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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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?

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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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