The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

A Novel

Moggach, Deborah

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
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.

Publisher: New York : Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, ©2012.
ISBN: 0679645136
Characteristics: 320 pages ;,21 cm


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Mar 26, 2015
  • ahhsugarbee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed so much! Would highly recommend for a fun and engaging read. The characters are gems and the author's ability to shed light on societal issues with delicate grace and charm is admirable. The movie pales in comparison, I feel making a composite of several characters into a single character discounts on the strengths of the book. Would have been better to create a series, but will see the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2, just for curiosity sake, and Richard Gere :)

Feb 08, 2015
  • VentdeVie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

As always, the novel details more elaborate characters than the screenplay; poignant story and witty. Still, can't wait to see Best Marigold Hotel 2 next month!

Nov 16, 2014
  • jazpur rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The film was a delight but the book is even better because there's so much more.Deborah Moggach is a very perceptive author who tackled the difficult subject of the elderly and their relationships with their families , neighbours and each other with descriptive wit and sensitivity. The irony was not lost on me.

Sep 01, 2014
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I liked the movie a lot (not enough to want to view it again, but still) but I could not get myself into this book. The descriptions of the father-in-law and his revolting ways gave me such a strong distaste (and took away my appetite, bleah) that I stopped reading. Maybe I missed a gem here, but oh well.

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?

May 04, 2013
  • bibliotechnocrat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great book. Even if you've already seen the movie, you'll still enjoy the interactions of this disparate group of British seniors who have outsourced their retirement to Bangalore India.

The scriptwriters who adapted this story for the big screen have combined characters so that the film can focus on fewer people. It works in the movie to do this, given the limited time a movie plays out in.

The strategy also leaves lots of room for the reader to discover nuances and complicated motivations without the surprises being spoiled by knowing the movie's ending. Here is an example of a story that works really well both as a novel and a film. Experience both.

Apr 10, 2013

This same book was recently republished under the name " The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" which has more copies available here at EPL.

Jan 24, 2013

Enjoyed the movie very much not once, but twice and yet...the book ...I wish I left it on the shelf.

Jan 10, 2013
  • dorothyalmas rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a lovely book. I highly recommend it.

Nov 17, 2012

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

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