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  • Series: Random House Movie Tie-In Books
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780812982428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812982428
  • ASIN: 0812982428
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (370 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

From the Inside Flap

A thoroughly enjoyable black comedy from the author of Tulip Fever.

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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I saw the movie and read the book and greatly enjoyed both.
Elizabeth A. Kamber
The ending is very satisfying; all of the story lines are neatly tied up.
John Kay
The story line was different in many aspects, as were the characters.
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192 of 198 people found the following review helpful By Tsila Sofer Elguez on April 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
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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165 of 171 people found the following review helpful By John Thompson on 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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97 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Blumenau TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 19, 2005
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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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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Uncle Ruddy on 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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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By M. Poller VINE VOICE on 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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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mary ford on 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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