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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: A Novel (Random House Movie Tie-In Books) Paperback – March 13, 2012
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“[Deborah] Moggach has served us a treat with this novel. Moving, sincere, funny.”—Independent on Sunday
“Underneath the ironies, [The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel] is a book about remembering—too late, or not too late—how to be alive.”—The Times Literary Supplement
“Classic Moggach: funny, touching, and . . . full of colours and visual details.”—The Daily Telegraph
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Dr. Ravi Kapoor has reached the end of his tether. He is over-worked and exhausted; his South London hospital is out of funds; and reporters are hounding him about the death of a pensioner, who, for three days lay on a trolley untended, the blood stiffening on her clothes. Even home life has become impossible as his father-in-law, a disgusting and difficult old man, has been kicked out of his nursing home and has moved into Ravi?s spare bedroom. But then that ?tip top man,? his cousin, Sonny, has a brainwave, his ?great eureka.?
Dunroamin is a converted guesthouse in Bangalore, where Sonny starts a home for old people. Travel and set-up are inexpensive, staff willing and plentiful -- and the British pensioners can enjoy the hot weather and take mango-juice with their gin.
Skillfully inter-weaving the stories of the inhabitants of Dunroamin, their characters and their families, Deborah Moggach has created a world in which hilarity is matched with the poignancy of getting old, and comedy with the darker issues of care in the community. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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.Read more ›
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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I enjoyed this book much more than I expected to -- which is weird to say since I chose to read it... Read morePublished 11 days ago by MaryBeth Carroll
It was just all right. There was some suspense. There was more explicit sex than I care for.Published 3 months ago by Mollie M. Cleary
Loved the movie. I was very disappointed in the book - the story line is different and not as much fun.Published 3 months ago by Eunice Brooks
This was a good book, but was nothing like the movie, which I saw before reading the book. Interesting...Several characters introduced at length. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jan
Great book and movie! It gives me hope as I move into senior status! There are so many great lines. I've watched the film several times and still love it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sara A. Rice
One of the best movies I've watched all year. Watched it three time in a week.Published 4 months ago by Lori Anderson
While this was a fun and educational book to read, I found the characters too confusing. The previous owner of the book had begun a bio chart on the inside cover to help her... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Carolyn Dargevics