These Foolish Things (Kindle)

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Read These Foolish Things Deborah Moggach ↠ 7 review Summary È eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Deborah Moggach Rial cousin sets up a retirement home in India hoping to re create in Bangalore an elegant lost corner of England Several retirees are enticed by the promise of indulgent living at a bargain price but upon arriving they are dismayed to find that res. This book disappointed meIt was first published in 2004 with the title Those Foolish Things It was later renamed The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel following the release in 2011 of the film with that name which is based on itI read the book because I had seen the film and enjoyed it and also because unlike the film which is mostly set in a small town in Rajasthan the novel is set mostly in Bangalore a city that I know uite wellHad I not seen the film first I might have abandoned the book before reading too far into it 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 However I pressed on with reading this well paced novel because I knew from the film that things were likely to start looking up as the people who were being described were about to take off to spend the rest of their retirement in a hotel in India I don t know whether the author has actually visited India but I got the feeling from reading this book that she might not have done so Although the book is not exactly about India I felt that the author did not transport me to India She did not allow me to visualise a real place as I read her book Some of the retired English people in the hotel in Bangalore used email This suggests to me that the writer was writing about recent times However the Bangalore that she describes does not sound nearly as sophisticated as the city actually is I thought as I read the book that she could have been describing almost anywhere throwing in a few local terms to remind the reader that it was India rather than anywhere elseSevearal specific things particularly irritated me about this book One occurred on page 169 of my edition Dorothy and Douglas are discussing something between themselves The proof reader and the editor failed to spot the subject of the sentence Donald paused is Donald rather than Douglas which it was supposed to be This is careless in a best seller On page 186 another problem occurred Evelyn one of the retired Brits is given a business card which reads Dr Gulvinder Gaya BA Failed The reason that Dr Gaya included the sad outcome of his degree is I believe to tell the recipient of his business card that he managed to gain admission into a university which in itself was an achievement to be proud of I hope that I am wrong but I had the impression that the author chose to include this for reasons that may have had to do with making fun of the Indian than for any other reason Another small gripe if I am permitted to make any of them is that twice Ms Moggach refers to visiting a temple at Halebib Was she inventing a new temple site or did she incorrectly spell the name Halebid which is a real temple of some note a few hours drive from Bangalore Despite my reservations about Ms Moggach s portrayal of India and the Indians this novel is a creditable effort to illustrate the fears and concerns of those in the twilight of their lives The best thing about Ms Moggach s book is that it inspired someone to make an excellent film whose plot and sympathetic portrayal of India and the Indians is far better than the original story upon which it is loosely based

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Read These Foolish Things Deborah Moggach ↠ 7 review Summary È eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Deborah Moggach Toration of the once sophisticated hotel has stalled and that such amenities as water and electricity are infreuent But what their new life lacks in luxury they come to find it’s plentiful in adventure stunning beauty and unexpected loveback cover. I m going through my fave books and posting mini reviews of those I think others would really like And this is one of them about British adult children who decide the best way to get their pesky elders out of the way is to start a retirement home in India Very funny and an excellent statement on how no one should be underestimated because of age

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Read These Foolish Things Deborah Moggach ↠ 7 review Summary È eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Deborah Moggach When Ravi Kapoor an overworked London doctor reaches the breaking point with his difficult father in law he asks his wife “Can’t we just send him away somewhere Somewhere far far away” His prayer is seemingly answered when Ravi’s entrepreneu. After watching the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel recently I noticed the title of this book in the credits It has been re titled with the name of the movie but this is the original book published in 2004 I enjoyed it just as much as I did the film although as others have noted it differs in substantial ways I suppose the changes made to the film version were done in order to streamline the story but it did make for a very different tale than that told in the book This all goes to say that you may enjoy the book in its own right it has very little similarity to the filmAs is typical for a book version there is much depth to the characters and because you are able to fall thoroughly into their lives there is to consider Beyond being just a good story this book has some serious things to say about how the elderly are perceived and treated in Western cultures The people in this book didn t just decide to move far from their homes to a very different culture on a lark Most of them moved because they had so little money they needed to live in a place where their funds would stretch further They also had been neglected by their families and been made to feel themselves a burden to their children There is an interesting comment in the book made by someone from the Indian culture into which they are thrust in Bangalore to the effect that the elderly are valued in India and that families care for their older folk One of the British women wryly says sotto voce that they don t seem to value begging children to the same degree More than once a character says wistfully that as one ages one becomes invisible It didn t surprise me to find out that the author is in her 60s As one of the book s characters says after her father dies she is now an orphan and further she is next in the ueueThis book brought to mind a wonderful uote I read recently from the British writer Martin Amis from an article in Smithsonian magazineYour youth evaporates in your early 40s when you look in the mirror And then it becomes a full time job pretending you re not going to die and then you accept that you ll die Then in your 50s everything is very thin And then suddenly you ve got this huge new territory inside you which is the past which wasn t there before A new source of strength Then that may not be so gratifying to you as the 60s begin but then I find that in your 60s everything begins to look sort of slightly magical again And it s imbued with a kind of leave taking resonance that it s not going to be around very long this world so it begins to look poignant and fascinatingWhat this book does that is very special is that it makes you see that aging does not take away the beauty and depth of each person s humanity They cry out to be visible to be valued for what they offer They haven t reached some artificial plateau when all growth ceases They are still changing and learning and loving and growing They are not some faceless gray haired mass lingering in the wings drifting off one by one These are vital human beings with a story to tell and much still to offer


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  1. says: These Foolish Things (Kindle) Summary È eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Deborah Moggach Read These Foolish Things

    These Foolish Things (Kindle) This book caused me actual literal painThe jacket describes it as the story of Dr Ravi Kapoor a Brit whose desire

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    These Foolish Things (Kindle) Deborah Moggach ↠ 7 review Summary È eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Deborah Moggach After watching the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel recently I noticed the title of this book in the credits It has been re titled with the name of the movie but this is the original book published in 2004 I enjoyed it just as much as I did the film although as others have noted it differs in substantial wa

  3. says: These Foolish Things (Kindle) Deborah Moggach ↠ 7 review Summary È eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Deborah Moggach

    Summary È eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Deborah Moggach These Foolish Things (Kindle) I watched the movie adaptation of this book and loved it At the time I had no idea it was based on a book Browsing during my library book sale I

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    These Foolish Things (Kindle) Summary È eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Deborah Moggach Deborah Moggach ↠ 7 review This

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    Deborah Moggach ↠ 7 review These Foolish Things (Kindle) I was actually uite disappointed with this book I saw the film first on a miserable rainy day and came out totally wrapped up in the lives of the characters and I really felt transported to India Because I came away from the cinema

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    These Foolish Things (Kindle) Better than the movieAt times I felt it was so different too I love how it was interpreted but I do love the flowof the story when reading itI actually had to forget what I had seen The characters they chose for the film seemeduite different than the book While some I could connect the dots others it was hard so I just let it go and read I'm glad I did too I found the book so much rich in Indian culture It made me want t

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    Summary È eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Deborah Moggach These Foolish Things (Kindle) Deborah Moggach ↠ 7 review I'm going through my fave books and posting mini reviews of those I think others would really like And this is one of them about British adult children who decide the best way to get their pesky elders out of the way is to start a retirement home in India Very funny and an excellent statement on how no one should be underestimated because of age

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    Read These Foolish Things These Foolish Things (Kindle) Summary È eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Deborah Moggach I was disappointed with this book The premise was great however the story failed to progress and the writing was very uneven some of it being

  9. says: These Foolish Things (Kindle) Deborah Moggach ↠ 7 review Summary È eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Deborah Moggach

    Summary È eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Deborah Moggach These Foolish Things (Kindle) Deborah Moggach ↠ 7 review An excellent examination of the business of growing old this highly original tale centres around a retirement home set up in Bangalore with the intention of attracting British pensioners We are introduced to a variety of characters from the Indian operators of the home to the incoming residents and their offspring ranging from the unscrupulous to the exasperated who are prepared to export their ageing parents halfway across the globe As th

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    These Foolish Things (Kindle) Summary È eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Deborah Moggach I am glad that finally after a very long time on mnt toobie I have got around to reading this novel It is a real delight an

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  • Paperback
  • 320
  • These Foolish Things
  • Deborah Moggach
  • English
  • 14 May 2020
  • 9780812982428