My notes on reading in 2004 - A collection of interesting characters come together in a retirement home for Brits in India - a warm place with a plentiful supply of cheap labour. Bangalore is the same city where many of Enlgands' technical and professional jobs have also relocated. Across the street from the Dunroamin Retirement Hotel there is a call centre where people named Surinder and Rahul work through the night, speaking with English accents and pretending to be Sally Spears and Michael Parker calling from Enfield, England, in the afternoon. Moggach is an original writer, with wonderfully drawn characters, lots of social commentary, dark but sparkling humour and a gift for the quirky plotline.
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 :)
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
Enjoyed the movie very much not once, but twice and yet...the book ...I wish I left it on the shelf.
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.
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