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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The full extent of how repugnant his father-in-law is, isn’t clear until the reader is exposed to his thoughts once in India.

The story follows a number of elderly people who have it rough in the I watched the movie adaptation of this book and loved it. You are not writing an acute observation of humanity unless to you, “humanity” refers only to white people, which I suspect it does. The story brings together disparate characters as their lives intersect in old age.

Just killed off in a fairly cruel way, really. Aged people from all walks of life, facing declining financial situations, wandering offspring with their own lives and feelings mogfach no longer having value.

Please update your billing details here. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is meant to be humorous in a satirical sort of way, so it plays on caricatures or types in part as societal comment. But she’s rather tragic throughout, and then she connects with her childhood, and then she dies.

Foolis, you can read the blurb to find out the plot, so i’ll refrain from repeating thjngs. Norman’s the guy who basically gets the ball rolling in this book when he moves in with his daugh The last book I read about Brits mixin’ it up with the people thewe India was A Passage to India. There, in the recently established Dunroamin retirement home, they can live much as they did at home: The attitude to marriage is almost entirely negative.


It made me want to go and stay at the Marigold Hotel myself, or even th Better than the movie! Do not even read the blurb on the back of the book.

Very depressing in places – the author pulls no punches in painting a bleak picture of what life is like for many of the UK’s ageing population and India Wonderfully vivid, it had me laughing in places, and feeling depressed in others but mostly it left me feeling strangely unsettled.

I also admired her love for her son and her faith that he would come to look for mmoggach, and I loved the fact that Keith, in all other respects a repellent individual, really does love Muriel, worries over her and is overjoyed to find her again. I wouldn’t tell anyone not to read it either Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access.

Feb 16, Jacquelynn Foolizh rated it liked it. The rest of it follows the lives of a bunch of racist old white people, doggedly thinking their dreadful racist t This book caused me actual, literal pain.

Review: Fiction: These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach

The worst of them sexually assaults an Indian girl because his head is full of ideas about the tantric wantonness of Indian women backed up by what Moggach banally refers to as the “Karma Sutra”, multiple times ; the supposedly best of them thinks fondly that this same Indian girl’s hair reminds her of her dog’s shiny black coat. But still, I had to wonder why the author bothered with some of the characters at all.

This suggests to me that the writer was writing about recent times. Expect warmhearted culture clashes, poignant moments and a few deft comic touches.

This book was very, very just so. There are also some stories revolving around family members and This was a quick and engaging read, in a captivating setting, but it really seemed like it contained far too many missed opportunities to Say Something.


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There is a wonderful cast of characters – some of whom behave quite badly – but for whom the reader is allowed to feel quite a bit of sympathy. I wanted to explore questions of race and mortality, but I also wanted it to be funny. I started reading this before watching the film and finished it after.

She has also written two collections of short sto Deborah Moggach is a British writer, born Deborah Hough on 28 June That story involved false accusations, bad behavior, and a whole lot of characters I wanted to punch.

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This book caused me actual, literal pain. I really liked Dorothy, the clever, retired woman from BBC who had grown up in Bangalore in some of the self-same places where the modern story takes place.

New friends and new philosophies await them, not to mention a dramatic change of climate. Apart from a few character names and a general mashing together of sub-plots, the book and film were quite separate entities. Perhaps a little too realistic in places. Now that is something to look forward too!

Seriously it was the best movie I’ve seen in ages. Jun 10, Dale rated it really liked it. Perhaps this is a case of a movie promoting a book. Browsing during my library book sale I came across this book and snatched it up.