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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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This book jumped around a lot, so the story line was hard to follow. It was a little disconnected at points and if you did not keep track of the names, it was easy to get lost.Published 1 month ago by Thinking it through
Sorry, but this book was quite disappointing. Very little humor or happiness. Very dark and sad. Recommend the movie instead.Published 2 months ago by KrisB-Grass Valley
This novel, originally titled "These Foolish Things," was republished to coincide with the popularity of the film pruned from it, which is entitled "The Best Exotic... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wayfarer
I found it difficult to follow the story line even though it was a fairly good story.Published 4 months ago by Donald B.
Shallow, full of clichés about older people. The people I know who are in their early seventies are lively, active and creative people and not the physically and mentally... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Easy to understand how the award-winning movie followed this entertaining book! A must-read!Published 5 months ago by drew andersen
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