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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

A Novel
Moggach, Deborah (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


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When Dr. Ravi Kapoor's cousin sets up a retirement home in India, Ravi's father-in-law is one of its first guests, but what the renovation lacks in promised amenities and luxury, it makes up for in adventure, stunning beauty, and unexpected love.
Authors: Moggach, Deborah
Uniform Title: These foolish things
Title: The best exotic Marigold Hotel
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Random House Trade Paperbacks,, 2012.
Characteristics: 320 p. ;,21 cm.
Notes: Originally published as: These foolish things.
Summary: When Dr. Ravi Kapoor's cousin sets up a retirement home in India, Ravi's father-in-law is one of its first guests, but what the renovation lacks in promised amenities and luxury, it makes up for in adventure, stunning beauty, and unexpected love.
Local Note: 53 57 61 62 65 69 71 74 80 118 133 138 148 151 152 167 172 175 182 203 210 211 216 222 231 250 262
ISBN: 0812982428
9780812982428
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Report This Apr 12, 2014
  • SophieMontague rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed this book very much. Tackles a subject that might be a touchy for those getting older but that is life. Its not always bright and shiny is it?

Report This Jul 23, 2013
  • AureliaReads rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book is a bleak version of something Maeve Binchey might have written - minus the hope. An interesting collection of characters, each with their own heartache. Each ends up in this sad, badly run home for the elderly. Paints a very grim picture of old age and England's decay (and an even grimmer picture of India). Some of the strangers find companionship with other strangers in the shabby Marigold hotel. Some simply continue their isolation and illness in an oppressively warm climate instead of the oppressively damp and cold climate of England. I found it depressing - despite the moments of humour. Very skillful writer.

The movie was *excellent*. I have high hopes for the book.

"These Foolish Things" is the original title. Very different from the movie but I enjoyed both.

Report This Aug 26, 2012
  • giverny rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Senior citizens in England relocate to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in Bangalore, India after seeing advertisements describing it as a little bit of England from the past. What they find is a rather shabby hotel with a questionable staff in a challenging country with different, confusing customs. Charming, amusing and poignant, the novel has engaging well-developed characters with a story that surprises as it develops. I am looking forward to viewing the film to see how it compares with the story.

Report This Aug 19, 2012
  • poodlegirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I thoroughly enjoyed both the book and the movie and would recommend you do both. There is a little variation on the characters in the movie and both had some interesting, yet different, twists.

Report This Aug 03, 2012
  • arleenwilliams rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A wonderful, warmhearted book. Far superior to the movie.

Report This Jul 31, 2012
  • m2 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Really a lovely read. Most of the characters are different from the movie, so this is not the sole source of what you already saw on screen. It is another story -- funny and sweet and poignant and sometime plain ridiculous. Moggach probes each character's happiness and ability to be true to themselves. She doesn't feel the need to "resolve" each of them neatly, either. The novel meanders randomly -- but pleasantly. Enjoy.

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