Deborah Moggach

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These Foolish Things

book | Fiction | 2004
UK & Comm → Vintage

Adapted as the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, starring Judi Dench, Dev Patel, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy.

When Ravi Kapoor, an over-worked London doctor, is driven beyond endurance by his disgusting and difficult father-in-law, he asks his wife: 'Can't we just send him away somewhere? Somewhere far, far away.'

His prayer seems to have been answered when his entrepreneurial cousin, Sonny, sets up a retirement home, recreating a lost corner of England in a converted guesthouse in Bangalore. Travel and set-up are inexpensive, staff willing and plentiful - and the British pensioners can enjoy the hot weather and take mango juice with their gin.

These Foolish Things is a brilliant comedy of manners, mixing acute observation with a deeper message about how different cultures cope in the modern world.

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Reviews

Moving, sincere, funny, terrifying in places, it is a truthful view of old age and what it brings The Independent
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A delightful novel

Scotsman

It is characterisation at which Moggach excels. Her gift is to perceive and describe our confusions about life-and to write with feeling about the continual quest for love and happiness that is part of the human condition.

Sunday Times

Moggach has served us a treat with this novel. Moving, sincere, funny, terrifying in places, it is a truthful view of old age and what it brings.

Independent on Sunday