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I am glad that finally after a very long time on mnt toobie I ave got around to reading this novel It is a real delight and it I The Shaping of Western Civilization have discovered a writer Iad not previously read This is a funny and touching comedy of manners set in London and Bangalore but it as many uite profound things to say really about ageing family and lonliness and about ow important it is to feel a part of something a family a group something to identify with There is a wonderful cast of characters some of whom behave uite badly but for whom the reader is allowed to feel uite a bit of sympathy I must say if I could I would pack my bags now and The Ecology, Exploitation and Conservation of River Turtles head out to Dunroamin in Bagalore even though I m still a little too young it would do me the power of good I think An excellent examination of the business of growing old thisighly original tale centres around a retirement Medicine and Religion home set up in Bangalore with the intention of attracting British pensioners We are introduced to a variety of characters from the Indian operators of theome to the incoming residents and their offspring ranging from the unscrupulous to the exasperated who are prepared to export their ageing parents The Hockey Saint (Forever Friends, halfway across the globe As the new arrivals touch down on Indian soil the plot takes a breather At that point I fet there was no plotook nothing specific to force the reader to read on beyond an interest in the characters and the way they are likely to react to eachother and their new environment Fortunately this is what Deborah Moggach does best the development of fascinating characters through sharp and witty observation Look at that Mrs Greenslade a vision in beige so well mannered she Valentino hardly existed any There are so many of them clamouring for our attention if anything the book was too short to accommodate them all expand it a bit and we wouldave ad time to enjoy the individual stories branching off the main trunk of the story This said everything was resolved with the elp of some Shunned hecticead Craving (Willow Creek, hopping as the bookeaded for its conclusion A jolly good read as always from Deborah Moggach She writes the sort of lively character based fiction that Kate Atkinson writes with such commercial success and she Oba, the Last Samurai has been doing it for years and years I was disappointed with this book The premise was greatowever the story failed to progress and the writing was very uneven some of it being beautiful while much of it was needlessly vulgar and tawdryRavi a competent sensitive doctor is slowly being ground down by the decaying British NHS and Yonen Buzz, Volume 1 (Yonen Buzz, his father in law Norman a dirty old man straight out of Benny Hill who comes to stay with them after being thrown out of a nursingome for sexually assaulting a nurse bringing is disgusting personal abits and taste for pornography with The Wood Demon him Norman s presence is putting a serious strain on Ravi s marriage and when Ravi meets up with an entrepreneurial Indian cousin a new idea isatched for a successful business and for dispatching the Aged P Just as so many other things are being outsourced to India why not aged care A retirement ome in India with cheap plentiful labour low costs and sunshine
TO ACCOMMODATE THE ELDERLY PEOPLE FORaccommodate the elderly people for Britain no longer as a placeGradually other lonely elderly Britishers with limited budgets and sad stories sign on for the idea and make their way to Bangalore Once there the residents of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel begin to make new lives for themselvesThe first three of four pages were really beautiful but after that the author provides too much detail about Norman s Dispatches from Dystopia habits to make for pleasant reading The introduction to Evelyn Muriel and Dorothy was also beautifully presented After thatowever it was largely downhillThis book is billed as being comic but while it Max and the Tom Cats (More Bob Books for Young Readers, Set II, Book 8) has flashes ofumor I didn t find it funny at all What really destroyed the book for me was the author s Ancient World harshly explicit references to assorted sex acts and functions that littered the novel particularly the last third unaccompanied by any connection with love or self giving Evelyn s desperately lonely 49 year old daughter Theresa whoas been wandering round India seeking spiritual solace and enlightenment finds Fighter happiness and a new self in a two week torrid fling with a dodgy English stranger Admitting that no love is involved on either side she is affirmed by being sexually desirable by the experience of rapture and by accepting that the best attitude is one of easy come easy go instead of trying to form relationships an attitude whichas previously Събрани разкази, Том 5 hampereder in the pastNorman whose motive for agreeing to the move to India is The Real James Herriot his belief thate will find voluptuous sensual women eager to meet Waterloo (Sharpe, his needs spends much of the book attempting to find them and getsis comeuppance when Cinderella heas a คนรวมวิญญาณ 1 โรงเรียนติววิญญาณ heart attack and dies after a nasty shock in a brothel It seems that this is supposed to be funny Iad oped that aving included Mary After All him in the story the author wouldave Lionboy (Lionboy Trilogy, him come to discover some sort of respect for women or at least forimself by the end but Halt v nebezpečí (Hraničářův učeň, he is just one continuous noxious presence that detracts from anything positive that could be said about the bookThe attitude to marriage is almost entirely negative The marriage of Ravi andis wife teeters about the bookThe attitude to marriage is almost entirely negative The marriage of Ravi and Miss Emily his wife teeters the brink until the end of the book and while it appears to be improving there is no indication that it will last Ravi s brother in law is cowed and miserable beforeis wife and Phoenix (Black City, his mother Theotel manager is completely miserable in What The Queen Wills (Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales his marriage this again is supposed to be amusing butis problems are resolved when BabyCakes Covers the Classics his marriage breaks up Charles Evelyn s son is stuck in a miserable marriage and is despised byis spoilt children Towards the end of the novel Saul Bellow he gathers up the resolve to escape remaining in India to take up with an Indianotel greeter The Ground Beneath Her Feet however within the monthe is collected by Oh My Gods! his bossy wife and returnsome Keith Theresa s find Frogs French Kisses (Magic in Manhattan, has managed to lose track ofis fifth wife and Artful her children inis sudden flight from the British police for shady business dealings and isn t remotely interested in finding er Jean and Douglas Ainslie are envied as the only married couple at the Hotel and When Ravi Kapoor an overworked London doctor reaches the breaking point with is difficult father in law e asks is wife “Can’t we just send im away somewhere Somewhere far far away” His prayer is seemingly answered when Ravi’s entrepreneu. .
Cluded the sad outcome of is degree is I believe to tell the recipient of Of Blood and Bone (Chronicles of the One, his business card thate managed to gain admission into a university which in itself was an achievement to be proud of I The Legacy (The Restoration Series, hope that I am wrong but Iad the impression that the author chose to include this for reasons that may Perpetual Power (The Tressa Tremaine Series Book 1) havead to do with making fun of the Indian than for any other reason Another small gripe if I am permitted to make any of them is that twice Ms Moggach refers to visiting a temple at Halebib Was she inventing a new temple site or did she incorrectly spell the name Halebid which is a real temple of some note a few Celine hours drive from Bangalore Despite my reservations about Ms Moggach s portrayal of India and the Indians this novel is a creditable effort to illustrate the fears and concerns of those in the twilight of their lives The best thing about Ms Moggach s book is that it inspired someone to make an excellent film whose plot and sympathetic portrayal of India and the Indians is far better than the original story upon which it is loosely based I watched the movie adaptation of this book and loved it At the time Iad no idea it was based on a book Browsing during my library book sale I came across this book and snatched it up Where it sat for months and months So now I m trying to read the books I own and picked this up What a fun read I love reading anything about India and Indian culture Obviously a bit different from the movie version but I enjoyed bothThe story follows a number of elderly people who Charmed (The Donovan Legacy, have it rough in the UK withealth care and retirement Ballet Shoes home prices A doctor from India who wants to get rid ofis annoying father in law and the doctor s cousin who is always looking for a new business Which comes the Marigold Hotel a retirement Strictly Temporary - Volume One (Strictly Temporary, home where the elderly can leave the dreary weather andigh costs in the UK to move to India I enjoyed reading this one and getting detail on each of the guests at the otel Now I feel I need to watch the movie again Though I m most appy that I read a book that was on my shelves instead of buying new ones Progress After watching the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel recently I noticed the title of this book in the credits It as been re titled with the name of the movie but this is the original book published in 2004 I enjoyed it just as much as I did the film although as others ave noted it differs in substantial ways I suppose the changes made to the film version were done in order to streamline the story but it did make for a very different tale than that told in the book This all goes to say that you may enjoy the book in its own right it Discovering Your Heart With The Flag Page has very little similarity to the This book caused me actual literal painThe jacket describes it as the story of Dr Ravi Kapoor a Brit whose desire to oustis lecherous disgusting father in law from Kingdom of Ashes (Nightfall, hisome leads to Websters Ii Dictionary, Third Edition, Office Edition his concocting the idea of setting up a retirementome for expats in India A brilliant comedy of manners is supposed to ensueWell it never comes Dr Kapoor appears only to bookend the story The rest of it follows the lives of a bunch of
RACIST OLD WHITE PEOPLE DOGGEDLY THINKINGold white people doggedly thinking dreadful racist thoughts without a smear of understanding or empathy The worst of them sexually assaults an Indian girl because Aladdin hisead is full of ideas about the tantric wantonness of Indian women backed up by what Moggach banally refers to as the Karma Sutra multiple times the supposedly best of them thinks fondly that this same Indian girl s Daddy Must Die hair remindser of The Message Glorious her dog s shiny black coat That sums up the functions of Indian characters in this book They are either exotic sex objects orumble pets unwitting and unwilling objects of desire or model minorities who submit to the white Britishers prejudices and whimsNo aspect of India who submit to the white Britishers prejudices and whimsNo aspect of India Moggach s derisive Othering patronizing pen she insistently refers to O Cérebro de Broca hijra as eunuchs which they are not Indians are constantly explicitly fetishized with lingering uncomfortable descriptions of the brownness of their intimate skin there is a running list of Indian products that are inferior to Western ones plastic sticky notes plaster bandages Moggach references Black people in two ways thugs who attack one of the old women and multiple uses of the word nigger and includes many casually scornful references to Jewish and gay people and of course uses Muslim as synonymous with terroristThis is supposed to be a fun frothy read Iunted down reviews when I was done and found that they all lauded Moggach for writing something so witty and insightful and touching I find it Damia's Children: Rowan 3 (The Tower Hive Sequence) by Anne McCaffrey (1994-02-03) hard to see any wit or insight or compassion in a book that refers to my Hindu god Ganesh as the sort of thing you won at a fairground and then wished you didn tave to take omeJust typing that out made me feel sick againAnd yes I know that people who enjoyed this book would probably say
*Oh but you re supposed to think the old people are racist That s why the book *but you re supposed to think the old people are racist That s why the book a black comedy because it shows people with all their flaws To that I say twaddle If your characters your sympathetic characters the ones that readers are supposed to relate to and feel affection for are raging and unrepentant bigots who are exactly as racist at the end of the book as they were at the beginning you are not writing a comedy of manners You are not writing an acute observation of umanity unless to you A Banquet of Consequences (Inspector Lynley, humanity refers only to white people which I suspect it does You are writing aurtful piece of trash that promotes wretched and insidious stereotypes and you are too immersed in your own ignorant privilege to even see itThis is uite possibly the worst book I ROMANTIC TAKEOVER have ever read Iave never before encountered something so blithely smugly cruel that didn t actually identify itself as ate literature up frontAugust 2019 ETA Do not leave a comment trying to argue with me about my review I am not interested I will not engage I probably will leave your comment up so that other people who DO understand why a woman of Indian descent didn t like this book will also understand the lengths that people will go to in order to defend their enjoyment of something racist Thank you and good day. Toration of the once sophisticated otel as stalled and that such amenities as water and electricity are infreuent But what their new life lacks in luxury they come to find it’s plentiful in adventure stunning beauty and unexpected loveback cover. .
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Hey seem to ave the perfect marriage When Jean is prostrated by grief on discovering Shattered Spear (The Lost Stars, her son somosexuality Douglas after than 40 years of marriage suddenly discovers that The Homing he doesn t care whether she isappy or not and in fact doesn t like The Women of Easter her at all andas never really loved Why Are You So Scared? her At the end of the book Jean returns to England while Douglas gives Evelyn aappy ending by marrying The Power of One herAdd to that a patronising and objectifying attitude towards Indian men and women Indian products Indian business and industry and ridicule of the Hindu religionNot a good readWhat I did like about this book was the initial presentation of the gentle widow Evelyn the cockney racist Muriel and the retired Dorothy Evelyn is portrayed as a kind thoughtful person with love to lavish on the desperately poor children outside theotel Also enjoyable and amusing is the friendship she arranges between the young people who work at the call centre across the road with the residents of the Hotel although even that is spoilt by Norman s groping of the girls I admired Muriel s courage as she faces a trip to India after a lifetime of fear ignorance and resentment of people from other racial backgrounds who The Wolf Gift (The Wolf Gift Chronicles, have come to London a violent mugging the ransacking ofer He Who Dares home near destitution and the loss ofer son I also admired The Thing About December her love forer son and Os Peixes Também Sabem Cantar her faith thate would come to look for t her and I loved the fact that Keith in all other respects a repellent individual really does love Muriel worries overer and is overjoyed to find er againThese elements owever were just not enough to make me appreciate this book I m going through my fave books and posting mini reviews of those I think others would really like And this is one of them about British adult children who decide the best way to get their pesky elders out of the way is to start a retirement Stand Up and Fight home in India Very funny and an excellent statement onow no one should be underestimated because of age Better than the movieAt times I felt it was so different too I love ow it was interpreted but I do love the flowof the story when reading itI actually ad to forget what I Now Is the Hour had seen The characters they chose for the film seemeduite different than the book While some I could connect the dots others it wasard so I just let it go and read I m glad I did too I found the book so much rich in Indian culture It made me want to go and stay at the Marigold Hotel myself or even the Hotel Balmoral I just want to be thereThe story or rather one specific character is racist than I remember in the movie Only a different color skin could get Londons Glory (Bryant May, his mojo working Women like these knewow to satisfy a man it was their culture Say what My mouth Jingle Bells hung open for that one But I mglad it didn t put me off or stop me from reading Those shocking moments or character flaws kind of make the story real It s sad but there is some really racist people outthereAll in all if youaven t seen the films or read the book I suggest starting with the storySo good So very good I was actually uite disappointed with this book I saw the film first on a miserable rainy day and came out totally wrapped up in the lives of the characters and I really felt transported to India Because I came away from the cinema with a warm glow I was really excited to read the book because well books are always better than the films right Sadly not in this case and I wonder whether I better than the films right Sadly not in this case and I wonder whether I ave stuck with it ad I not enjoyed the film so much It felt too messy there were lots of unlikeable characters most changed beyond recognition from those I Troys had grown to love in the film It did get better towards the end and I toyed with giving it a 3 but decided against it If you ve seen and loved the film do yourself a favour and leave the book alone I do wonder if the book suffered as the film was so good a friend read it recently withoutaving seen the film and really enjoyed it maybe I was just expecting so much This book disappointed meIt was first published in 2004 with the title Those Foolish Things It was later renamed The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel following the release in 2011 of the film with that name which is based on itI read the book because I Knights Templar in Britain had seen the film and enjoyed it and also because unlike the film which is mostly set in a small town in Rajasthan the novel is set mostly in Bangalore a city that I know uite wellHad I not seen the film first I mightave abandoned the book before reading too far into it The first section of the book provides a series of realistic portrayals of the fears of elderly retired people facing rejection by the younger generation and also anticipating their gradual decline towards death However I pressed on with reading this well paced novel because I knew from the film that things were likely to start looking up as the people who were being described were about to take off to spend the rest of their retirement in a Reign of Fury (Battles in the Dark, hotel in India I don t know whether the authoras actually visited India but I got the feeling from reading this book that she might not ave done so Although the book is not exactly about India I felt that the author did not transport me to India She did not allow me to visualise a real place as I read er book Some of the retired English people in the otel in
BANGALORE USED EMAIL THIS SUGGESTS TOused email This suggests to that the writer was writing about recent times However the Bangalore that she describes does not sound nearly was writing about recent times However the Bangalore that she describes does not sound nearly sophisticated as the city actually is I thought as I read the book that she could ave been describing almost anywhere throwing in a few local terms to remind the reader that it was India rather than anywhere elseSevearal specific things particularly irritated me about this book One occurred on page 169 of my edition Dorothy and Douglas are discussing something between themselves The proof reader and the editor failed to spot the subject of the sentence Donald paused is Donald rather than Douglas which it was supposed to be This is careless in a best seller On page 186 another problem occurred Evelyn one of the retired Brits is given a business card which reads Dr Gulvinder Gaya BA Failed The reason that Dr Gaya in. Rial cousin sets up a retirement The Fixer (The Fixer, home in Indiaoping to re create in Bangalore an elegant lost corner of England Several retirees are enticed by the promise of indulgent living at a bargain price but upon arriving they are dismayed to find that res. .