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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: A Novel | [Deborah Moggach]

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: A Novel

When Ravi Kapoor, an overworked London doctor, reaches the breaking point with his difficult father-in-law, he asks his wife: “Can’t we just send him away somewhere? Somewhere far, far away.” His prayer is seemingly answered when Ravi’s entrepreneurial cousin sets up a retirement home in India, hoping 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 restoration of the once sophisiticated hotel has stalled....
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Publisher's Summary

Now a major motion picture starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Billy Nighy, and Dev Patel

When Ravi Kapoor, an overworked London doctor, reaches the breaking point with his difficult father-in-law, he asks his wife: “Can’t we just send him away somewhere? Somewhere far, far away.” His prayer is seemingly answered when Ravi’s entrepreneurial cousin sets up a retirement home in India, hoping 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 restoration of the once sophisiticated hotel has stalled, and that such amenities as water and electricity are... infrequent. But what their new life lacks in luxury, they come to find, it’s plentiful in adventure, stunning beauty, and unexpected love.

©2012 Deborah Moggach (P)2012 Random House

What the Critics Say

“[Deborah] Moggach has served us a treat with this novel. Moving, sincere, funny.” (Independent on Sunday)

“Underneath the ironies, [The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel] is a book about remembering - too late, or not too late - how to be alive.” (The Times Literary Supplement)

"Classic Moggach: funny, touching, and... full of colours and visual details.” (The Daily Telegraph)

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    "Dont bother wasting your money!!!"

    A very dark, cynical, sad, and erotic piece of writing. The characters are weak, the story lines thin, and the narrative predictible. To support the sagging book, sex is used indiscrimately and becomes offensive. Any dignity of life in old age is stripped away. Every relationship fails. All people of faith become disillusioned. Not recommended on any level.

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    Rebecca 09-03-12
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    "Good but not the same as the movie"
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    Overall it was pretty good but this is one of those rare instances where I actually liked the movie better than the book. For those, like me, who liked the movie so much they want to read the book it might be disappointing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lois Mechanicsburg, PA, United States 04-15-13
    Lois Mechanicsburg, PA, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Disappointing after seeing the movie.Very negative"

    Tone of the book is very different than that of the movie and I am sorry I saw the movie before reading the book. Book characters are very one dimensional, quite the ideal of the little old men and women. Much criticism of the British health system, which is true, but no positives about it at all. Cynicism everwhere and just not the type of book I prefer to read. Really had to buckle down and force myself to finish the book. Good ending, however, despite the negativity of the book as a whole.

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    Would you listen to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel again? Why?

    yes. so many subtleties, good to listen again to pick up different notes and directions


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Evelyn


    What about Juliet Mills’s performance did you like?

    she was amazing, I have been a fan since childhood


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


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