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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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But I’m glad it didn’t tgese me off or stop me from reading. Most of them moved because they had so little money they needed to live in a place where their funds would stretch further. This book disappointed me. Had I not seen the film first, I might have abandoned the book before reading too far into it.

These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach

We all long for some meaningful intimate contact with others. And I tend to expect a good deal more than that from my books. I am partial to books about India, and also lived in England as a child, and this brought back some memories of both.

Fortunately this is what Deborah Moggach does best – the development of fascinating characters through sharp and witty observation ‘Look at that Mrs Greenslade, a vision in beige, so well mannered she hardly existed any more After that, however, it was largely downhill. Just as so many other things are deborsh outsourced to India, why not aged care? His ghastly, bottom-pinching father-in-law, Norman, has been thrown out of yet another nursing home and is now cluttering up Ravi’s house in Dulwich with fag ends and porn magazines.


New friends and new philosophies mohgach them, not to mention a dramatic change of climate. I have no good words. Having seen the foolsih a little while ago, I found that the book originally entitled These Foolish Things that it’s based upon is somewhat different from the film, except that a group of elderly people decide to go to live in a retirement home in Bangalore, Thesr India.

I’m going through my fave books and posting mini-reviews of those I think others would really like. I saw the film first, on a miserable rainy foplish, and came out totally wrapped up in the lives of the characters, and I really felt transported to India. View all 7 comments.

A doctor, from India, who wants to get rid of his annoying father in-law and the doctor’s cousin, who is always looking for a new business. I needed a complete change of pace which this certainly supplied.

Debirah nice enough little story about about some elderly English living out their theese in India. It did get better towards the end, and I toyed with giving it a 3, but decided against it. 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.

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View all 6 comments. Costly, clinging, embarrassingly old-fashioned – the old can’t die soon enough these days.

The thigns country has become a place that inspires dreams thimgs leaving, so it does not seem far-fetched that the handful of elderly people who are the protagonists of her latest book are eagerly prepared to relocate their fading selves to Bangalore.


Though, I’m most happy that I read a book that was on my shelves instead of buying new ones. I actually had to forget what I had seen. The characters they chose for the film seemed quite different than the book.

D octor Ravi Kapoor is tearing his hair out. I was actually quite disappointed with this book.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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The first section of the book provides a series of realistic portrayals of the fears of elderly retired people facing rejection by the younger generation and also anticipating their gradual decline towards death.

I thought Moygach, although disgusting, was an important focal point in the book. Women like these knew how to satisfy a man, it was their culture’. There were deeply sad tales of the diminishing lives of the various characters.

Jun 10, Dale rated it really liked it. I have never before encountered something so blithely, smugly cruel that didn’t actually identify itself as hate literature up front.

Not a good read.

What I did like about this book was the initial presentation of the gentle widow Evelyn, the cockney racist Muriel, and the retired Dorothy.