Enticed by advertisements for a newly restored palatial hotel and filled with visions of a life of leisure, good weather and mango juice in their gin, a group of very different people leave England to begin a new life in India. On arrival they are dismayed to find the palace is a shell of its former self, the staff more than a little eccentric, and the days of the Raj long gone. But, as they soon discover, life and love can begin again, even in the most unexpected circumstances.
About the Author
Deborah Moggach is the author of many successful novels including the bestseller Tulip Fever and two collections of short stories. Her screenplays include the film of Pride and Prejudice, which was nominated for a BAFTA. She lives in North London.
Now a major motion picture starring Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Tom Wilkinson, Judi Dench, Penelope Wilton and Celia Imrie.
"Delightful and entertaining" Mail on Sunday "Warm, wise, funny" Guardian "Superb... Moggach has served us a treat with this novel. Moving, sincere, funny" Independent on Sunday "A glorious romp that will inspire roars of recognition" Sunday Express "Funny and deeply poignant" Daily Mail
These Foolish Things (also published under the title The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) is the fifteenth novel by British novelist Deborah Moggach. When Londoner Dr Ravi Kapoor complains to his Bangalore cousin Sunil Rahim about his English father-in-law, Normanís unwelcome presence in his Dulwich home, Sunny hits upon a brilliant business idea. Together, they establish a retirement home with a difference, for British pensioners: location, Bangalore, India. They tidy up the Dunroamin Guest House, call it The Dunroamin Retirement Hostel, do some marketing with brochures and a video, and before long, Ravison Pty Ltd has installed fifteen ageing English guests at Dunroamin, including said father-in-law. Each of the guests, however, brings with them both physical and emotional baggage. In a guesthouse full of elderly residents, with the onsite nurse being, in reality, a chiropody assistant, and the on-call doctor running a sexual health clinic, problems are bound to arise. Moggach introduces a cast of realistic characters, Brits that one could easily meet in any British town, Indians familiar everywhere in India. The plot is original and has a bit of everything: mugging, revelation of long-kept family secrets, a eunuch, an Indian call centre, a broken hip, a heart attack, drug smuggling, and reaches a marvellously crafted climax. This novel is funny, moving and wise and thereís plenty of nostalgia for a bygone era. It is also thought provoking: the reader will reflect on how we, in Western society, treat (or mistreat) our elderly. I found it a feel-good read and I canít wait to see the movie.
A very enjoyable read much better than the movie, I enjoyed the background to all the characters and the reasons why such diverse people ended up in the same situation at the end of their life journey. Which character do you relate to??
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