The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Enticed by advertisements for a newly restored palatial hotel and filled with visions of a life of leisure, and mango juice in their gin, a group of very different people leave England to begin a new life in India. On arrival they are dismayed. But, as they soon discover, life and love can begin again, even in the most unexpected circumstances.
- Published: 05 March 2012
- Format: Paperback 304 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780099572022 ISBN 10: 0099572028
- Sales rank: 2,302
Reviews for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
- Top review
funny moving and wise
These Foolish Things (also published under the title The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) is the fifteenth novel by British novelist Deborah Moggach. When Londoner Dr Ravi Kapoor complains to his Bangalore cousin Sunil Rahim about his English father-in-law, Norman's unwelcome presence in his Dulwich home, Sunny hits upon a brilliant business idea. Together, they establish a retirement home with a difference, for British pensioners: location, Bangalore, India. They tidy up the Dunroamin Guest House, call it The Dunroamin Retirement Hostel, do some marketing with brochures and a video, and before long, Ravison Pty Ltd has installed fifteen ageing English guests at Dunroamin, including said father-in-law. Each of the guests, however, brings with them both physical and emotional baggage. In a guesthouse full of elderly residents, with the onsite nurse being, in reality, a chiropody assistant, and the on-call doctor running a sexual health clinic, problems are bound to arise. Moggach introduces a cast of realistic characters, Brits that one could easily meet in any British town, Indians familiar everywhere in India. The plot is original and has a bit of everything: mugging, revelation of long-kept family secrets, a eunuch, an Indian call centre, a broken hip, a heart attack, drug smuggling, and reaches a marvellously crafted climax. This novel is funny, moving and wise and there's plenty of nostalgia for a bygone era. It is also thought provoking: the reader will reflect on how we, in Western society, treat (or mistreat) our elderly. I found it a feel-good read and I can't wait to see the movie. by Marianne Vincent