Hamlet of Fifth Avenue - and there is a certain formula about them. But Deborah Moggach's is the most kindly of these novels and, unusually, envisages the possibility that the elderly might actually get a new lease of life under such circumstances. Not possible, it is suggested, in cash-strapped Britain; but why not outsource the care for the elderly to Bangalore in India, where a little money goes a long way, where the climate is better, and where, above all, a former British hotel converted into a somewhat run-down retirement home (called Dunroamin) can create a little island of Old England in the midst of a throbbing Indian city. One has to suspend one's disbelief that elderly folk would really be happy in such a setting, but, it is suggested, there is something about the atmosphere of India which makes possible some kind of renewal of the spirit which gives new insights and meaning to what had been lonely lives in England. For much of the book the stories of each of these elderly folk seems episodic and disconnected, and there seems to be no particular plot; but in due course a plot does emerge in which coincidences - somewhat forced in my view - connect many of these lives together in unexpected ways. It is a kindly book, both about the elderly and about India and Indians, and that makes it an attractive book.
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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful April 2, 2012
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A beautiful gift of a story. I bought this book recently because the movie reviews look so good. After reading this book I do not want to see the movie - nothing could top the magical tale the author spins. I did not want it to end. Funny, touching, beautifully written. Characters you do not want to leave.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars English retirees in India March 29, 2012
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I saw the movie first and then was able to read t he digital version the movie was based on. Many of the characters were eliminated or merged in the movie version making it easier as a movie to grasp. The book operates on several levels not included in the movie but of the two I prefer the movie. Anyone who enjoyed the movie will also appreciate the lengthier book. This book is also a kind of isolated setting of ex-pat retirees in India. There is a level of characters who run the hotel and bring in the retirees. There are many more retirees in the book and several of them leave by end of the book. I was very happy to be able to download this novel as an e-book and hope to read more from this author.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars culture clash March 28, 2012
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I really enjoyed this story of elderly brits who have been failed by the british health system and who are looking for a better place to spend their last days - India!
author does a great job of presenting British customs and contemporary culture. i especially enjoyed her use of british colloquialisms, which provided humor and realism. Her descriptions of India, the sights, sounds, smells and the effect of the exotic culture upon the british transplants, are very effective.
She has created a diverse cast of characters both in age and social class. How they relate to one another as the plot unfolds is quite engaging. Not only is this novel witty, it is also poignant in the way it deals with the challenges of aging and the difficulties of intergenerational relationships.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed the book glad I read it first then saw movie. As usuall book is always better.
Published 2 days ago by Debbie Wilganowski
4.0 out of 5 stars Not at all like the movie
Although many of the characters are the same, the only resemblance between this book and the movie is the hotel itself. The book was much darker than the movie. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Martha Sherwood
3.0 out of 5 stars The Movie is Far Better Than the Book
As a general rule, I like a book better than a movie since you can get into the mind set of the characters better. However, this is the exception to the rule. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Pharmms
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
I saw the movie first and enjoyed it so much decided to read the book. The book was different but really enjoyable.
Published 11 days ago by sally
3.0 out of 5 stars not quite what I expected.....
Thought parts of the book dragged on but found the approach different from the past few books I've read. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Wade mercer
1.0 out of 5 stars Much nastier than the movie
If you like cats or old people, you may find this book disgusting. It has an entirely different tone than the upbeat movie.
Published 18 days ago by Lynn F. Noyes
4.0 out of 5 stars Not like the movie
I have made the mistake of seeing the movie first. This book seems to have little to do with the movie. The location and a few names were the same. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ben Evenhuis
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book. Better movie
Good book but a little rambling. Too many minor characters to have to keep up with. The back and forth story plots were a little hard to follow at times. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sayward
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved every minute of Marigold Hotel.
Even though I saw the movie, reading this delightfully written book was pure joy. It was nice to have more back story for each character that I somehow missed while watching the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gail Black
3.0 out of 5 stars The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Although a very interesting story with distinctive characters, I did not find it as charming as the movie, which is why I bought the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by P. Paynter
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